Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold

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Jan 23 2019 - Apr 14 2019

The first major survey of Lucio Fontana (1899–1968) in the United States in more than forty years, this exhibition reexamines the career of one of the most innovative artists of the twentieth century. The Argentine-Italian artist is widely known for his Cuts series, slashed paintings that became symbols of the postwar era. 

The exhibition presents extraordinary examples of this iconic body of work and explores Fontana's beginnings as a sculptor, including his exquisite work in ceramic, as well as his pioneering environments, contextualizing the radical gesture of his Cuts as part of the artist's broader search to integrate the space of art and the space of the viewer.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website 


Whether or not you go, you can bring the exhibition into your home. The exhibition catalogue, Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold, takes a fresh look at the renowned artist whose simultaneous innovations in painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture, as well as his spatial explorations, pushed the painterly into the sculptural and redefined the relationship between the arts. Evaluating Fontana’s interest in synthesis and moving beyond his famous slashed canvases, this book reveals Fontana to be one of the first installation artists. Essays by international experts address his work from both an Italian and Argentine perspective, providing numerous insights into Fontana’s expansive practice. Archival images of environments, public commissions, installations, and now-destroyed pieces accompany lavish illustrations covering his production from 1930 to the late 1960s, establishing a new approach to an artist who responded to the political, cultural, and technological thresholds that defined the mid-20th century

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  • Various Media
  • Latin American
  • 20th Century
  • Lucio Fontana

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