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FRANCESCO CLEMENTE

ON: BEAUTY

Francesco Clemente is an Italian contemporary artist known as a master of various artistic media including drawing, fresco, graphics, mosaic, oils and sculpture. Throughout his life, he has lived in Italy, India, and New York City. In 1980, Clemente exhibited at the Venice Biennale, bringing him increased international attention. He soon thereafter became a leading figure of Neo-Expressionism, known as the Transvanguardia movement in Italy, which is characterized by a return to figuration and a rejection of Formalism and Conceptual Art.

photographs
Michael Avedon

creative direction
Melissa Jones

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WHAT IS BEAUTY TO YOU?

What makes the mind stop.

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HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR VISION OF BEAUTY HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?

The last time the West had a sense of beauty was in the Middle Ages, when beautiful meant true. After that beauty has been sentimentalized.

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WHO WAS A BEAUTY ICON FOR YOU IN YOUR YOUTH?

Joseph Beuys.

Photograph of Francesco Clemente by Allen Ginsberg 1984

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WHAT FOR YOU IS THE ANTITHESIS OF BEAUTY?

Clinging.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST RECENT ENCOUNTER WITH SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL?

A poem: ' I saw an angel today without wings with human smile and nothing to say.'

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