New York: Harry N. Abrams/Guggenheim, 1999. 1st Edition. Large quarto, publisher's fuchsia paper-covered boards, spine and upper board stamped in orange, tangerine endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
“Maybe poets express more directly a sense of sympathy for other human beings. Painting is a little bit more of a retreat from human beings in real life; painting is more about the extreme moments when speech doesn't help anymore.” First edition exhibition catalog for a large-scale retrospective of leading Italian artist Francesco Clemente, inscribed by the artist on the title page in 2007. Organized by curator Lisa Dennison at the Guggenheim, the exhibition showcased more than 200 of Clemente’s works across a variety of mediums from the early ’70s to present. Mirroring the nonhierarchical logic of the artist’s work, the show was organized according to 8 themes chosen by Clemente rather than chronologically, categorically, or by medium. This lavishly produced catalogue raisonné similarly arranges Clemente’s work by his selected concepts, reproducing over 100 of his paintings and drawings alongside essays and poetry selections. With texts by Lisa Dennison, Gita Mehta, Ettore Sottsass, Robert Creeley, Jyotindra Jain, Gus Van Sant, Francesco Pellizzi, Raymond Foye, and Rene Ricard; entries by Craig Houser; and poems by Robert Creeley, Gregory Corso, and Allen Ginsberg. Lushly illustrated in color and black-and-white; with chronology, exhibition checklist, bibliography and index. Inscription reads: “For Philip / Francesco Clemente / NYCITi / June XVI MMVII” with a flourish over the title text. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #4793