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Antoni Tàpies: Llambrec Material /Material Glance

Tàpies / Tàpies 2 / Tàpies 3 / Tàpies 4 / Tàpies 5 / Tàpies 6 / Tàpies 7
Tàpies 8 / Tàpies 9 / Tàpies 10 / Tàpies 11 / Tàpies 12

Heroic Poetry: Brinkman / Frankenthaler / Miró / Mitchell / Motherwell / Nevelson
In 1975, Ediciones Poligrafa in Barcelona published Llambrec Material / Material Glance, a deluxe artist's book with poems by the Japanese poet Shuzo Takiguchi and 12 lithographs by Antoni Tàpies. The poems appeared in Japanese, Catalan, French, and English; the lithographs were printed on hand-made Catalan Estressa paper, a stiff heavy paper with a rich textured surface, measuring 433x318mm (16-15/16x12-1/2 inches) and were loose in the large box. Nine of the lithographs were single-page size, three were double pages measuring 433x654mm (16-15/16x25 inches) with a centerfold. There were 65 portfolios numbered from 1-65 on Guarro paper with each print signed by Tàpies, 10 portfolios numbered from 66-75 on Estressa paper with each print signed by Tàpies, 125 portfolios on Estressa paper with only the justification signed by Tàpies (from one of which the lithographs below originally came), 26 portfolios on Estressa paper with each print signed by the artist and with 6 additional lithographs on Arches paper measuring 560x760 mm which also included an original painting by on Tàpies numbered from A-Z, and 25 portfolios containing the 18 lithographs printed on Rives paper with each print signed by the artist and numbered A-XXV. As one of the poems proclaims, the portfolio is about the "very beauty of the invisible"; as another suggests, " A mirror is but a hole; / from the smallest one in our hand / to that of infinity." And as Hamlet reminds us the purpose of art is to hold the mirror up to nature. So in these lithographs, Tàpies, like Shakespeare, like Blake, like so many other poets and artists, is teaching us how to "know ourselves again." The Museum of Modern Art included Llambrec Material / Material Glance in their 1991 retrospective of Tàpies' prints.
Llambrec Material / Material Glance (Galfetti 539). Original color lithograph, 1975. Our example comes from one of the 50 signed portfolios in which each lithograph was not signed by the artist. Image size: 433x318mm. Price: $1750.

The text that accompanied this lithograph reads:
"Something
too uneven
to be written
on paper."
Llambrec Material 2/ Material Glance 2 (Galfetti 540). Original color lithograph, 1975. Our example comes from one of the 50 signed portfolios in which each lithograph was not signed by the artist. Image size: 433x636mm. Price: $2250.

The text that accompanied this lithograph reads: "Shaken by winds
to its very roots,
its name lost,
the tree is blossoming
out of season."
Llambrec Material 3 / Material Glance3 (Galfetti 541). Original color lithograph, 1975. Our example comes from one of the 50 signed portfolios in which each lithograph was not signed by the artist. Image size: 433x318mm. Price: $1750.

The text that accompanied this lithograph reads:
"Wind,
what on earth
are you carrying with you?
Things too large or too heavy
for human shoulders?"
Llambrec Material 4 / Material Glance 4 (Galfetti 542). Original color lithograph, 1975. Our example comes from one of the 50 signed portfolios in which each lithograph was not signed by the artist. Image size: 433x318mm. Price: $1750.

The text that accompanied this lithograph reads:
"A mirror is but a hole;
from the smallest one in our hand
to that of infinity."
Llambrec Material 5 / Material Glance 5 (Galfetti 543). Original color lithograph, 1975. Our example comes from one of the 50 signed portfolios in which each lithograph was not signed by the artist. Image size: 433x318mm. Price: $1750.

The text that accompanied this lithograph reads:
"The silent battle
between stars and sand.
Lo, the very beauty of the invisible!"
Llambrec Material 6 / Material Glance 6 (Galfetti 544). Original color lithograph, 1975. Our example comes from one of the 50 signed portfolios in which each lithograph was not signed by the artist. Image size: 433x318mm. Price: SOLD.

The text that accompanied this poem reads:
" Silence of beings that will sound.
Supernatural monuments
quite life-size.
Bony flowers
that will be heliotropic.
What phantom fragments
from my old Catalan diary
haunt my dreams ."
Llambrec Material 7/ Material Glance 7 (Galfetti 545). Original color lithograph, 1975. Our example comes from one of the 50 signed portfolios in which each lithograph was not signed by the artist. Image size: 433x636mm. Price: $2250.

The text that accompanied this lithograph reads:
"Roland-Oliver crossing the Pyrenees
The ancient map obscured,
haunted by blood and green."
Llambrec Material 8 / Material Glance 8 (Galfetti 546). Original color lithograph, 1975. Our example comes from one of the 50 signed portfolios in which each lithograph was not signed by the artist. Image size: 433x318mm. Price: $1750.

The text that accompanied this lithograph reads:
"Gaze upon the mud.
There you will find your identity card:
That of the lowliest of all."
Llambrec Material 9 / Material Glance 9 (Galfetti 547). Original color lithograph, 1975. Our example comes from one of the 50 signed portfolios in which each lithograph was not signed by the artist. Image size: 433x318mm. Price: $1750.

The text that accompanied this lithograph reads:
"The window,
the eyes and the eyelids in one,
shared by both day and night.""
Llambrec Material 10 / Material Glance 10 (Galfetti 548). Original color lithograph, 1975. Our example comes from one of the 50 signed portfolios in which each lithograph was not signed by the artist. Illustrated Tàpies in Print (MoMA), pl. 75. Image size: 433x318mm. Price: SOLD

The text that accompanied this lithograph reads:
"The wall, the air's best friend
limpidity
with a material glance."
Llambrec Material 11 / Material Glance 11 (Galfetti 549). Original color lithograph, 1975. Our example comes from one of the 50 signed portfolios in which each lithograph was not signed by the artist. Image size: 433x636mm. Price: $2250.

The text that accompanied this lithograph reads:
"The shirt is quite bare:
man wears the creases."
Llambrec Material 10 / Material Glance 12 (Galfetti 550). Original color lithograph, 1975. Our example comes from one of the 50 signed portfolios in which each lithograph was not signed by the artist. Image size: 433x318mm. Price: $1750.

The text that accompanied this lithograph reads:
"Thickness, nature of the air.
It's the man who digs."
Llambrec Material Justification Page (signed by Tàpies). The portfolio we purchased had been "improved" by someone who took the justification page from one of the copies that had an extra signed and numbered suite of the lithographs, but the basic information is the same and only the first 200 copies of the book had a signed justification page. Copies n. 201-500 did not contain sets of the original lithographs, but offset reproductions only; they were also not signed by Tàpies. For a more readable version of the information contained on this justification page, see the comments about the edition size at the top of this page.

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