The first major survey of Lucio Fontana (1899–1968) in the United States in more than forty years, this exhibition reexamines the career of one of the most innovative artists of the twentieth century.
The Argentine-Italian artist is widely known for his Cuts series, slashed paintings that became symbols of the postwar era. The exhibition presents extraordinary examples of this iconic body of work. It also explores Fontana’s beginnings as a sculptor, including his exquisite work in ceramic, as well as his pioneering environments, contextualizing the radical gesture of his Cuts as part of the artist’s broader search to integrate the space of art and the space of the viewer.
The exhibition is made possible by The International Council of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Additional support is provided by the Jane and Robert Carroll Fund, the Aaron I. Fleischman and Lin Lougheed Fund, and The Modern Circle.
It is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with Fondazione Lucio Fontana.
The catalogue is made possible by the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Inc.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)