LUCIO FONTANA | CONCETTO SPAZIALE
1899 - 1968
engobed terracotta, holes, incisions and graffiti, black and white
Executed in 1951-52
This work is registered in the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, with the n. 4323/1 and it is accompanied by a photo-certificate issued by the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan.
terracotta ingobbiata, buchi, incisioni e graffiti, bianco e nero
Opera registrata presso la Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milano, con il n. 4323/1 e accompagnata da certificato su fotografia rilasciato dalla la Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milano.)
cm 28x38,8; inches 11 by 15.2
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This work appears to be in generally good condition overall. There are a few minor chips towards the centre of the edges due to the previous hanging staples. There are shallow traces of dirt by the centre of the upper and lower edge.
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Galleria Il Triangolo, Rome
Private Collection, Milano, 1960s
Thence by descent to the present owner (Ivi acquisito dall'attuale proprietario)
Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana. Catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni. Tomo I, Milan 2006, p. 304, n. 51-52 SC 5, illustrated
Rome, Galleria Il Triangolo, Ceramiche di Lucio Fontana, December 1961
Toyama, The Museum of Modern Art; Karuizawa, The Museum of Modern Art Seibu Takanawa; Tokyo, The Seibu Museum of Art; Fukushima, Iwaki City Art Museum; Amagasaki, Seibu Tsukashin, Lucio Fontana, April - December 1986, pp. 101, 119, n. 102, illustrated
"I always admired the ease with which Fontana approached matter (from monochrome paintings to clay), in addition to his exploration of the sign, his moustache, his smile, his elegance in dressing, his strong hands and also the fantastic way in which he described the future of our lives.
Even today, whenever I engrave the surface of a ceramic with a sharp instrument hunched with my 'writing tools', I think of Lucio Fontana. "
Ugo La Pietra, 14 July 2008 (cited in S. Casoli, E. Geuna, Fontana Luce e Colore, exhibition catalogue, Genoa 2008, p. 112)
"Di Fontana ammiravo, oltre alla sua capacità di esplorare il segno, anche la disinvoltura con cui si avvicinava alla materia (dai quadri monocromi alla creta), il suo taglio di baffi, il suo sorriso, la sua eleganza nel vestire, le sue mani robuste e anche il modo fantastico con cui descriveva il futuro della nostra vita.
Ancora oggi, ogni qual volta incido con un affilato punteruolo la superficie della ceramica ingobbiata con i miei 'segni-scrittura', penso a Lucio Fontana."