FONTANA, by Agnoldomenico Pica and Lucio Fontana - 1953 ["Spazialismo"]


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text by Agnoldomenico Pica

images by Lucio Fontana 

In Italian.  Venice:  Edizioni del Cavallino, 1953  

Softback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Wraps with photo illustration have yellow title on front. 
  • Wraps show some smudges, scuffing, edgewear, a pencil mark at corner of back cover.  Corners are bumped.  See photos.  
  • Spine shows some wear and scuffing at shoulders, with chipped ends.  See photos.  
  • Binding is intact. 
  • End papers have some moderate foxing.  See photos.  
  • Illustrations, full-page photographs, are bright and clear; some staining at page edges.  See photos. 
  • Interior is gently age-toned, exhibits light foxing, some stains.  See photos.   
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • PS2023.1019

12 pages. 7 x 9.25 inches

Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Argentine-Italian artist, is known for his perforated canvasses and for the series of manifestos he wrote laying out his ideas about art in a modern age which would become know as Spazialismo, or Spatialism.  Fontana first exhibited one of his works, a temporary installation consisting of a giant amoeba-like shape suspended in the void in a darkened room and lit by neon light, at the Galleria del Naviglio in Milan in 1949. 

The Galleria del Naviglio was the creation of Carlo Cardazzo (1908-1963), a Venetian art dealer, collector, and promoter with a passion for contemporary art.  In April 1942, Cardazzo inaugurated the Galleria del Cavallino in Venice. Then, in 1946, he opened the Galleria del Naviglio in the center of Milan, initiating a series of relations with critics and intellectuals, bringing together artists of different generations, and printing outstanding publications that projected his image to the wider public.  Cardazzo was the first dealer to work with Lucio Fontana, after Fontana’s return from Argentina, and it was for the Galleria del Naviglio that Fontana conceived his Spatial Ambience with Black Light.

The slim volume for sale here was issued by Carlo Cardazzo's publishing house, and the introductory essay entitled "Lucio Fontana and Spatialism" discusses Fontana's work, his associates, and the early exhibitions by this avant-garde figure.  Eight pages of photographs show the play of light across his perforated screens ("schermi forati"). 

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