A group of marble horses rose on wings
In the midst of a circle of trees, from which the leaves
Raced with the horses in bright hurricanes.
So much the sculptor had forseen: autumn,
The sky above the plaza widening
Before the horses, clouds of bronze imposed
On clouds of gold, and green engulfing bronze,
The marble leaping in the storms of light.
So much he had devised: white forelegs taut
To the muscles’ very tip for the vivid plunge,
The heads held high and gathered in a ring
At the center of the mass, the haunches low,
Contorted, staggering from the thrust against
The earth as the bodies rose on feathery wings,
Clumped carvings, circular, like blunted fans,
Arranged for phantasy to form an edge
Of crisping light along the statue’s rim.
More than his muddy hand was in the manes,
More than his mind in the wings. The rotten leaves
Swirled round them in immense autumnal sounds.
–Wallace Stevens / from Owl’s Clover
The season persists with flooding and hurricanes in the U.S. Carolinas and tycoons in the Philippines while a young Dutch inventor leads the Ocean Cleanup team on their maiden voyage out of San Francisco. Welcome to the .062nd edition of Prescriptions. Here is our look back on the week in the arts.
Creating allegories for her own perilous emotional and psychological states, Gertrude Abercrombie, resides over these symbols, often appearing as proud observer, defiant actor or caricature. On exhibit at Karma through September 23, 2018.
The series by 1854 Media / British Journal of Photography & Magnum Photos aims to create one of the most far-reaching collaborative projects with 200 longlisted images featured in a book and 50 shortlisted images exhibited to a global audience throughout 2019. Entries close on December 11, 2018.
This James Ensor survey consists almost exclusively of works from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, a museum which boasts nearly 700 works being the largest and finest Ensor collection known. On view through June 6, 2019 at Mu.ZEE.
“I find it interesting to consider the word ‘viewer’ in relation to my work as it is predominantly an experience of listening. In my work I reflect upon the connection between the body and language.” Hanne Lippard interviewed by Heather Jones. Exhibition Ulyd runs through October 21, 2018 at Kunsthall Stavanger.
In vivid images of window displays, political posters and encounters in the city, this New York series by Tod Papageorge captures the zeitgeist and social climate of a time between Pop Art and the Vietnam War. At Galerie Thomas Zander through November 23, 2018.
Nathalie Harb / Lebanon
Installations explore the full spectrum of emotions as classified by Darwin: Attention, if sudden and close, graduates into surprise; and this into astonishment; and this into stupefied amazement. Through September 23, 2018 at Somerset House.
Luca Galavotti, with subtle and beautiful documentary and portrait work; Hanne Lippard, recently engaged in an Interview by Heather Jones, presents her work and performance at Kunsthall Stavanger; James Ensor, whose extensive exhibition Dreams of Mother-of-Pearl is on view at Mu.ZEE; Tod Papageorge’s new dye transfer prints of early color series, Dr. Blankman’s New York on display at Galerie Thomas Zander; and introducing Alessandra Sanguinetti, Jacob Aue Sobol, and Newsha Tavakolian, jurors for the upcoming British Journal of Photography and Magnum Photos collaboration, Portrait of Humanity Award.