Lucio Fontana - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Blu, Milan

  • Exhibited

    Turin, Galleria Martano/Due, Lucio Fontana: Opere 1931-1968, October-November, 1968; Milan, Palazzo Reale, Lucio Fontana, 19 April-21 June, 1972; Milan, Galleria Blu, Omaggio a Fontana, 1973

  • Literature

    Exhibition Catalogue, Galleria Martano/Due, Lucio Fontana: Opere 1931-1968, Turin, October-November, 1968, no. 17 (illustrated); Guido Ballo, Fontana: idea per un ritratto, Turin, 1970, p. 160-61, fig. 194; Catalogo Nazionale Bolaffi d’Arte Moderna n. 8, vol. I, Giulio Bolaffi Editor, Turin, 1972, p. 102 (illustrated); Exhibition Catalogue, Palazzo Reale, Lucio Fontana, Milan, 19 April-21 June, 1972, no. 76, p. 121 (illustrated); Maggio d’Arte Moderna a Milano 1973, Milan, 1973, p. 29 (illustrated); Exhibition Catalogue, Galleria Blu, Omaggio a Fontana, Milan, 1973, p. 13 (illustrated); Enrico Crispolti, Fontana, Catalogo generale, Volume primo, Milan, 1986, no. 56-57 B1, p. 228 (illustrated); Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana, Catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, Tomo I, Milan, 2006, no. 56-57 B1, p. 390 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Holes thus have an entirely spatial origin. The event of their creation is of a spatial nature, and they are born in the most intense, crucial moment of this event. They are therefore not to be understood merely as graphic elements on the pictorial surface, which is, in the very first works, a white screen of linen paper, from which colour is excluded. By perforating the surface Fontana symbolically introduces a further spatial dimension: the space allued to is no longer earthly, not is it perspective, nor is it purely physically tangible; on the contrary, a cosmic allusion. In the surface space the ‘hole’ opens up an infinite dimension of further space; the ‘hole’ is the fracture that symbolically reveals another dimension…These are all signs and physical presences symbolizing new concepts of space expressed on the traditional surface of painting. (Enrico Crispolti, Fontana, Catalogo generale, Volume primo, Milan, 1986, p. 63)


Concetto Spaziale

c. 1956-57
Oil on canvas.
81.2 x 100 cm. (32 x 39 3/8 in).
Signed 'l.fontana' on the reverse.

£400,000 - 600,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm