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date: 19 August 2019

Clemente, Francescolocked

(b Naples, March 23, 1952).


(b Naples, March 23, 1952).

Italian painter. In 1970 Clemente began studying architecture in Rome at the Università degli Studi ‘La Sapienza’, establishing a studio where he made drawings, many based on childhood memories and dreams (e.g. collection of untitled ink drawings, 1971; Basle, Kstmus.). He became involved in Roman avant-garde art circles and befriended the Italian painter Alighiero Boetti, whose work, together with that of Joseph Beuys and Cy Twombly, was an early influence. Clemente’s first solo exhibition of collages was held at the Galleria Giulia, Rome, in 1971. His interest in the art, folklore and mysticism of India began with yearly visits from 1973 (e.g. Francesco Clemente Pinxit, series of 24 paintings in gouache on handmade paper, 1980–81; Richmond, VA Mus. F.A.). In 1974 he travelled with Boetti to Afghanistan, producing a series of pastel drawings. Clemente came to prominence in the mid-1970s with his intensely subjective, erotic imagery of frequently mutilated body parts, skewed self-portraits and gesturing, ambivalent figures, often depicted in rich colours. He was part of the revolt against formalism and the detached qualities of much conceptual art, which linked him with such painters as ...

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