Magazzino Italian Art in collaboration with Ilisso present a film overviewing the life and practice of Sardinian artist Costantino Nivola, focusing on his unique process of sandcast sculpting. Directed by Enrico Pinna and Andrea Mura, and edited by Domenico Palma, The Sandman, is released on the occasion of Magazzino Italian Art’s upcoming exhibition Nivola: Sandscapes. Featuring a selection of approximately 50 works from the early 1950s to the 1970s, including sandcast reliefs, carved concrete sculptures, and rarely seen maquettes of his most important architectural commissions, this focused exhibition will examine the artistic process, range of influences, and notable impact that Nivola had on modern urban architecture and design.
The film traces Nivola’s early career, from his arrival to New York in 1939, to the creation of his pioneering process of sandcast sculpting and the development of his mature large-scale works that are the focus of the exhibition at Magazzino this spring. Produced by Ilisso and Magazzino Italian Art Foundation with the collaboration of the Costantino Nivola Foundation and sponsorship of the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C., The Sandman provides further insight into the remarkable career of Costantino Nivola.
Costantino Nivola’s pioneering sandcast reliefs, concrete sculptures, and rarely seen architectural maquettes will be on view at Magazzino Italian Art from May 8, 2021 until January 10, 2022 in Gallery 8. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Nivola Foundation and the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C., and provides a rare opportunity to explore the innovative techniques of the modernist sculptor.
Join us at Magazzino Italian Art for a day of presentations and conversations in conjunction with Nivola: Sandscapes. The program will take place in Gallery 8 and will include three presentations by four speakers including Alastair Gordon, critic, curator, cultural historian and author; Lindsay Caplan, Assistant Professor of Art History at Brown University; Roger Broome, architect, and Steven Hillyer, Director of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive at The Cooper Union, that examine aspects of Nivola’s life.