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Francesco Clemente

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Naples, Italy

Birth year

Lives in
New York City

Works in
India and New York City

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Apr, 2014 Print // Line
Bridgette Mayer Gallery
Current Exhibitions and Events
Feb, 2014 Diamond Leaves: Printing in Progress
The Museum of Printing History

Francesco Clemente is an Italian painter. His work shows both surrealist and expressionist references. Clemente was self taught and studied architecture in 1970 at the University of Rome. Following his studies he explored his psyche with the use of psychedelics and traveled to India to experience Hindu spirituality.

Through the 1990s, surveys of Clemente's work were exhibited by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Sezon Museum, Tokyo. He also provided paintings for the 1998 film of Great Expectations starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke. He plays a psychologist in the movie Good Will Hunting starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams.

n 1999/2000, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York organized a major retrospective of Clemente’s work. He has participated in numerous collaborative projects, painting with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol and illuminating poetry by Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, John Wieners, Harry Matthews, and René Ricard.

Portrait photo by Jessica Rosen

Recent Exhibits

Francesco Clemente participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2014 The Chinese Shadows
James Cohan Gallery Shanghai
Oct, 2013 Gli anni settanta. Arte a Roma
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Sep, 2013 Sehnsucht Ich (Longing for Myself)
Sep, 2013 Tents
Blain|Southern Berlin
Jul, 2013 It's New / It's Now: Recent Gifts of Contemporary Prints and Drawings
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Feb, 2013 Grafology: Mike Namer's Private Collection
Gallery 151
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