Lucio Fontana. Portrait of Antonin Artaud. 1968

Lucio Fontana Portrait of Antonin Artaud 1968

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Fontana founded the Italian postwar movement Spazialismo, which aimed to bring art and science together. He is best known for groundbreaking work in which he slashed, cut, punctured, and bored into the surfaces of his paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures in an attempt to transcend illusionistic representation.

These strategies can be seen in the "illustrations" Fontana contributed to a book by Otto Hahn about the iconoclastic French playwright, actor, poet, artist, and director Antonin Artaud (1896–1948). Through his theories about art and theater and his experiences with drug addiction and institutionalization, Artaud became a figure of tremendous interest among artists in the 1960s. To illustrate this book, Fontana created a set of punctured sheets of steel, brass, and plexiglass kept in a sculptural container.

Gallery label from Book/Shelf, March 26–July 7, 2008.
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Fontana is best known for groundbreaking work in which he slashed, cut, punctured, and bored into the surfaces of his paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures in an attempt to transcend illusionistic representation. These strategies can be seen in the "illustrations" Fontana contributed to a book by Otto Hahn about the iconoclastic French playwright, actor, poet, artist, and director Antonin Artaud (1896–1948). Through his theories about art and theater and his experiences with drug addiction and institutionalization, Artaud became a figure of tremendous interest among artists in the 1960s. To illustrate this book, Fontana created a set of punctured sheets of steel, brass, and Plexiglas kept in a sculptural container.

Gallery label from From the Collection: 1960-69, March 26, 2016 - March 12, 2017.
Author
Otto Hahn
Medium
Multiple of wood and enamel with one copper die-cut plate, one steel die-cut plate, two plexiglass die-cut plates and one artist's book
Dimensions
plate (each, irreg.): 7 3/8 x 5 3/4" (18.7 x 14.6 cm); page: 7 9/16 x 5 9/16" (19.2 x 14.1 cm); other (book): 7 3/4 x 5 13/16 x 1 1/16" (19.7 x 14.8 x 2.7 cm); overall (wood multiple, closed): 14 7/16 x 2 9/16 x 9 3/8" (36.6 x 6.5 x 23.8 cm); overall (wood multiple, open): 14 7/16 x 25 1/2 x 9 3/8" (36.6 x 64.7 x 23.8 cm)
Publisher
Le Soleil Noir, Paris
Fabricator
Unknown
Edition
80
Credit
Monroe Wheeler Fund
Object number
932.1969.1-6
Copyright
© 2021 Fondation Lucio Fontana
Department
Drawings and Prints

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