Ein gutes und sauberes Exemplar. - I think of Francesco Clemente as a poet of inner space. His images seem to take place inside a room, inside a body, inside a mind. This is so despite the proliferation of sexual and other orifices and the flow of matter- sometimes organic, sometimes inorganic-through and between the bodies. His classic style has more to do with his own sensations and thoughts than with depiction of the outside world. The omnipresence of Clemente's own visage and body in his corpus strengthens this epistemological position. That is why the portraits are so startling. Here, for the first time, we are face to face with a wide sweep of people who make up the artist's world-the famous and the unknown, the beautiful and the plain, poets, artists, musicians, collectors, and those who fascinate not by what they do but by who they are, or perhaps it would be better to say, how they are. Clemente has done portraits since early in his career, but they have rarely been exhibited.