Nelson Leirner Homage to Fontana II 1967

Artwork details

Artist
Nelson Leirner born 1932
Title
Homage to Fontana II
Homenagem a Fontana II
Date 1967
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).

January 2012

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