Nelson Leirner

Homage to Fontana II

1967

Not on display
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

Display caption

Homage to Fontana II imitates the format of a conventional painting on canvas but is made from fabric and zips. As the title suggests, it represents a playful tribute to Italian artist Lucio Fontana. 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 panels of differently coloured fabric.

Gallery label, January 2019

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