Lucio Fontana, ‘Concetto spaziale, Attesa’, 1963-1964, Opera Gallery

This work is registered in the Foundation Lucio Fontana, Milan, under the reference no. 1900/234

Signature: Signed, titled and inscribed ‘Oggi mi sono annoiato ad aspettare Castellani me ne vado’ (on the reverse)

Sale: Sotheby’s, Milan, 24 May 2012, lot 51
Private collection, Milan (acquired from the above)

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