In 1949, feeling hemmed in by the limitations of traditional painting, the Italian-Argentine artist Lucio Fontana punched a hole in his canvas, which opened up the space behind the picture. It was the breakthrough moment of spatialism, an influential movement that reimagined the relationship between art and the space it inhabits. “Lucio Fontana: Ambient Spaziali” (May 3–June 30), at Gagosian’s West 24th Street gallery in New York, aims to revive the artist’s late period. In addition to the iconic slashed-and-punctured canvases (like Concetto Spaziale, Attese, 1959, left), the exhibition, curated by Germano Celant, will feature several of Fontana’s “spatial environments,” re-created in the gallery by architect Annabelle Selldorf.
Image: collection of Pinuccia Boroni