In 1967, Antoni Tàpies produced a series of 15 drawings that contain the most characteristic features of his work. The Sèrie negre, considered to be one of his most personal art series, and which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of its creation, was conceived on brown paper, a support which, thanks to its roughness, allowed the artist to create certain nuances and reliefs that emphasise the black tones, which are the central feature of the series.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the creation of this series, with this reproduction of the 15 plates, Artika and the Fundació Antoni Tápies are offering us the opportunity to discover one of the most representative works of one of the 20th century’s leading artists. This edition also enables us to see, for the first time ever, the complete collection, as during the process of creating this book it was discovered that one of the plates from the Sèrie negre was absent from the Fundació collection.
The plates have been printed on high-quality, hand-produced paper, made especially for this work, in order to ensure the faithful reproduction of the original images. After they have been printed, each plate is die-cut and presented on a diptych which, together with the work’s other features, make up the Art Book of this exclusive edition. All the plates are numbered on the back and bear the seal of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies. The diptychs are all placed in a folder that bears the artist’s signature, together with an official, hand-numbered notary’s document that verifies the plates.
The work also includes a Study Book, presented in a bilingual edition (Spanish and English) which offers an abundance of graphic material, all reproduced in high-quality prints, on the life and work of the artist. It also contains previously unpublished texts by Antoni Tàpies Barba, son of the artist, gallery owner and writer; Xavier Antich, President of the Board of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies; and the art historian Pedro de Llano, who provides an individual commentary on each of the plates.
All these different features come in a large-format box, which has been hand-made using wood and hessian fabric – a support that is particularly appropriate to the artistic identity of Antoni Tàpies, and his passion for simple, everyday materials. The box cover shows a screenprinted enlargement of one of the plates, and also features the artist’s signature.
The special design of this box enables users to enjoy the work and to display the Sèrie negre drawings in multiple ways. It is comprised of two sections joined by a system of magnets: one of these sections contains the Art Book, with the plates, and has been conceived as a display frame, while the second section, which has a text by Tàpies screenprinted onto its cover, contains the Study Book for the work.
By exploring the subtle variations expressed in the drawings in the Sèrie negre, we can perceive the very heartbeat of the artist through his precise, vigorous brushstrokes.
- Size: 41 x 53 x 13 cm
- Two sections joined by magnets: one containing the Art Book, covered by a laminated glass sheet, forming an independent frame for hanging. The second includes the Study Book, which has a raw hessian cover
- Cover: black, raw hessian
- Weight when empty: 14.5 kg
- Size of the 18 diptychs: 34 x 46 cm
- Folder size: 34.5 x 46.5 cm
- Paper: Tintoretto Gesso 250 g (diptychs) and 350 g (folder)
- Printing: front and back in one single ink (black)
- 15 die-cut plates
- Each one secured to their respective diptych using three drops of glue
- Paper for plates: hand-crafted, 185 g
- Printing: printed in a fifth black ink
- Size: 32 x 44 cm
- Paper: Tatami White, 170 g
- Printing: 4/4 inks
- Binding: sewn and paperback
- Covers: double cardboard, 350 g (pasted cardboard, front and back)
- Cover printing: printed in four inks
- Bilingual edition: Spanish and English