Francesco Clemente, Made in India, with Salman Rushdie

Francesco Clemente, Made in India, with Salman Rushdie

November 29: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Join us as Salman Rushdie interviews artist Francesco Clemente on the occasion of the new publication, Made in India.

Francesco Clemente first visited India in 1973, and was immediately enchanted by its chaotic blend of modernity and antiquity. In the country's larger cities like New Delhi and Madras, Hindu iconography joins in the larger visual cacophony of advertisement posters and hoardings found on temple exteriors, wayside shrines, cinema houses, shops, restaurants, buses and taxis, proliferating in an irreverent bombardment of spirituality and commerce. Nine years later, Clemente would acquire a home in India, dividing his time between New York, Italy and Madras. The artist's iconography reaches deep into Indian religious art and its extraordinary presence in urban visual culture, and his art is profoundly characterized by this resource, as well as by other spiritual traditions flourishing in India, such as Theosophy. Francesco Clemente: Made in India—which features text by Salman Rushdie, Jyotindra Jain, and Stella Kramrisch— is the artist's love letter to the country. It compiles hundreds of drawings, collages and notebooks made over the past few decades, revealing Clemente's ever-active, image-hungry eye and conveying the great wealth of the vast iconographic archive upon which his work draws. Also included is a 1992 conversation between Clemente and poets Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, expanding on the influence of Indian culture upon western art and literature in recent decades.

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.

Salman Rushdie’s novels include Midnight’s Children, for which he won the Booker Prize and the “Booker of Bookers”; Shame; The Satanic Verses, for which he won the Whitbread Book Award; Haroun and the Sea of Stories; The Moor’s Last Sigh, for which he again won the Whitbread Book Award; Shalimar the Clown; The Enchantress of Florence; and Luka and the Fire of Life. His numerous honors include the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature, the Italian Mantova Literary Prize and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. In 2007, the British Crown appointed him a Knight Bachelor for “services to literature.” He is chairman of the PEN World Voices Festival and lives in New York City.

Please note that both Francesco Clemente and Salman Rushdie will be signing copies of Made in India; however, Salman Rushdie will not be signing any of his other titles.

You may  purchase a $10 Strand Gift Card or copy of the book in store at the registers, or at the time of the event in the Rare Book Room. Both options admit two people. Please note that online event orders aren't available on the day of the event.

The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street. Books and Gift Cards will only be available for pick-up at the event.

Additional copies of the book (and previous books by the author, when applicable) will be available for purchase at the event.