The UK was granted an extension in Brussels for the Brexit deadline but Theresa May’s proposal was voted down for the third time in her own parliament; Teacher demonstrations in Morocco faced with police water cannons and mass protests in Algeria continue as President Bouteflika announces a run for his fifth term; Israeli fire kills 4 Palestinian and leaves hundreds more injured this past weekend ahead of border protest anniversary when at least 62 were killed in a single day a year ago; China still defends their Tibet policy on the 60th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s exile; Slovakia goes against rising populist trends as they elect anti-corruption activist and environmentalist, Zuzana Caputova.
And in the arts, prominent museums and other art institutions are starting to refuse donations from the Sackler Trust as lawsuits start to pile up for their family’s alleged links to the U.S. opioid crisis – London’s National Portrait Gallery was among the first to decline their grant, followed by Tate, and the Guggenheim in New York; And artist, filmmaker/photographer Agnès Varda died this past week at the age of 90.
Europe just sprang forward with daylight savings, losing an hour of sleep last night but gaining some sun for their aperitifs here on until the end of October. Cheers.
Welcome to the .089th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.
The photographers Céline van Balen, Julie Greve, Esther Kroon and Helga Paris are linked by their exceptional ability to engage directly with their subjects, a skill revealed by their portrait work. On view through June 2, 2019 at Huis Marseille
The first comprehensive retrospective of the Austrian artist Ernst Caramelle includes all of his phases from 1974 to the present combining the artist’s various media and conceptual approaches. On display at Mumok through April 28, 2019.
2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick
This in-depth exploration of the complete works of Stanley Kubrick presents over 600 items, including moving images, objects and material from the director’s personal archives and correspondence. Just closed at CCCB Barcelona and moving to London’s Design Museum, April 26 – September 5, 2019.
Solveig Settemsdal, Singularity (video still), 2016
Black holes, dark matter, gravity, space, time and motion – these are phenomena that fascinate scientists and artists alike, Entangle / Physics and the Artistic Imagination. Julian Charrière and William Kentridge are among the participating artists. On view through April 7, 2019 at Bildmuseet.
This show follows the evolution of Aperture through a display of photographs from its print and fundraising programs, made over a period of 50 years, charting the progression of photography itself. Presenting works by Dorothea Lange, Stephen Shore, Pieter Hugo and Bruce Davidson, among others. Through April 18, 2019 at Aperture Foundation.
David A.J. Miller
For the first time, Ludwig Galerie Schloss Oberhausen presents a selection of copious masterpieces of British Pop Art from the Heinz Beck collection, along with its special and individual traits. Featuring works of Gerald Laing, Robin Page, David Hockney, among others. On view through May 12, 2019 at Ludwig Galerie.
Ernst Caramelle in a kind of retrospective A Résumé, on display at Mumok; David Hockney, among those showing with British Pop Art at Ludwig Galerie; Agnès Varda, filmmaker/photographer and installation artist died this past week at the age of 90; Aurélien Buttin, whose travel photography invokes lifestyle and fashion editorials; Julian Charrière and William Kentridge both represented in Entangle / Physics and the Artistic Imagination at Bildmuseet; Dorothea Lange, Stephen Shore, Pieter Hugo and Bruce Davidson, featured in the landmark exhibition Aperture Photographs at Aperture.