Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)

Concetto spaziale, Attese

Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
Concetto spaziale, Attese
signed, titled and inscribed 'l. Fontana Concetto Spaziale domani vado a Lugano' (on the reverse)
waterpaint on canvas
25¾ x 21 3/8in. (65.5 x 54.2cm.)
Executed in 1964
Maffei Collection, Milan.
Piero Fedeli, Milan.
Acquired from the above by the father of the present owner in 1968 and thence by descent to the present owner.
E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: catalogue raisonné des peintures, sculptures et environnements spatiaux, vol. II, Brussels 1974, no. 64 T 74 (illustrated, p. 157).
E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: catalogo generale, vol. II, Milan 1986, no. 64 T 74 (illustrated, p. 531).
E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, vol. II, Milan 2006, no. 64 T 74 (illustrated, p. 718).
Milan, Galleria de Nieubourg, Presenza di Lucio Fontana, 1968.
Milan, Galleria Angolare, Opere di Lucio Fontana, 1975 (illustrated in colour, unpaged).
Vienna, Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Am Horizont des Sehens, 1998, no. 2 (illustrated, p. 23).

Lot Essay

Now in space there is no longer any measurement. Now you see infinity in the Milky Way.... the sense of measurement and of time no longer exists.... And my art too is all based on this purity of the philosophy of nothing, which is not a destructive nothing but a creative nothing... And the slash, and the holes, the first holes, were not the destruction of the painting... it was a dimension beyond the painting, the freedom to conceive art through any means, through any form.' (Fontana quoted in Lucio Fontana, exh. cat., Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, 1998, p. 246).

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