Disasters of War
White Cube | ISBN DISASTER
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Jake and Dinos Chapman are two of the world's most renowned and most controversial contemporary artists; their work has been shown extensively in solo exhibitions internationally. For their White Cube show, Disasters of War, Jake and Dinos Chapman showed two sets of eighty-three etchings from their Disasters of War series. One hand-coloured set was shown in the gallery, with another black and white set displayed in the adjoining room. Employing classical etching technique of hard ground, soft ground and dry point with aquatint, they produced prints that display a rich and diverse range of images. In these works, the Chapmans are clearly responding to Francisco de Goya and his graphic depiction of the Napoleonic occupation of Spain, while also giving free rein to their own drawing style and obsessions with the poles of beauty and pain, humour and horror, the sublime and perverse, the diabolical and the infantile.