T00694 Spatial Concept 'Waiting' 1960
Inscribed 'l.fontana "attesa" 1 + 1 333' on back of canvas
Natural canvas, 36 5/8 x 29 1/8 (93 x 74)
Purchased from Charles Damiano (Grant-in-Aid) 1964
Prov: Charles Damiano, London (purchased from the artist 1960)
Exh: Personal Choice 2, Wakefield City Art Gallery, May-June 1961 (not in catalogue); Lucio Fontana, St?dtisches Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, January-February 1962 (71, repr.)
Lit: Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana (Brussels 1974), Vol.2, p.92, repr. as '60 T 13'
Repr: Art International, VI, March 1962, p.39
Fontana began to use a razor blade to make precise, sweeping cuts in 1958. He wrote that: 'The picture "Spatial Concept" WAITING was based on my researches begun with the MANIFIESTO BLANCO published in Buenos Aires in 1946, and to be precise a new dimension beyond the canvas, time and space, the freedom to produce a work of art, liberating myself from the traditional canons of painting and sculpture' (letter of 9 July 1965).
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, p.222, reproduced p.222