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New York

“LUCIO FONTANA: ON THE THRESHOLD”

The Met | Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
January 23–April 14, 2019

The Met Breuer
945 Madison Avenue

Curated by Iria Candela

The Argentinean-Italian artist Lucio Fontana was nearly sixty when he made the first of his “Tagli” (Cuts), 1958–68, the slashed monochrome canvases with which he is now indelibly associated. This sweeping New York retrospective will put those late paintings in context, reminding viewers that Fontana’s concept of “Spatialism” was fundamentally multidisciplinary. Installed at both Met locations and accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, the show will explore an artistic career that spanned four decades, two continents, six manifestos, and media as diverse as stone, metal, ceramics, television, and installation. Alongside the paintings, sculptures, and drawings on view, the Met will reconstruct three of Fontana’s late, immersive environments, providing a rare perspective on his pursuit of a spatial and technological art.