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Francesco Clemente [Hardcover]

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Outline ReviewFrancesco 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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A rare glimpse into the life and work of an enigmatic master.

Photographer and filmmaker Luca Babini affords us unprecedented access to the life and work of the extraordinary Italian painter Francesco Clemente. One of the painters who achieved remarkable fame in the eighties-and one of the few to sustain his reputation-Clemente rarely gives interviews and dislikes being photographed. But when his dear friend Babini asked if he would let himself be photographed informally, on a day-to-day basis, Clemente agreed in the name of friendship and collaboration.

Since then, Babini has compiled an intimate and beautiful chronicle of Clemente's life and work. Francesco Clemente: Art and Life shows the artist in his studio-in New York, Amalfi, Taos, and Madras. This photographic record of Clemente's working process is as extraordinary as it is enlightening.

Poet and arts writer Rene Ricard traces the evolution of the artist's studio through time, while simultaneously acting as a contemporary Giorgio Vasari in his more personal discussion of Clemente, his art, and his life. The first book of its kind, Babini's photo journal will be published in conjunction with the retrospective of Francesco Clemente's work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City in the fall of 1999.

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Studio: Charta
Pages   62
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 11.5" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 2, 2000
Publisher   Charta
ISBN  8881582821  
ISBN13  9788881582822  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Clemente was born in Naples, Italy. He is an artist. He divides his time between New York, Rome and India.

Francesco Clemente currently resides in New York, in the state of New York. Francesco Clemente was born in 1952.

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1Books > Foreign Language Books > Italian > All Italian Books
2Books > Foreign Language Books > Italian > Arts & Photography
3Books > Foreign Language Books > Italian > Nonfiction
4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Schools, Periods & Styles
5Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Museums & Collections > General
6Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Painting > General
7Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Artists, A-Z > ( A-C ) > Clemente, Francesco
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Reviews - What do customers think about Francesco Clemente?

One of the best portrait painters,period.  Nov 4, 2005
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 ;)
Actually Superior to a Retrospective  Dec 5, 2001
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.
fransesco clemente: painter of life.  Sep 19, 2000
he's an amazing artist, one of the best ever. period. i could sit here and describe for you, in excrutiating detail, the appeal of his use of color/contrast, the manner in which his forms are represented, and other such compliments. however, i will cut myself short, and simply say that his work propogates emotion like no other, and i hope everyone gets a chance to look at his creative vision at least once before they die. this book is a good way to make that happen.
A rare, informative glimpse at a talented, reclusive artist.  May 4, 2000
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.
great insight on a life of a contemporary artist  Oct 13, 1999
stunning pictures offering an intimate view on clemente. A truly beautiful book.

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