New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1985. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher’s pink cloth, spine stamped gray, original illustrated dust jacket.
Inscribed exhibition catalog for a retrospective of contemporary Italian artist Clemente’s work (October 9, 1985 - March 29, 1987), with essays by Auping, long-time chief curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and author Francesco Pellizzi, in collaboration with noted Swiss art historian and curator Jean-Christophe Ammann. Clemente was a central figure in the Italian Transavanguardia (Neo-Expressionist) movement of the 1980s. With a deep affinity for non-Western cultures, and having spent a significant part of his life living in India, he takes “inspiration from the Tantra traditions of India and Tibet," seeking “a more intimate way to explore themes of identity and sexuality” (Mary Boone Gallery). Clemente’s “oeuvre is a mirror for the transient and ephemeral nature of experience; a kind of memento mori in process” (Auping). Inscribed on the half-title, in what appears to be an Indian or Tibetan language: “for Philip, [three words in Indian or Tibetan language] Francesco Clemente, after Carnegie Hall." Illustrated throughout with color plates, including a series of images created specifically for this catalog; with captions and exhibition checklist, list of exhibits, and selected bibliography. Book over-opened at half-title with split to gutter, sticker residue to half-title. Unclipped dust jacket with minor soiling and rubbing to spine ends. Very Good. Item #511