Young Italians, is a group exhibition featuring works by twelve contemporary Italian artists, curated by Ilaria Bernardi, and jointly organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York and Magazzino Italian Art.
Young Italians was conceived as a 50th anniversary tribute to the show of the same name, which took place at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Jewish Museum in New York in 1968, featuring the work of twelve young Italian artists of that time.
The current exhibition seeks to support contemporary Italian artists, make them known in the United States, and consider what is unique about contemporary Italian Art today. It also allows for parallels to be drawn between what the contemporary Italian art scene looked like in 1968 and what it looks like now in 2018, offering some ideas about the new directions among younger artists, and shedding light on the unique features and common denominators of the work of young Italian artists today.
The exhibition features twelve Italian artists, under the age of 40, all of whom were either born, grew up in or currently work in Italy. Also included are Italian artists who have moved to New York, in order to examine the extent to which Italian culture is present in their work and the interplay between exact location and displacement.
Italy has had a long and complex history which includes regional differences, variations in language, a wide range of political changes, economic imbalance and art movements. Artists Davide Balliano, Danilo Correale, Irene Dionisio, Antonio Fiorentino, Silvia Giambrone, Domenico Antonio Mancini, Elena Mazzi, Luca Monterastelli, Ornaghi&Prestinari, Gian Maria Tosatti, Eugenia Vanni, and Serena Vestrucci analyze and respond to the current Italian social and political climate but also to Italy’s cultural heritage. These contemporary Italian artists live in the present while seamlessly in the presence of their past. They are conscious of their history and refer to it as they seek a sense of objectives in their art.
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