• Francesco Clemente

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    A lot has been written about Francesco Clemente’s reliance on the self-portrait as a primary vehicle of expression and, in this exhibition of 20 years of work on paper, it is clearly the image with the greatest staying power. The 125 pieces displayed here explore a wide range of media and announce the artist’s facility in more than one. Yet, with all of their diversity, they manage to make significant, individual statements, exceeding the category of preliminary studies. It seems apparent that this is work about the self but not in the obvious, narcissistic sense that the overwhelming number of

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