“Servant of Two Masters. Lucio Fontana’s 1948 Sculptures in Milan’s Cinema Arlecchino”

“Servant of Two Masters. Lucio Fontana’s 1948 Sculptures in Milan’s Cinema Arlecchino”. Oxford Art Journal vol. 35:3 (December 2012): 337-361

This essay critical assesses two hitherto unstudied sculptural decorations by Lucio Fontana in Milan: a ceramic frieze depicting a bellic scene covered in fluorescent paint and mosaic depicting a harlequin, both created for a Milanese cinema during Italy’s postwar reconstruction. The essay contends that Fontana’s decorations must be viewed as key dress-rehearsals for his more celebrated conceptual slashes of the following decades.

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