FRANCESCO CLEMENTE | UNLIMITED - Lévy Gorvy
First panel of Francesco Clemente's tapestry The Senses

Second panel of Francesco Clemente's tapestry The Senses

Third panel of Francesco Clemente's tapestry The Senses

Scale view of Francesco Clemente's tapestry The Senses

Detail view of Francesco Clemente's tapestry The Senses

Detail view of Francesco Clemente's tapestry The Senses

Detail view of Francesco Clemente's tapestry The Senses

Detail view of Francesco Clemente's tapestry The Senses

Detail view of Francesco Clemente's tapestry The Senses

Installation view of Francesco Clemente's tapestry The Senses

FRANCESCO CLEMENTE | UNLIMITED

ART BASEL UNLIMITED
Booth U59
September 20–26, 2021
Messe Basel

FRANCESCO CLEMENTE
The Senses (Sight, Taste and Hearing), 2000
Wool tapestry
Three parts, each: 93 ¾ x 91 13⁄16 inches (238.2 x 233.2 cm)
Courtesy of Francesco Clemente Studio


Part of Unlimited, Francesco Clemente’s The Senses (Sight, Taste and Hearing) (2000), is a monumental tapestry in three parts that evidences the artist’s continued engagement with contemporary Indian visual culture. The present work is the result of a decade-long collaboration with billboard painters in Chennai, its imagery first appearing in a series of gouaches (now in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam) which Clemente subsequently had woven into a tapestry. Here, the panels present, respectively, the sense of sight, taste, and hearing. Outsized body parts are interpolated with human figures that partake in sensuous and fantastical activities: a caressing couple recline in a large eye, a pregnant woman is wedged in an ear, and a comically small head protrudes from the tip of a tongue. The triptych displays Clemente’s unique ability to use images to form unorthodox mythologies, ceremoniously open to interpretation.

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