Edited by Lisa Dennison. Essays by Robert Creeley, René Ricard, Ettore Sottsass, Gregory Corso, Raymond Foye, Allen Ginsberg, Craig Houser, Jyotindra Jain, Gita Mehta, Francesco Pellizzi and Gus Van Sant.
Hardcover, 10 x 12 in. / 504 pgs / 292 color. | 7/2/2003 | Not Available ISBN 9780892072750 | $85.00
Published by Moderne Kunst Nürnberg. Edited and foreword by Max Hollein. Text by Derek Walcott, Andrei Voznesensky. Poems by Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Handke. Interview by Pamela Kort.
Throughout the sensual relationship that Francesco Clemente (born 1952) has cultivated with paper surfaces runs the idea of the palimpsest--the manuscript page or parchment, often torn from a book, from which text has been effaced so that the surface can be re-used. By virtue of their accumulated layers of traces, palimpsests are enormously evocative objects--evocative of human and material impermanence and the vast scale of human history. Clemente’s relationship with the histories of the inscribed page is widely known and celebrated; he has reinvigorated the idioms of both Indian and Italian manuscript painting, and has collaborated with poets such as Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley and René Ricard. This volume takes the palimpsest as a metaphor for Clemente’s art, from early works on paper to large-format paintings and more recent, monumental watercolors.
Published by Charta. By Jyotindra Jain. Text by Salman Rushdie, Stella Kramrisch. Conversation with Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovski.
Francesco Clemente (born 1952) first visited India in 1973, and was immediately enchanted by its chaotic blend of modernity and antiquity. In the country's larger cities like New Delhi and Madras, Hindu iconography joins in the larger visual cacophony of advertisement posters and hoardings found on temple exteriors, wayside shrines, cinema houses, shops, restaurants, buses and taxis, proliferating in an irreverent bombardment of spirituality and commerce. Nine years later, Clemente would acquire a home in India, dividing his time between New York, Italy and Madras. The artist's iconography reaches deep into Indian religious art and its extraordinary presence in urban visual culture, and his art is profoundly characterized by this resource, as well as by other spiritual traditions flourishing in India, such as Theosophy. Francesco Clemente: Made in India is the artist's love letter to the country. It compiles hundreds of drawings, collages and notebooks made over the past few decades, revealing Clemente's ever-active, image-hungry eye and conveying the great wealth of the vast iconographic archive upon which his work draws. Also included is a 1992 conversation between Clemente and poets Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, expanding on the influence of Indian culture upon western art and literature in recent decades.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 240 pgs / 352 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/30/2011 Out of print
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Published by Charta/Mary Boone Gallery. Essay by Arthur C. Danto.
Francesco Clemente has a natural affinity for painting on paper, and his love of the book-based genres in the visual arts--manuscript painting, livres d'artistes collaborations and artist's books--expresses itself in the fluency of his encounters with paper. Central to his oeuvre, Clemente's works on paper have been the subject of numerous international retrospectives, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's 1991 touring show, to exhibits at the Pompidou and the Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna (1999). A Private Geography brings us up to speed with the artist's continued evolution of his familiar themes: love, the human figure, spirituality and its iconography. Created in four years across four continents, the 44 works utilize a range of media, from watercolor to ink to pastel. Motifs include Surrealist scenarios of birds sprouting from a dreamer's head and images of lovers embracing.
PUBLISHER Charta/Mary Boone Gallery
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9.5 x 10.25 in. / 76 pgs / 44 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/28/2011 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2011 p. 77
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Published by Charta/Deitch Projects. Text by Derek Walcott.
Francesco Clemente's new Three Rainbows project had a prolonged gestation; for years he had wanted to use watercolor and to paint rainbows, but only recently did the moment ripen. Three Rainbows began as three 60-foot long rainbow paintings--probably the largest watercolors ever made. For Clemente, whose attraction to given forms (such as the mandala) has long formed an integral part of his iconography, the rainbow suggests a number of important interpretations: it is a bridge (and therefore a structure that brings things together), a phenomenon that occurs after a period of darkness (Clemente's works of recent years had darkened noticeably) and a reversible image capable of leading the eye in opposite directions. The artist's affinity for watercolor derives in part from the medium's immediacy--an ideal vehicle for Allen Ginsberg's "first thought, best thought"--and these works betray his spontaneity and joy in making them.
