Lucio Fontana. Spatial Concept: Expectations. 1959

Lucio Fontana Spatial Concept: Expectations 1959

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Inspired by Futurism, Fontana sought to escape the “prison” of the flat picture surface to explore movement, time, and space. In 1949 he first developed his Spatial Concepts, puncturing and piercing the surfaces of sheets of paper to reach behind and beyond the illusionistic plane into what he called “a free space.” In the late 1950s Fontana began to slash linear cuts into stretched canvases; shedding its materiality, line became coextensive with infinite space.

Gallery label from On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, November 21, 2010-February 7, 2011.
Medium
Synthetic polymer paint on slashed burlap
Dimensions
39 3/8 x 32" (100 x 81.5 cm)
Credit
Philip Johnson Fund
Object number
413.1960
Copyright
© 2020 Fondation Lucio Fontana
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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