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Clemente, Francesco (Artist); Rushdie, Salman (Author) & Other Contributors. FRANCESCO CLEMENTE: MADE IN INDIA. Milan, Italy: Edizione Charta, 2011. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 240 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of art. Now considered a classic. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. "Autographed Copy" white sticker pasted in front. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Francesco Clemente and Charta: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Art by Francesco Clemente. Text by Salman Rushdie. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Milan, Italy to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Francesco Clemente's "Made In India". His art, as seen from the vantage point of the influence of Indian art and culture. "Clemente first visited India in 1973 and was immediately enchanted by its chaotic blend of modernity and antiquity. In the country's larger cities like New Delhi and Madras, Hindu iconography joins in the larger visual cacophony of advertisement posters and hoardings found on temple exteriors, wayside shrines, cinema houses, shops, restaurants, buses, and taxis, proliferating in an irreverent bombardment of spirituality and commerce. Reaches deep into Indian religious art and its extraordinary presence in urban visual culture. His art is profoundly characterized by this resource as well as by other spiritual traditions flourishing in India. Compiles hundreds of drawings, collages, and notebooks made over the past few decades, revealing Clemente's ever-active, image-hungry eye, and conveying the great wealth of the iconographic archive upon which his work draws" (Publisher's blurb). Francesco Clemente first came to prominence in the 1970's in the context of the so-called Terrorist Generation ("Transvanguardia"). There was a crisis of late-capitalism (and of Western values themselves), which informed such major ideas in Clemente's work as "the fragmentation of the self" and "the refutation of reason by art". By his own account, Clemente learned to trust geography ("place") over history ("time"), in contrast with almost all other Italian Masters of his time and of course, the past. His highly personal iconography is stamped by a peripatetic life continually spent in Madras, New York, Rome, New Dehli, Srinagar, and the remotest places of Afghanistan. An absolute "must-have" title for Francesco Clemente collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Francesco Clemente. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen on the following title page by Salman Rushdie. This title is a contemporary art book classic. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies availbale online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the greatest artists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SALMAN RUSHDIE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 8881588099. $250.00

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