• Inside view of gallery exhibition Francesco Clemente Pastels

    Installation view, Francesco Clemente: Pastels, Lévy Gorvy, London, 2019. Photo: Stephen White

  • Inside view of gallery exhibition Francesco Clemente Pastels

    Installation view, Francesco Clemente: Pastels, Lévy Gorvy, London, 2019. Photo: Stephen White

  • Inside view of gallery exhibition Francesco Clemente Pastels

    Installation view, Francesco Clemente: Pastels, Lévy Gorvy, London, 2019. Photo: Stephen White

  • Inside view of gallery exhibition Francesco Clemente Pastels

    Installation view, Francesco Clemente: Pastels, Lévy Gorvy, London, 2019. Photo: Stephen White

  • Inside view of gallery exhibition Francesco Clemente Pastels

    Installation view, Francesco Clemente: Pastels, Lévy Gorvy, London, 2019. Photo: Stephen White

Francesco Clemente: PastelsExhibition

London
December 12, 2019 - February 15, 2020

#ClementePastels

Francesco Clemente: Pastels

Francesco Clemente: Pastels illuminates Clemente’s extraordinary creative synthesis of diverse aesthetic, cultural, and spiritual traditions. Curated by architect Bill Katz, a long-time friend of the artist, the exhibition is organised thematically, presenting Clemente’s expressions of the body and mind through his extended commitment to the medium.

Clemente has often turned to pastels to develop his eclectic visions of physical and metaphysical subjects. The medium is well-suited to the intensity of these works on paper through their brilliantly saturated colour, directness of line, and the autographic immediacy in the artist’s application. Over the past four decades, he has developed polymorphic, unabashedly sexual imagery that invokes perennial cycles of life and death. Visualising humanity in figurative and mythological terms, he employs metaphor to bridge individual differences and to reveal intercultural aspects of our existence.

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Selected Works

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  • portrait of a man with eyes on his hands and feet

    Francesco Clemente
    Drawings for Geography, North
    1992
    Pastel on paper
    25 1/4 x 24 inches (64.1 x 61 cm)
    Collection of the artist, New York
    Courtesy of Francesco Clemente Studio
    Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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  • a woman with stars in her hair

    Francesco Clemente
    Ex Libris Chenonceau 'Sky'
    1994
    Pastel on paper
    26 3/8 x 19 inches (67 x 48.3 cm)
    Collection of the artist, New York
    Courtesy of Francesco Clemente Studio
    Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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  • portrait of someone embracing two children

    Francesco Clemente
    Drawings for Geography, North
    c. 1990s
    Pastel on paper
    25 1/4 x 24 inches (64.1 x 61 cm)
    Collection of the artist, New York
    Courtesy of Francesco Clemente Studio
    Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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  • someone with a bat in their ear

    Francesco Clemente
    Ex Libris Chenonceau 'Night'
    1994
    Pastel on paper
    26 3/8 x 19 inches (67 x 48.3 cm)
    Collection of the artist, New York
    Courtesy of Francesco Clemente Studio
    Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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  • a man holding the root of a plant at his core

    Francesco Clemente
    Drawings for Geography, South
    1992
    Pastel on paper
    25 1/4 x 24 inches (64.1 x 61 cm)
    Collection of the artist, New York
    Courtesy of Francesco Clemente Studio
    Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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Selected Press

CR Fashion Book | Contemporary Artist Francesco Clemente Debuts A Collection Of Creative Visions

December 17, 2019

The artist’s mythical Pastels exhibition opens at Lévy Gorvy Gallery in London

Financial Times | Critic's Choice: Francesco Clemente

December 14, 2019

Article on Francesco Clemente at Lévy Gorvy London.

Financial Times How To Spend It | Artist Francesco Clemente debuts at London’s Lévy Gorvy

December 13, 2019

An exhibition focusing on 40 years of Francesco Clemente's experiments with pastels—culminating in …

Art Collected | Francesco Clemente at Lévy Gorvy

December 8, 2019

Lévy Gorvy announces Francesco Clemente: Pastels, an exhibition illuminating Clemente’s extraordinary …

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