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1899 - 1968
CONCETTO SPAZIALE, ATTESE
signed, titled and inscribed siamo andati a vedere le corse su strada on the reverse
waterpaint on canvas
92 by 73cm.; 36 1/2 by 28 3/4 in.
Executed in 1965.
Private Collection, Italy
Sale: Sotheby's, London, Post War and Contemporary Art, 28 June 1990, Lot 63
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner
At the height of his career, Fontana announced the purest expression of his revolutionary approach to painting and sculpture by piercing a pristine white canvas with a razor blade. Embodying an exquisite manifestation of this act, Concetto Spaziale, Attese comprises a stunning choreography of five vertical cuts through a pristine white canvas. The stark contrast between the blackness of his vertical incisions and the quietly radiating white, illustrates Fontana’s prime concern of space, gesture and light. Through these three components the Italo-Argentinian artist sought to explore a new dimension that opened up a space beyond the flat surface of the traditional two dimensional canvas plane. Amidst the wide variety of works articulated in a multitude of colours with numerous cuts in varying scales, the present example forcefully delivers an essential articulation of Fontana’s art.
Lacquerware is a longstanding tradition in Japan, and at some point kintsugi may have been combined with maki-e as a replacement for other ceramic repair techniques. One theory is that kintsugi may have originated when Japanese shōgun Ashikaga Yoshimasa sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl back to China for repairs in the late 15th century. When it was returned, repaired with ugly metal staples, it may have prompted Japanese craftsmen to look for a more aesthetic means of repair. Collectors became so enamored with the new art that some were accused of deliberately smashing valuable pottery so it could be repaired with the gold seams of kintsugi. Kintsugi became closely associated with ceramic vessels used for chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony). While the process is associated with Japanese craftsmen, the technique was also applied to ceramic pieces of other origins including China, Vietnam, and Korea. [Source]
All work & images via Marcantonio, who says of his work, "KINTSUGI (Seletti) Just as life leaves scars that make our body unique, so the ancient Kintsugi technique teaches us to embellish the cracks of our favorite plates and cups with gold, giving them new life in your house."