4 December 1996
Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
Concetto Spaziale, Attesa
signed, titled and inscribed Domani vado a Comabbio per decidere si o no di sistemarmi li on the reverse
waterpaint on canvas
58 1/4 x 45 1/4in. (148 x 115cm.)
Executed in 1968.
Galerie Springer, Berlin.
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Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana Catalogue Raisonné, Brussels 1974, vol. II, p. 196, no. 68 T I (illustrated).
Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: Catalogo Generale, Milan 1986, vol. II, p. 677, no. 68 T I (illustrated).
Although some people tend to rate the work of Fontana by the number of cuts sliced through a canvas, it is more often his truly minimal pictures, limited to a single razor-sharp rip slit vertically through the monochrome picture plane, which convey in the most direct and poignant manner the spiritual and cosmic message of his ideology.
To meditate upon the present Concetto Spaziale, Attesa is to tap into the elemental energies of the universe as it recedes from the two-dimensional flatness of the white canvas. It is almost as if one is looking through peep-hole from our known world into the blackness of uncharted infinity.
Specialist Joy McCall answers key questions for collectors of the glassmaker’s exquisite pieces. Illustrated with lots offered in the Lalique sale on 15 May
Offered in May, a 1916 canvas that was included in every major survey of Malevich’s Suprematist works during his lifetime, and which revolutionised modern art