A MODERN CAPRICHO
The Inaugural Exhibition of Prints and Works
6-8 Vestry St, London N1 7RE
A Modern Capricho brings together work by artists Nicola Bealing, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Denise de Cordova, Simon Marsh, Rebecca Scott and Mark Woods.
It is apposite to be thinking about Goya while the world stumbles; if you think we’ve got it bad, with our pandemic, financial crisis, unstable leaders, wars and natural disasters, look at Spain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
History is replete with war and starvation, but Goya has an ability for penetrating hurt. Goya doesn’t exonerate the evils of individuals and groups, he amasses evidence of universal depravity. His trademark is detachment, and his work contains a layering of meanings. He masks his satire by using images that inspire multiple interpretations, mixing horror with ribaldry.
A Modern Capricho is very relevant today in our era of fake news and new normal. The work in this exhibition is eloquent and urgent enough, to be displayed in proximity to Goya’s Los Caprichos and create a contemporary dialogue.
A Modern Capricho will be the first exhibition at Cross Lane Projects’ new gallery Vestry St in Hoxton, London. Visitors are invited into this uniquely intimate space to read, reflect, discuss and view contemporary art in a salon-like setting. Located in a private residence on the road that bears its name, Vestry St presents a programme of curated exhibitions and events by leading contemporary artists, both local and international.
The salon at Vestry St will be open every Saturday, 12 – 6pm, in June and July 2022, or by appointment.
Image : Mary Toft (giving birth to rabbits) (30x26cm polymer gravure etching, edition of 20 – one of a set of 8 ‘Broadsides’ 2018)