• The Italian Sale  auction at Christies

    Sale 7757

    The Italian Sale

    16 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 54

    Francesco Clemente (b. 1952)


    Price Realised  


    Francesco Clemente (b. 1952)
    acrylic on canvas
    82 x 56in. (208.3 x 142.2cm.)
    Painted in 1988

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    Inside I am the other of a self,
    who feels a presence always close at hand,

    one side or the other, knows another one
    unlocks the door and quickly enters in.

    Either as or, we live a common person.
    Two is still one. It cannot live apart.

    (Francesco Clemente, 'Poem for Paradigm', reproduced in Francesco Clemente, exh. cat., New York, 1999, p. 203)

    Special Notice

    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.


    C. Shawn, 'Venice Biennial: A Report on the Major Pavillions-From Venice' in FlashArt International, Milan, October 1988, no. 142, p. 106.


    Venice, XLIII La Biennale di Venezia, Italian Pavillion, Aperto '88, June-September 1988, pp. 31 and 35.
    New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Clemente, October 1999-January 2000, no. 96 (illustrated in colour, unpaged). This exhibition later travelled to Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum, February-June 2000.