Lucio Fontana: Walking the Space. Spatial Environments 1948-1968
Luca Massimo Barbero, Barbara Ferriani, Marina Pugliese
Hauser & Wirth Publishers, 2021
This important publication documents an exhibition of the same title that was displayed at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles in spring 2020, including installation views of this first comprehensive presentation in the US of the late Italian master’s groundbreaking ‘Ambienti spaziali (Spatial Environments)’.
The book is edited by Luca Massimo Barbero in consultation with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana (Milan) and includes an extensive text in four chapters by curator Luca Massimo Barbero, analyzing Fontana’s critical contribution to the evolution of conceptual art and the confluence of art with science and technology as a means to explore aspects of human perceptual experience. Fontana, a visionary whose revolutionary practice continues to exert influence upon artists internationally, conceived his first environment in 1948, significantly predating and anticipating the immersive conceptual and spatial achievements of such defining figures as Piero Manzoni, Yayoi Kusama, and James Turrell.