克莱门特的艺术一直在个体和团体在国际上显示。主要回顾了在1990年代费城艺术博物馆在伦敦的皇家艺术学院,在蓬皮杜中心,巴黎和Sezon艺术博物馆,东京。克莱门特的艺术也出现在1999 - 2000年在所罗门R古根海姆博物馆,纽约,毕尔巴鄂的古根海姆博物馆。在2000年代回顾了在都柏林的爱尔兰现代艺术博物馆,在博物馆马德里,那不勒斯和Schirn Kunsthalle,法兰克福。一个展览的自画像和克莱门特的版本的塔罗牌卡举行乌菲兹美术馆在2011年,佛罗伦萨。
Clemente's work spans four decades. His work is stylistically varied, inclusive, erotic, and nomadic. It embraces diverse mediums and diverse cultures as well, aiming at finding wholeness through fragmentation and witnessing the survival of contemplation and pleasure in our mechanical age.
Clemente's work is rooted in political utopia and expresses an anti-materialistic stance. In the 1970s he moved from photography to drawing and anticipated the return to painting of the 1980s.
His work is also nomadic. In the 1980s he divided his time between India and New York. While briefly associated with Neo-Expressionism he took an interest in collaborative works both with Indian craftsmen and with painters like Basquiat and Warhol, and poets like Robert Creeley and Ginsberg in New York. In an interview with The Brooklyn Rail, Clemente commented "these poets had been looking at the East for inspiration and I was also anxious to evade the materialism of the West."
In the 1990s Clemente explored intensely erotic imagery, inspired by the Tantratraditions both of India and Tibet, and turning contemporary preoccupations with identity and sexuality into an occasion to ask questions about the nature of the self. In the 2000s Clemente underwent a darker and grotesque phase, returning in recent years to luminous images of repose and transformation.
Since the 1980s until today, Clemente has also chronicled New York intellectual and social life through a great number of portraits, contributing to the revival of a genre until then somehow discredited.
Clemente's art has been presented in solo and group shows internationally. Major retrospectives have been held in the 1990s at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at The Royal Academy in London, at the Centre Pompidou, Paris and at the Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo. Clemente's art was also featured in 1999-2000 at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, and at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. In the 2000s retrospectives were held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, at the Museo MADRE, Naples and at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt. An exhibition of self-portraits and of Clemente's own version of the Tarot Cards was held at theUffizi Gallery, Florence in 2011.
The artist is currently represented by Bruno Bischofberger in Switzerland, BlainSouthern in London, and Mary Boone Gallery in New York.
Clemente's work is featured in the 1998 movie, Great Expectations.
Francesco Clemente is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.