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Sale: 425 / Post War / Contemporary Art, June 12./13. 2015 in Munich Lot 829

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Concetto spaziale, Attesa. 1960.
Emulsion paint on canvas, partly rebacked with black gauze.
Crispolit 60 T 37. Verso signed, titled and inscribed '1+1 = 666' and 'Oggi piove!'. 81 x 65 cm (31.8 x 25.5 in).
Lucio Fontana's works 'Concetti spaziali' from the early 1960s are the artist's most sought-after works on the international auction market and count among the highlights of many public collections.
Accompanied by a writing with attached photographs by Teresita Fontana, Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, from 13 November, 1990. The work is registered in the archive of the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, with the number 1796/13.

PROVENANCE: Galleria Blu, Milan (with stamp on stretcher).
Private collection Cologne.
Galerie Handschin, Basel (with label on stretcher).
Private collection Basel.
Galerie Reckermann, Cologne.
Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (presumably acquired from previously mentioned in the early 1980s).

EXHIBITION: Lucio Fontana, Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo, 7 - 23 March, 1986.

LITERATURE: Enrico Crispolit, Lucio Fontana, Brüssel 1974, vol. II, pp. 92-93 (with illu.).
Enrico Crispolit, Lucio Fontana, Milan 1986, vol. I, p. 319 (with illu.).

In 1958 Fontana began to apply his famous slashes to the canvas, he dared the seemingly brute destruction of the mostly monochrome canvasses by means of sharp razor cuts. These highly acclaimed creations by Fontana, among which this early 'Concetto spaziale' also counts, would henceforth make history. Today they are among the highlights of renowned collections, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, the MoMA, New York, the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. 'My art is entirely characterized by this purity, by the philosophy of nothingness, which is not the nothingness of destruction but the nothingness of creation [.] And the very slash[.] was not intended as a means of destruction of the image, on contrary, it served as a means to explore what lies beyond it' (quote after: Bettina Ruhrberg, Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, Munich 1993, p. 3). Through the gasping cut into the monochrome, almost pure white canvas of our work, Fontana breaks the constraints into the depth of his painting. The impression of spatial extension does not only occur in the marginal areas of our work, but also in the opened canvas, through which the viewer's eye explores the mysterious depth of the seemingly infinite space, making it a meditative space, which, as Fontana's added phrase 'attesa' hints at, can be expected.
Lucio Fontana
Concetto spaziale, Attesa, 1960.
€ 800,000 / $ 904,000
€ 1,500,000 / $ 1.694.999

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