Lucio Fontana, ‘Concetto Spaziale ’, 1960, The Mayor Gallery

Signature: Signed lower right, signed, titled and dated on reverse

Lugano, Pro Arte Gallery, Lucio Fontana - Spatial Concepts, 18th October - 17th November 1984

Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: Catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazoni, Vol. I, Milan, 1986, p. 406, 60B43

Private Collection, Milan
Marco Conte, Milan
Private Collection, Italy

About Lucio Fontana

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.

Italian, Argentine b., 1899-1968, Rosario de Santa Fe, Argentina