Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery is proud to present Francesco Clemente's body of work for the first time in Belgium, as we open of our new gallery.
The exhibition will showcase three series : Fertility (painted in India), Portraits (painted in New York City), & Making Love in a Fleeting World (painted in St. Barts).
The oeuvre of the Italian contemporary artist Francesco Clemente (b. 1952) spans over four decades and has achieved international acclaim.
Predominantly interested in themes of both religion and spirituality, Clemente's work for the most part depicts both the human form (in its entirety or metamorphosing between human and animal) or symbolic motifs.
Throughout the 1970s, he exhibited works that reflected his interest in the contemplative traditions of India, where he lived for several years.
In 1981, Clemente moved to New York with his wife, Alba, and their four children. His paintings, drawings, prints and illustrated books were featured in shows at numerous international venues including the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1983); the Nationalgalerie, Berlin (1984); the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1985); the Art Institute of Chicago (1987); and the Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1988).
Through the 1990s, surveys of his work were exhibited by the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1990); the Royal Academy of the Arts, London (1990); the Pompidou Center, Paris (1994); and the Sezon Museum, Tokyo (1994). In 1999/2000, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Guggenheim Bilbao organised 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, John Wieners and Rene Ricard.
Clemente is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.