December 2, 2013
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
Traveling to Shanghai last week, then to Seoul, then Paris, back to Milano, then travel to New York, to Paris, to Milan, back to Shanghai, it seems to me the only rational thing to do is behave like an astronaut. Each container has its contents, all bags always packed… always ready to go, these days always it seems “always” in the air…
the desk now is the size of the Ipad screen.
Flying back from New York I received this beautiful Comet drawing from 1881.
Ison Comet is not doing so well… we are all waiting for another Comet
like 2000 years ago… but the quote from my friend –
even if it did not really happen, our hope was real for a future where
“in the dark of winter an amazing light across the sky
could bring hope and join us all together”.
“My discovery was the hole – and that’s all. The discovery
of the cosmos as a new dimension, it is the infinite” Lucio Fontana.
Here, from 1956, the “Concetto Spaziale-Teatrino”.
But it all started with Fontana’s “Spatial Manifesto” in 1946,
and in 1949, at the Galleria del Naviglio, via Manzoni in Milano,
Fontana showed his first “Ambiente Spaziale” (Spatial Environment)
creating a place – all black – like no other.
It was a space to feel completely alone with yourself.
As an art critic at the time wrote,
“Fontana touches the Moon”.
Lucio Fontana wearing André Courrèges sunglasses in white plastic in a photograph by Lothar Wolleh. Taken in 1965 in Fontana’s studio on the Corso Monforte,
his interests in spatial ideas, or fashion (Fontana designed some clothes too)
is as important as the result of this picture!
In 1969, one of the greatest Italian fashion designers, Mila Schön,
chose to be inspired by Fontana’s “Spatial Concepts”.
Her creations were shot by Milanese photographer Ugo Mulas –
nothing has been so perfect a pairing of talents in years and years.
A work of art in both fashion and photography.
Here, Benedetta Barzini by Ugo Mulas, 1969.
The well known German photographer Lothar Wolleh had also studied painting.
In the late 60’s he created a portfolio of photographs of over 100 artists,
including Beuys, Roth, Tinguely, Richter, and Magritte.
He visited several times with Magritte and his wife.
The photograph taken by Wolleh inspired Magritte
to paint the shape of a woman around his portrait
creating another piece of art from art.
Born in Berlin and accused of spying, Wolleh spent six years
in a Soviet labour camp in his youth. When back he attended a photography,
design and fashion school in Berlin-Lette-Verein. Started in 1866,
the school is still today one of the most respected,
offering students practical occupation-training and guarantees
specialized qualifications. It was at its beginning a school
with many training courses for women but became later
one of the best institutions for photography.
In 1965, in Rome, Wolleh photographed the Second Vatican Council
(here the cover) using his now customary square format with symmetrical layouts.
All the pictures were /are collected in books and exhibitions worldwide.