Art: The Black Prince

Most discussed young painter of 1959 is Barcelona's Antoni Tàpies, who won the top prize at last year's Carnegie International (TIME, Dec. 15). To see what the shouting is about, Manhattanites last week were flocking to a Tàpies exhibition at the Martha Jackson Gallery. A few of those who came to praise remained to scoff, and vice versa, for Tàpies does not fit the abstract-expressionist fashion. Though fiercely independent, his art is more cool than hot, more gloomy than exuberant and more calm than wild.

Tàpies begins each picture with a cloudy idea, possibly just a word, such as "serpent" or "tree."...

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