Francesco Clemente, the Italian painter, has been deeply motivated by India because he very first visited the nation in 1973.

In the decades given that, he has immersed himself in Hindu spiritualism as nicely as regional pop society, analyzed Sanskrit and included approaches he uncovered immediately from Indian miniaturists and Bollywood poster painters within just his do the job. When he’s not in New York or Rome, he spends a portion of the year in Chennai or Varanasi.

Indian symbols and imagery—from the supernatural to the everyday—have prolonged appeared in his dreamlike pieces. Now, with a new collection on see at Vito Schnabel Assignments in New York Town, Clemente pulls again additional, checking out the place as a form on a map, the exclusive outline of the country having up most of the canvases of 4 significant scale oil paintings.

In each and every, Clemente renders his subject matter in washes of suffused pink, offsetting the tone with dusty blues, grays and browns.

Detached from encompassing landmasses, the boundaries of the region act as a portal into an alternate universe, as a result of which 1 can glimpse the glow of a scorching solar, fish and seashells, or a sari-clad girl with gazing eyes.

One placing picture pairs cheerful, Warhol-esque bouquets with human skulls, a commonplace icon in both historical Hindu and Buddhist artwork, in which deities are usually shown wearing necklaces designed of them.

Clouds by Francesco Clemente, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery.


Francesco Clemente: India opens on November 8th, with a parallel exhibition heading up at Schnabel’s place in St. Moritz on December 27th—just in time for New Year’s Eve crowds to descend on the Swiss Mountain city. Titled Francesco Clemente: Clouds, the St. Moritz clearly show will incorporate a choice of the artist’s oil on canvas depictions of evocative cumulus clouds on backgrounds that vary from dusky indigo blue flecked with orange and yellow to a surreal acid eco-friendly.

Supplied the altitude, the topic make a difference and locale make a natural pair.

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Nicole Lee

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