Michelangelo Pistoletto, artist

 

“Usually, art draws people into museums and galleries. Me, I like to bring art into communities. We can all be creative, not only as individuals but also as a common force, and we should know that together we can produce something new, something that doesn’t exist. Societies should learn and understand that through art they can transform the way to be together.” — M. Pistoletto.

 

As told to David A. Ross

Photos by Jeannette Montgomery Barron

Magazzino Italian Art is the new warehouse art space devoted to Post-war and Contemporary Italian art.

Pistoletto on the Hudson River waterfront at Cold Spring with his latest rendition of Newspaper Sphere (Sfere di Giornali). The original sphere was created in '66 and rolled onto the streets of Turin, Italy in '67, which became the historical performance piece Walking Sculpture (Scultura da Passeggio). 

Magazzino Italian Art organized and supported the latest reenactment of Pistoletto's 1967 performance piece, Walking Sculpture (Scultura da Passeggio). 

“The sphere proposes an interaction, the opportunity to connect with each other, to play together. Not only do children like to play but adults also. And we have to—we need to play more. To play means to make peace—if we decide to play together in a positive way.” — M. Pistoletto

 

Pistoletto’s epic Cold Spring performance and the opening of Magazzino this past summer could not have been better timed. This fall, Pistoletto and the works of the Arte Povera movement are all over NYC at galleries such as: Hauser & Wirth, Luhring Augustine and Lévy Gorvy

 

 

The artist in the beautiful landscape of Magazzino, where several of his works are shown. Pistoletto is one of the most recognized contributors to the Arte Povera movement.

Artist Melissa McGill runs with Pistoletto's Newspaper Sphere down Main Street of Cold Spring, NY. This particular rendition of the sphere is created from the pages of the three local newspapers that initially announced the creation of Magazzino Italian Art, the new warehouse art space devoted to Post-War and Contemporary Italian art in Philipstown, NY. Ph: Kate Orne. Learn more about Magazzino and its founders Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu in Issue 5 of Upstate Diary. 

Artist Melissa McGill runs with Pistoletto's Newspaper Sphere down Main Street of Cold Spring, NY. This particular rendition of the sphere is created from the pages of the three local newspapers that initially announced the creation of Magazzino Italian Art, the new warehouse art space devoted to Post-War and Contemporary Italian art in Philipstown, NY. Ph: Kate Orne.

Learn more about Magazzino and its founders Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu in Issue 5 of Upstate Diary.