Nicola Ricciardi (born in 1985 in Milan, Italy) is an independent art writer and curator. He received a MA from the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) in New York in 2014, a BA from the School of Arts and Philosophy at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (USCS) in Milan in 2007, and attended courses at the University of California, Berkeley in 2006.
He contributes regularly to Frieze and Mousse Magazine and he’s Editor-in-Chief at Carnet de miart, the official online publication of Milan’s International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair. His writings have been featured in several magazines, including The Brooklyn Rail, DIS, Alla Carta, and Lampoon. He is the editor of Portraits, Portraits, Portraits, the first monograph on the work of Patrick Tuttofuoco (Mousse Publishing, 2015) and he contributed to various art publications and catalogs including Here, Now and Elsewhere: Site-Specific and Thereabouts (Mousse Publishing, 2015), with an essay on the work of Alberto Garutti. He occasionally teaches seminars at both Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan.
In 2016 Nicola curated “Unghia”, a duo show by Diego Perrone and Andrea Sala at MEGA in Milan; and “Armed, Barbed And Halberd Shaped” a solo show by Franscesco Simeti at Francesca Minini’s gallery, also in Milan. In 2015 he curated “Interior, Day” by Marc Horowitz and “Samsara” by Kour Pour, both at the Depart Foundation in Los Angeles, California; and “DYNASTY” by Patrick Tuttofuoco at Dispari & Dispary Project, Reggio Emilia. Moreover, he worked as Assistant Curator for “Betty Woodman” at Museo Marino Marini, Florence and for “Ennesima. An Exhibition of Seven Exhibitions on Italian Art” at La Triennale, Milan, both curated by Vincenzo de Bellis. He was also responsible for the first-ever Shenzhen Design Pavilion in China.
Over the course of 2014 Nicola curated “And Now a Word from Our Sponsors”, a thesis exhibition on the work of Matthew Barney, at the Hessel Museum of Art in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in addition to “Ambaradan”, a solo show byPatrick Tuttofuoco at Studio Guenzani in Milan, and “Indexing”, a site-specific intervention by Francesco Simeti at CCS Bard in New York. Nicola was part of the curatorial team of the 55th Venice Biennale, curated by Massimiliano Gioni in 2013. In 2012 he was resident curator at Node Center in Berlin, where he co-curated “Faraway, So Close!”, which was part of the program of the 7th Berlin Biennal (and contributed to the related publication).
Since September 2014, Nicola started collaborating with Brera Design District in Milan, for whom he curated the Shenzhen Design City pavilion at the 2015 Shenzhen International Furniture Exhibition, and the Art Program for the 2015 edition of the Milano Design Week, which included “…Mom, Dad”, a site-specific installation by Patrick Tuttofuoco. He has organized several public talks including “Soy Isla” (together with graduate students from CCS Bard) at Artists Space : Books & Talks (New York, 2013) and “Memories Can’t Wait” at the International Center of Photography (New York, 2012). He has taught workshops and seminars at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan.
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