June 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 6-9pm



From The Olnick Spanu Collection

May 5 – July 2, 2017

Nancy Olnick, Giorgio Spanu, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC are pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition MARCO BAGNOLI, DOMENICO BIANCHI, REMO SALVADORI: From The Olnick Spanu Collection, on view at the Hillyer Art Space in Washington DC from May 5 through July 2, 2017.

This exhibition presents three artists from the Olnick Spanu Collection who will also be part of the inaugural exhibition at Magazzino Italian Art, a new warehouse art space located in the Hudson Valley, NY.  Dedicated to Post-war and Contemporary Italian Art, Magazzino will open to the public by appointment on June 28, 2017.

For the exhibition at Hillyer Art Space, Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu have selected Bagnoli, Bianchi and Salvadori, whose work is imbued with the illustrious history of Italian art as well as a profound understanding of today’s world and man’s search for meaning. These artists represent the next generation, following the Arte Povera movement, who continue to explore the human condition and the greater cosmos, and are an example of the artistic talent flourishing in Italy today.

We hope this exhibition will serve to inform the US audience of the relevance of Contemporary Italian Art as well as present 3 influential artists who are lesser known in the United States.

The Olnick Spanu Collection
Established by art advocates Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, The Olnick Spanu Collection is one of the most expansive collections of Post-war Italian Art and Design in the United States. In development since the early 1990s, the art collection is centered around works by conceptual and contemporary Italian artists with a strong focus on the artists associated with the Arte Povera movement. In addition, the Olnick Spanu Collection includes a thoughtfully curated collection of Murano Glass, a breathtaking tribute to design, color and light, featuring over 500 hand-blown works from the 20th and 21st century.

Marco Bagnoli
Born in Empoli in 1949 , Bagnoli has long been a presence at major international exhibitions including the Venice Biennial (1982, 1993,1997), Documenta in Kassel (1982 and 1992), and Sonsbeek in Arnhem (1986). From the mid-1970s to today, Marco Bagnoli has had solo exhibitions at prominent institutions like De Appel, Amsterdam (1980 and 1984), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneve (1985), Castello di Rivoli (1992), Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea ‘Luigi Pecci’, Prato (1995) and Madre, Naples (2015). He has pursued and continues to pursue his own very personal path, creating site-specific installations in places of exceptional artistic, architectural, religious and spiritual value. His works can be found in important international collections, and permanent installations of his pieces have been commissioned by public institutions and private patrons.

Domenico Bianchi
Born in Rome in 1955, where he lives and works today, Bianchi attended the city’s Accademia di Belle Arti, and at age 22 made his debut with a solo exhibition at Salvatore Ala Gallery in New York. In the years that followed, his work was shown at the Galerie Swart in Amsterdam, Yvon Lambert in Paris, Gian Enzo Sperone in Rome and New York, L.A. Louver Gallery in Los Angeles and Galleria Christian Stein in Turin and Milan. Bianchi’s first museum exhibition was at the Museo of Rivoli in 1989. He exhibited in the Italian Pavilion at the 45th Venice Biennale (1993), in Arte e Alchimia at the 42nd Venice Biennale (1986), and at Aperto 84 at the 41st Venice Biennale (1984).

Remo Salvadori
Born in Cerreto Guidi, near Vinci in the province of Florence, in 1947, Salvadori  currently lives and works in Milan. An exponent of the generation following Arte Povera and Conceptual Art, Salvadori opens up a new space in the conception and formulation of the work, in which art is experienced as a “revelation”. The attention directed toward time and space in his work, as in his own life, intersects with reflections upon the essence of color, on the nature of pure metal, and on the role of the observer. Salvadori’s important solo exhibitions include those at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2005); Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (1997); Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble (1991); and the Italian Cultural Institute and The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1987).



Matthew McLaughlin (MD)
Scenes from Suburbia

McLaughlin’s work explores the relationship we have with our surrounding environment, both natural and man-made, suburban and urban, and how we interact and observe the spaces we inhabit and alter for our own wants and needs. His interest comes from his own observations of the places he has lived and the unique aspects that make them different from each other, while simultaneously, finding the ideas or aspects that are congruent. Growing up in a planned suburban community made him observant of the unusual aspects and components that characterize community.

“Scenes from Suburbia” is a series of photo-realistic drawings that explore and investigate elements of my suburban neighborhood that create interesting stories when isolated from their “natural settings”. The work began as an exploration of leaf bags left on the corner and the scenes they seemed to be set in, but over time it has expanded into an exploration of detritus that has come to build a larger narrative about the idea of suburbia.

Matthew McLaughlin received his BFA degree in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2007 and Design and his MFA degree in Printmaking from Arizona State University in 2011. Matthew has shown his work nationally and internationally and his work is in the collections of the Zuckerman Museum of Art among others. He has received numerous awards including the Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Award in Works on Paper. He is a lecturer of printmaking and foundations at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD and teaches workshops on different printmaking techniques at regional print shops.



Craig Allen Subler  (DC)
Museum Encounters

Drawing and scale is always a starting point for Subler’s work. It represents that intimate moment between self, the material and ultimately the viewer. Museum Encounters has been influenced and shaped by different bodies of work, Domenico Tiepolo New Testament drawings and Mughal and Rajput paintings. What linked these two bodies of work for Subler was the clarity of line and scale. Both Tiepolo’s and the Mughal and Rajput drawings and paintings are diminutive in scale. Where Tiepolo’s drawings represent a linear narrative, the Rajput paintings combine several different narratives into a single composition. The problem, for Subler was how to bring his use of the figure together with those two very different drawing and painting traditions. The museum environment seemed to be the perfect setting.

Subler’s drawings embrace a narrative, albeit a truncated one, that the museum visitor constructs. The art museum’s fractured discontinuity is a place where visitors have to navigate an artificially constructed world in which the museum narrative is interrupted from gallery to gallery. His work present a complex accumulation of fragments and viewpoints. It is puzzling for the figures that inhabit these works, reminding us of our own museum encounters.

Craig Allen Subler was born in Dayton, Ohio. He received his BFA from the Dayton Art Institute and his M.A. and M.F. A. at the university of Iowa. He is the recipient of numerous awards and foundations grants. His works have been seen in over 70 exhibitions and he has received seven public commissions. He is the recipient of the James C. Olson Professorship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He currently lives and works in Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.