Today, June 1st, in history, France and Portugal sign the anti-Spanish covenant (1641); The Russian Tsar Alexis pushes English merchants out of Moscow (1649); The English King Charles II and the French King Louis XIV sign a secret anti-Dutch treaty (1670); French troops take over Antwerp (1746); The British government orders the Port of Boston closed responding to colonists’ revolt (1774); The first naval battle begins between Britain and France during the French Revolutionary Wars (1794); The American adventurer William Walker conquers Nicaragua, and reestablishes slavery (1855); Renegade Irish Fenians from the U.S. invade Fort Erie in Ontario (1866); U.S. troops are authorized to pursue bandits into Mexico (1877); The British army occupies Pretoria, South Africa (1900); The first Zeppelin air raid occurs over England (1915); Germans attack on Fort Vaux, Verdun in France (1916); Race riot in the U.S. in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sees 21 whites & 60 blacks killed (1921); Over 50,000 fascists gather in Bologna with Mussolini threatening revolt (1922); British troops occupy Bagdad, Iraq (1941); Germany occupies Crete after Allied evacuation (1941)….
Two years ago today, Donald Trump announces the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement; One year ago today, Giuseppe Conte is sworn in as the Italian Prime Minister, somehow ending by serving under one of his own deputy ministers, Matteo Salvini.
On this day, June 1, 1857, Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) is published.
Welcome to the .095th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.
Nick Dawes & Susanne Roewer
Nick Dawes’s complex color arrangements with fluid forms that pursues a new quality of painterly abstraction, and the sculptural objects of Roewer, whose process of the creative act plays a decisive role. On view through June 22, 2019 at Galerie Kornfeld Berlin.
Good Morning, America / Vol. 1
The first in a series of five books by Mark Power created as the result of this ongoing 10-year project, meandering across the vast country, taking long walks through towns and cities along the way. Mark Power, Good Morning, America / Volume One, published by GOST.
Private Road / Magali Reus
Magali Reus’ works possess an innate organizational logic, absorbing the miscellany of the material landscape, the choreography of components emerges from the intersection of virtual and physical processes. At Galerie Eva Presenhuber through June 20, 2019.
Darkest Hour (still)/ Thomas Ralph
Darkest Hour / Thomas Ralph
It’s never felt quite as isolating to live in the British Isles as it does in the wake of the Brexit referendum. That feeling of isolation by the insidious definition separating the ‘them’ and ‘us.’ –Darkest Hour, directed by Thomas Ralph.
An American in the 21st Century
In Martha Rosler’s engagement with theory, critique, and the written word, is a concern for the operations of authoritarianism and the manifestation of current tendencies and policies in the political climate. On view through July 27, 2019 at Galleria Raffaella Cortese.
The works of László Moholy-Nagy spanning the early ’20s to ’40s revealing a diverse practice defying categorization, moves fluidly between disciplines that encompass photography, painting, sculpture, film and design. Through September 7, 2019 at Hauser & Wirth.
Darkest Hour (still) / Thomas Ralph
Nick Dawes’s complex color arrangements with fluid forms in Nick Dawes & Susanne Roewer presented at Galerie Kornfeld Berlin; Mark Power and his ongoing 10-year project, Good Morning, America / Volume One, published by GOST; Magali Reus’ works emerging from the intersection of virtual and physical processes, Private Road, on view at Galerie Eva Presenhuber; Thomas Ralph directing Darkest Hour, a small jewel of documentary video, adding to the Brexit dialogue; Martha Rosler’s engagement with theory, An American in the 21st Century, at Galleria Raffaella Cortese; reintroducing László Moholy-Nagy’sexhibition spanning the early ’20s to ’40s at Hauser & Wirth; and the 30 Under 30 Women Photographers / 2019, closing out their exhibition at Maison Photo in Lille.