Thursday, July 22, 2010

On the Street….Francesco Clemente, Bond Street, New York City

This was the first time, in a long time, I was really nervous to ask someone for their photo.

I have always loved Francesco Clemente’s work and his personal style (notice the frayed sleeve of his well-worn linen jacket). For me, he is a real icon of the New York art scene.

Here is a link to a great interview he did with Charlie Rose. I love what he says about “boredom” and “waiting” playing a huge role in the creation of art. As a street photographer I understand exactly what he’s talking about.

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  1. Lee Oliveira

    July 22, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I love this linen 3 button jacket..
    Looks so stylish on him and the scarf.. (paul smith perhaps?).
    LOx

  2. The Covetist

    July 22, 2010 at 9:37 am

    incredible artist. truly indendiary.

    http://thecovetist.blogspot.com

  3. LadyNoir

    July 22, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Like the outfit.

    xx

  4. Antonio_Libero

    July 22, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I love the scarf.. so chic…

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    http://desertodinotte.blogspot.com/

  5. Liane

    July 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

    this is wonderful to see. how about a capture of brice marden? brings me back to art school days.

  6. ilkin

    July 22, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I LOVE HIS WORK! I totally understand you being nervous. His look, the jacket, the scarf; they give me a sense of completeness. You are lucky to have met an artist like him…

  7. Lady M

    July 22, 2010 at 9:48 am

    This style and color is chic.

  8. Christian

    July 22, 2010 at 9:54 am

    What a surprise! I always meet him in Amalfi…

    very nice person…

    Ciao Francesco!

  9. pinky

    July 22, 2010 at 10:05 am

    wow!!!! that's really HIM!!??!!
    he's a striking man and dresses cool.

  10. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Sart, when are you going to announce the winner of the vintage photo contest????

    –Anxious fan awating. :0)

  11. Lauren

    July 22, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Congratulations, Scott. You've really captured the essence of a true visionary. And I agree with both of you about the boredom part!

    Hand drawn:
    myclosetinsketches.com

  12. Best of Beehive

    July 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Like how the scarf compliments the jacket. He looks like he has that quiet intensity. No wonder you were intimidated.

  13. gsrgrl023

    July 22, 2010 at 10:53 am

    already a big fan of his work, but now a fan of his look too. <3 it.

  14. Sing

    July 22, 2010 at 11:01 am

  15. Teresa @ good-grace

    July 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Incredibly handsome.

  16. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

    This is the real artist, perfect and unique but not showing the least effort. Picture like this make me happy to get up and dress in the morning.

  17. Zuzia

    July 22, 2010 at 11:16 am

    he's so stylish. great artist.

    the-red-zebra.blogspot.com

  18. Style Scanner

    July 22, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Moss/olive green always looks nicely informal. Perhaps because it's not a colour associated with a 'business suit'. And being slightly rebellious – I like seeing a bit of wear and tear in a garment. x

  19. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Artists always know how to dress. Comfy, cool and stylish. And of course, colourful.

  20. JoewardM

    July 22, 2010 at 11:34 am

    he's a great guy. :]

  21. Susan Guzman, SuzGuz Designs

    July 22, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Casual elegance at its best!

    I love your blog.

  22. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

    great weather for a scarf.

  23. FASHION SNAG

    July 22, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I love the scarf and his work of course. x

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  24. THESTREETFASHION5XPRO

    July 22, 2010 at 11:51 am

    incredible artist…fab look

  25. Miiicha

    July 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    this is a nice style!

  26. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    wow – what cool color and those eyes…

  27. Dorian Gray

    July 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    OMG. I am in absolute AWE of his art work…this is amazing. Handsome!

  28. pRiyA

    July 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    So this is Francesco Clemente! I love this paintings and his picture books and it is SO nice to put a face to his name :) I love the way he wears his green jacket and his kind eyes.
    Thank you for the link too.

