Paper Media: Boetti, Calzolari, Kounellis

Curated by Francesco Guzzetti

August 28 – December 8, 2019
Sara Bedrick Gallery

Jannis Kounellis, Segnali [Signals], 1960, tempera, glue on cartridge paper, courtesy the Olnick Spanu Collection, New York


Paper Media: Boetti, Calzolari, Kounellis is the first exhibition in the United States focusing on works on paper by artists related to the Arte Povera movement. Convening the work of three masters: Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, and Jannis Kounellis, selected from the Olnick Spanu Collection, the exhibition will consider the significance of drawing and print within each artist’s practice, as well as in Italian art and culture in the 1960s and 1970s more broadly.


Curated by Magazzino’s inaugural Scholar-in-Residence, Francesco Guzzetti, the exhibition represents the culmination of his research on the drawing practices of Arte Povera artists, as well as the provenance of the works in the Olnick Spanu Collection. An illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition, focusing on this under-explored area of works on paper from the Arte Povera period and detailing the history of each work on view.


Paper Media: Boetti, Calzolari, Kounellis brings together ten rarely seen works on paper from the Olnick Spanu Collection. As with many of the artists associated with Arte Povera, working with various drawing and printing techniques was fundamental to the practices of Boetti, Calzolari, and Kounellis. In a new development for the period, these artists regarded their works on paper as finished pieces rather than preparatory steps to create an artwork. From Calzolari’s alchemical experimentation with unconventional materials such as rose petals and salt, to Kounellis’ iteration of a new alphabet of signs and images, works on view will speak to the artists’ embrace of formal and material experimentation and intensive questioning of what it meant to be an artist.

This exhibition has been organized by the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and Magazzino Italian Art Foundation.


About Francesco Guzzetti, Curator of Paper Media: Boetti, Calzolari, Kounellis

Francesco Guzzetti holds a doctoral degree in History of Modern and Contemporary Art from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Most recently, Guzzetti was the Lauro De Bosis postdoctoral fellow at the department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University in 2018. His residency and research at Magazzino have laid the groundwork for further investigation into the multifaceted media practices of Italian artists in the 1960s and 1970s, which he has conducted since his doctoral studies and is presenting in several current and upcoming publications.

Since his appointment as the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at Magazzino, Francesco Guzzetti has been exploring the intricacies of works on paper and the significance this mode of material exploration had on artists affiliated with Arte Povera. The exhibition at the Dorsky Museum represents the culmination of his research on the drawing practices of Arte Povera artists as well as on the exhibition history and provenance of the works in the Olnick Spanu Collection.


Alighiero Boetti, Untitled, 1966–1967, courtesy the Olnick Spanu Collection, New York


About Magazzino Italian Art Foundation

Magazzino Italian Art Foundation is a charitable foundation that operates Magazzino, a museum in Cold Spring, New York, devoted to Italian Postwar and Contemporary art. Magazzino, which means “warehouse” in Italian, was co-founded by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu. Designed by Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo, the 20,000 square-foot structure was completed in June 2017. Magazzino serves as a resource for scholars and students, and offers an extensive library and archive of Italian Art. In addition, Magazzino has become a cultural hub for the vibrant Hudson Valley community thanks to joint programs with local organizations. Under the guidance of Director Vittorio Calabrese, his team, and its curatorial programs, Magazzino Italian Art Foundation bridges collaborations with American and Italian organizations not only to support contemporary Italian artists, but also to foster discussions on Italian Postwar and Contemporary art in the United States.