Happy Holidays. Speaking of Christmas, the Embassy of the Trump Administration is now scheduled to move to Jerusalem and the recently auctioned portrait of Christ as Salvator Mundi is on display at the new “Louvre” Abu Dhabi. Proof you can buy or bully your way through irony. We are living in a topsy turvy world.
Welcome to the .024th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.
Esther Shalev-Gerz’s exhibition Factory Is Outside examines the position of the traditional professions in a digitizing world and the depiction of work in visual art. On view at Serlachius Museums through April 1, 2018.
This exhibit takes a fresh look at the work of the major 20th century artist André Derain, tracing the various stages of his career and his involvement in the radical avant-garde movements of the time. On view through January 29, 2018 at Centre Pompidou.
Thomas Dworzak / Magnum Photos
Human rights. Two short words with a long history… Acclaimed French journalist Éric Fottorino delves into the history of human rights for Magnum and the European Parliament to commemorate 30 Years of the Sakharov Prize. On view at Parc Lieu d’Europe, Strasbourg, France, through February 12, 2018.
This exhibition of two architectural interventions by David Lamelas is concurrent with Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America and marks the artist’s third solo show at Maccarone Gallery. Through January 27, 2018.
Fictions is a survey of recent works of a variety of media by nineteen emerging artists of African descent living and working across the United States. Through January 7, 2018 at the Studio Museum Harlem.
Ai Weiwei / National Gallery in Prague
“There’s no refugee crisis, but only human crisis…” Those words by artist Ai Weiwei in response to the current humanitarian disaster resonate with the most important thinkers of our time. Through January 7, 2018 at the National Gallery in Prague.
Recent Profiles include Fritz Scholder, the controversial and prolific Native American painter; Esther Shalev-Gerz, working with monuments, installations, photography and video, currently exhibiting at Serlachius Museum; André Derain, whose major retrospective is on view at the Centre Pompidou; Newsha Tavakolian, a Magnum photographer active in human rights and part of European Parliament’s commissioned They Defend Our Freedoms; and Franz Kafka, one of the major masters of modernity as we enter into the literary domain.