Exhibition pairs masterworks of Italian Gothic painting with Lucio Fontana's spatial concepts

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Exhibition pairs masterworks of Italian Gothic painting with Lucio Fontana's spatial concepts
Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, I Quanta, 1959–60.

NEW YORK, NY.- Robilant+Voena’s latest exhibition pairs masterworks of Italian Gothic painting with Lucio Fontana’s spatial concepts, presenting the old masters through the lens of Fontana’s art and vice versa.

On display in the New York gallery located at 980 Madison Avenue, the exhibition opened on 28 April and runs until 11 June 2022.

This is the second exhibition pairing Italian Gothic pictures with Fontana’s work. The first was presented by Marco Voena at Sperone Westwater in February 1999, Gold. Gothic Masters and Lucio Fontana.

Puncturing and slashing clay, canvas and metal, Fontana created art which transcended the boundaries of painting and sculpture. His works stand as a record of time and process, tearing down physical and intellectual traditions to create the new.

For an artist who propelled the fine arts so far into the future, Fontana saw great relevance to the new in Italian Gothic painting, explaining ‘The fundamental conditions in modern art are clearly evident in the 13th century, in which the representation of space begins’.

At the end of the 13th century, Italian artists began to experiment with the material realities of the figure in space. This moment marked the beginning of a search for how best to depict a rational, measurable space in two dimensions, where artists could place their newly naturalistic figures.

The exhibition presents powerful juxtapositions between Fontana's pioneering spatial concepts and gold-grounds by artists including Taddeo di Bartolo, Jacopo di Cione and Bicci di Lorenzo. The purity and meditative quality of Fontana's monochrome canvases complements the emotion and pathos found in depictions of the life of Christ and saints by the Gothic masters.

Vividly animating and rupturing the space around them, Fontana’s ceramics are among the artist’s most innovative and experimental works. A Madonna and Child in pale tones of blue and an unusual pair of dark, punctured spatial concepts in terracotta are contrasted with a pair of reliefs ofSaint Dominic and Saint Francis by Benedetto Buglioni, c. 1500.

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