Review of the MFA Exhibit "Goya: Order And Disorder"
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Recently I was invited by a friend to check out the latest exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts-“Goya: Order and Disorder,” a 170 piece collection comprised of Spanish painter Franciso Goya’s work. His range of work included paintings, drawings, and printmaking starting from the 1770’s lasting throughout the end of his very long life. Goya was born in 1746 and died in 1828.
“Francisco Goya is widely celebrated as the most important Spanish artist of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the last of the Old Masters and the first of the Moderns, and an astute observer of the human condition in all its complexity.”
According to the MFA, the curators decided to go for the more thematic approach when organizing the vast amount of work Goya had to offer. As a result they divided the exhibition into 8 major sections: “the nurturing and abuse of children; hunting as sport and metaphor; religious devotion and superstition; equilibrium and loss of balance; justice gone awry; and the symbolism of the giant.”
Even though these themes were prevalent throughout, what I found particularly interesting was how his work evolved through what was happening historically around him. He bridged a very long and turbulent span of time in history, experiencing both revolutions and inquisitions. His body of work showcases that he was clearly affected by it all and his experiences produce some pretty graphic and stellar work.
He painted at the height of society, painting for royalty in both Spain and France, while also depicting the grotesque, haunting, and savagery of his time. By creating such a unique juxtaposition, Goya has forced the audience to really see the depths of the society he both lived in and tried to escape. Between the years of 1797 and 1799, Goya lost his hearing, which significantly affected his life and work by adding to his inner conflicts between himself and the world he was depicting on paper.
Francisco Goya was a pioneer of his time not only in painting, but also in printmaking , and the exhibit chronicles his body of work beautifully through painting, tapestries, and prints that gives the viewer significant insight into his long and fruitful life. Take the time to check this show out!
Home Share in Gorgeous Designer Homes
Thursday, October 23, 2014
We are inspired by this new innovative concept! Behomm offers an invite-only, curated home swap for the design community. The site lets designers and artists see and stay in over 1,000 inspiration spaces across the globe, buy why…?
Becasue Behomm was founded by passionate home exchange travelers with the idea of making travel easy. They wanted a secure community of friends to be able to share their experiences with, all while making them feasible. But, first they needed a cleanly designed site that brought members together in an easy and efficient way that would also promote the business.
7 of the best places to stay
- Vienna, Austria – architecture with an ecological approach
- Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Design meets modernism
- Brooklyn, New York – vintage industrial, reclaimed!
- Berlin, Germany – Do-it-Yourself meets design
- Bali, Indonesia – creative textiles bring flare, saturating the room with design
- Sydney, Australia – Simple Design History (Eames, Robin Day and McLay)
- Cambridge, Massachusetts – Modern city reflections, architecture
Another great reason to use this community is that 5% of Behomm profits will be donated to Architecture for Humanity!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Let me introduce myself. My name is Ramero and I come from the rural mountains of Peru. For those of you who haven't been, it's such a beautiful home! I've always been a wild Ram so a typical day for me consists of taking long walks with friends along the cliffs of Peru in the Andes Mountains.
These walks are usually uneventful except for the one problem that always seems to occur. People consistently confuse me with the goats! Now, don't get me wrong. I have nothing against goats, but there is a huge difference between us and I knew I had to make it known.
So a few months later I saved up some cash and boarded a plane to America, the moment I had been waiting for my entire life! Knowing I still had a lot of work to do, I began researching more on goats. I soon realized that goats and sheep are closely related. They are both of the subfamily, Caprinae. The easiest way to tell a sheep from a goat is by their tails. In goats their tails point up toward the sky. In sheep, they hang down, pointed at the ground.
After I started putting my tail down things began to change, I haven’t been confused for a goat since, and I soon became the mascot for Diseno a beautiful Latin American furniture store in the South End of Boston.