spatialism,a synthetic art appropriate to a technological age. Fontana subsequently turned to painting, and became famous for the paintings he experimented with from the late 1940s and executed (along with sculptures) from 1958. Initially colored canvases perforated with punched buchi (holes), the later works for which he is best known are monochrome canvases in matte secondary colors, typically slashed with usually vertical, often somewhat curved cuts. He often applied black gauze to the back of these paintings to give a feeling of deep space.
See studies by S. Whitfield (2000), B. Hess (2006), A. White (2011), P. Gottschaller (2012), and I. Candela, ed. (2019).
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