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Art Gallery Presents Goya Prints and Works by NH Art Association

January 10, 2007

Two new exhibitions featuring prints by the Spanish artist Francisco de Goya as well as contemporary works by members of the New Hampshire Art Association will open at The Art Gallery, Paul Creative Arts Center, on Saturday, Jan. 20 and run through April 7.

U.N. Finished Aluminum Phantom F4
Jennifer Benn, U.N. Finished Aluminum Phantom F4, 2006,
oil on canvas, 46” x 72”
Recipient of the Friel Award for Originality.

A preview reception for “The Disasters of War by Goya: Selections from the Georgia Museum of Art” and the New Hampshire Art Association 59th Annual Exhibition will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 5–8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Disasters of War by Goya: Selections from the Georgia Museum of Art” features 40 etchings from a series created by Goya (1704-1828), Spain’s most important artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

A painter, draughtsman, and printmaker, Goya served under three Spanish kings. The brutality of war was of great concern to Goya, who witnessed first-hand the battles between French soldiers and Spanish citizens during the bloody years of the Napoleonic occupation of Spain.

During the Peninsular War (1808-1814), Goya recorded the death and destruction he observed on the battlefields in numerous drawings and small paintings. From these original sketches, he created 80 etchings that comprise “The Disasters of War” series.

The etchings are being exhibited as a special visual arts presentation in support of “The Greek Trilogy Project,” a collaboration among the theatre departments from UNH, Keene State College, and Plymouth State University.

Performances of the three Greek plays take place at the Johnson Theatre Feb. 21-25. The plays include: “The Trojan Women” by Euripides, directed by Paul Mroczka and performed by Plymouth State University, “Agamemnon” by Aeschylus, directed by Ron Spangler and performed by Keene State College; and “Electra” by Sophocles, directed by David Kaye and performed by UNH.

Excerpts from “Electra,” followed by a discussion by adapter, director, and UNH associate professor David Kaye, will be previewed during an ArtBreak at The Art Gallery on Wednesday, Feb.14 at noon.

Con razon o sin ella
Francisco de Goya, Con razon ó sin ella. (Rightly or wrongly.),
from The Disasters of War, 1810-14, etching, 5 15/16” x 8 1/8” (plate),
Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia,gift of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Anderson.

Y no hai remedio
Francisco de Goya, Y no hai remedio. (And there’s no help for it.),
from The Disasters of War, 1810-14, etching, 5 7/16” x 6 ½” (plate),
Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia,
gift of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Anderson

Light Spill
Christopher Otte, Light Spill, 2005, silver gelatin print, 36” x 24”
Recipient of the Currier Museum of Art Award.

The Art Gallery’s exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public during the academic year Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.. The gallery is closed Fridays and University holidays.

For more information, visit http://www.unh.edu/theatre-dance/productions.html

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