Christie’s Southampton hosts Francesco Clemente selling exhibition

Francesco Clemente, ‘The Fourteen Stations, No. II,’ circa 1981-1982 oil and wax on linen, 78 by 88in (198 by 223.5cm), on view in Francesco Clemente: Works from the Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Francesco Clemente, ‘The Fourteen Stations, No. II,’ circa 1981-1982 oil and wax on linen, 78 by 88in (198 by 223.5cm), on view in Francesco Clemente: Works from the Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Christie’s will open a new month-long private selling exhibition of pieces by Francesco Clemente (Italian, b. 1952-) on Friday, August 5 at its Southampton gallery. Francesco Clemente: Works from the Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann, presents the incredible imagery of the living artist to culturally-inclined visitors, clients and residents of Long Island’s East End. Proceeds will benefit the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation, a newly-established organization dedicated to improving the lives of children worldwide.

The exhibition consists of a selection of major paintings from the Fourteen Stations series, as well as works on paper. All works are from the collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann and are being shown in the wake of the sale of The Fourteen Stations, No XI. on May 9. Its final price was 20 times above the low estimate and brought refreshed attention to the artist’s work. The 12 paintings in The Fourteen Stations series were famously shown together, in 2000, at Clemente’s large-scale retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Francesco Clemente, ‘Rain,’ 1988 pastel on paper, 26 by 19in. (66 by 48.2cm), on view in Francesco Clemente: Works from the Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Francesco Clemente, ‘Rain,’ 1988 pastel on paper, 26 by 19in. (66 by 48.2cm), on view in Francesco Clemente: Works from the Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Of the four paintings from the cycle included here, The Fourteen Stations no X has been identified as a central work, and No VI one of the most enigmatic. In addition, Nos II and VII also have the distinction of being the only two works in the series that can be hung up either way. No VII is a work that, with its self-portrait-like figure swallowing, or breathing out, fish invokes the truly mystical and transcendent nature of the cycle as a whole.

Francesco Clemente, ‘Babylon at Night,’ 1988 pastel on paper, 26 by 19in. (66 by 48.2cm), on view in Francesco Clemente: Works from the Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022


Francesco Clemente, ‘Babylon at Night,’ 1988 pastel on paper, 26 by 19in. (66 by 48.2cm), on view in Francesco Clemente: Works from the Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

About Christie’s Southampton

Christie’s Southampton is located in a refurbished 5,600-square-foot glass-front building. Conceived as a vibrant hub of activity for the local art-collecting community, the gallery hosts exhibitions, events, receptions and brand collaborations. Christie’s 2022 residency in Southampton follows on the success of the 2020 pop-up exhibition in the Hamptons, which drew hundreds of clients to a masterworks exhibitions of auction highlights during the extended July 4 holiday, as well as last year’s exhibitions at the Southampton location. The gallery is located at 1 Pond Lane, in the heart of Southampton Village, close to the Southampton Arts Center and the Peter Marino Foundation.