Today is Armistice Day. In the U.S. renamed Veterans Day and observed as Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth of Nations member states such as Canada, Australia, India, or otherwise mostly former territories of the British Empire.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, precisely one-hundred years ago today, the treaty signed in France between the Allied forces of World War I and Germany, and the official peace agreement reached, The Treaty of Versailles, the following year.
The world has seen, of course, upwards of some 300 wars since then, according to various data by Correlates of War, PRIO / The Battle Deaths Dataset & Department of Peace and Conflict Research… But who’s counting?
Welcome to the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, and our .070th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.
Jean-Michel Basquiat / Taschen
An unprecedented insight into Basquiat’s art, with pristine large format reproductions of his most seminal paintings, drawings, and notebook sketches, in vivid proximity to his intricate marks. Author Eleanor Nairne & Editor Hans Werner Holzwarth. Available at Taschen, with related exhibitions, including Fondation Louis Vuitton through January 14, 2019.
Ulla Rantanen: Street Scene, 1969. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum
Urban Encounters tells a fascinating story of 20th-century Finland with approximately 300 works by over 80 artists and featuring many rarely shown pieces from the Finnish National Gallery collection. On view at Ateneum through January 20, 2019.
James Morgan, Seven / Official Selection, Drama
Aesthetica Short Film Festival returns for its 8th edition with a celebration of cinema, a fine-tuned selection of films across many genres and formats championing a diverse representation behind and in front of the camera. Closes today, November 11, 2018 in York, UK.
Florent Meng / The Lost Line (still)
For this edition of Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, an immersive exhibition will present a series of contiguous, differing worlds that alternate within a densely packed space that is a unified whole, yet teeming with eclectic forms. Through February 3, 2019 at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève.
The term The Third Window designates the different transactions that reproduce photographic records and leave traces on the bodies of photographs which Akram Zaatari understands as part of their genealogy. Through January 4, 2019 at Sfeir-Semler Gallery.
With her films and installations, Imogen Stidworthy asks how social relationship takes shape when words fail, or are absent. What other forms of meaning and communication emerge at the borders of language? On view through January 13, 2019 at Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart.
For its 9th edition, with styles ranging from art photography to documentary, portraiture to street and fashion, this year’s 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2018 opened in Paris, presented by ARTPIL + MAISON PHOTO. On view through December 2, 2018 at Galerie Claude Samuel.
Imogen Stidworthy exhibiting Dialogues with People at Württembergischer Kunstverein; Akram Zaatari and his photographic manipulations The Third Window on view at Sfeir-Semler Gallery; Reintroducing Lawrence Abu Hamdan taking part in the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, The Sound of Screens Imploding at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève; and Jean-Michel Basquiat, with a new XXL monograph published by Taschen, and an exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton; and introducing some early candidates for Open Submissions for 2019‘s 30 Under 30 Women Photographers: Anne-Sophie Soudoplatoff and Chiara Cordeschi.