PUBLISHER Charta/Deitch Projects
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 12 x 8.5 in. / 32 pgs / 16 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/31/2009 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2009 p. 86
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881587452TRADE List Price: $29.95 CDN $35.00
Featuring a gold embossed cover, this lovely volume was created in collaboration with Deitch Projects, and presents artist Francesco Clemente's portraits of eight contemporary opera stars who figure prominently in the Metropolitan Opera's 2008-09 season: Diana Damrau, Natalie Dessay, Renée Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Karita Mattila, Anna Netrebko and Deborah Voigt. The results--riveting portraits made within a four-month period--capture each of the divas in character for an upcoming role. Clemente has said about his portraits "I never paint a portrait from a photograph, because a photograph doesn't give enough information about what the person feels." In his essay, the distinguished philosopher-critic Arthur C. Danto writes that Clemente has, through scale and style, "recreated these women into personages of an order that our attitude toward sopranos demands, alive but larger than life, in a space of their own. We, lesser and duller, are exalted by their being. They are not just creatures that belong on stages. They are beings that transform stages into magical spaces in which actions larger than those of life take place. They are epic.”
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 5 x 9.25 in. / 40 pgs / 16 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/1/2008 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2009 p. 44
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881586981TRADE List Price: $29.95 CDN $35.00
Published by Charta/Deitch Projects. Text by Jean-Christophe Ammann.
The Italian-born painter Francesco Clemente came to prominence in the mid-1970s when intensely subjective yet universal themes filtered into his skewed self-portraiture, witty wordplay and gestural figuration. This volume compiles a decade's worth of works on paper from those early days, many of which were inspired by Italy's political crisis at the time or fellow artists Alighiero Boetti and Luigi Ontani. The Italian artists of the 1970s were working in the context of the "terrorist generation." There was a crisis of capitalism and of Western societal values--both of which informed such major ideas in Clemente's early work as "fragmentation of self" and the "refutation of reason." Suddenly the body became a territory for artistic exploration; it became a border and led to the idea of travel. Here Clemente learned to trust geography over history, and his highly personal symbolism of the time bears proof of an itinerant life spent between homes in Madras (current-day Chennai, India), New York and Rome, with many trips to Dehli, Srinagar and various areas of Afghanistan mixed in. Published on the occasion of Clemente's recent exhibition at New York's Deitch Projects, this deluxe volume highlights the artist's concerns with process and concept--not technical perfection--and his obsession with paper's ephemeral vulnerability. Hints of Clemente's later forays into Surrealism and deep human psychology are also evident, and provide an essential view of the beginning of a masterful career.
PUBLISHER Charta/Deitch Projects
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.25 x 11.5 in. / 256 pgs / 118 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/1/2007 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2007 p. 77
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881586509TRADE List Price: $75.00 CDN $90.00
Published by Guggenheim Museum. Edited by Lisa Dennison. Essays by Robert Creeley, René Ricard, Ettore Sottsass, Gregory Corso, Raymond Foye, Allen Ginsberg, Craig Houser, Jyotindra Jain, Gita Mehta, Francesco Pellizzi and Gus Van Sant.
Francesco Clemente has, since the 1980s, been a leading artist in the international revival of expressionist figure painting and sculpture. Clemente's subjects--rooted in both the physical and the surreal, spiritual worlds--create a vast body of work that appeals to diverse audiences. Clemente draws upon a pan-historic web of impulses, mediating among the myriad cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, Byzantium, Europe, India and America. Stylistically his work recalls the Italian Renaissance, Indian miniatures, European Romanticism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Clemente's widespread cultural interests and nomadic lifestyle--New York is his home but he spends part of each year in Italy, India and the New Mexico desert--have deeply affected his art. This lavishly produced catalogue accompanies the first major survey devoted to the painter.
Published by Charta. Artwork by Francesco Clemente.
These recent works by renowned Italian painter Francesco Clemente prove that his oeuvre has grown richer and more complex over the years. They are driven in particular by an emphasis on color: in some works Clemente limits himself to warm oranges and greens, creating a soft, sensuous atmosphere that reflects his lifelong love of India and Tantrism. In others--specifically the "grisaille self-portraits"--there is an emphasis on darker tones that recalls classic Western painters like Titian and Rembrandt, and points to more intimate areas of the self. It is through this meeting and mixture of the aesthetic languages of East and West that Clemente has produced his best work, and this monograph testifies to the pleasures of an art that overcomes such boundaries in its exploration of psychological and spiritual dimensions.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 11.75 x 9 in. / 64 pgs / 30 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/2/2000 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2000
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881582822TRADE List Price: $45.00 CDN $55.00
Published by Anthony d'Offay. Artwork by Francesco Clemente.
In 1995, Francesco Clemente spent 51 days alone near the Temple of Kali on Mount Ubu in India. He watched as the monsoon rains transformed the landscape and continued the cycle of life. Through these watercolors, Clemente takes us on that same journey.
PUBLISHER Anthony d'Offay
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.5 x 6.5 in. / 122 pgs / 51 color / 2 bw
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/2/1998 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 1998
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780947564711TRADE List Price: $25.00 CDN $30.00