Lucio Fontana (1899 - 1968), Concetto Spaziale - Photo Sotheby's

signed; signed, titled and dated 52 on the reverse; oil and pencil on canvas; 50 by 60.2cm. 19 3/4 by 23 3/4 in. Executed in 1960. Estimation: 200,000 - 250,000 GBP

PROVENANCE: Collection T.F.R., Milan
Private Collection, Hamburg
Private Collection, Milan
Acquired from the above by the present owner

EXHIBITED: Frankfurt, Galerie Neuendorf, Lucio Fontana, 1987-8, no. 43, illustrated in colour
New York, Panicali Fine Art, Lucio Fontana, 1988, p. 9, illustrated in colour

LITTERATURE: Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana, Catalogue Raisonné des Peintures, Sculptures et Environnements Spatiaux, Vol. II, Brussels 1974, p. 70, no. 60 B 40, illustrated
Blolaffi. Catalogo Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, no. 16, Vol. I, Milan 1980, pp. 112, XIII, 5, all illustrated
Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana, Catalogo Generale, Vol. II, Milan 1986, p. 246, no. 60 B 40, illustrated
Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana, Catalogo Ragionato di Sculture, Dipinti, Ambientazioni, Vol. I, Milan 2006, p. 405, no.60 B 40, illustrated

He is the enemy of media purity, and chooses the ambiguous borders between the arts, where paintings look like sculpture and sculpture meets painting halfway, in a series of overlappings and conflations.”
(Lawrence Alloway speaking in 1961, quoted in: Exhibition Catalogue, London, Hayward Gallery, Lucio Fontana, 1999, p. 30)

Sotheby's. 20th Century Italian Art. London | 12 oct. 2012 www.sothebys.com