Coffee Table by Lucio Fontana and Osvaldo Borsani (1955)

Reverse-painted glass by sculptor and painter Lucio Fontana, inset into a coffee table design by Osvaldo Borsani. The first examples of Lucio Fontana’s best-known series “Concetto Spaziale” were introduced in the early 1950´s. Punctures and small cuts penetrate the two-dimensional surface, activating the composition while introducing an element of three-dimensional space. The slashes of paint on the pure surface of the glass both conceptually and aesthetically mimic the action that created punctures in Fontana’s canvases. The vibrant background appears like an expansive horizon with the composition simultaneously representing void and presence, the absence of an illusion to space. One of only a few known versions, this table is the strongest and most vibrant of the collaborative painted artworks by Lucio Fontana for Osvaldo Borsani.

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