viernes, 1 de julio de 2011

Cryptic: The Use of Allegory in Contemporary Art with a Master Class from Goya en el Contemporary art museum de St Louis

features the sculptures, paintings, and videos by six international contemporary artists–Folkert de Jong, Hiraki Sawa, Allison Schulnik, Dana Schutz, Javier Tellez, and Erika Wanenmacher–and the Spanish artist Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828).

Cryptic explores the way contemporary artists make use of allegory – a figurative mode of representation conveying meaning other than the literal – in a wide variety of media.  The juxtaposition of recent works with examples from two series of prints by Goya, the Caprichos and the Disparates (also known as the Proverbs), is intended to prompt consideration of how artists over the years have “encrypted” difficult, uncomfortable, and often socio-politically loaded meanings within allegory and continue to do so in the present day.  Particularly in light of recent global events, this exhibition offers a timely exploration of the role that contemporary artists play as commentators on the world around us.

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