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Inspired by India

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Moon, 1980 Gouache On Twelve Sheets Of Paper With Fabric 96 1/4 X 91" (244.5 X 231.1 Cm) © the artist and the Rubin Museum of Art, New York; Collection MoMA
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© Courtesy of the artist & The Rubin Museum of Art
Inspired by India
Curated by: Beth Citron

150 West 17th Street
10011 New York
NY
US
September 5th, 2014 - February 2nd, 2015
Opening: September 5th, 2014 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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http://www.rmanyc.org
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chelsea
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PHONE:  
212-620-5000
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon, Thu 11-5; Wed 11-9; Fri 11-10; Sat-Sun 11-6
TAGS:  
painting, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

The first museum exhibition devoted to the Indian influences in Clemente’s work and how they relate to the artistic practices and traditions of various regions in India features approximately 20 works, including paintings from the last 30 years, and four new, larger than life-size sculptures created especially for the exhibition. In contrast to leading conceptual art practices of the 1970s, Clemente refocused attention on representation, narrative, and the figure, and explored traditional, artisanal materials and modes of working. 

Since his first trip to India in the 1970s, Francesco Clemente immersed himself in the country’s rich cultures as well as the everyday life and artistic practices of local people. Transforming ancient symbols, myths, and ideas, he has created a personal visual language of dreamlike landscapes, animals, and human figures drawn from recollections of his travels. Themes of sexuality, mythology, and spirituality, along with imaginary narratives of violence, intrigue, fragmentation, love, separation, and jealousy are seen throughout his oeuvre.

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