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Jake And Dinos Chapman: Insult To Injury [Hardcover]

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In 2001, as part of their ongoing obsession with Francisco Goya's work, Jake and Dinos Chapman purchased one of the few remaining sets of the Disasters of War prints, made from the artist's original plates by the Goya Foundation in 1937. Produced by Goya between 1810 and 1820 as an attack on the horrors of war and its supposed romance and idealism, this group of 80 images has since become emblematic of art's moral voice, as well as a powerful template for the representation of the gross insanity of such conflict. Disasters of War has been idolized by generations of artists, notably Picasso and Dal', who were both directly inspired by Goya's anti-war polemic. The Chapmans meticulously "rectified" their Goya prints, drawing on top of what must be the most revered set of prints in existence. The artists superimposed cartoon faces, either those of clowns or puppies, onto figures Goya had intended as allegories of human suffering. Entitled Insult to Injury, this reworked series has been seen variously as an evil and meaningless desecration by vandals, and as the ultimate homage to Goya's masterpiece, a fitting extension of his despair. In making the book that records the Chapmans' new work, reproductions were made directly from the embellished Goya prints themselves. The result is an unprecedented print quality for the images, which are reproduced at actual size, and in four colors. The 80 plates are complemented by a previously unpublished text by Jake Chapman.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 15.25" Height: 11"
Weight:   4.12 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 2, 2004
Publisher   Steidl
ISBN  3882439572  
ISBN13  9783882439571  

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More About Jake Chapman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dinos Chapman was born in London in 1962 and Jake Chapman was born in Cheltenham in 1966. They both graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1990 and began collaborating shortly thereafter. Shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2003, they first came to attention in the 1990s with their three-dimensional recreations of Goya's "Disasters of War" etchings, an ongoing obsession with them. Two of the most celebrated of the Young British Artists (YBAs), they have exhibited in the notorious "Sensation" show and its follow-up, "Apocalypse".

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Jackets  Feb 27, 2008
A fine book by all means, if you're even looking at this page you have some idea of what you'll be getting into with Jake and Dinos.

But when looking at the 3rd party sellers know this: the book does not come with a dust jacket, for some reason some sellers are making a point of it as if it were supposed to.

Since this book is somewhat of a collectable item - as far as art books are concerned - the craftsmanship and printing processes are some of the best I've seen, the images themselves from what I gather are actual lithographs. So essentially these images are only thrice removed from Goya's own hands - somewhat tampered with by the 'middlemen' as it were.

Just know, a dust jacket doesn't exist for this edition.
Brilliant, sadistic, terribly funny  Oct 30, 2006
There is something inherently sassy about painting over Goya. This series, my first exposure to the snickering intellect of Jake and Dinos Chapman, is part sacrilege and part necessity: Goya's celebrity, which like any has grown with time, makes it almost unthinkable that his works should be tampered with, but yet here it is. That act alone should be enough to secure your attention. The keen draughtsmanship and hyperattentiveness to detail will earn your respect, but it's the outright comedy of the series that will win you over. Every page is alive with irony and playfulness, and, if you look closely, absolutely brilliant dialogue.

I'm an artist--not an art critic. And while I usually go for the stuff that makes me think, it's impossible to resist stuff that makes me smile this much. Perhaps the Chapmans themselves are commenting on the modern art scene: hey, they say, quit taking all this so seriously.

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