Ornaghi & Prestinari

Ornaghi Prestinari Cover

This book is published on the occasion of the exhibition Ornaghi & Prestinari curated by Vittorio Calabrese at New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York City, October 24 - December 9, 2016. The book features essays by Vittorio Calabrese and Ara H. Merjian and contributions by Stefano Albertini, Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari. 

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Ara H. Merjian

Susan Sacks

Courtesy of Galleria Continua San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana
Ornaghi & Prestinari

Highroad Press

Art Transport

Publish Date
October 2016


Art - Collections, Catalog, Exhibitions

MIA - Magazzino Italian Art, LLC

Common Name

Trim Size
8.5 x 5.6 (21.6 x 14.2 cm)


© 2016 MIA–Magazzino Italian Art


About the Artists

Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari were born in 1986 and in 1984, respectively, in Milan, where they live and work. The former artist has a degree in Industrial Design, the latter a degree in Architecture, both from Milan Polytechnic. They continued their studies at the Università IUAV in Venice In 2016 they had a first solo show in New York, curated by Vittorio Calabrese, at New York University - Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. They have had many group shows and their solo shows include: Galleria Continua, San Gimignano 2014 and 2018, and MAMbo - Casa Morandi, Bologna 2017. In 2012 they were awarded the Premio Regione Veneto by the Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation (Venice), and in 2018 the Club GAMeC Prize. In 2017 they presented the public sculpture Filemone e Bauci (Philemon and Baucis) for the new ArtLine park in CityLife in Milan. They have participated in workshops and residences, including ones at the Spinola Banna per l’Arte Foundation, Turin 2011; VIR-Viafarini in residence, Milan 2013; Artista x Artista, the first international residence in Havana 2016. In 2017 they were the winners of a residency at Museo Carlo Zauli in Faenza, with a final show at MIC Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche.


About the Contributors

Ara H. Merjian is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at New York University, where he is affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, as well Director of Undergraduate Studies. He is the author of Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City: Nietzsche, Modernism, Paris (Yale, 2014) and of the forthcoming Against the Avant-Garde: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Contemporary Art and Neocapitalism, 1960-1975 (University of Chicago Press, 2019)His criticism has appeared in Artforum, Art in America, frieze, Apollo, and other publications.

Vittorio Calabrese is the Director of Magazzino Italian Art. A native of Irpinia, Italy, he specializes in the management of international and cultural institutions, art business practices, collection management, and appraising. Vittorio holds a BA and MSc in Business Administration and Management from Bocconi University, Milan, and an MA in History of Art and the Art Market from Christie’s Education New York. He has curated several exhibitions including: Ornaghi & Prestinari, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York, 2016; Marco Bagnoli, Domenico Bianchi, Remo Salvadori: From the Olnick Spanu Collection, Hillyer Art Space, Washington D.C., 2017; Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino, Italian Cultural Institute, New York, 2017; Bagnoli, Bianchi, Salvadori, The Garrison Art Center, New York, 2018; Marango, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York, 2018; and Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino, Alice Curtis Desmond & Hamilton Fish Library, New York, 2018.