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Clemente, Francesco, 1952-
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New York : Guggenheim Museum : Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, [1999]

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501 pages : chiefly illustrations (many color) ; 30 cm
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Published on the occasion of the exhibition held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Oct. 8, 1999-Jan. 9, 2000 and at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Feb. 14-June 4, 2000.

"Clemente [is] the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist's work in all mediums"--P. 11.
Francesco Clemente: once you begin the journey you never return / Lisa Dennison -- I / Lisa Dennison with entries by Craig Houser -- Unborn / Gita Mehta with "Flower, " "Chain, " and "Place" by Robert Creeley and "The Gold Paintings" by Gregory Corso -- Bestiary / Ettore Sottsass with "Loop" by Robert Creeley and "Pastel Sentences" by Allen Ginsberg -- Conversion to her / Robert Creeley -- Amulets and prayers / Jyotindra Jain -- Sky / Gus Van Sant with "The Swan" and "The Skull" by Robert Creeley -- Rooms / Francesco Pellizzi -- Books, palimpsests, collaborations / Raymond Foye -- Chronology / Rene Ricard -- Selected exhibition history / compiled by Melanie Mariño -- Selected bibliography -- Index of reproductions.
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N6923.C54 A4 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Since the 1980s, Francesco Clemente has been a leading artist in the international revival of expressionist figure painting and sculpture. Stylisticlly his work recalls the Italian Renissance, India minatures, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art.

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What better way to celebrate arguably the most self-indulgent museum buildings in America and Europe than to have the final shows of the last century and first shows of the new century be devoted to one of the most preeminently self-indulgent contemporary artists, Francesco Clemente (b. 1952, Naples). The nearly 200 works exhibited in both New York in Wright's building and in Bilbao in Gehry's are beautifully reproduced in this sumptuous catalog. The works are gathered into various sections, each of which is introduced by a poet, historian, or other admirer of the artist, such as Gus van Sant, Robert Creeley, and Dennison (Guggenheim Museum, New York), who also organized the exhibition. Most works are accompanied by entries, and many by poems, some of which are by artists such as Allen Ginsburg. The book is more than 500 pages long, and the design leaves much empty space between and around the images, which fits with the poetic themes of free association, dreamscape, daydreaming, etc. Supplementary material includes a very good 40-page chronology, a fine selected exhibition history, a good selected bibliography, and an index of reproductions. All of this is welcome and useful material, but it is the images that are most striking: sexuality, body, India, portraits, etc. Highly recommended. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. J. Weidman; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art