The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Rarely seen ceramics of a vast and impressive variety by Lucio Fontana at Karsten Greve Gallery
Lucio Fontana, Le Sirene, 1950, 98 x 110 cm, polychrome ceramics.
PARIS.- Karsten Greve Gallery presents an exhibition of rarely seen ceramics of a vast and impressive variety by LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968).

The sculptures of this artist are characterised by an experimentation where the concern for the non-finito in the subjects animates the material, approached as it is in a revolutionary manner, while at the same time conserving its innate organic vitality. The matter seems to sizzle, becoming very agitated and telluric, though capable of palpable pleasure. Fontana is oriented in the direction of sculptural research that sees shape as an event through light and space, an actual vital lump charged with energy.

“I searched and studied form, the expression of form”, Fontana stresses in a text about ceramics in 1939. The artist often insists in his writings upon his own position with respect to ceramics, defining himself as a sculptor and not a ceramist. Furthermore, he emphasises the distinction between the technique itself and its objectives; his own studies on form and on the expression liberated from the form itself.

It was in 1937 during a stay at the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres and later, at the furnace of Albisola in Liguria (Italy), that Fontana deepened his technique in a systematic and disciplined manner. It was in fact in Albisola that he produced a marine series with seaweed, butterfly, flower and lobster motifs and an entire petrified and brilliant aquarium.

In his works, Fontana ceaselessly confronts the techniques and traditional themes that are characteristic of ceramics. He fills his work out with landscapes, religious scenes, vegetal and animal subjects and even characters from the Commedia dell’Arte, in order to reinvent them and launch into avant-garde ideas and achievements, the results of which are his Concetti Spaziali, Buchi (since 1949) and Tagli (since 1958).

His outstanding sculptures were really discovered and fully appreciated for the first time at an exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in 1987. In this particularly significant production, Fontana had a less theoretical commitment to static art genres. An unlimited “spatialism” took form in his first writings, Manifesto Blanco (Buenos Aires, 1946) and Spaziali (Milan, 1948), the first Italian manifesto. Influenced by Futurism, he upheld the ideas of progress, of a dynamic world where the concept of the work operates as much in the viewer’s imagination as in its material production.

The son of an Italian sculptor who emigrated to Argentina, he learned to master ceramics in his father’s workshop. He studied at the Brera Academy at the end of the 1920’s under the symbolist sculptor Adolfo Wildt. There he discovered his interest in clear outlines, compositions with two-dimensional images and in space, which is not made up of volumes but of an imaginary line. This importance granted to substance as a point of departure towards space is reflected in his ceramic pieces such as Arlecchino (1948) and Il Guerriero (1949). Fontana sought to free himself from the spatial framework through agitated movements, fragmented and luminous surfaces and a Baroque-Expressionist gesture set in an alternation of concave and convex shapes. Directly modulating the material with his spontaneous gestures, Fontana highlights the softness and versatility of the material being handled. His interest for well defined edges and compositions with two-dimensional images finds expression in more abstract works such as La Sirene (1950) and Concetto Spaziale (1954), in which representation gradually disappears and the limits of genres between sculpture, drawing and oil painting are merged.

Lucio Fontana was born on February 19, 1899 in Rosario, a province of Santa Fe in Argentina. In 1927 he studied sculpture in Italy and held his first exhibition at the Il Milione Gallery, in Milan (1930). During the following years, he travelled between Italy and France, working with expressionist and abstract painters. In 1940, in Buenos Aires, he taught sculpture at the Beaux-Arts before founding a private school, the Altamira Academy. Then in 1946 he signed the Manifesto Blanco, which was considered to be the first manifesto of the Spatialist Movement. In 1947, Fontana returned to Milan, where a small group soon gathered around his ideas, and led the way to several manifestos. Back in Milan after a period in New York in the 1960’s, he finally moved to Comabbio, in Lombardy, where he died on September 7, 1968.

His works have been shown in numerous one-man and group shows around the world, including the Centre Georges Pompidou (1987), the Museum Moderner Kunst Stifung Ludwig, Vienna (1996-1997), the Hayward Gallery, London (1999-2000), the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York (2006) and the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome (2008).

The show will be accompanied by a catalogue with a text by Robert Storr.



Today's News

April 1, 2012

"Renoir Between Bohemia and Bourgeoisie: The Early Years" at Kunstmuseum Basel

A rediscovered pastel by the most important pastellist of the 18th century offered at Sotheby's in Paris

Feds: Connecticut man knows something about stolen art from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Abstract-Expressionist painter Adolph Gottlieb's mature work on view at The Pace Gallery

Indonesia's shipwrecks mean riches and headaches; for historians, the wrecks are time capsules

Rarely seen ceramics of a vast and impressive variety by Lucio Fontana at Karsten Greve Gallery

The Art of the Enlightenment: Finissage in Beijing, more than 450,000 visitors saw the show

Exhibition of paintings by Minimalist artist Jo Baer opens at Gagosian Gallery in Geneva

British Museum celebrates success of Hajj exhibition receiving over 80,000 visitors

National Gallery of Canada exhibition celebrates recipients of 2012 Governor General's Awards

International mix of artists exhibit new paintings, drawings & prints at the Architect's Gallery

Brains! Exhibition at London's Wellcome Collection looks to understand what's inside our skulls

Resounding success for the Library of R. & B. L. at Sotheby's, world record for La Prose du Transsibérie

CAC Malaga presents the most important exhibition on Marcel Dzama held to date in Spain

New NEA research report shows potential benefits of arts education for at-risk youth

National Gallery of Victoria ranks with world's most popular galleries

Large-scale paintings crowded with spirited and seductive colors by Stanley Whitney at Team Gallery

National Museum Gemaeldegalerie features second part of solo exhibition Botticelli/Grey

Sun Pavilion construction on Nelson-Atkins grounds nearly complete

David Chipperfield Architects selected to renovate the New National Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site