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.

  • Unhealed
    Mar 3 – Sep 15, 2024
    Moderna Museet
    Malmö, Sweden

    The international group exhibition Unhealed delves into the aftermath of the uprisings and revolutions, that swept through the Arab world starting in 2010. These events altered the lives of millions of people, many of whom as a consequence now live in Sweden. With this exhibition, Moderna Museet Malmö proudly presents seventeen artist who, in poignant and thought-provoking ways, have addressed this still unfolding chapter in history. (more…)

  • Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Cloud
    Jun 4 – Aug 4, 2024
    Art Sonje Center
    Seoul, South Korea

    Art Sonje Center is delighted to present Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Cloud, a comprehensive solo exhibition showcasing the artistic journey of Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen. Spanning two decades of his practice, this expansive exhibition explores complex layers of modernity in the postcolonial contemporary Asia. Ho’s exploration transcends geographical boundaries, delving into social, cultural, political, and economic realms across Southeast Asia and beyond. (more…)

  • Atiéna R. Kilfa: Special Effect
    May 4 – Sep 8, 2024
    Den Frie
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    With Special Effect, Atiéna R. Kilfa presents a new body of works consisting of a short film and two large scale pencil drawings. In continuation of Kilfa’s investigation and restructuring of cinematic archetypes, Special Effect homes in on the nondescript figure of a man sitting at a desk. Shot in black and white, the film eerily evokes a timelessness of the figure by bringing it in resonance with pictorial genres reminiscent of various eras from German Expressionist cinema to the golden age of Hollywood film noir, fast forward to its 4K quality of today. (more…)

  • Mary Heilmann / Daydream Nation
    May 2 – Jul 26, 2024
    Hauser & Wirth
    New York, USA

    “A body of work starts by daydreaming…” –Mary Heilmann

    On May 2nd, we will open ‘Daydream Nation’ at its 22nd Street gallery, exploring Mary Heilmann’s ongoing interest in drawing as a form of transcribing memory. Curated by artist Gary Simmons, Heilmann’s friend and former student and colleague at New York’s School of Visual Arts, the exhibition celebrates her talent for distilling complex images and ideas into deceptively simple geometric forms and abstract gestural marks. (more…)

  • Shuang Li: I’m Not
    May 1 – Aug 25, 2024
    Swiss Institute
    New York, USA

    Swiss Institute (SI) presents I’m Not, the first institutional solo exhibition by artist Shuang Li, featuring newly commissioned sculpture and video installations. Li’s work explores how language, relationships and identities are formed and mediated through screens and the internet. For I’m Not, Li delves into her own life as a fan to ruminate on how these technologies inform the social bonds and materiality of fandom (more…)

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