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Francesco Clemente: A Portrait Hardcover – October 15, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; First Edition edition (October 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893818720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893818722
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francesco Clemente, who enlivened the New York art scene in the 1980s along with a handful of other image-conscious Italians, including Sandra Chia, is said to be a reclusive artist who guards his privacy, but this richly informative book makes that assertion difficult to believe. Clemente himself has always offered a good deal of autobiography to his viewers, with works that have explored his own visage (and other parts) with relentless interest and introspection. And now comes Francesco Clemente, filled with intimate pictures shot by his friend Luca Babini in Clemente studios from New York to New Mexico to Naples. Packed to bursting, the photographs show Clemente working away, with wife, kids, and dogs in tow. With its pictorial richness--paint-spattered floors, trampled rags, stacked canvases, raw-edged, unstretched paintings stapled to huge walls, encrusted studio shoes, and scores of photographs of works in progress--this book will be devoured by other artists, who will turn the pages in a lather of envy, not necessarily for Clemente's fame and success, but for the huge windows and high ceilings of his various work spaces.

Clemente is a fecund artist, and there are many wonderful shots of his art--whole walls and tables full of it--that make a succinct statement correlating productivity and achievement. Clemente has contributed a kind of prose poem for the first part of the book, in which he discusses being a painter, and there is also a rambling essay by art writer Rene Ricard on artists' studios from ancient Egypt to the Renaissance. But the pictures are the point of this book, and they handsomely reward the reader's attention. They constitute an invitation to spend time--years, in fact--with a painter whose inventiveness, ambition, and style have made him one of the most successful of his time. --Peggy Moorman

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Text: Italian, English --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "honest_appraisal" on December 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
For those intrigued by Clemente, this may be the best book. The huge retrospective volume published from the Guggenheim exhibit does not necessarily contain as many of his better works as it should and can really leave you frustrated. There are paintings in here that are quite beautiful and they are often enhanced by the photographs that show them in the studio context. The photography is excellent and the book well done. Highly recommended and a good deal to boot.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Lucia Babini's photos accompany Ricard's essay on the life of Francesco Clemente, published simultaneously with a major retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. Splendid full-page color photos of his works provides in-depth access to the Italian painter, creating a catalog which stands alone and provides a rare glimpse of the reclusive artist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S.K.H. on November 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Clemente is one of my favorite painters of our lifetime, with his gritty, honest objectivity of human and nature, and his indulgent use of color. I'm rather drawn to his portraits, with their drippy brushstrokes and all-consuming perspectives. Some of the content in this book is graphic on content, which is why I decided to put this one out on the coffee table for the in-laws peruse ;)
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