Ph.D. candidate Aja Martin receives Amici di Via Gabina Travel Grant

February 6, 2020

Aja Martin

Art History Ph.D. candidate Aja Martin has been awarded the Amici di Via Gabina Travel Grant of $5,000 for her research project. The research award will allow Aja to advance her dissertation which seeks to reassess Italo-Argentine artist, Lucio Fontana. Her project, "Chain of Shadows: Lucio Fontana's Concetto Spaziale, Teatrini" expands Fontana literature and argues for the significance of the “Spatial Concept: ‘Little Theaters’" series within the artist's oeuvre, and the broader postwar Italian artistic milieu. Aja shows how these open-faced shadow boxes extend the long dialogue between painting and the theater to present a peculiar formulation of the 'autonomous' art object.

Aja Martin writes on modern art in Europe with a focus on Italy.  Her current research on the artist Lucio Fontana's lesser-studied series attempts to understand how these works, in various media, impact our understanding of his seemingly nihilist claims for painting.