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Francesco Clemente
The Fool
watercolor, gouache, ink, pastel, pencil on paper

19 x 9 1/2 inches

Uffizi Gallery
From the series: The Tarot

Excerpt from The New Yorker:

This week in the magazine, Calvin Tomkins writes about the artist Francesco Clemente, who got interested in tarot cards about three years ago. “The result of his delving,” Tomkins writes, “is a series of drawings, one for each of the seventy-eight original tarot cards, but larger (approximately nineteen inches tall by nine and a half inches wide), executed in several different media: watercolor and gouache, ink, pastel, colored pencil…. All the figures in the Higher Arcana (the twenty-two trump cards in a tarot deck) and quite a few in the Minor Arcana (ace to ten, plus four face cards) are portraits of Clemente’s New York friends. ‘I would love to show them here,’ he said, leafing through the drawings on a sweltering June day in his lower-Broadway studio. ‘In a way, it is my portrait of the city, the aura of the city, the style, and the people.’ ” Here’s a peek into Clemente’s deck.

Higher Arcana by Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker,
Art’s Sake, August 29, 2011 Issue

Exhibition: Francesco Clemente: i Tarocchi, (The Tarot)
September 09, 2011 - November 06, 2011
Uffizi Gallery, Florence Italy


Francesco Clemente, Italian, (1952–)
b. March 23, 1952, Naples

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