Internationally acclaimed artist Francesco Clemente, gives insight into his oeuvre, which spans over four decades. His paintings, drawings, prints and illustrated books have been featured in shows at numerous international venues including the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Dia Center for the Arts, New York.
In 1999/2000, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Guggenheim Bilbao organized a major retrospective of Clemente’s work. More recently his works were exhibited by Uffizi Gallery, Florence, the Rubin Museum New York and MASS MoCa, among many other locations. Clemente has participated in numerous collaborative projects, painting with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, and illuminating poetry by Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, John Wieners and Rene Ricard. His art was also featured in the film Great Expectations (starring Ethan Hawke). Clemente is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was born and raised in Naples, Italy; he now lives and works in New York.
Sir Norman Rosenthal was exhibitions secretary at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 1977 to 2007. Rosenthal also curated the highly controversial exhibition Sensation in 1997, introducing the “Young British Artists” Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin, Sarah Lucas, Rachel Whiteread and Dinos and Jake Chapman, among others, to an international audience.