  29. thwany

    July 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    he looks intense

  30. christopher

    July 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    thanks for the link to the c.rose interview. just what i needed today.

  31. kukla

    July 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I often see this man in the neighborhood and he always looks amazing. I think it has little to do with what he wears and everything to do with his beautiful presence and blue eyes.

  32. britt

    July 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you for this post. Inspiring shot, equally inspiring interview on Charlie Rose. I needed that. As Francesco said, "I think the most interesting time is always now."

  33. Horchata Café

    July 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    WOW…! I really love Francesco Clemente, he's god.

  34. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    hes a very handsome man and has his own style but come on, that jacket doesnt fit him at all. 80s armani.. if an off duty banker was wearing this it would look ridiculous.

  35. marie

    July 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    he looks great, but i don't understand his layers. it is 90 degrees here in new york!

  36. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Don't tell me it is cool enough in NYC right now to be wearing a scarf?

  37. Unabashed apparel

    July 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    This made me finish a post about "the process" that I'd been to shy to share. Thank you.

  38. Jenava

    July 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! The interview really spoke to me. He expresses a lot of ideas about work that have been rattling around unexpressed in my head. I think I'm going to have to listen to this a couple of times! When I first looked at this photo I thought he looked a bit like me, but maybe it's just in his expression.

  39. John Wesley

    July 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Man and clothes with soul!
    Like a fabulous old worn Persian carpet.
    Proves Style isn't fashion.
    Bravo!
    –JW

  40. Sarah Eagle

    July 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Absolutely fantastic, and a great shot to boot. As an art history major its always slightly gratifying to see the artists you studied looking so dapper. A truly fantastic jacket (although I don't know about New York but up here in Boston its way to hot for the scarf even if it does add a certain something to the look)
    aoideart.wordpress.com

  41. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    And that is it. In 1950s Naples, a young child, unfettered by modern gadgets and social media, is free to dream, to imagine worlds and ideas that later germinate into art.

    Think of Dorothea Lange, one of many such photographers, whose iconic images humanized, in heartbreaking details, the personal consequences of economic depression and hardship. Without luxury of digital cameras, the stark immediacy is poignantly captured. The mother, distraught and dishevelled, weathered beyond her youth is a ravaged Madonna with hungry child clinging to breast. Lange forces us to look, and dares us to look away.

    These are the artists that compel, inciting questions that speak to our common humanity. What is there beyond the moment's pleasure, in those silent, introspective spaces of ennui and aloneness? What is there beyond beautiful people in fashionable attire, when all material trappings, all din and distractions are stripped away, and we are laid bare?

  42. artsysunday

    July 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    the olive colour of the jacket is great . I am not completely familiar with his work , but from what i have seen it is incredible and truly unique .

    artsysunday.blogspot.com

  43. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I love this photo – not just because of who he is and what he's wearing. This is just a fantastic photo. You feel like you can almost see through his eyes and feel what he's feeling. It's like we're getting a glimpse into the artist himself.

    As nervous as you say you were in asking to take his photo, you did an exceptional job :)

  44. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    really enjoyed that interview, thank you

  45. Laurent

    July 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    In the Rose interview F. said he became an artist because he was not interested in anything else. I believe such is inborn. An art teacher told his young daughter that he teaches people to draw, she replied: "they forgot?". Turn off your TVs… GET BORED!!!!!!!!
    Wonderful jacket. I don't think the frayed cuff is an artistic affectation. There's nothing like an old favorite jacket that formed to one's shape.

  46. Kimia Kline

    July 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    You got Clemente? Hats off to you sir.

  47. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    What a terrific photo of a very interesting man! And I agree with you, Scott, about "boredom" and "waiting;" I tell my son all the time that amazing creativity can come from being bored. I'll have to show him the interview with Charlie Rose! Thanks for all you do. This is my favorite website to visit!

  48. Laurence John

    July 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    nice colour green.

  49. Onlythebestisgoodenoughforme

    July 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Really stylish man.

