Antoni Tàpies

Sèrie negre


On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Sèrie Negre, ARTIKA and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies have reproduced the 15 drawings that make up the complete series.

The artist made in 1967 on laid paper, a support that allowed him, with nuances and reliefs, to highlight the real protagonist: the color black.

All the plates have been printed on handmade paper of the highest quality, each one of them is numbered and includes the seal of the Fundació.

Presented in diptych form, together they form the Art Book of this exclusive edition, limited to 998 copies in Arabic numeration and 298 in Roman numeration.

«Handcrafted in burlap fabric, the box consists of two parts: a detail of one of the plates with the artist's signature and a silkscreen print of a text by Tàpies himself.»

The Study Book, in a bilingual Spanish-English edition, takes a journey through the life and work of the artist by Antoni Tàpies Barba, son of the artist; Xavier Antich, president of the Board of Trustees of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies; and the art historian Pedro de Llano, who comments on all the drawings, one by one.

The case, which houses all the parts of the work, also becomes a display for the drawings.



  • Format: 41 x 53 x 13
  • Two parts joined by magnets: one with the Art Book, covered with a laminated glass, independent frame for hanging. The second includes a Study Book with a cover in ecru burlap.
  • Lining: burlap fabric in ecru and black.
  • Empty weight: 14.5 kg.


  • Format: 32 x 44 cm
  • Number of pages: 168
  • Paper: Tatami White, 170 g
  • Printing: 4/4 inks
  • Binding: stitching and paperback
  • Covers: double 350 g cardboard (cardboard laminated on the front and back)
  • Cover printing: four-color printed lining
  • Bilingual edition: Spanish and English


  • 18 diptychs format: 34 x 46
  • Folder format: 34,5 x 46,5
  • Paper: Tintoretto gesso 250 g (diptychs) and 350 g (folder)
  • Printing: front and back in one ink only (black)


Two different types of virgin cellulose make up the base of this paper, made especially for this work in an old workshop of expert craftsmen.

Once we have a uniform pulp, it is pressed through rollers and a first piece of irregular paper is obtained. A specialist then discards those that are not of good quality.

The pressed sheets are laid out in a gazebo and left to dry naturally for three or four days, depending on the humidity and weather conditions at the time.

Once dry, they are flattened and checked one by one. They are then pressed twice, first by hand and then with a hydraulic press.

Expert technicians adjust and correct the color proofs, which allow the printing plates to be modified. The drawings are analyzed and rejected if they do not meet the requirements.

All the plates are die-cut according to the original, a process that is carried out using a manual system, a final detail that achieves the faithful reproduction of the 15 drawings.

Each sheet is glued with three dots of glue to its diptych. On the back, all have been numbered and bear the seal of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies.

All the diptychs, created especially for the easy exhibition and enjoyment of the plates, are kept in a folder that acts as an Art Book.

The two parts of the case are lined with natural burlap fabric, combining two colors, a reference to the materials that Tàpies himself used in his works.

Both the cover of this spectacular case and the text written by Tàpies have been printed with black ink on burlap fabric, using the silkscreen printing technique.

The two parts are joined by a system of magnets: the first part includes the Art Book and also acts as an exhibition frame, and the second part holds the Study Book.

The cover of the case shows a detail of one of the plates. An original design that offers many possibilities to display and enjoy this wonderful work.

Antoni Tàpies

Antoni Tàpies

(1923-2012) Tàpies is one of the main exponents of informalism worldwide: the Spanish painter, sculptor and art theorist has received numerous awards and distinctions throughout his career.

He was one of the pioneers in transforming into artistic elements what at first seemed to be discarded: strings, paper, scraps… this interest in matter comes from the initial influence of Miró and Klee, who led him to increase iconography and color studies. This mixture gives rise to works of great expressive and communicative capacity.

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