Artist: Franco Fontana
Media: Archival pigment print, signed and numbered on recto
Price: EUR 3,000 (excl. tax)
Fontana’s true subject is colour and how it can express something beyond visual reality, even when the literal subjects of the artist’s photographs are fields, buildings or city pavements. His images are flooded with a shimmering brilliance that shifts meaning to another register, at once abstract and poetic. Here are landscapes in sweeping curves or made up of stripes, as if passing at speed: Fontana’s eye is always travelling. When it does settle, both land- and cityscapes appear as composed from vivid building blocks whose colours collide and sizzle on the image surface.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Franco Fontana was born in 1933 in Modena, Italy. Fontana has worked in colour from the early 1960s, at the time a radical shift away from the established norms of black and white fine art photography. His work has won many awards, including when in 1992 Tokyo Metropolitan Museum named him as one of 23 photographers who had “created a new age”. He has published more than 100 books in seven languages and has recently been awarded the 37th Hemingway 2021 Award for Photography for his book America (Contrejour Editions, 2020). Fontana has had many solo exhibitions worldwide and his work is held in collections including MOMA, New York; Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo; Museé d’Art Moderne, Paris; Pushkin Museum, Moscow; Museo de Arte São Paolo, Brazil; FMAV, Modena; Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Turin; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
Atlas Gallery was founded in 1994 and is one of the foremost galleries worldwide dealing exclusively in photography. The gallery embraces photography in all its forms, with extensive holdings of work by 20th Century masters as well as representing a diverse range of contemporary photographers. From classic vintage photography, photojournalism and fashion to experimental and art photography, Atlas offers extensive expertise on every aspect of the medium. The gallery deals in high quality works by a comprehensive list of the most famous and highly regarded photographers of the last one hundred years. The gallery has sole representation of a significant proportion of the photographers on this list and thus has unparalleled and exclusive access to many rare and singular works. The gallery hosts approximately six exhibitions a year and has a presence at major international art fairs including Paris Photo, Photo London, Photo Shanghai, Art Miami and Art Basel Hong Kong.
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