Jake and Dinos Chapman’s solo show “The Disasters of Everyday Life” channeled modern anxiety; the artists, known for their longtime dedication to the issues of organized violence, addressed the contemporary and historic imagery of terror. The exhibition consisted of a trio of works based on actual sets of Francisco Goya’s “Disasters of War” etchings (first published in 1863), as well as seven bronze sculptures of vests adorned with explosives: Life and Death Vests I–VII, 2017.
In the series of etchings, Goyaa prominent figure in the Chapman brothers’ artistic output (they have bought six sets of his prints in total)portrayed the atrocities he allegedly witnessed throughout the Napoleonic occupation of Spain during the Peninsular War in the early nineteenth century. The series, which contains eighty prints, oscillates between reality and allegory; the etchings depict
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