Art|Basel|2017: «Lucio Fontana»

20 Jun

Lucio Fontana at Tornabuoni
Art Booth – Art Basel 2017
Photograph by Andreas Baier
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Tornabuoni Art gallery has pulled off an art historical coup with its presentation at Art|Basel|2017 of four rare and fragile works from Lucio Fontana’s «Fine di Dio» series (1963-64). The last exhibition devoted to these works, comprising 38 pieces in total, was held in June 1963 at the Galleria dell’Ariete in Milan, when five of the large, oval-shaped perforated works painted in different monochrome hues were displayed; as The Arts Newspaper reports.

A selection of preparatory studies, photographs, letters and documents linked to the works are also on show at the Tornabuoni Art stand as part of the catalogue research project led by the Italian art historian Enrico Crispolti and Luca Massimo Barbero, the director of the art institute at the Fondazione Cini in Venice.

From 1949, Lucio Fontana started his «Spatial Concept or slash» series, a collection of works comprised of holes and slashes on the surface of monochrome paintings. He titled these works «Concetto spaziale» and he used this name for almost all of his later works. These paintings can be split into categories such as the «Buchi» or holes, beginning in 1949, and the «Tagli», or slashes, beginning 1950. Lucio Fontana often lined the back of his canvases with black gauze in order to make the darkness shimmer behind the cuts in his works and thus create the illusion of depth. Fontana’s works have been exhibited numerous times internationally, and his first solo exhibition was at Galleria del Milione in Milan, back in 1931. His works have inspired and influenced a great number of artists around the world.

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