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Lucio Fontana

Ellisse con Fori ‘Concetto Spaziale’ (LF/3) (Ellipse with Holes ‘Spatial Concept’) Bracelet

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80,000 - 100,000 USD

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Property of a Private Collector

Lucio Fontana

1899 - 1968

Ellisse con Fori ‘Concetto Spaziale’ (LF/3) (Ellipse with Holes ‘Spatial Concept’) Bracelet

1967, signed Lucio Fontana 67 on underside, edition 3/150, stamped with GEM Montebello & Fontana hallmarks

sterling silver cuff bracelet with white lacquered oval with pierced holes positioned atop the wrist, exemplar n. 3/150 belonging to the second edition GEM MONTEBELLO, Milan, realized from June 1969 to April 1978, interrupted at no. 7, in original GEM red velvet case

6 by 2⅝ by 2¾ in.; 15.3 by 6.2 by 7 cm.

Wrist circumference: 7 in.; 18 cm.

Private collection, Germany

Louisa Guinness Gallery, London

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Germano Celant, The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943-1968, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1994, no. 292, p. 270 for pink version

Luisa Somaini and Claudio Cerritelli, Gioielli D'artista in Italia: 1945-1995, Electa, Milan, 1995, p. 17

Diana Küppers, Künstlerschmuck = objets d'art, Hirmer, Munich, 2009, p. 86 for version in red

Diane Venet, From Picasso to Jeff Koons: The Artist as Jeweler, Skira, Milan, 2011, p. 204 for pink version

Diane Venet, Bijoux d'Artistes, de Calder à Koons, la collection idéale de Diane Venet, Flammarion, Paris, 2018, p. 84 for pink version

New York, Galleria Iolas, Fontana, 1967, original wooden version

New York, Guggenheim Museum, The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943-1968, 1994 for pink version

New York, Museum of Art and Design, Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler, 2012 for pink version

Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, De Calder à Koons, Bijoux d'Artistes, la Collection Idéale de Diane Venet, 2018

Lucio Fontana was constantly slashing, puncturing, and learning how to manipulate space in new ways. His Ellisse con fori concetto spaziale bracelet is a result of testing the limits of a monochromatic flat oval by puncturing it and allowing light to penetrate from behind. Fontana‘s collaboration with GianCarlo Montebello (GEM) for this piece involved the use of industrial lacquers to cover his thick silver bracelet with a single color of enamel - in this case white - referencing the Manifesto Blanco he wrote in 1947 which laid the groundwork for his ‘spatial concepts’ (concetti spaziali), a term he used throughout his career that was extremely important for his work. Here, spatial art is taken to a new level both figuratively and literally as this bracelet links the activity of Fontana's canvases to personal adornment. It allows the wearer to actually become part of the art, transporting and transposing the spatial concept of the work into their life and Fontana’s vision of the future.