Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lucio Fontana’s psychedelic, ceramic crucifixes from 1948 to 1961.

HYPERALLERGIC
By Joseph Nechvatal
Lucio Fontana, “Crocifisso” (1955–57), polychrome ceramics, 17 x 14 x 4 1/3 in (© Fondazione Lucio Fontana, by SIAE 2017, courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Paris, St Moritz; photo by Saša Fuis, Cologne)
PARIS---The visual experience transmitted by Lucio Fontana’s ceramic crosses, currently on view at Galerie Karsten Greve, evokes hallucinogenic transmutation and transubstantiation. The loss of clarity, the submersion, the writhing attempt at escape of the oozing Christ figures in all of them marks their contemplative power. In that respect, they are spiritually orgasmic. Acid’s sacred, expanding visions — especially those tied to inward contemplation — resonate with Fontana’s 1951 “Manifesto tecnico dello spazialismo” (or “Technical Manifesto of Spatialism”). [More]
Installation view of Lucio Fontana Crosses at Galerie Karsten Greve (photo by Nikolai Saoulski, courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve)
Lucio Fontana, “Crocifisso” (1948), polychrome ceramics, 16 1/2 x 10 2/3 x 4 1/2 in (© Fondazione Lucio Fontana, by SIAE 2017, courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Paris, St Moritz)

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