Arte Povera at Magazzino: 'Margherita Stein: Rebel With a Cause'
Magazzino Italian Art, the new private warehouse space in Cold Spring, NY devoted to Postwar and Contemporary Italian art, opened on June 28, 2017 with a blockbuster Arte Povera exhibition: Margherita Stein: Rebel With a Cause. The show is dedicated to Margherita Stein, founder of the historic Galleria Christian Stein and one of the pioneers of the Arte Povera movement.
The exhibition features a curated selection over four decades of the artists whose careers the Italian gallerist fostered, including Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorio as well as Marco Bagnoli, Domenico Bianchi and Remo Salvadori.
Margherita was fascinated by the work of the artists of the Arte Povera movement whose work came at a defining moment as Italy was transitioning into an era of burgeoning industrialization, student rebellion and a decline of the “economic miracle” of the 1950’s. These young Italian artists opposed the commercialization of the art object and aimed to eradicate the boundaries between media as well as between nature and art; their mantra was “Art is Life.” In fact, Arte Povera may be considered the last avant-garde movement of the 20th century.
Margherita Stein: Rebel With a Cause is now on view at Magazzino in Cold Spring, NY
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