The film Deserto Rosso realized by his compatriot Antonioni is released in 1964. The director introduced in this work a strong aesthetic intent including saturated colors that contrast dramatically within a bleak surrounding industrial city.
Fontana watches the movie in Venice in 1965. He comes back to his studio with a renewed mystical impulse. The artist creates blade blows into the canvas as sharp as a stroke by a brush. Imitating the wall viewed in the film, Fontana slashes 24 vertical razor lines in parallel in a red painted canvas 65 x 200 cm. A few autograph words inscribed on the reverse are indicating the source of his inspiration.
This artwork is estimated $ 15M for sale by Sotheby's in New York on November 11, lot 8.
For the artist, each incision strengthens his hope of attaining the knowledge. He gives the name of Attese (expectations) to this sub-series. He exploits this theme extensively on all pure colors, with a variable number of strokes. When only one scar affects the canvas, the work becomes Attesa in the singular. A red Attesa 197 x 144 cm was sold for £ 6.7 million including premium by Christie's on February 6, 2008.
The price of an Attese depends on the complexity of the positioning of the lines which the perfect gesture of the artist's hand is reproducing flawless. A white Attese 80 x 100 cm with a total of 23 slightly oblique cuts in two rows was sold for £ 8,4M including premium by Sotheby's on February 10, 2015. A red Attese 116 x 90 cm with a total of 14 cuts in two rows was sold for $ 16,4M including premium by Christie's on May 11, 2015.
I invite you to watch the video shared by Sotheby's to introduce the Concetto Spaziale - Attese of the next sale.
SOLD for $ 16M including premium