Lucio Fontana. Spatial Concept: Expectations. 1960

Lucio Fontana

Spatial Concept: Expectations


Slashed canvas and gauze
39 1/2 x 31 5/8" (100.3 x 80.3 cm)
Gift of Philip Johnson
Object number
© 2017 Fondation Lucio Fontana
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Lucio Fontana has 21 works  online.
There are 2,375 paintings online.

By slashing the center of his canvases, Fontana allowed three–dimensional space to intrude into an otherwise two–dimensional surface. Fontana first introduced perforations within his works in 1949 and referred to these as "spatial concepts." He then began slashing his canvases in the early 1950s and added the term "Expectations" to the title. While these works immediately conjure acts of violence and iconoclasm, Fontana claimed "I have constructed, not destroyed."

Gallery label from 2006

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