This artist’s book reproduces Francesco Clemente’s Pondicherry Pastels (1979-80), one of the artist’s first cycles of works utilising the medium of pastels. Published by Anthony d’Offay Gallery in 1986, it was handmade at the Kalakshetra Press in Madras (now Chennai) under the direction of Clemente’s close friend C.T. Nachiappan. Taking their name from the former French colonial city where Clemente obtained the unevenly grained handmade paper he worked on, the Pondicherry Pastels took shape during a stay at the Theosophical Society in Adyar. The works celebrate commonplace objects, accumulating into a repository of images that take on the quality of ideograms or what Michael Auping has called ‘abbreviated allegory’. The artist’s book was made with multi-coloured handmade papers from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, with 85 colour plates tipped in. It has an embossed copper and cloth-bound cover and endpapers designed by Ettore Sottsass.
Signed by the artist.
Publisher: Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London
Publication Date: 1986
Dimensions: 15 x 11 ¼ x 2 1/8 inches (38.2 x 28.5 x 5.5 cm)
Pages: Unpaginated, with 85 color illustrations (with copper cover, in card box)