ARTPIL / Prescription .097
present forever stillborn

 

In this blue light
      I can take you there,
snow having made me
      a world of bone
seen through to. This
      is my house,

my section of Etruscan
      wall, my neighbor’s
lemontrees, and, just below
      the lower church,
the airplane factory.
      A rooster

crows all day from mist
      outside the walls.
There’s milk on the air,
      ice on the oily
lemonskins. How clean
      the mind is,

holy grave. It is this girl
      by Piero
della Francesca, unbuttoning
      her blue dress,
her mantle of weather,
      to go into

labor. Come, we can go in.
      It is before
the birth of god. No one
      has risen yet
to the museums, to the assembly
      line – bodies

and wings – to the open air
      market. This is
what the living do: go in.
      It’s a long way.
And the dress keeps opening
      from eternity

to privacy, quickening.
      Inside, at the heart,
is tragedy, the present moment
      forever stillborn,
but going in, each breath
      is a button

coming undone, something terribly
      nimble-fingered
finding all of the stops.
 
      – San Sepolcro / Jorie Graham

 

We recently celebrated our second year anniversary with a look back on our first two years, Prescription .096. Thank you for joining us as we continue into our third year. Welcome to the .097th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.

 

Hayden Fowler, Together Again, 2017. Photo: Joy Lai

The Coming World, Part I / Part II

This major exhibition project brings together works by over 50 artists including Allan SekulaMartha RoslerDoug Aitken, John Akomfrah, and Le Corbusier, looking at a future already in the making as the environmental agenda becomes one of most pressing global political questions, exploring the symptoms in various stages of anxiety or denial, and offers ways of working and coping with our collective ecological trauma. On view through December 1, 2019 at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

Josef Sima

The Road to Le Grand Jeu

The exhibition of Josef Sima presents the early work as well as masterpieces of one of the most influential figures of modern art and co-founder of the group Le Grand Jeu. At National Gallery Prague through July 28, 2019.

 

Shubha Taparia

Spirit in the Inanimate

The works of Shubha Taparia recall x-rays or the photogram experiments of early 20th century pioneers. Much like a musical symphony, Taparia encourages the viewer to pause through visual harmonies and counterpoints. At Prahlad Bubbar, London through July 26, 2019.

 

Nelson Makamo

Nelson Makamo

Strongly influenced by the candid innocents of children, and particularly drawn to children in rural South Africa, Nelson Makamo believes that they embody the peace and harmony we all strive for. On view through July 27, 2019 at Loo & Lou Gallery, Paris.

 

Bicycle Thieves / Para Site

Bicycle Thieves

This exhibition explores the relations between labor and technology, highlighting the individual’s precarious status within the increasingly tricky relations to various institutions and systems. On view through September 1, 2019 at Para Site.

 

Susan Meiselas

PROFILES

Susan Meiselas, Magnum photographer, covering street and documentary, culture and crisis; Josef Sima with the early work as well as masterpieces in The Road to Le Grand Jeu at National Gallery PragueShubha Taparia and her photographic harmonies and counterpoints in Spirit in the Inanimate at Prahlad BubbarNelson Makamo, South African artist exhibiting at Loo & Lou Gallery, Paris; Allan Sekula and Martha Rosler, and reintroducing Doug Aitken, John AkomfrahLe CorbusierMax ErnstTomás Saraceno, among the over 50 artists presenting in The Coming World, at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

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