The Path of Totality
ARTPIL / Prescription .149
April 8, 2024

Today is April 8. On this day in History, Francis Petrarch is crowned poet on the holy grounds of Rome’s Capitol becoming the second poet laureate since classical antiquity (1341); King Louis XII of France defeats Duke Ludovico Sforza of Milan in the Battle of Novara (1500); The territory of Crimea is annexed by the Russian Empire under Catherine II (1783); The famous ancient Greek statue, Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos (1820); American Museum of Natural History opens in New York City (1869); Béla Bartók’s 5th String quartet premieres in Washington, D.C. (1935); The League of Nations assembles for the last time in Geneva to dissolve, failing in their mission to prevent a second World War (1946); The 40th Academy Awards in the U.S. are postponed following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. just days prior (April 4, 1968); David Copperfield performs the highly anticipated illusion of making the Statue of Liberty disappear in front of a group of tourists (1983);

Today marks six months since the Hamas attack in Israel and the war in Gaza enters another chapter as Netanyahu faces increasing calls for cease-fire.

Today is April 8, 2024. A total solar eclipse occurs with its path of totality traversing North America, starting over Mexico, crossing through the United States and brushing the eastern coast of Canada.

On this day was born Belgian singer/composer Jacques Brel (1929) and died the Spanish artist and painter Pablo Picasso (1973).

Welcome to the .149th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.

  • Betty Bee: Nacquero A Napoli Improvvisandosi
    Apr 7 – Jun 7, 2024
    Milan, Italy

    Strictly brunettes. Indeed brunette one, brunette the other.
    Capricious by poetics the first by birth, smooth as a straight line the second. The birthplaces of both are Parthenopean. As for one rooted on the cliffs of Posillipo where she also spent the resilient months of the recent Pandemic, while the other belongs to that blood material that protrudes into the vessel of the great swarming artery of Via Foria and its labyrinthine environs, where she still resides. (more…)

  • Mikel Bastida: Anarene
    Tipi Photo Bookshop

    Anarene is a book that was born from an eight-year photographic project made by Mikel Bastida in the United States. In the spirit of referencing the ghost town in Archer County, Texas, portrayed in Peter Bogdanovich’s film adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s novel The Last Picture Show, the author has traveled the country looking for images and stories that cinema has left behind. (more…)

  • 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…)

  • Viviane Sassen: Phosphor

    Tracing a career of more than thirty years, this celebration of the prodigiously talented Dutch photographer includes vibrantly colored portraiture, landscapes, still lifes, abstract compositions and fashion editorials. From her early African-inspired work to her more recent experiments in interventionist techniques, Viviane Sassen has gained international acclaim for her striking, dynamic images that explore a range of themes and subjects (more…)

  • Chris Hoare: Seven Hills
    RRB Photobooks

    RRB Photobooks is delighted to present Seven Hills, our second publication from Bristol based Photographer, Chris Hoare. Set to release in September 2023, this first edition will feature a special edition of 50 copies, each including a signed and limited print. In Seven Hills, Hoare shows us his unique perspective of Bristol, his hometown. Presenting both the good and the bad, Hoare’s poetic imagery speaks to some of the more serious issues facing the city today (more…)