    One of the best shots ever taken, Sartorialist.

  50. MONi

    July 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    he's old but stylish-

    http://www.weltsart.blogspot.com

  51. JV

    July 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Perfect. Doesn't hurt that he's still a great looking person into his 60s.

  52. Sensible Footwear

    July 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    He has the most amazing face. And those eyes – my goodness. I really like this photograph.

  53. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    this is a great photograph, but i'm not sure i'm buying a shared process or understanding between you and the Clemente. still great photo!

  54. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I hope this was taken a long time ago because I'm sweating just looking at him. I hope he doesn't wear that in the weather we've been having.

  55. The Photodiarist

    July 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Love the look but totally agree with Marie @1:21. It is way too hot in New York these days (whole month of July)to be wearing a jacket, much less a scarf. Maybe you took this in April, May or June?

  56. Andrew

    July 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    This is nice. How do you spot these designers in passing?

  57. Anonymous

    July 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    where can I get a jacket like that?

  58. choppie

    July 22, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Great artist! I don't think he really cares about how he looks….somebody said about the jacket from the 80's Armani. I kind of agree.

  59. REX5

    July 22, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    lol.. in the clip provided, clemente's laugh after charlie asked him "waiting for what?" is a perfect demonstration of how "stylish" he is.

  60. Robin Dodd Photography

    July 22, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    your brave.. being a photographer it's hard for me to do that, being a person who works mainly from appt. and not as candidly..But if I have to talk to someone I admire here in Nashvegas.. I get even more freaked out..your website is by far one of my favorites..

  61. Anonymous

    July 23, 2010 at 12:59 am

    thanks for posting the link to the interview. totally awesome. btw I love this blog.

  62. mnlop

    July 23, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Now I'm officially jealous of you! :)

  63. Liz S

    July 23, 2010 at 1:40 am

    A very handsome man who has that edge as many artists do. He seems to appear young at the same time as showing some age and wisdom. The colour and texture of the jacket is wonderful.

  64. Anonymous

    July 23, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Girl in tank top and hole-y jeans. Man in linen jacket with big scarf knotted around his neck and black jeans.

    Is it hot or cold in NY? ;)

  65. Anonymous

    July 23, 2010 at 4:07 am

    So simple, so sharp.

  66. proletarian Great Gatsby

    July 23, 2010 at 4:35 am

    I follow Francesco Clemente's work for years.He has always been a stylish and attractive man.

  67. indigo16

    July 23, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Have you ever seen the remake of great Expectations? The one with Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert de Niro.
    My friend's husband was the designer and they used Francesco Clemente's art work in the film. She begged her husband to try and obtain just the smallest of sketches but everything was carefully catalogued and collected. She was heartbroken! But it is a beautiful film not least because of the artwork.

  68. supercalifragilisticespiallidocious

    July 23, 2010 at 9:08 am

    i dont get how you managed to get the guts to ask people to have their pictures taken . i'm havin SUCH a big problem with it !

  69. Sina Kauri

    July 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    ..and looks so authentic

  70. Anonymous

    July 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    He's Neapolitan, natch.

  71. kiki

    July 23, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I am in love with Francesco Clemente!!! (don't tell my boyfriend ;) His portraits captivate me! One time I thought I saw him on an airplane with his wife, Alba. IT was about 10 years ago, but I swear it was him. I always wish I had said something to him but I didn't want to disturb him either. Anyway, great photo! I wonder if he was approachable?

  72. indigo.angel

    July 24, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Wonderful interview. Thankyou.

  73. Anonymous

    July 24, 2010 at 2:37 am

    love you, frankie!!

  74. Anonymous

    July 24, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Thank you for introducing this great artist! This is a great bonus and makes me even more faithful to your blog. Style goes through all layers of life. I guess frayed sleeves and intense eyes are an eternal match.

  75. Anonymous

    July 24, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for the link , great interview !!!!!

