Once again in the UK, Theresa May’s new Brexit plan is voted down in the Parliament now with just over 2 weeks remaining for their scheduled exit; Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, taking the lives of all 157 people on board; In the U.S., the Governor of California Gavin Newsom is to sign an executive order today to end the death penalty making the 2006 court-ordered moratorium now an executive one, citing that the system overwhelmingly discriminates against racial minorities and the poor, adding that “Our death penalty system has been – by any measure – a failure. It has provided no public safety benefit or value as a deterrent […] most of all, the death penalty is absolute, irreversible and irreparable in the event of a human error,” – reminiscent of Albert Camus, Reflections on the Guillotine.
Welcome to the .087th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.
Noriyuki Suzuki, oh my ( ), 2017
We are living in a time of globalization, expansion and media saturation. We communicate instantly, yet with alarming disconnect. Aesthetica’s Future Now Symposium this past week explored culture through the mechanism of art. Artists included Hannah Starkey and Todd Hido, among others, with representatives in attendance from Foam Amsterdam, Frieze, Huxley-Parlour, Tate , and The Design Museum.
Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day. Often our better halves, and without whom we could not be, we renewed our commitment to engage and we celebrate the women who have inspired and created in the art world. Artists highlighted included Vivian Maier, Anna-Eva Bergman, Hannah Starkey, Chantal Joffe, Anna Winteler, Dorothea Lange, Senta Simond, and our own 30 Under 30 Women Photographers.
Challenging its truth-telling capabilities with a hybrid of documentary and staged work, Larry Sultan’s photographs mine the psychological nuances in daily family interaction across the suburban landscape. On view through April 6, 2019 at Yancey Richardson.
Adan Vallecillo, Carcelero II, 2012, Spoons and padlock
Driven by an undefined long shadow which is taking over everywhere, while its silent threat relentlessly spreads under the noise of the current climate… A change of paradigm has happened. Artists presented include Martha Araújo, Gabriel Borba Filho, and Loreto Martínez Troncoso, among others. At PM8 Gallery through April 5, 2019.
Rebekka Steiger painted extensively as a means to cope with the unknown environment she was plunged into, while new motifs as well as a more spontaneous approach to painting found their way into her practice. On view through March 30, 2019 at Galerie Urs Meile.
Olafur Eliasson, The Island Series, 1997
This exhibition brings together a wide array of artistic expressions, paintings, drawings, photographs, installations, films, and videos, that reflect the diversity and global character of Nordic art. Artists include Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Tal R, and the Danish artist collaborative SUPERFLEX. At Scandinavia House through June 8, 2019.
Todd Hido and Hannah Starkey recently represented at Aesthetica’s Future Now Symposium; Larry Sultan’s hybrid of documentary and staged photography Domestic Theater at Yancey Richardson; Rebekka Steiger, the up and coming painter and her series Wild is the Wind at Galerie Urs Meile; the Danish artist collaborative SUPERFLEX. among several others in the the group exhibition Nordic Impressions at Scandinavia House; and reintroducing the women artists featured in this past week’s International Women’s Day, including Vivian Maier, Anna-Eva Bergman, Chantal Joffe, Anna Winteler, Dorothea Lange, Senta Simond, and our own 30 Under 30 Women Photographers.