Atlas (1982) by Francesco Clemente

Atlas - Francesco Clemente - 1982

Artwork Information

TitleAtlas
ArtistFrancesco Clemente
Date1982
MediumWatercolor On Arches Paper
Dimensions14 x 20 in (35.7 x 50.8 cm)
Current LocationThomas Ammann, Zurich
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About Atlas

Francesco Clemente’s “Midnight Sun” painting from 1982 is a part of the Transavantgarde movement, known for its figurative style. The painting explores the themes of esoteric sexuality and spirituality, influenced by traditional Indian art and culture. Clemente worked in various artistic media including drawing, fresco, graphics, mosaic, oils, and sculpture. He collaborated with famous artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs.

Clemente completed one of his most ambitious projects called “The Fourteen Stations” in 1981-82. His dreamlike paintings often feature distorted portraits and scenes of violence. Although he is renowned for his paintings, his mosaics are also highly regarded as masterpieces.

Clemente’s works have been widely exhibited across the world including London England; Germany; Sweden; Sarasota Florida; Yugoslavia and Japan among others. In fact he has had exhibitions at some of the most well-known galleries in cities such as New York City’s Guggenheim Museum SOHO Gallery Barneys The Drawing Center MOMA Williams College Museum of Art along with numerous other galleries throughout Europe over both Americas.

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