ARTPIL / Prescription .142
White heat. A Green River.

 

Broad sun-stoned beaches.

White heat.
A green river.

A bridge,
scorched yellow palms

from the summer-sleeping house
drowsing through August.

Days I have held,
days I have lost,

days that outgrow, like daughters,
my harbouring arms.

Derek Walcott / Midsummer, Tobago

 

Today is August 12, 2023. On this day, Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World (1492); American inventor Thomas Alva Edison makes his discovery of the phonograph (1877); Henry Ford’s company builds the first Model T car (1908); William Somerset Maugham’s acclaimed Of Human Bondage by is published (1915 ); A dedication of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Home as a national shrine is held (1922); East Germany begins construction of the Berlin Wall serving as a symbol of the Cold War and separating East Berlin from West Berlin for 28 years (1961); Echo 1, the first communications satellite, is launched by NASA (1960); IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (1981); On this day 6 years ago, then U.S. President Donald Trump at a press conference hails the phrase “very fine people on both sides” in reference to the one-sided violence in Charlottesville, provoking widespread protests and resulting in the resignation of 16 members of the Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (Art & Politics in America).

On this day August 12 was born German artist Hans Haacke (1936), and died Jean-Michel Basquiat (1988).

Welcome to the .142nd edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.

 

Julie Blackmon, Floatboat, 2022

Summer Lovin’

Summer is the season that could live on forever. Summer Lovin’, the latest exhibition at Robert Mann Gallery, showcases a selection of intimate moments and faded memories gone with the tide. Artists include Cig Harvey and Henry Wessel, among others. On view through August 18, 2023.

 

Elizabeth Blackadder, Still Life with Orchid, 1990, The Scottish Gallery

Edinburgh Art Festival 2023

Edinburgh Art Festival, the first under the direction of Kim McAleese, announces a program that connects the city of Edinburgh with a global dialogue through exhibitions, performances and events. On through August 27, 2023.

 

Kenneth Goldsmith

I Declare a Permanent State of Happiness

My entire poetic production is founded upon Wittgenstein’s later writings. Although it has sat on my shelf for decades, I never actually read the Tractatus… I always loved the idea of it. –Kenneth Goldsmith. Published by Eris, 2023.

 

Gummo / Director Harmony Korine

76 Locarno Film Festival

The 76th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland is set to be as bold and vibrant as ever, with a program that will see cinema engaged in conversation with both its history and its future. Closes August 12, 2023.

 

Edith Dekyndt

Edith Dekyndt / L’Origine des Choses

Inspired by Bruno Latour’s “actants” Edith Dekyndt defines her compositions and her objects as “patient” because all these objects that she activates are waiting to be found, repaired, transformed. On view through December 12, 2023.

 

Riti Sengupta, Slowly disappearing into clouds / Courtesy of the artist

Rencontres d’Arles 2023

Every year, Rencontres d’Arles captures our world’s state of consciousness. Its photographers, artists, and curators help us to see with keener acuteness, the transformations we are living through. Some featured artists and exhibitions include Gregory Crewdson, Diane Arbus, Saul Leiter, Agnès Varda, and Wim Wenders, among others, as well as members of MYOP including Adrienne Surprenant, Oan Kim, Chloé Sharrock, Stéphane Lagoutte, and others. Through September 24, 2023.

 

Cyprien Gaillard, Lesser Koa Moorhen, 2013 / Photo Boros Collection, Berlin © NOSHE

Boros Collection / Bunker Berlin #4

In the Collection’s new presentation #4, the commodification of our physical beings is repeatedly and poignantly objectified. It presents a completely new excerpt of the collection in the bunker. Featuring works of Julian Charrière, Thomas Eggerer, Cyprien Gaillard, Anne Imhof, Alicja Kwade, among others. Ongoing at Boros Foundation / Sammlung Boros.

 

Our 6th year Anniversary

Earlier this summer we celebrated our sixth year anniversary with some 4,000 pages published in our growing archive and over 3.5 million visits strong. A very exciting journey it has been, indeed. With our sixth year anniversary musings, we continue to move forward.

Please share the Profiles & Articles you like, and inquire about how to become a Sponsor or Partner. Submit your Profile proposals and Articles, exhibit announcements, reviews... And don't forget to sign up for our Newsletter and follow us on Facebook & Instagram. Until next time...

Two Years into Ukraine
ARTPIL / Prescription .147
More terrible is love in Kyiv than magnificent Venetian passions. Butterflies fly light and maculate into bright tapers. Dead...
+
Federica Patera & Andrea Sbra Perego
A Double Interview
With our work, we aim to shape the creative process: what is represented is not the content of the...
+
Sony World Photography Awards 2024
Winners & Finalists Announced
This diverse selection of photographs in this annual award is a window to the world, revealing fascinating points of...
+
30 Under 30 Women Photographers / 2024
Selections Announced
Artpil proudly announces the 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2024. For its 15th Edition, this annual selection continues to...
+
BAM Winter/Spring 2024
Jan 15 – Jun 9, 2024
Experience the power of artistic community with BAM’s program. As bands play, dancers whirl, voices raise, and audience members...
+
WAR, and the Declaration of Human Rights
75 year Anniversary
Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family...
+
Nan Goldin: This Will Not End Well
Various Engagements / 2023–2026
Nan Goldin is known not only for her talent and visionary career, but also for her uncompromising social commitment....
+
Boros Collection / Bunker Berlin #4
May 1, 2022 – Ongoing
In the Collection's new presentation #4, the commodification of our physical beings is repeatedly and poignantly objectified. It presents...
+
Two Years into Ukraine
ARTPIL / Prescription .147
More terrible is love in Kyiv than magnificent Venetian passions. Butterflies fly light and maculate into bright tapers.
+
Federica Patera & Andrea Sbra Perego
A Double Interview
With our work, we aim to shape the creative process: what is represented is not the content of the...
+
Sony World Photography Awards 2024
Winners & Finalists Announced
This diverse selection of photographs in this annual award is a window to the world, revealing fascinating points of...
+
30 Under 30 Women Photographers / 2024
Selections Announced
For its 15th Edition, Artpil proudly announces the 30 Under 30 Women Photographers for 2024.
+
BAM Winter/Spring 2024
Jan 15 – Jun 9, 2024
Experience the power of artistic community with BAM’s program. As bands play, dancers whirl, voices raise, and audience members...
+
WAR, and the Declaration of Human Rights
75 year Anniversary
Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family...
+
Nan Goldin: This Will Not End Well
Various Engagements / 2023–2026
Nan Goldin is known not only for her talent and visionary career, but also for her uncompromising social commitment....
+
Boros Collection / Bunker Berlin #4
May 1, 2022 – Ongoing
In the Collection's new presentation #4, the commodification of our physical beings is repeatedly and poignantly objectified. It presents...
+
  • Eoghan Ryan: Against the Day
    Feb 1 – Mar 24, 2024
    Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art
    Oldenburg, Germany

    Irish artist Eoghan Ryan’s solo exhibition Against the Day at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art spans moving image, installation, performance, puppetry, and collage. His new commission, the video installation Circle A (2023), premieres in the company of three installations from recent years. These works explore the intricacies of how power is communicated through media culture and language. In adapting personas, characters, and unrehearsed conversations, they expand into fable-like takes on the collective and the personal as “institutions”. (more…)