School of Altamira

Lucio Fontana, Spatial Concept, Expectations (Concetto Spaziale, Attese) (1959). Oil on canvas. 35 3/4 × 35 3/4 in. (90.8 × 90.8 cm)
Lucio Fontana founded the School of Altamira in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fontana and his students were influenced by Albert Einstein and his recent scientific discoveries about space. They created artistic responses to these new theories of relativity, space-time and a universe that expands constantly, rather than one that stays still.

Fontana proposed Spazialismo (spatialism) to compliment these new scientific models for understanding space. He created simple, gorgeous canvases with sometimes as little as a single slash down the middle to challenge how space is traditionally understood in art.


Image: Lucio Fontana, Spatial Concept, Expectations (Concetto Spaziale, Attese) (1959). Oil on canvas. 35 3/4 × 35 3/4 in. (90.8 × 90.8 cm)

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