From 1960 he lacerated with his cutter the canvases coated with a monochrome water paint. This is not a perforation because the sharpness of the gesture does not remove material. It is a gate that will open to mystic knowledge. He titled Concetto spaziale - Attese (Space concept - expectation) this important series which he will execute in hundreds of units with various colors until his death in 1968.
The action of the knife becomes a reflex that allows longer, more straight and tighter slashes, always vertical or slightly leaning. His skill reaches its peak in 1965. The rest of the discussion here below only refers to Attese made on that year.
A red 116 x 90 cm Attese with 14 cuts on two rows was sold for $ 16.4M including premium by Christie's on May 11, 2015. Another red 65 x 200 cm with 24 cuts in one row was sold for $ 16M including premium by Sotheby's on November 11, 2015. These configurations have not been exceeded by the artist and are probably some technological limitations before risking a damage to the canvas.
White is the symbol of purity. A white Attese 80 x 100 cm with 23 cuts in two rows was sold for £ 8.4M including premium by Sotheby's on February 10, 2015.
On March 6 in London, Christie's sells a maximum sized Attese with 24 cuts in a single row, lot 17 estimated £ 8M.
This work has some unique features. The matte white painted canvas is inserted into a black lacquered wood frame 68 x 203 x 5.5 cm which also includes an oblique bar. The glossy lacquer adds to the multidimensional illusion by reflecting the ambient room in the spirit of Pistoletto's mirror paintings.
Fontana commented his best works with an autograph inscription on the back side. He wrote about this one "Yesterday Tro-tro Klein visited me". Tro-tro is Klein's widow and Uecker's sister. Fontana has made a unique synthesis between his spatialism and the Zero Group's research on the expressive power of white monochromes.
SOLD for £ 8.7M including premium