Nelson Leirner

Homage to Fontana II

1967

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Artist
Nelson Leirner born 1932
Original title
Homenagem a Fontana II
Medium
Cotton, steel and aluminium
Dimensions
Object: 1800 x 1240 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American Acquisitions Committee in honour of Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian 2009
Reference
T12976

Not on display

Display caption

Homage to Fontana II is one of the best-known works of Brazilian Pop art. It imitates the format of a work on canvas but is made from fabric and zips. As the title suggests, it represents a somewhat tongue-in-cheek tribute to Italian artist Lucio Fontana. While Fontana punctured or sliced the canvas to create a new space beyond the surface of the painting, Leirner’s work is partially unzipped to reveal three additional panels of differently coloured fabric (red, pink and yellow).

Gallery label, January 2012

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