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Focus on the Collection: Francesco Clemente's High Fever
July 15–October 9, 2011

Focus on the Collection: Francesco Clemente's High Fever presents a dark and mysterious series of nine woodcut prints exploring the beauty, pleasure, and pain of love by contemporary Italian artist Francesco Clemente. Influenced by mysticism of India, he conveys both the sensual and spiritual aspects of love, including childbirth and motherhood. Clemente exploits the natural grain of his woodblocks to dramatic effect, allowing it to become part of the repertoire of expressive marks found in each of the compositions. The grain and the dark tones of the ink reference the Northern European history of the woodcut. His carved blocks are printed with a deep embossment on thick handmade paper, causing the gouged marks and cut lines to take on a sculptural presence.

Curated by Eric Lutz, associate curator of prints, drawings, and photographs, and Ann-Maree Walker, research assistant, Focus on the Collection: Francesco Clemente's High Fever will be on view in Gallery 321 from July 15 to October 9, 2011.

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