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Francesco Clemente

Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown

The ways in which Francesco Clemente is a post-Modernist painter include his widespread quoting; the awkward, unfinished look of some of his surfaces; his apparent overproduction; his work’s overt, if somewhat inchoate, content, much of it based on dream sources; and his cool display of versatility as he moves from one medium to another, one genre to another, and one style to another.

Some major works were included in this three-gallery show, beginning with the large untitled painting to the left of the entrance at the Castelli gallery. This picture seems to represent the Hindu monkey god Hanuman from the Indian epic poem the Ramayana; in helping Rama to regain his kidnapped wife, Sita, Hanuman leapt twice across the sea between India and Ceylon, the second time carrying a mountain in his hands.

Clemente’s relationship to Indian art brings up important questions. Clearly, in this picture,

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