Burning, Cutting, Nailing

11 June – 31 July 2015

Skarstedt Gallery, London


The exhibition explores the dual approach of destruction and creation in iconic works by modern masters including Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana and Günther Uecker.

Rejecting established modes of representation, the works featured in the exhibition exemplify the artists’ shared quest for a new beginning in art, as in life; one that could respond to a social reality filled with potential and new technological advances in the aftermath of World War II. Through their use of destructive methods of production, be it burning, cutting or nailing, the artists challenge the notion of flatness as a condition of painting to give way to a new creative freedom by opening up the picture plane to space, light and movement.

Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana and Gunther Uecker: Burning, Cutting, Nailing, Skarstedt Gallery


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