Lucio Fontana. Portrait of Antonin Artaud. 1968

Lucio Fontana Portrait of Antonin Artaud 1968

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Fontana conceived of Portrait of Antonin Artaud as a hybrid between an illustrated book and an object. Its largest component is a container for a book by Otto Hahn about the French playwright, actor, poet, artist, and theater director Antonin Artaud (1896–1948), whose transgressive ideas fascinated many artists in the 1960s. Fontana’s “illustrations” for the book are oval-shaped sheets of different materials including two in vibrant hues of translucent plexiglass. The die-cut holes in each one extended from his practice of slashing and puncturing his paintings.

Gallery label from 2021
Otto Hahn
Multiple of wood and enamel with one copper die-cut plate, one steel die-cut plate, two plexiglass die-cut plates and one artist's book
plate (each, irreg.): 7 3/8 x 5 3/4" (18.7 x 14.6 cm); page: 7 9/16 x 5 9/16" (19.2 x 14.1 cm); other (book): 7 3/4 x 5 13/16 x 1 1/16" (19.7 x 14.8 x 2.7 cm); overall (wood multiple, closed): 14 7/16 x 2 9/16 x 9 3/8" (36.6 x 6.5 x 23.8 cm); overall (wood multiple, open): 14 7/16 x 25 1/2 x 9 3/8" (36.6 x 64.7 x 23.8 cm)
Le Soleil Noir, Paris
Monroe Wheeler Fund
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© 2022 Fondation Lucio Fontana
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