It’s not news to anyone who has read this blog that I am a big Francesco Clemente fan. His present exhibition at the Rubin Museum is another reason to add to the list. Beth Citron, who curated the exhibit, is an avid Ashtanga Yoga practitioner, and spent many years living in India. She brings a unique perspective to her appreciation of Francesco’s work in curating this exhibit. The Rubin is also a wonderful museum to visit, if you haven’t yet been there, you now have two great reasons to go.
Alongside the exhibit, Francesco is doing eight talks with artists from different disciplines, including Patti Smith, Nas and Gelek Rimpoche; Beth is leading gallery talks with eight artists, too, including Julian Schnabel and David Salle.
Below is from the website:
Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India
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.