The Chapman Brothers will exhibit new artworks that rework original prints by Spanish artist Francisco Goya at Blain Southern next month. The duo’s first exhibition at the Mayfair gallery will present a series of sculptural works alongside three sets of Goya prints, that have been collaged and distorted by the duo.
The show, which runs between 4 October 2017 – 11 November 2017, features gargoyle armies, glitter massacres and all the dismembered limbs and contorted faces you’d expect from the RCA graduates.
Goya has been a long-time obsession of the pair, sparked by the parallels between the violence depicted in his brooding paintings and in the brother’s oeuvre. The title of the exhibition, The Disasters of Everyday Life, riffs on a series of Goya’s etchings named The Disasters of War. Produced at the end of Goya’s life when the painter was almost deaf, the works – which were highly critical of the French and the House of Bourbon – were only published 35 years after his death for fear of reprisals.
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