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Clemente: A Retrospective (Guggenheim Museum Publications) Hardcover – January 1, 2000


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  • Series: Guggenheim Museum Publications
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810969173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810969179
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 2.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This finely wrought, lush, 500-page volume does justice to the wide-ranging oeuvre of one of the most open-minded, ambitious, and productive artists of the late 20th century. The catalog of an exhibition at New York's Guggenheim Museum in the fall of 1999, it contains a wide range of writings, including Robert Creeley's haunting poetry, a thorough chronology, and half a dozen essays, including the introductory "Once You Begin the Journey You Never Return," by the Guggenheim's Lisa Dennison. In accordance with Clemente's paintings and drawings, the book touches on themes from Indian mysticism, prayer, the body's pores and orifices, family bonds, and a number of metaphysical and physical concerns, being and nothingness among them. In the essay "Rooms," Francesco Pellizzi draws a long thread through cave painting, Meister Eckhart's sermons on the soul, Renaissance Rome, and Clemente's wall paintings to arrive at "the transmodern sense of a shifting place of origin; every step, every station, is the first and last in this vortex, a maelstrom animated by an eros that is enveloping and inevitable but also, in the end, joyous...."

Clemente's art, which lays bare his obsessions with sex, self, and spirituality and explores them with a constantly surprising range of intense color and formal invention, stands in bracing, deeply pleasurable opposition to the desiccated, design-bound, theory-driven work that has dominated so much art of the last 25 years. Art historian James Elkins has described making graduate students copy, stroke for stroke, works by Monet and other painters, to give them a feel for "What Painting Is" (as he titled his recent book). Clemente raises the stakes a notch, demonstrating what painting might be, if we were to allow ourselves to be drenched in its myriad possibilities. --Peggy Moorman

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nichole Beaulieu on September 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to catch his show at the Guggenheim several years ago and have been desperately coveting this book since. Clemente works on a large scale, so capturing his imposing imagery can be tough (to be mild). However, in an endeavor to capture the man through his works, this large-scoped voluminous edition works wonders at the foot of the mountain. The best of the attempts, it's like a conversation with the man himself.

A must have for art lovers, a must have for romantics, a must have for any library or coffee table. It's a lovely book, full true color, and a ripe collection of his works. A good work, and well worth anyone's time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jude Kone' on January 30, 2013
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Just because you can...may-be in this case you should! I really enjoy this Artist,
and his journey into a post modern visual feast that fills my brain to the point of mental burbs.
I couldn't see the retrospective in person...but enjoyed this private show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nico on October 28, 2008
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Francesco Clemente is my Patron Saint of Paint! So why four instead of five stars shining bright in the night sky? It's missing a whole series of pastels that happen to be a favourite. I count 16 of them. Otherwise, this collection outweighs everything else.
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