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Italian painter, sculptor and theorist Lucio Fontana is known as the founder of Spatialism, an important Arte Povera artist and Futurist. After spending the 1930's and 40's Italy and France, he returned to Argentina where he helped found the Altamira Academy. It was at this time that he created his theories on "Spazialismo", or Spatialism. Following his return to Italy he started the so-called Spatial Concept or slash series, consisting in holes or slashes on the surface of monochrome paintings, drawing a sign of what he named "an art for the Space Age". He devised the generic title Concetto Spaziale (‘spatial concept’) for these works and used it for almost all his later paintings. These can be divided into broad categories: the Buchi (‘holes’), and the Tagli (‘slashes’).
Fontana had his first solo exhibitions at Galleria del Milione, Milan, in 1931. In 1961, Michel Tapié organized Fontana's first show in the U.S., an exhibition of the Venice series, at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York. His first solo exhibition at an American museum was held at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1966. He participated in the Bienal de São Paulo, and in numerous exhibitions around the world. Major retrospectives have been organized by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (2006), Hayward Gallery, London (1999), Fondazione Lucio Fontana (1999), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (1987). Since 1930 Fontana's work had been exhibited regularly at the Venice Biennale; he was awarded the Grand Prize for Painting at the Venice Biennale of 1966. Gagosian Gallery NY recently held a major retrospective of his work May-June 2012. Paintings, works on papers and sculptures by the artist are held in over one hundred Museum collections world-wide.

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Publication: Harry Ruhé/Camillo Rigo, Lucio Fontana. graphics, multiples and more, Amsterdam 2006, p. 165, cat. no. M-15
Catalogue Raisonné: M-15, Harry Ruhé/Camillo Rigo
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  • Private Collection, Italy
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  • Shipping Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.6 x 0.8 in. (29.46 x 29.46 x 2.03 cm.)
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