Sale: 401 / Post War/Contemporary Art, Dec. 08. 2012 in Munich Lot 283

 
283
Lucio Fontana
Concetto Spaziale Taglio, 1962.
Object
Estimate:
€ 30,000 / $ 35,100
Sold:
€ 43,920 / $ 51.386

(incl. 22% surcharge)
Lot description
Concetto Spaziale Taglio. Wohl 1962-64.
Object. Brown shers with dark brown glazing.
Not in Crispolti. Signed (scratched). Ca. 42 x 26 x 3,2 cm (16,5 x 10,2 x 1,2 in).
This work is the model for the multiple of the same name. Unique piece. [KP].

PROVENANCE: Private collection Southern Germany.

EXHIBITION: ARS PORCELLANA. Die Rosenthal Relief Reihe, Museum Moderner Kunst Wörlen Passau, 25 April - 7July, 2009.

LITERATURE: Cf. Harry Ruhé/Camillo Rigo, Lucio Fontana. Graphics, Multiples and more.., Amsterdam 2006, C-3, p. 145.

Lucio Fontana was born in Rosario di Santa Fé in Argentina on 19 February 1899 as son of an Italian sculptor. In 1905 the artist's family moved from Argentina to Milan, where Fontana studied engineering under Carlo Cattaneo from 1914. After serving in the Italian armed forces, he graduated in engineering in 1918. Returning to Argentina in 1922, he worked at first in his father's studio for sculpture before opening one of his own in 1924. By 1928 he was again in Milan, where he studied sculpture at the Accademia di Brera. In addition to figurative sculpture, he produced terracotta reliefs and painted plaster plaques from 1931, which show that he was moving towards abstraction. In 1934 Fontana joined the Paris group 'Abstraction-Création', founding the Milan branch. The following year it issued a manifesto on abstract art and Fontana had his first one-man show at the Galleria del Milione in Milan. From 1939 the artist was again in Argentina, where he co-founded the Altamira private academy in 1946, issuing with his students the 'Manifesto Blanco' calling for a synthesis of genres and the rejection of conventional materials. Once again in Milan, Fontana formulated his quest for a new spatial art in 1948 in the first 'Technical Manifesto of Spatialism' and founded the 'Movimento spaziale' group. In 1949 he realized his first 'Ambiente spaziale', a precursor of Environment, in a Milan gallery. That same year he produced his first perforated canvases, which, like all the works to follow, bore the title 'Concetto spaziale' (Spatial concept).

Lucio Fontana, who relentlessly experimented with new materials, made a decisive step in terms of technique from picture to object in the second half of the 1940s. The soft porcelain mass is particularly suitable to render motion, as in the 'Movimento Spaziale', which were about the breach of two-dimensional works of art and the exploration of space and spatial dimensions. Next to pierced canvases, he cut open ceramic-and metal plates. The corpus of the dark brown ceramic 'Concetto spaziale taglio' is one of the three works that Fontana allowed the porcelain maker Rosenthal in Selb to use for the Rosenthal relief series in 1968, the same year it was presented on 'ars porcellana' of the ‘Kölner Kunstverein’.

The early 1960s saw Fontana combining his pictorial devices with areas of paint, often mixed with sand and applied in thick layers which were often scored and incised. These works were followed by large, spherical bronze objects. During this period there were numerous one-man and group shows, including regular participation in the Venice Biennale, documenta 4 in Kassel (1968) and the touring exhibition mounted by the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1966-68). Fontana's career closed with 'La fine di dio', an impressive series of works which exerted an enormous influence on the younger generation of artists in the 1960s. Lucio Fontana died in Varese on 7 September, 1968. [KP/AS]

283
Lucio Fontana
Concetto Spaziale Taglio, 1962.
Object
Estimate:
€ 30,000 / $ 35,100
Sold:
€ 43,920 / $ 51.386

(incl. 22% surcharge)