Lucio Fontana: Retrospective

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, I quanta, 1960 (© Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Mi
Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, I quanta, 1960 (© Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milano)

E. Baker reviews Lucio Fontana: Retrospective at Museum D’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, on view through August 24, 2014.

Baker writes: "Fontana’s cut works and sculptures are expressive in their minimalism, examining the singular act of cutting or punching a hole as the opening of dimensions, the breakdown of the painter’s two dimensional space in favor of a haphazardly simulated depth. The hole, in all its simple execution, signals the sudden entry of new elements to the painter’s repertoire, and Fontana frequently returned to the format to exhaust its compositional capacities... The body of work on display is extremely diverse and moves back and forth between abstraction and figuration, utopia and kitsch, technological fascination and amorphous materials, an accurate reflection of the enormity of Fontana’s life work."