Jake and Dinos Chapman, Injury to Insult to Injury, 2004. © Jake and Dinos Chapman. Courtesy White Cube.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The violent and controversial imagery in Jake and Dinos Chapman’s collaborations earned the brothers a place in Young British Artists showcases Brilliant! and SENSATION, as well as a Turner Prize nomination. Throughout their career, the Chapmans have repeatedly engaged with The Disasters of War, Goya’s suite of etchings depicting the atrocities of the Napoleonic Wars, rendering the horrific scenes as hobbyist miniatures, life-size sculptural tableaux, and wallpaper. For Injury to Insult to Injury, 2004, currently on view in Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950, they purchased a full edition of eighty etchings and “rectified” them by replacing victims’ heads with grotesque cartoons of the heads of monsters and insects. Jake Chapman discusses the theme of destruction in the brothers’ paintings, sculptures, and drawings.
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Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950 is organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, in association with Mudam Luxembourg and Universalmuseum Joanneum/Kunsthaus Graz and is curated by Kerry Brougher and Russell Ferguson. The exhibition received major funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, and is also made possible through generous support from Kathryn Gleason and Timothy Ring, John and Mary Pappajohn, Melva Bucksbaum and Ray Learsy, John and Sue Wieland, Lewis and Barbara Shrensky, Marian Goodman Gallery, Inc., Peggy and Ralph Burnet, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Dani and Mirella Levinas, Barbara and Aaron Levine, the Broad Art Foundation, the Japan Foundation, David Zwirner, New York/London, the Embassy of Switzerland, and Home Front Communications.
Right: Jake Chapman. Nic Serpell-Rand Photography