The mark of Brexit in British art, and a reflection on humanity below our political surface.
Recent links of note:
“Seeing Signs of Brexit at Frieze London”
Tausif Noor, Hyperallergic
The curators, gallerists, painters, and sculptors of Britain have never hesitated to voice their collective opinion about Britain’s place in the European Union. The British arts circle was nearly unified in support of remaining within the European Union—for practical reasons regarding the movement of artists and funds, to be sure, but more markedly because of their enthusiasm for Britain’s brisk march toward multiculturalism. Over three months removed from their countrymen’s decision to slow that march by voting to leave, Tausif Noor of Hyperallergic notes that signs of artists ire have begun to bear out in their work, enough to color an marquee exhibition that was not designed with a Brexit theme in mind. Despite the fact that Noor seems to share the artists’ political preferences, his catalogue of the subtle and over scent of protest in the art works is a helpful summary of the zeitgeist for Brexit cynics and sympathizers alike.
“God, Man, and Politics”
William Galston, The Wall Street Journal
In the midst of an apocalyptic pre-election season, the columnist William Galston devoted his latest column to putting the political rancor around us in perspective. Galston doesn’t suggest that things are somehow better than they seem—the latest round of leaked videos and emails from both candidates have already stamped out any such polyannish thinking. Rather, he uses thoughts that struck him during his celebration of Yom Kippur to jump off into a broad reflection of the human condition. Galston quotes the Hebrew liturgy for the holiday to note lessons about human imperfection, and our inability to recognize our place within the grand “divine fabric.” Read, and enjoy a fine (if fleeting) relief from the despair of our grim day-to-day political climate.
“A new Ring is born”
Paul du Quenoy
On a new production of Das Rheingold by Chicago’s Lyric Opera.
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