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

Concetto spaziale, Attese

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Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
Concetto spaziale, Attese
signed, titled and inscribed 'l. Fontana Concetto spaziale, ieri ho messo a casa un bel divano bianco di Gadina' (on the reverse)
waterpaint on canvas and white lacquered wood
393/8 x 511/8in. (100 x 130cm.) (the canvas)
403/8 x 52in. (102.5 x 132cm.) (with the artist's frame)
Executed in 1965
Provenance
Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York (NOR 7798).
Marlborough Galleria d'Arte, Rome (RM031).
Acquired from the above by the mother of the present owner.
Literature
E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana, catalogue raisonné, vol. II, Brussels 1974, no. 65 T 59 (illustrated p. 162).
E. Crispolti, Fontana, catalogo generale, vol. II, Milan 1986, no. 65 T 59 (illustrated p. 568).
Exhibited
Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Lucio Fontana, 1966.
Austin Texas, University Art Museum, 1966, no. 32.
New York, The Jewish Museum, Recent Italian Painting and Sculpture, May-September 1968.
Turin, Castello di Rivoli, Lucio Fontana, La cultura dell'occhio, June-September 1986, no. 45 (illustrated).
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Lot Essay

"What I'm doing now are only variations on my two fundamental concepts; the hole and the slash. At a time when people were talking about planes; the plane of the surface, the plane of depth etc., making a hole was a radical gesture that broke the space of the picture and that said: after this we are free to do what we want. You can't confine the space of the picture to the limits of the canvas, but it has to be extended to the whole environment. I don't know how or in how many ways, because unfortunately I won't be alive in the year two thousand, but the important thing has been to testify to this need." (from D. Palazzoli, 'Intervista con Lucio Fontana' in Bit, no.5, Milan, Oct-Nov. 1967.)

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