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Notes from the Land of the Dead

Colm Tóibín: Art and Politics in Catalonia, 20 March 2014

A Personal Memoir: Fragments for an Autobiography 
by Antoni Tàpies, translated by Josep Miquel Sobrer.
Indiana, 429 pp., £26.99, February 2010, 978 0 253 35489 1
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Complete Writings Volume II: Collected Essays 
by Antoni Tàpies, translated by Josep Miquel Sobrer.
Indiana, 744 pp., £26.99, November 2011, 978 0 253 35503 4
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... Antoni Tàpies​ ’s monument to Picasso was commissioned by Barcelona City Council. It sits on the edge of Parc de la Ciutadella on the busy, dusty downtown street named for Picasso. It has a more mysterious and shadowy presence than any other piece of modern public sculpture in Barcelona, such as Chillida’s stark, severe piece of cast-iron in Plaça del Rei, or Lichtenstein’s colourful, brash, cartoon-like sculpture close to the waterfront, or Subirachs’s literal-minded and awkward-looking monument to President Macià in Plaça de Catalunya, or Botero’s silly cat on Rambla del Raval, or some of the other more playful adornments on the beach in Barceloneta, Frank Gehry’s fish among them ...

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