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10 February 2012

Antoni Tàpies, one of the great figures of the art world has died. We would like at A*DESK to remember, not just his work, but also the gestures that define people. With the opening of Tàpies Foundation, Barcelona gained a place where experimental proposals in art have a presence. Instead of being a space for the celebration of an individual, Tàpies Foundation has been an open scenario that has made it possible to raise the artistic level of a city that at this moment in time, is filled with dismay.

Gestures of this type are what indicate that there is some sense in continuing to work in the art world, to discover people who are capable of placing the needs of the sector and society, before personal glory or triumph. Just like Miró with Miró Foundation, Tàpies opened the door to other artists, to young creators with whom he shared a dialogue on equal terms, offering something which at the moment is in very short supply: respect.

In this edition of A*Magazine we present three new texts. Marti Manen analyzes the dangerous evolution of the art market and the institutional context. Clara López presents the reaction of Berlin in the face of the desire of politicians to commandeer artistic creation in the city, and Verónica Escobar analyzes the exhibition of Héctor Francesch at the Galería Hartmann in Barcelona.

A*DESK, Independent Institute of Criticism and Contemporary Art, is dedicated to learning, publishing and research related to the criticism of contemporary art. Taking the view that critical thought makes individuals free, its mission is to defend actively the importance of criticism: to generate debate about contemporary art, to enable each individual to establish their own opinion and by doing so promote culture.

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