• The Italian Sale  auction at Christies

    Sale 7757

    The Italian Sale

    16 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 49

    Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)

    Concetto spaziale, Attese

    Price Realised  

    Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
    Concetto spaziale, Attese
    signed and titled 'l. Fontana concetto spaziale ATTESE 1+1 - 3XZZ3' (on the reverse)
    waterpaint on canvas
    28 7/8 x 21 3/8in. (73.1 x 54.1cm.)
    Executed in 1961


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    'With the slash I invented a formula that I dont think I can perfect. I managed with this formula to give the spectator an impression of spatial calm, of cosmic rigour, of serenity in infinity'

    (Fontana, quoted in E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: Catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, vol. I, Milan 2006, p. 105).

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    Provenance

    McRoberts & Tunnard Gallery, London.
    Jiyugaoka Gallery, Tokyo.
    Galería Marta Cervera, Madrid.
    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York.
    de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich.RPaolo Majorana, Brescia.
    Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York.
    Galleria Seno, Milan.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Literature

    E. Crispolti, Fontana: catalogo generale, vol. II, Milan 1986, no. 61 T 89 (illustrated, p. 441).
    E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: Catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, vol. II, Milan 2006, no. 61 T 89 (illustrated, p. 625).


    Exhibited

    Tokyo, Jiyugaoka Gallery, Lucio Fontana, 1977.
    Tokyo, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Seibu-Ikebukuro, Fontana, March 1984, no. 6 (illustrated, unpaged).
    Zurich, de Pury & Luxembourg, Lucio Fontana, October-December 2002, no. 4.