The Rubin Museum will be showing Francesco Clemente's "Inspired by India" exhibition starting next month. I've long been a fan of his bright, folkloric paintings, and always appreciate when a blockbuster artist such as himself sincerely embraces spiritual exploration through art. The Rubin will also be hosting ClementeX8, a series of eight talks with him and his luminary pals, including Patti Smith, Alfonso Cuaron, and Robert LePage.
Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India
September 5, 2014 - February 2, 2015
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.
Curated by Beth Citron
Image credit: The Four Corners; Francesco Clemente, 1985; Gouache on twelve sheets of handmade pondicherry paper joined with handwoven cotton strips.
See also: ClementeX8 Francesco Clemente on stage with eight personalities from different walks of life (October 1 - November 9) incl. rocker and poet Patti Smith, theater visionary Robert Lepage, rapper-philanthropist Nas, Clemente’s spiritual teacher Gelek Rimpoche, chef Eric Ripert, architect Billie Tsien, The Sopranos creator David Chase, and Oscar-winning film director (Gravity) Alfonso Cuarón
See also: Francesco Clemente's film choices for CabaretCinema on Friday nights.