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Black Landscape (Concetto Spaziale Nero)

Lucio Fontana, Italian, 1899–1968
Paint, lacquer, canvas, and wood.
Made in
Milan, Lombardy, Italy, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 212S
51 1/8 x 51 in. (129.9 x 129.5 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer Jr.
© Estate of Lucio Fontana
Object Number
A uniquely shaped black lacquer frame is silhouetted against a blueish-black canvas perforated with holes. In 1949, Lucio Fontana began his “Spatial Concepts” series by piercing and slashing monochrome canvases in order to unite illusionistic space with real three-dimensional space. Building off these ideas, Fontana continued to push his paintings further into the realm of sculpture. Near the end of his life, he developed Spatial Concepts based on the organization of stage sets as in this multilayered work. Inspired by the dawn of space travel in the 1960s, Fontana evoked not only a nocturnal landscape but one that seems to capture the vastness of outer space.
by 1968 - 1974
Louise (d.1973) and Joseph Pulitzer Jr. (1913-1993), St. Louis, MO [1]

1974 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Joseph Pulitzer Jr. [2]

[1] The work was included in the 1968 exhibition "Works of Art of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Collected by Louise and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr." at the Saint Louis Art Museum. See Buckley, 1968, cat 23.

[2] Deed of Gift, signed December 18, 1974 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, December 19, 1974.
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