Exhibition opens: Etchasketchathon

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January 17, 2014 / 11:00 AM


January 17 to May 18, 2014
John Brady Print Gallery

Working as an artistic duo, contemporary British artists and brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman
attack human depravity and cruelty with some of the most gory but witty art of our time.
Intentionally adopting a strategy of “tastelessness” in order to shock viewers with their outrage,
they nevertheless manage to amuse.

This exhibition presents the Chapmans’ portfolio of 31 heliogravure etchings, “Etchasketchathon,”
2005, recently acquired by Des Moines Art Center. The Chapmans’ macabre imagery frequently
draws deeply on art history as well as modern popular culture. The artists blatantly steal and
repurpose images from artists of the past to comment on such themes as Nazi atrocities and on the
making of art in the midst of horror. For “Etchasketchathon,” they appropriated images from two
children’s coloring books of happy animals and children painting to recreate some of the most
terrifying images from Francisco Goya’s “Los desastros de la Guerra” series of aquatint etchings
(1812–20). In addition to the Chapmans’ etchings, the exhibition includes four prints from the
“Desastros” loaned by Grinnell College, and two from the Art Center’s permanent collections.
The exhibition is supported with funds from the Des Moines Art Center Print Club. The
exhibition is organized by Amy N. Worthen, curator of prints and drawings.

Jake Chapman (English, born 1966)
Dinos Chapman (English, born 1962)
Untitled, plate 24, from "Etchasketchathon," 2005
Etching on paper
Sheet: 22 1/2 x 20 3/4 inches  Plate: 9 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections: Purchased
with funds from the David Kruidenier, Jr. Estate, and
Elizabeth S. Kruidenier 2002 Revocable Trust by exchange
and partial gift of Charles Booth-Clibborn, 2013.30.24 


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