Lot 31. Lucio Fontana (1899 - 1968), Concetto spaziale, New York 8, signed, lacerations and scratches on brass, 62.5 by 62.5 cm. 24 1/2 by 24 1/2 in. Executed in 1962. Executed in 1966. Estimate 1,400,000 — 1,800,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's.

ProvenanceGalleria dell'Ariete, Milan
Collection Attilio Codognato, Venice
Private Collection, Turin
Galleria La Bussola, Turin
Zaira and Marsel Mis, Brussels 
Sotheby's, Paris, Collection Mis, 24 October 2012, Lot 27 (consigned by the above)
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner. 

ExhibitedMilan, Galleria dell'Ariete, Lucio Fontana - New York, June 1962, no. 17
New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Lucio Fontana, 1899-1968: A Retrospective, October - December 1977, p. 99, no. 95, illustrated in colour
Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Lucio Fontana, October 1987 - January 1988, p. 243, illustrated in colour 
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; and London, Whitechapel Gallery, Lucio Fontana, April - September 1988, p. 57, no. 90, illustrated
Brussels, Artiscope, Lucio Fontana, November 1995 - January 1996, no. 2
Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle; and Vienna, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig; Lucio Fontana, Retrospektive, June 1996 - January 1997, p. 126, no. 84, illustrated in colour
Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Lucio Fontana, April - June 1998, p. 290, no. 4, illustrated in colou.  

LiteratureEnrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana Catalogue raisonné, Vol. II, Brussels 1974, p. 123, no. 62 ME 5, illustrated
Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana Catalogo generale, Vol. II, Milan 1986, p. 410 and p. 416, no. 62 ME 5, illustrated in colour
Jean-Louis Ferrier, 'Exposition. Fontana. Centre George Pompidou', Le PointOctober 1987, n.p., (text)
Anon., 'Fontana ne previent pas', VSD Paris, October 1987, n.p., illustrated 
Anon., 'Fontana: L'ambigüité du geste', Vogue, Paris, October 1987, n.p., (text)
Daniel Soutif, 'Fontana, grand spatialiste de l'art', Libération, November 1987, n.p., illustrated
Anon., 'Fontana, l'homme de l'espace' Maison Française, ParisDecember 1987, no. 412, n.p., illustrated
Giorgio Soavi, 'Il maestro della lama', AD, 1996, pp. 52-54, no. 204, illustrated in colour
Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana Catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, Tomo II, Milan 2006, p. 597, no. 62 ME 5, illustrated in colour
Barbara Hess, Lucio Fontana 1899-1968: Un fait nouveau en sculpture, Cologne 2006, p. 66, illustrated in colour.

Note: New York is more beautiful than Venice!!
The skyscrapers of glass look like great cascades of water
That fall from the sky!!
At night it is a huge necklace of rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.”

Lucio Fontana cited in: Exh. Cat., New York, Guggenheim Museum, Luca Massimo Barbero, Lucio Fontana: Venice/New York, Exh. Cat., 2006, p. 37.


Lucio Fontana in his studio. Image: © Photo Ugo Mulas © Ugo Mulas Heirs. All rights reserved. Artwork: © Lucio Fontana/SIAE/DACS, London 2019