A new privileged point of view and an original take on the evolution of Fontana's oeuvre through his complete graphic work. This catalogue raisonne of the works on paper by Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) is one the most complete and cutting-edge publications on the work of one of the leading protagonists of the twentieth-century's artistic development. Experimentation on paper was Fontana's chosen means to test the richness and novelty of his inspiration.
This catalogue raisonne covers four decades of this creative activity, starting with the astonishing corpus of figural works and culminating in his original invention of spatial art, which led to the creation and development of the highly individual “holes,” “environments,” and “slashes.” The study includes extensive and heretofore unpublished documentation on Fontana's dialogue with architecture and decoration and his experimentation with unusual techniques and materials. Including more than 5,000 works executed between 1928 and 1968, with individual entries that include bibliographical and exhibition reference, this volume is an essential and updated tool for scholars, collectors, museum operators, and art dealers who wish to become thoroughly familiar with Fontana's oeuvre.
Luca Massimo Barbero, a scholar and critic specializing in modern and contemporary art, is currently associate curator of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.