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September 3 2014

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Let There Be Lucio: Will This Artist Influence The Spring Collections?

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One of fashion’s most noted phenomena is the mysterious process by which any number of designers might be inspired by the same thing in a given season. But if a certain artist makes an impression on the runways come September, it won’t be so much a case of something in the air as something in the Gagosian Gallery. A handful of European designers are in New York this week for their Resort presentations (along with the dueling dinners that follow), and most of them, it seemed, had been over to West 24th Street to take in a new museum-worthy exhibition devoted to Lucio Fontana. The midcentury Italian painter and sculptor has long been a favorite of the fashion set—Tom Ford installed one of his pieces in the entryway when he opened his first men’s store on Madison Avenue—and it’s intriguing to imagine how Fontana’s slashed surfaces might influence a designer’s work. (Fleeting, wholly impractical thought: how to duplicate the effect on the next cover of Style.com/Print. See how that flies with the ad department.) Jean-Luc Godard once suggested that all filmmakers should shoot the same script so that you could really appreciate the difference in their styles. It might be fun to witness a similar challenge on the fashion front. Then again, maybe it won’t be Fontana but something else that captures the collective mind. The Avedon show, round the corner at Gagosian’s sister branch on 21st Street, is pretty great, too.

Lucio Fontana: Ambienti Spaziali runs through June 30 at Gagosian’s W. 24th St. gallery; Richard Avedon: Murals & Portraits runs through July 27 at its W. 21st St. branch. For more information, visit www.gagosian.com.

Photo: Concetto spaziale, Notte d’Amore a Venezia, 1961. Acrylic on canvas. 59 x 59 inches (149.9 x 149.9 cm). Courtesy of the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Private collection / Gagosian.com

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