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Lucio Fontana

Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, 1951, Terracotta, bemalt, 23 x 30 cm / 9 x 11 3/4 in
Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, 1951, Terracotta, bemalt, 23 x 30 cm / 9 x 11 3/4 in
GALERIE KARSTEN GREVE COLOGNE

Ceramics
 
November 18, 2020 - February 20, 2021
Opening on Wednesday, November 18
10 h bis 18.30 h
Galerie Karsten Greve is delighted to present the solo exhibition LUCIO FONTANA Ceramics featuring an exquisite selection of ceramics and important works on paper by Lucio Fontana in Cologne. Since 1977, Galerie Karsten Greve has represented the Argentinian-Italian avant-garde artist, who spent his whole life focusing on sculpture and searching for a new dimension, and dedicated comprehensive exhibitions and four catalogues to his work. LUCIO FONTANA Ceramics is the eighth one-man show to open at Karsten Greve’s Cologne gallery. A total of about fourty pieces will be shown in the context of Fontana’s avant-garde oeuvre, including ceramic sculptures and so-called Concetti spaziali (“spatial concepts”) as well as works on paper known as Ambienti spaziali.
In Lucio Fontana’s early years, during various sessions in the famous ceramics workshops in Albisola in 1934 and 1936, the artist created remarkable sculptures inspired by natural forms such as Coccodrillo (Crocodile), and more amorphous pieces including Conchiglia e Polpo (Sea shell and octopus) or Farfalla e Conchiglia (Butterfly and sea shell). Ceramics painted with glaze colors dominated from 1936 when Fontana returned to figurative sculpture. During a session at the porcelain factory of Sèvres near Paris in 1937, he created heads, figures, animals, and still lifes characterized by expressive dynamics, specifically textured surfaces, and opalescent colors. The series of polychrome ceramic sculptures that Lucio Fontana made in that period include two popular figures from the Italian Commedia dell’arte, Arlecchino and Colombina, terracotta sculptures that almost dissolve in their terpsichorean representation of movement.
 
Art Cologne at Galerie Karsten Greve Köln
In parallel with LUCIO FONTANA Ceramics, Galerie Karsten Greve will present the latest compositions by Georgia Russell, Claire Morgan, and Joel Shapiro as well as selected works by Josef Albers, Gotthard Graubner, Leiko Ikemura, and Pierre Soulages at the occasion of Art Cologne at Galerie Karsten Greve Köln.

 
 
 
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