’74Picks | 27 July – 2 August

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Human

Here’s your curated weekly ’74Picks round-up of the best to read, watch, listen, and do this week. From Brian & Roger Eno’s new album and Anish Kapoor’s new exhibition at Houghton Hall to our documentary pick Human and the Cassi Namoda episode of The Greatest Women Artist Podcast. Enjoy your ’74Picks!

LISTEN: Brian Eno & Roger Eno’s Audio-Visual Album Mixing Colours

After its release in March, Roger And Brian Eno’s debut album, Mixing Colours, Mixing Colours Expanded released on digital adding six new pieces to its eighteen meditations on changing nature of sound and time. The album marks the outcome of a fifteen-year collaboration between the brothers. Accompanying Mixing Colours, Brian and Roger Eno have invited listeners to share small films drawing on nature and evocative shots. The journey of Mixing Colours through contemplative sound-worlds is now marked by a collective effort.

LOOK: Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall⁣⁣

Originally scheduled to open in mid-March, the show can now be visited until 1 November. The exhibition features 21 sculptures as well as a selection of drawings and smaller works, presented in dynamic relation to history and classical architecture of the house and the beauty of the grounds. ⁣⁣Curator Mario Codagnato writes, ‘The contrast and the dialogue between nature and culture, between natural and artificial, between chance and order, are the leitmotiv in the architecture of the grandest country houses and gardens in the early 18th Century, and a key question in Kapoor’s work.’⁣⁣

WATCH: Human, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 2015

Filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent 3 years collecting real-life stories from more than 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists, and cameramen, he captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness. Watch on MUBI.

READ: Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. 

James Baldwin faced the aftermaths that came in the wake of the civil rights movement in the most atrocious way with the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. During this period, Baldwin transformed into a more explicitly political writer, a shift that came at great professional and personal expense. But from that journey, Baldwin emerged with a feeling of revived purpose about the need of pushing forward in the face of disillusionment and despair. Blending biography with history, memoir, and incisive analysis of our current times, Begin Again is Glaude’s undertaking, after Baldwin, to bear witness to the challenging reality of race today.

BROWSE: The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and The Cosmic Tree, at the Camden Arts Centre, curated by Gina Buenfeld and Martin Clark

A source of shelter and sustenance, fuel and tools, decoration and adornment, medicine and myth, humanity’s history and evolution are intimately entangled with that of the plant kingdom – an impossibly rich, ancient and abundant form of life on earth, but one utterly different from our own.  Find the exhibition at botanicalmind.online

Cyclone Idai and a mother’s embrace with beloved son one late night in Beira Town (Dedicated to my family and all those who were victims of Cyclone Idai / 2019-2020), 2020

FOLLOW: The Great Women Artists Podcast with Katy Hessel

Presented by art historian and curator, Katy Hessel, The Great Women Artists Podcast interviews artists on their career, or curators, writers, or general art lovers, on the female artist who means the most to them. Episode 31 of The Great Women Artists hosts Cassi Namoda, painter and performance artist who explores the intricacies of social dynamics, and mixed cultural and racial identity.