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    Sale 7740

    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction

    1 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 171

    Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)

    Concetto spaziale, Attese

    Price Realised  

    Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
    Concetto spaziale, Attese
    signed, titled and dated 'l. fontana Concetto spaziale attese 1959 1+1-618' (on the reverse)
    waterpaint on canvas
    39¼ x 49¼in. (99.7 x 125cm.)
    Painted in 1959


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    "I am seeking to represent the void. Humanity, accepting the idea of Infinity, has already accepted the idea of Nothingness. And today Nothingness is a mathematical formula."
    (L. Fontana quoted in S. Whitfield, Lucio Fontana, London, 1999).

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    Provenance

    Galerie 59, Aschaffenburg.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1982.


    Literature

    E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana Catalogue raisonné des peintures, sculptures et environnements spatiaux, vol. II, Brussels 1974, no. 59 T 24 (illustrated, p. 82).
    E. Crispolti, Fontana Catalogo generale, vol. I, Milan 1986, no. 59 T 24 (illustrated, p. 282).
    E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana Catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, Milan 2006, no. 59 T 24 (illustrated, p. 448).


    Exhibited

    Stadt Wolframs-Eschenbach, Deutschordensschloss, Kunstausstellung zur 900-jahrfeier der Stadt Wolframs-Eschenbach, Internationale Malerei 1960-61, July-September 1961, no. 145.
    Esslingen, Galerie der Stadt Esslingen, Villa Merkel, Zero Italien. Azimut/Azimuth 1959/60 in Mailand. und heute, December 1995-February 1996 (illustrated, p. 8).
    Nice, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Zero International, April-June 1998.