Here at Widewalls, we have a deep appreciation for the artists who manage to preserve their flawless lives in the auction world, and whose works are frequently the subject of debates that affect both their aesthetics and their message of their high prices. One of these artists is the legendary Lucio Fontana . The Argentinian-born Italian sculptor, painter and theoretician is best known for being the founder of Spatialism and its connections to Arte Povera of a modern art movement introduced in Italy in 1
His movement – Spatialism – was launched in 1947 upon his return to Italy with the first Manifesto Spaziale . One of the most influential artists of the 20th century has led artists like Yves Klein and Piero Manzoni to regard him as the father of contemporary art.
The Art of Lucio Fontana
From 1949, Lucio Fontana began his ] Spatial Concept or Slash Series, a collection of works consisting of holes and slashes on the surface of monochrome paintings. He titled these works Concetto spaziale and used this name for almost all of his later works. These paintings can be divided into categories such as Buchi or Holes (from 1949) and Tagli or slashes (from 1950).
Lucio Fontana often drew the back of his canvases with black gauze to illuminate the darkness behind the cuts of his works, thus creating the illusion of depth . Fontana's works have been exhibited internationally several times, and his first solo exhibition took place in 1931 at the Galleria del Milione in Milan. His works have inspired and influenced a large number of artists around the world, seeing 10 of his most expensive pieces sold at auctions!
Editor's tip: Paul Schimmel – Painting the Void, 1949-1962
Da Lucio Fontana known for the "destruction" of his paintings, you may want to learn more about this creative practice. This is the first book to show the transnational view of destruction in the world of post-war abstract painting. This book focuses on the literal physical attack on the image surface. Affected by the social and political unrest of the post-war period, especially after the atomic bomb, artists beat, beat and burned their artworks to transcend the boundaries of the two-dimensional idea of canvas. Among other things, this book features our Lucio Fontana and his masterpieces, which you can see by scrolling through our list.