Goya's "Los Desastres de la Guerra" Still Relevant After 200 Years

Goya's "Los Desastres de la Guerra" Still Relevant After 200 Years

"Exhibitions Explore Conflict with Works by Francisco Goya and Steve Mumford at The Frist, Now thru June 2014," by Visual Arts News Desk, Broad Way World

Still relevant after 200 years, the prints have inspired artists from Edouard Manet and Pablo Picasso to Leon Golub and the Chapman brothers; they have been reformatted to serve as a cover for Susan Sontag's book, Regarding the Pain of Others; they appear as illustrations in political commentary. Given their subjects of death, brutality and the impact of war on civilians of all ranks and ages, The Disasters of War are not easy to look at, and have rarely been exhibited in their entirety. ?Perhaps because of their criticism of both France and the Spanish crown, or the acknowledgement that such gruesome images would not find buyers, the etchings were not published until 1863, thirty-five years after the Goya's death,? says Ms. Delmez. A collaboration of the Pomona College Museum of Art and the University Museums, University of Delaware, this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue present all eighty prints of the first edition from the collection of the Pomona College Museum of Art.

Exhibition Credit: Goya: The Disasters of War is a collaboration of the Pomona College Museum of Art and the University Museums of the University of Delaware. It is curated by Janis Tomlinson, Director, University Museums, and circulated by the Pomona College Museum of Art.

Steve Mumford's War Journals, 2003-2013 was organized by Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
Exhibition Catalogue: Goya: The Disasters of War is accompanied by a fully-illustrated, 119-page catalogue. Published by Pomona College Museum of Art and University Museums, University of Delaware, the catalogue includes essays by Janis Tomlinson and Kathleen Stewart Howe, who discuss the persistence of Goya's imagery in contemporary art.

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