Lucio Fontana Ceramics


This book is not yet published, but will be available from December 2021.

ISBN: 9788857243139 Category:

Paolo Campiglio, Paolo Bonacina


An in-depth survey of Lucio Fontana’s ceramic production.

Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), the artist recognized for taking abstract painting into the third dimension by slashing his canvases, unsurprisingly star ted his career as a sculptor. Lesser known is his work as a ceramicist, which began in the mid-1930s and awakened an exploration of materiality, which profoundly informed his practice as an artist. This interest was developed parallel to his painting and was, in many ways, indistinguishable from his work as a sculptor. As Fontana continued to create ceramics, he became increasingly obsessed with the concept of matter as it related to the mass and volume of the sculpted object. His exploration of the physicality and weight of a work of art prefigured his later desire – and success – diminishing the materiality of his art.

“He sought to discover a form that could exceed its own materiality. He sought to test the possibilities of space. He sought to create an object with absolute plasticity. And he sought to discover an ideal abstract form, opposed to the accepted, geometrical forms.”

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 31 December 2021
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Dimensions N/A
Weight 300 g


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Paolo Campiglio, historian of Contemporary Art at the University of Pavia, since 1995 his scientific research focused on Lucio Fontana, in interdisciplinary essays and analysis, working in progress (Lucio Fontana, la scultura architettonica negli anni trenta, 1995; Lucio Fontana. Lettere 1919-1968, 1999; Lucio Fontana. Torso italico, 2014). Since 2006 until 2012 he has been a chief curator of Ambrosetti Arte Contemporanea Foundation and since 2015 he is a scientific director of the Dadamaino Archive and a member of the Association for Filippo de Pisis in Milan.

Paolo Bonacina is curator at Galleria Robilant + Voena, Milan.

Serving as art director of Vogue Italia from 1991 to 2018, Luca Stoppini has overseen the publication's creative visual layouts for over twenty years. A celebrated artist in his own right, he serves as a faculty member at the Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arte Milano, overseeing the "MA in Design - Specialisation in Product Design" course.