ARTPIL / Prescription .140
June Arrives, Shadows Lengthen
Artpil / June 23, 2023

The Titanic-bound submersible suffers a catastrophic implosion as rescue and recovery missions continue. A gas explosion at the Paris American Academy leaves some 50 people injured; six remaining in critical condition and one missing. In the U.S., the twice impeached former president Trump is now indicted twice, this time a federal criminal inditement for retention of classified documents and conspiracy charges on 37 counts.

Further south, the former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s own trial on charges of abuse of political power and misuse of public media begins in Brazil’s highest electoral court.

The National Portrait Gallery in London reopens their doors after three years. The rehang brings the collection more in line with modern Britain and follows public feedback to better “present an inclusive and dynamic picture of the people who have contributed to the rich history of the United Kingdom.”

Today is June 23rd. On this day, Thomas Mann becomes a US citizen (1944); Gamal Abdel Nasser elected President of Egypt (1956), Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers (1958); The first contraceptive pill is made available for purchase in the U.S. (1960); the first extraterrestrial message is sent from Earth into space (1974); Moldavia declares independence (1990); Claude Monet’s Water Lilies is sold at auction for $54 million USD (2014); The United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in a Brexit referendum (2016).

One year ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court declares for the first time that there is a constitutional right to carry a handgun in public for self defense, striking down a century-old gun law in New York that limited licenses, in a 6-3 vote. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been over 300 mass shootings this year alone to date, that is, over 300 mass shootings in 173 days.

Welcome to the .140th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.