T00234 Spatial Concept 1958
Inscribed 'l. fontana | "concetto spaziale" 1958' on back of canvas
Pastel on canvas, with canvas collage, 64 1/2 x 47 1/4 (164 x 120)
Presented by Mr and Mrs Charles Dainiano 1959
Prov: Mr and Mrs Charles Damiano, London (purchased from the artist)
Exh: XXIX Biennale, Venice, June-October 1958 (Fontana 41?); Paintings from the Damiano Collection, ICA, London, January 1959 (not in catalogue)
Lit: Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana (Brussels 1974), Vol.2, p.58, repr. as '58 GI'
Repr: Giampiero Giani, Lucio Fontana (Venice 1958), p.13 in colour; Evento, Nos.3-4, 1958, p.37 in colour
The artist wrote (9 March 1959): 'The picture was painted in an attempt to develop the means of art so as to achieve a contemporary expression ... Art is the creation of man, and is subject to the same evolution.' It is one of the last and largest of a series of so-called 'gessi' (chalks) executed between 1954 and 1958, with pastel on canvas and holes.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.221-2, reproduced p.221