Francesco Clemente: The Sopranos

Francesco Clemente: The Sopranos

by Francesco Clemente
     
 

Featuring a gold embossed cover, this lovely volume was created in collaboration with Deitch Projects, and presents artist Francesco Clemente's portraits of eight contemporary opera stars who figure prominently in the Metropolitan Opera's 2008-09 season: Diana Damrau, Natalie Dessay, Renée Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Karita Mattila, Anna…  See more details below

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Featuring a gold embossed cover, this lovely volume was created in collaboration with Deitch Projects, and presents artist Francesco Clemente's portraits of eight contemporary opera stars who figure prominently in the Metropolitan Opera's 2008-09 season: Diana Damrau, Natalie Dessay, Renée Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Karita Mattila, Anna Netrebko and Deborah Voigt. The results--riveting portraits made within a four-month period--capture each of the divas in character for an upcoming role. Clemente has said about his portraits "I never paint a portrait from a photograph, because a photograph doesn't give enough information about what the person feels." In his essay, the distinguished philosopher-critic Arthur C. Danto writes that Clemente has, through scale and style, "recreated these women into personages of an order that our attitude toward sopranos demands, alive but larger than life, in a space of their own. We, lesser and duller, are exalted by their being. They are not just creatures that belong on stages. They are beings that transform stages into magical spaces in which actions larger than those of life take place. They are epic."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788881586981
Publisher:
Charta
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Francesco Clemente was born in Naples, Italy, in 1952. After studying classical languages, literature and architecture, he turned to art in the 1970s. Although he has spent a great deal of time since the early 1970s living and working in India, he has made New York City his primary residence since 1981. Clemente has been the subject of many major solo exhibitions, including several international traveling retrospectives. He is famed for his many collaborations--with artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, and poets like Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley and Rene Ricard.

Arthur C. Danto is the Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosphy at Columbia University in New York and the art critic for The Nation. He is widely published in the fields of both art criticism and philosophy.

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