Only in time; but that which is only living
Can only die. Words, after speech, reach
Into the silence. Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.
Not the stillness of the violin, while the note lasts,
Not that only, but the co-existence,
Or say that the end precedes the beginning,
And the end and the beginning were always there
Before the beginning and after the end.
And all is always now. Words strain,
Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place,
Will not stay still. Shrieking voices
Scolding, mocking, or merely chattering,
Always assail them. The Word in the desert
Is most attacked by voices of temptation,
The crying shadow in the funeral dance,
The loud lament of the disconsolate chimera.
– T.S. Eliot / excerpt from Four Quartets
Government shut down in the U.S.; Sudden tsunami in Indonesia; Tourist murders in Morocco; and a Swiss chocolate brand gains Halal Certification offending dietary sensibilities of the far right. The Holidays are here and the year winding down. Welcome to the .078th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.
Following the explorations of the economically ravaged city of Detroit and the mythic high plains region along the 100th meridian, Andrew Moore continues his investigation of the inner empire of the U.S. On view through February 9, 2019 at Yancey Richardson Gallery.
The 2017 fellowship award winner Alexandra Baumgartner presents new work, minimal interventions, juxtapositions and spatial arrangements, placing her mostly anonymous source material in new contexts. At Salzburger Kunstverein through January 27, 2019.
The expansive oeuvre Oscar Murillo has developed over the past six years expands on the elements of psychological anxiety imbued in his drawings, translating them into fields of condensed, dynamic energies. Through January 6, 2019 at Kukje Gallery.
Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen
Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen are among the leading exponents of video art in Denmark. REVISIT provides an opportunity to explore their long-standing and uncompromising investigation of the medium of video. Showing at Overgaden through January 6, 2019.
At the base of Le Corbusier’s work as a painter stands an extremely rich and little known body of graphic works, within which the collection of drawings preserved by Nivola has special significance. On view through March 17, 2019 at Museo Nivola.
Over 20 photographers in the exhibition have not only been drawn to some of the locations where Ansel Adams shot, but also engaged with many of the themes in his legacy: desert, wilderness spaces, and the Southwest. On view through February 24, 2019 at MFA Boston.
The legendary Le Corbusier and the Lessons of Modernism at Museo Nivola; Ansel Adams and the works of several artists working under his influence In Our Time surveyed at MFA Boston; Overgaden‘s REVISIT series featuring Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen; A selection of works, Catalyst, by Oscar Murillo at Kukje Gallery; 2017 fellowship award winner Alexandra Baumgartner presents New Works At Salzburger Kunstverein; and Andrew Moore continues his photographic investigations with Blue Sweep at Yancey Richardson Gallery.