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Stripe, Fold, Pleat: Notes on the “Soft” Paintings of Jean Alexander Frater by Claudine Isé

May 11, 2017

In the late 1940s, Lucio Fontana began slashing the surfaces of his canvases with a knife—a gesture that was simultaneously physical and metaphysical in nature, aimed at opening up the two-dimensional picture plane onto three-dimensional space. Fontana viewed his paintings not as surfaces for the enactment of pictorial illusion, but as multi-dimensional fields in which space—or rather, a “spatial concept”(Concetto spaziale)—is manifested through a seamless unity of color, shape, surface,… [more]