  76. Anonymous

    July 25, 2010 at 12:25 am

    i love the earthy tones and the casual elegance

  77. Jerome

    July 25, 2010 at 2:21 am

    in a sense, he's almost standing like a James Castle figure… Or… Something else I can't quite articulate.

    His jacket sits on his shoulders in a way that allows his scarf to remove his head from a fixed balance. I wonder if it's his orientation that created that.

    This picture is not like many of your other medium shots.

  78. Rose from The GrandTour

    July 25, 2010 at 3:26 am

    I love hisgrat work for a long time ! A great artist !

  79. Dana

    July 25, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Yes, love his jacket, his shirt/scarf and he has soulful eyes just like in his paintings.

  80. Mat

    July 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    he looks great

  81. Anonymous

    July 25, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Admire him but a scarf in the heat of NYC now is beyond imagination and it makes me hot (not in the good way) just seeing him swaddled in that! :-) Jack

  82. Katy Diamond Hamer

    July 25, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Great photo and moment! Not only does he look fabulous both comfortable and stylish, but also is obviously a brave man facing the almost 100 degree NYC weather with a jacket! Even if it is linen….

    xo

  83. Anonymous

    July 26, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Oh, thank you so much for the link to the interview. It's amazing and inspiring!

  84. Anonymous

    July 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    oh no, no celeb pics for the sole purpose of visually celebrating them, please. the blog does not need that nor does it benefit from that.

    Best
    yedint

  85. Purses Pastries Etc...

    July 27, 2010 at 11:00 am

    He's an amazing artist and really inspiring! So glad you managed to work up the courage to talk to him — though you have absolutely no reason to feel intimidated because in your own way you are just as multi-talented! Thanks for the link!

  86. Jazzbuff630

    July 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I keep focusing on the scarf. It's very hot in New York City…

  87. Megan

    July 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    He is definitely an icon. You can just tell from his body language and what he chooses to wear. These things define him so much, not to mention his incredible artwork.

  88. bird of light

    July 28, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I like his expression..

    x Bird.

  89. Debra Jo

    July 29, 2010 at 2:56 am

    I am in love.. I watched the Charlie Rose interview.. I am an artist.. and I was married to an Italian.. and I totally loved this man… His style is simplicity.. which is a great statement. I have only some of his work.. but will look for more… He is also only 2 days younger than me… what a hottie.

  90. Eilish

    July 29, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Amazing! what else can i say..

    http://faialofa.blogspot.com

  91. Kathleen

    July 29, 2010 at 10:49 am

    This is an outstanding photograph Scott. I love his green linen jacket, finely frayed from years of wearing and the scarf although a bit wintery in feeling loos perfect with the outfit. The jeans are sexy. He is sexy!

  92. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 10:54 am

    he owns the scarf rather than having it dominate the outfit. wonderful!

  93. Anonymous

    July 30, 2010 at 6:17 am

    He is so fantastic~!

  94. Kathleen

    July 30, 2010 at 11:31 am

    He is so beautiful. What a peaceful lovely man. I love his choice of colors, especially the jacket. He is so casual, yet meticulously put together. Nice!

  95. Anonymous

    August 1, 2010 at 1:38 am

    He has the best style in NYC. I remember he once told me he belives there is a perfect scarf for every outfit, There isn't a bigger womanizer in NYC… but they all love him. Poor Alba. His style is beyond amazing. Ask Lysa Cooper about the watch she wears… a gift from him that was originally given to him by Bruno Bischofbrger. Frankie we love you.

  96. Athena

    August 1, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Wonderful! My favorite one yet. Great style by one of my favorite artists! Thank you for capturing this.

  97. Eryl Shields

    August 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you so much for the introduction; the interview is marvellous, I will watch it for years. Am particularly enamoured of his notion of time; his outfit is a perfect demonstration of it, too: authenticity in motion.

  98. Anonymous

    August 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    hes sexy, really sexy. hes MAN not man. enigmatically and i see 'fog' in him eyes

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