Catalogue entry

Lucio Fontana 1899-1968

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.

Published in:
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