Lucio Fontana Spatial Concept 1958

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Artist
Lucio Fontana 1899–1968
Title
Spatial Concept
Concetto spaziale
Date 1958
Medium Pastel and canvas on canvas
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 1638 x 1206 mm
frame: 1915 x 1473 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mr and Mrs Charles Damiano 1959
Reference
T00234
On loan to Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris, France)

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Fontana is best known for his claim to have introduced elements of time and space into art by slashing the canvas with a razor blade. He also explored other styles and in these and in many statements and manifestos he published Fontana strove to originate new forms of art appropriate to the modern scientific age. Although not slashed this canvas is perforated in places. It is one of the last and largest of a series of 'gessi' or chalks, made between 1954 and 1958. Fontana has written that it 'was painted in an attempt to develop the means of art so as to achieve a contemporary expression'.

August 2004

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