Lucio Fontana

1899 · Italy

Artist biography

Lucio Fontana is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Italy. Lucio Fontana was born in 1899. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Giorgio de Chirico, Gino Severini, Amadeo Modigliani and Giorgio Morandi.

About Lucio Fontana's works

Lucio Fontana's work is illustrative of the fields of Abstraction, Minimalism and Conceptual. Born in the early 20th century, abstract art can be defined as a movement escaping the classical definition of art, which succeeded in creating its own tradition through freedom and a new perception of reality. In abstract artworks, the objects are schematised, modified, and hold little to no reference to the real world. Abstract art represents a pivotal moment in modernism, and its roots can be traced to Impressionism. With Abstraction, the artists are free to explore deep into their emotions, and create completely new and liberated representations of the world, which are inherent to their own perception of it. Wassily Kandinsky, who believed that colours and shapes could be used to represent the artist’s inner turmoil, is often considered as the father of abstract art.

The art movement known as Minimalism came to emerged in the late 1950s and during the 1960s, and has remained one of the most influential of all modern and contemporary movements. Minimalism emerged in New York City among a number of growing artists who were moving away from Abstract Expressionism and who favoured a sleek, geometric aesthetic instead, free from expression. Earlier European abstract movements tremendously influenced American minimalist art creators. During the Second World War period, a large number of European emigrés gathered in New York and works by the Dutch De Stijl artists, Russian Constructivists, and members of the German Bauhaus became well known, in vogue and influential. Each of these groups had pioneered radical forms of abstraction, and inspired artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Robert Morris to delve into new routes in their art. These artists wanted to create art that referred only to itself, conceeding the viewer an immediate, purely visual response. The personal, gestural elements were stripped away with the aim to reveal the objective, formal consituents that comprised paintings and sculptures.

Conceptual art emerged as an art movement in the 1960s, critiquing the previously ruling modernist movement and its focus on the aesthetic. The term is often used to refer to art from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. In Conceptualism, the idea or concept behind the work of art became more important than the actual technical skill or aesthetic. Conceptual artists used whichever materials and forms were most appropriate to get their ideas across. This resulted in a variety of different types of artworks that could take the form of almost anything – from performance to writing, to everyday objects. The artists explored the possibilities of art-as-idea and art-as-knowledge, using linguistic, mathematical, and process-oriented dimensions of thought as well as invisible system and processes for their productions.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Lucio Fontana's work is available on display in 16 galleries listed on Artland. Some of those galleries are Skarstedt Gallery | London, Robilant + Voena | London, as well as Luxembourg & Dayan | London in the United Kingdom. Lucio Fontana most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Robilant + Voena | London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition Robilant + Voena | London. The exhibition was open from 04 October 2017 until 17 November 2017. Lucio Fontana's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Rossi & Rossi | Hong Kong in China (22 March 2019 - 10 May 2019) with the name Oltre la Pittura and Gagosian | Paris in France (15 January 2020 - 06 March 2020) with the name Blanc sur Blanc. Lucio Fontana's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Crosses and took place at Galerie Karsten Greve | Paris in France from the 20 May 2017 to 29 July 2017.

At the moment, Lucio Fontana has a total of four artworks for sale at Artland.

Historical Context of Italy

The classical period of the Romans has exerted a significant influence on the cultural and intellectual evolution of Italy, contributing to the uniqueness of the country and its immense artistic legacy. Italy is also the country that embodies the Renaissance, “Riniscita” in its original language, which signifies “rebirth”. From the early 1400s, the Renaissance has been a fervent era of cultural and political flourishing, inducing revivals in art, architecture, music, poetry and philosophy. Although significantly tormented by the fascism of Mussolini in the modern and contemporary era, Italy has never lost its place as one of the most powerful artistic centres, home to cutting-edge movements such as Futurism and Arte Povera, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement. Some highly eminent Italian artists from the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Lucio Fontana

Born in 1899, Lucio Fontana grew up during the 1900s and 1910s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The first decades of the 20th century were defined by the energetic development of visual and pictorial art. These years were an time of experimentation, with artists exploring into ideas surrounding Post-Impressionism, Expressionism and Abstraction. These innovations inspired artist communities and collectives across the globe, with many groups developing different ways of communicating their ideas. Across the world, Expressive painting continued to be explored and developed in many countries. In France in the early 1900s, the Nabis explored this movement, and were soon followed by German groups such as Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter. Through this movement the careers of some famous artists such as Kirchner, Franz Marc, and Wassily Kandinsky were grew.

Lucio Fontana

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