"New York is more beautiful than Venice" | Marta Giani on Lucio Fontana's "Concetto Spaziale"

Milan | 12 April 2024

In 1961, Lucio Fontana visited New York for the first time. His fascination with the vertical city led him to seek a method to capture the modernity and brilliance of skyscrapers, blazing like beacons of a new technological age. Upon returning to Italy in early 1962, Fontana endeavored to depict his vision of New York. His boundless inventiveness prompted him to explore the use of metal in his artistic endeavors.

Sotheby's Italy is thrilled to showcase seven exceptional lots by Fontana in our upcoming Modern & Contemporary Design sale, with the spotlight on this exquisite Spatial Concept. Crafted from steel, this masterpiece belongs to the esteemed "Metalli" series, spanning from 1961 to 1968, marking Fontana's bold exploration into uncharted artistic realms. Adorned with a captivating line of perforated voids reminiscent of towering skyscrapers, it artfully evokes the vibrant pulse and allure of New York's urban landscape. Boasting a prestigious provenance, this work has graced the walls of both the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York and the Dell'Ariete Gallery in Milan, adding further depth to its significance.

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