Magazzino Italian Art

Last month, we celebrated our anniversary with a long weekend in the Hudson Valley. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring, New York. I had been wanting to visit this new gallery ever since I heard about it opening last year, and it did not disappoint.

A former computer factory, the vast art space is a study in restraint. Similarly, the art on display showcases some amazing works from the “arte povera” movement, which originated in Italy in the 60’s and 70’s. Using cheap or found materials, artists made works that contrasted with more traditional, expensive ones. One of my favorite pieces was an Italian flag made entirely of cut rags.

For these photos, I used a new-to-me Hasselblad 500 C/M. I think the square format is a natural companion to a space like this - simple, clean lines and white cubes - and I’m glad that I took it with me. The film is Kodak Portra 400, rated at 320.