Spanish, b. 1954
Violencia doméstica / Domestic Violence
Casa de adobe del siglo XVIII, Alcázar de San Juan (Ciudad Real), enero 2010
Adobe house of the Eighteenth Century, Alcazar de San Juan (Ciudad Real), January 2010
Pigment print on inkjet paper
33-1/2" x 41-7/8"
Courtesy the artist
(January 13–March 17, 2011)
Bestia contra Bestia/Beast vs. Beast is an exhibition of recent photographs by the Spanish painter, sculptor, and scenic designer José Luis Raymond that explore the human capacity for violence and examine today’s violence as a reflection of the domestic, institutional, and social violence of seventeenth-century Spain’s Golden Age. Informed by Caravaggio’s use of dramatic lighting and Raymond’s own history in the theatre, these arresting depictions of violence illustrate the timelessness of this aspect of human nature and our need to recognize its sources as a means of understanding ourselves.
José Luis Raymond has exhibited his photographs in solo and group exhibitions internationally. His work can be found in collections and museums in Poland, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain. His most recent exhibition was at the Museum of Contemporary Art Fenosa Unión in La Coruña, Spain, followed by a presentation of Bestia contra Bestia/Beast vs. Beast at the International Festival of Classical Theater, in Almagro, Spain, before it traveled to Washington, D.C., to the GALA Hispanic Theatre where it remained during the run of El caballero de Olmedo, the highly recognized Spanish classical play by Lope de Vega, for which Raymond designed the set.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies, the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Additional support is provided by the Embassy of Spain, Washington, D.C. Bestia contra Bestia/Beast vs. Beast: Photographs by José Luis Raymond is being presented in conjunction with Wide Angle: Photography and Its Influence on Contemporary Art: A Selection from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Collection.