The Art of Collaboration: Francesco Clemente & Vincent Katz with Raymond Foye

In his varied and prolific career, painter Francesco Clemente has had strong ties to poets, collaborating with Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Rene Ricard and John Wieners. A new publication, Alcuni Telefonini, with watercolors by Clemente and poems by Vincent Katz (Granary Books, 2008) provides the occasion to look at Clemente’s work with poets. A reading from the book by Katz will be followed by a discussion of collaboration, moderated by Raymond Foye. Francesco Clemente‘s works are found in many museum collections in Europe and the United States. He was the subject of a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in 1999-2000. Vincent Katz is a poet, critic, and translator. He has translated Sextus Propertius and organized an exhibition on Black Mountain College. He is the publisher of Vanitas magazine and Libellum books. Raymond Foye is an independent curator, writer and publisher. His editorial works include The Unknown Poe (City Lights, 1980), The Ancient Rain: Bob Kaufman Selected Poems 1956-1978 (New Directions, 1981) and two volumes of the works of John Wieners for Black Sparrow Press (1986 &1988). He has written on the work of Francesco Clemente for retrospective catalogues published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1990) and the Guggenheim Museum (1999).