Lucio Fontana

Italian, Argentine born, 1899-1968

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Lucio Fontana

Italian, Argentine born, 1899-1968

8,948
Followers
established
Established Representation
auction
$29m Auction Record
Biography

Throughout his prolific career, Lucio Fontana demonstrated a relentless interest in the relationship between surface and dimensionality. Fontana formulated the theory of Spatialism in a series of manifestos dating from the late 1940s to early 1950s, proposing that matter should be infiltrated by energy in order to generate dimensional, dynamic artistic forms. Fontana implemented this theory in his series Concetto Spaziale (‘spatial concept’), punching holes in the picture plane and slicing through his canvases in order to expose the dimensional space beneath. Fontana’s innovative theories prefigured later developments in environmental art, performance art, and Arte Povera.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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High auction record
$29m, Christie's, 2015
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Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 5 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 22 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

Throughout his prolific career, Lucio Fontana demonstrated a relentless interest in the relationship between surface and dimensionality. Fontana formulated the theory of Spatialism in a series of manifestos dating from the late 1940s to early 1950s, proposing that matter should be infiltrated by energy in order to generate dimensional, dynamic artistic forms. Fontana implemented this theory in his series Concetto Spaziale (‘spatial concept’), punching holes in the picture plane and slicing through his canvases in order to expose the dimensional space beneath. Fontana’s innovative theories prefigured later developments in environmental art, performance art, and Arte Povera.

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Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
auction
High auction record
$29m, Christie's, 2015
user
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 5 more
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 22 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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Jan 23rd, 2019
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