Vesuvius, or rather two of them, emerge from an illustrated postcard. Two Piazze del Plebiscito, two Castel dell'Ovo, two San Carlo theatres. And then roads, columns, faces of artists, snails, butterflies and exotic animals.
This is the Naples imagined by the maestro of the Transavantgarde, Francesco Clemente, who has given his city the gift of the free show Napoli è, which runs until 28 September in the CasaMadre gallery in Palazzo Partanna.
The star of the artistic movement that had Achille Bonito Oliva as its theorist, the Neapolitan painter and designer resident in New York has travelled around the world, working with artists of the calibre of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. He has exhibited his canvases, which are characterised by the mixture between distant cultures and are influenced by his numerous journeys, especially his experience in India, in the most important international galleries.
Clemente is now returning to his birth town with his work. He is addressing Neapolitan iconographic tradition, reinterpreting the landscapes in typical 19th century gouaches as an Indian copyist would do.
The Naples designed by Francesco Clemente is a play of reflections and symmetry, which doubles and redefines the urban areas
There springs from it a play of mirrors and symmetries, in which the painter doubles and redefines the areas of the city and inserts symbols from other cultures: a landscape that is “disorientated”, the metaphor for a place that reflects on itself, and a cosmopolitan city, apparently immobile, but that is actually continually changing.
Napoli è XXVI, 2017-2018
Napoli è XXI, 2017-2018
Napoli è X, 2017-2018
All photos: courtesy of the artist and CasaMadre Arte Contemporanea, Naples
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