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  • Francesco Clemente: Winter Flowers, 20 May - 19 June 2021

    Francesco Clemente

    Winter Flowers IV, 2016

    Pigment on canvas
    72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

    © Francesco Clemente

    Photo: John Berens

    Francesco Clemente: Winter Flowers

    20 May - 19 June 2021
    Informed by such diverse practices as Beat poetry, the Tantra traditions of India and Tibet, the ritualism of Joseph Beuys, and Greco-Roman art, Francesco Clemente has forged a singular career that seeks intercultural resonance. Throughout his oeuvre, the artist combines the commonplace and the fantastical, contemporary impressions and ancient mythologies—using imagery that interweaves the natural and the surreal, personal experiences and collective imaginings. Botanical motifs have been central to this enterprise since the earliest days of Clemente’s career, be it in the form of ornamental vegetation or symbolically redolent perennials. The Winter Flowers series comprise large-scale representations of flowers whose petals fill the space of the canvas in an oscillating display of color and texture. Painted between 2010 and 2016, this cycle of ten works was born through a collaboration with the artist's wife, Alba Primiceri, an actress and choreographer. One winter, Alba brought an assortment of flowers to the...