Francesco Clemente

The oeuvre of the Italian contemporary artist Francesco Clemente (born 1952, Napoli, lives and works in New York) spans over four decades and has achieved international acclaim. Clemente is a major figure of the transavantgarde movement. Throughout the 1970s he exhibited works that reflected his interest in the contemplative traditions of India, where he lived for several years.
In 1981 Clemente moved to New York with his wife, Alba, and their four children. His paintings, drawings, prints and illustrated books were featured in shows at numerous international venues including the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1983); the Nationalgalerie, Berlin (1984); the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1985); the Art Institute of Chicago (1987); and the Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1988).
Through the 1990s, surveys of his work were exhibited by the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1990); the Royal Academy of the Arts, London (1990); the Pompidou Center, Paris (1994); and the Sezon Museum, Tokyo (1994). In 1999/2000, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Guggenheim Bilbao organised a major retrospective of Clemente's work.
Predominantly interested in themes of both religion and spirituality, Clemente's work for the most part depicts both the human form (in its entirety or metamorphosing between human and animal) or symbolic motifs.
More recently, his works were exhibited by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2004); The Rose Art Museum, Massachusetts (2004); Museo Maxxi, Rome (2006); Museo MADRE, Naples (2009); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2011), Uffizi Gallery, Florence (2011); Palazzo Sant'Elia, Palermo (2013) and The Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2014-2015).
He has participated in numerous collaborative projects, painting with Jean-Michel Basquiat andAndy Warhol, and illuminating poetry by Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, John Wieners, Rene Ricard and Derek Walcott. Clemente is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Francesco Clemente - Watchtowers, Keys, Threads, Gates
English edition
Mousse - Mousse Publishing (books)
New monograph, documenting a large-scale installation that reflects the artist's dreamlike aesthetic, his ongoing exploration of notions of movement, transition and vulnerability, and mythological narratives, offering a rare glimpse into Clemente's forays into the field of sculpture.
Francesco Clemente - Alba
texts in English and in Spanish
WDPress / Éditions Moon Rainbow
sold out
A very personal project that brings together a group of forty recent works—twelve oil paintings, twenty ink drawings and eight pastels—dedicated to his companion and muse, Alba, on the occasion of their fortieth wedding anniversary. Includes two original poems by Enrique Juncosa & Vincent Katz.
Francesco Clemente - After Omeros
English edition
WDPress / Éditions Moon Rainbow
41 watercolors and two installations' views by Francesco Clemente created after the poem Omeros by Derek Walcott—for which he received the Nobel Price—including excerpts from the poem.
Francesco Clemente - There must be someone to rewrite love
bilingual edition (English / Chinese)
WDPress / Éditions Moon Rainbow
(last copies available!)
Poems by Bei Dao / iPad Drawings by Francesco Clemente, created exclusively for this book.

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