Fires in a town call Paradise in California take over 70 lives to date and counting, and still over a thousand missing. Trying to reason it all, a tragedy in every sense, unmitigated by the gaffe of the soulless hedonist calling it ‘Pleasure’ and passing blame… Pray for the rain. Pray for the day to end…
This is our .071st edition of Prescriptions. This is our review of the week in the arts.
The dynamic between movement and stillness resembles a series of stills from a never-made movie, distilled from a larger narrative, a mosaic of different lives, stories and captured moments. Christopher Anderson, on view through December 8, 2018 at Ravestijn Gallery.
Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Birds, 2018 © Pedro Ivo Trasferetti
Affective Affinities seeks to create an alternative model by favoring the artists’ gaze upon their own creative contexts with 12 individual projects and 7 group shows organized by artist-curators. Through December 9, 2018, Bienal Sao Paulo, Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion.
The most comprehensive West Coast exhibition to date of the work of Adrian Piper, co-organized by MoMA featuring over 270 works from the wide range of media that Piper has explored for over 50 years. On view through January 6, 2019 at Hammer Museum.
Across a range of media, the works open up spaces that oscillate between strange and familiar, four artists who operate in the liminal realms between public and intimate, concrete and fantastical. With artists Constance DeJong, Saul Fletcher, Brook Hsu, and Tetsumi Kudo. On view through January 27, 2019 at The Renaissance Society.
This first-ever retrospective of the art of the Novembergruppe marks the centenary of the best-known of the lesser-known creative communities and its dramatic origins. Among the some 70 artists include Otto Dix, Hannah Höch, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian. On view through March 11, 2019 at Berlinische Galerie.
On August 20, 1968, Czech photographer Josef Koudelka took to the streets to document the chaos unfolding on his doorstop: some 250,000 soldiers from five Warsaw Pact countries sent to destroy the Prague Spring. On view through January 6, 2018 at National Prague Gallery.
Josef Koudelka, who covered Invasion 1968 on view at the National Prague Gallery; Hannah Höch, one of the Novembergruppe participating at Berlinische Galerie; Saul Fletcher exploring various media in Let Me Consider It from Here at The Ren; Adrian Piper, a kind of retrospective Concepts & Intuitions at Hammer Museum; Christopher Anderson, an infectious mosaic of different lives, Bleu Blanc Rouge at Ravestijn Gallery; Chloé Silbano, artist and performer joining the ranks; Noteworthy David Hockney, 90 million richer in a recent auction making him the most expensive living artist; And re-introducing our very own Alexandra Gilliams with reflections on the 50th anniversary of Prague Springs, Josef Koudelka: Invasion 1968.