Italo-Argentine artist Lucio Fontana was born on 19 February 1899 in Rosario, Santa Fé.

By Anne Leader

Italo-Argentine artist Lucio Fontana was born on 19 February 1899 in Rosario, Santa Fé. Fontana spent his youth between Buenos Aires and Milan. He worked in a variety of media, developing the movement known as Spazialismo, which he promoted through writings and works like his various pieces entitled “Spatial Concept.” Fontana won Grand Prize for Painting at the 1966 Venice Biennale.

Reference: Renato Barilli. “Fontana, Lucio.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. .

Further reading: Lucio Fontana: Between Utopia and Kitsch by Anthony White (2011); Lucio Fontana: 1899-1968 by Barbara Hess (2006)

Spatial Concept ‘Waiting’ (Concetto spaziale ‘Attesa’), 1960, London: Tate Modern © Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan

Spatial Concept (Concetto spaziale ), 1958, London: Tate Modern © Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan

Natura (Natura), 1959-60, London: Tate Modern © Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan

Concetto spaziale, Attese, 1959. Water-based paint on canvas, olive green, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Mrs. Teresita Fontana, Milan, 1977, 77.2322. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

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