Calm and Collected An artist's art collection.

Calm and Collected An artist's art collection.

  • Words Pip Usher
  • Photograph Oberto Gili

When Francesco Clemente moved to New York City in 1981, the Italian painter fell in with the city’s experimental art scene. Clemente—who produces vivid, pastel-hued paintings of the human form—was already being heralded as a leader of the “return to figuration” movement; his new friends included visionary street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pop Art icon Andy Warhol. 

The three men decided to embark on a creative collaboration. Each would start a painting and leave enough space for the other two to contribute their ideas to the canvas. It wasn’t the first time that Clemente had partnered with others. After first visiting India in the ’70s, he’d become fascinated by craftsmanship, and used the talents of artisans from Jaipur and Orissa for Francesco Clemente Pinxit, ...

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