[July 25 2017]
“Fontana ripped open the surfaces of his abstract paintings, bringing the space around them inside each one. A single slash or multiple cuts inscribed the surfaces with an effect that was both aggressive and aesthetic. As a theoretical artist, one might think that Fontana’s physical action corresponded to his ideas about the historical position of painting. But the elegance of the slashes — as the depth and diversity of the Gagosian exhibition made clear — revealed a more complicated sensuousness. Fontana transformed abstract painting into a complex tactile art of careful, rigorous beauty.” – argues JEFF RIAN in his essay on Lucio Fontana for Purple issue 18. Read the full text here!
On view until July, 29th 2017 at Galerie Karsten Greve, 5 rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris.
Photo Inès Manai