MELBOURNE, FLA. – Artistry and literary works collide in a new exhibition at the Foosaner Art Museum, Fear and Folly: The Visionary Prints of Francisco Goya and Federico Castellon, which opens Jan. 14 and runs through March 18. The exhibition is organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Although separated by about 150 years, Francisco Goya (1746-1828) and Federico Castellon (1914-1971) often appear closer to one another than to their contemporaries. The artists both turned their attention to the human condition.
In this exhibition, the artists are represented by important print series from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts\’ permanent collection: Castellon\’s lithographs for Edgar Allen Poe\’s The Masque of the Red Death and Goya\’s etchings from Los Disparates (The Proverbs).
“Many artists are drawn to things dark and fantastic, but few have probed the human condition with the insight and truthfulness found in these images,” said Greg Waskowsky, curator of the collection and special programs, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
Technically and artistically, the images Castellon created for The Masque of the Red Death are among his most remarkable accomplishments. Long an admirer of Edgar Allen Poe, he chose the author\’s classic tale of horror when offered a commission in 1969 by Aquarius Press of Baltimore. Rather than confining himself to the role of illustrator, Castellon responded to Poe\’s work as a kindred spirit. While keeping the spirit of Poe\’s story, Castellon’s imagery is very much the product of his own fertile imagination.
Los Disparates (The Proverbs) was the last in Goya\’s major series of etchings and remained uncompleted at the time of his death. These works contain some of the most horrifying and fantastic creations of Goya\’s imagination: strange bird-men soar through a dense darkness, a wild horse abducts a woman, and a host of witches, boogiemen, and other representatives of depraved humanity emerge from the shadow. “In his etchings Goya comes very close to the dark fears of our own time,” said Waskowsky.
On Thursday, Jan. 26, John Christopher Frongillo, Ph.D., will give the lecture, Text & Image: Castellon’s Fantastic Vision of Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death.” The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Harris Auditorium.
On Saturday, Feb. 18, Janis Tomlinson, Ph.D., will give the illustrated lecture, Goya: In His Own Words, exploring the life and works of the artist through his art, his writings, and those of his friends. The lecture begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Harris Auditorium.
The Foosaner Art Museum is located at 1463 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Its hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. General admission is $5; seniors; $2, children and students with I.D.; free for museum members, Florida Tech faculty, staff and students with I.D. Thursdays are free for everyone.
Special rates and tours are available for groups of eight or more. For more information, call (321) 242-0737 or visit http://www.foosanerartmuseum.org/.
Francisco Goya, A Way to Fly, ca. 1812-1820, etching and aquatint. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Director’s Fund Purchase.