Disasters of War

Peter Blum's gallery in NYC has put up a show of Francisco Goya's "Disasters of War" series. These etchings, done when he was old, deaf, and unlikely present at any of the events, describes the terrible nature of inhumanity at a time of war. Goya's paintings are wonderful, but his etchings are worth a longer look.

Then I seem to recall Tacita Dean doing a series of old tragic and explosive photographic moments

in a portfolio called "The Russian Ending". Most recently, I saw Dean's work at Dia:Beacon that was rather beautiful... and silent. Sort of. It was a film of the performance of John Cage's work, 4'33", featuring Merce Cunningham sitting in a chair listening to nothing (and noticing everything else).

-rey rey


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