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Astrological Aesthetics: November 2016 Horoscopes

Hyperallergic’s horoscopes offer astrological advice for artists and art types, in art terms, every month.

Shadow puppet of a magical scorpion from the play <em>Classic of the Land and Sea</em>, Shaanxi Province, 19th century, Lin Liu-Hsin Museum (image by Hiart via Wikimedia Commons)
Shadow puppet of a magical scorpion from the play Classic of the Land and Sea, Shaanxi Province, 19th century, Lin Liu-Hsin Museum (image by Hiart via Wikimedia Commons)

Scorpio (October 24–November 22)

Can you imagine how many botched fakes a master forger must churn out before passing one off as a $10-million Frans Hals, Scorpio? Your astrological forecast for the month is adamant that you not give up hope if your first attempt at something goes poorly. It also cautions against indulging your basest instincts, so, actually, maybe you should give up on that Old Masters forgery scheme after all.

Sagittarius (November 23–December 21)

We’d love to tell you that your month will be as explosive as a Cai Guo-Qiang gunpowder drawing, as melodramatic as a Ragnar Kjartansson video, or as colorful as a Mickalene Thomas installation. But really, it will be more like one of Carmen Herrera’s exquisitely balanced abstract compositions from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Enjoy your mellow November, Sagittarius — December will be Ann Liv Young-bananas.

Capricorn (December 22–January 20)

Relationships predicated on contrast and tension can be the richest, Capricorn, just look at Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. Both were revolutionaries in their disciplines, but their work was vastly different — imagine what O’Keeffe’s paintings would have looked like if she’d married, say, Edward Hopper; or how Stieglitz’s eye might have been influenced had he wed, say, Dorothea Lange. It may seem natural, but only taking people with similar interests and outlooks as friends and lovers makes you lazy.

Aquarius (January 21–February 19)

Do you ever get so stuck, Aquarius, that you just give up trying and wait for the creative block to roll on like a stubborn storm cloud? Like you might — to take a completely random example — spend an hour looking for an apt artistic equivalent to an astrological forecast that says you’ll spend the next month waiting for something to happen? Eventually you give up and surrender, because if nothing’s going to happen until December, you might as well get comfortable.

Pisces (February 20–March 20)

There’s only a month left until Art Basel Miami Beach — crazy, right? — and if you aren’t hustling 24/7 for the next 30 days, you will miss out on some major opportunities. Worse still, you will see your closest competitors snatch up those opportunities; could be a solo booth at a satellite fair, a sale to a top-shelf collector at the main fair, an introduction to a museum curator during a vernissage — we’re not psychic, Pisces, we don’t know exactly, but we read a mean astrological chart and we can see that now is not the time to take it easy.

Aries (March 21–April 20)

Sometimes, Aries, the best ideas — like, say, dressing up as a tree and walking back and forth through a busy intersection at a glacial pace — just don’t get you anywhere. Or they get you put in jail. When your art gets too real, your real friends will be there to bail you out.

Taurus (April 21–May 21)

You have three seconds to answer this question, Taurus: on average, whose spot paintings have more spots, Yayoi Kusama‘s or Damien Hirst‘s? There will be no averaging out of different eras’ paintings, no side-by-side comparisons of “Anthraquinone-1-Diazonium Chloride” (1994) and “No. F” (1959), just go with your gut. This month, your success will depend entirely on your ability to make split-second decisions.

Gemini (May 22–June 21)

Did you see that embarrassing new Pussy Riot video? What about Barbara Kruger’s excellent anti-Trump cover design for New York magazine? Can you believe it took the Museo del Prado 197 years to give a woman a solo show? And how about that earthquake in Italy — how many historic sites and artworks do you think were lost? Did you hear what Ai Weiwei said to Tania Bruguera at the Brooklyn Museum? And the new van Gogh theory? And Picasso’s electrician? There will be a lot of distractions this month, Gemini, but so long as you stay focused, you’ll come out on top.

Cancer (June 22–July 22)

Artistic collaborations are often met with skepticism or even outright scorn, Cancer, just look at the overwhelmingly negative reception of Basquiat and Warhol’s shared paintings. Some said the older artist was grasping at relevance; others took them as evidence that the hot young artist had totally lost touch. This month, be very smart in your collaborative projects, and the outcome will be unassailable.

Leo (July 23–August 22)

We’re generally lukewarm on Spencer Finch, Leo, but there is something to be said for his ability to break down emotionally charged moments and places into abstracted and geometric compositions, like his rendering of the blue sky on the morning of September 11, 2001, in the museum devoted to that day. You’ll need to keep your cool when faced with emotional moments this month, and make careful, thoughtful decisions.

Virgo (August 23–September 23)

At first we were tempted to liken your outlook for November to the experience of a James Turrell perceptual cell — because you need to take some time to reflect on your experiences and impulses — then we thought better of dropping yet another reference to the Light and Space zen master, so we contemplated comparing your current astrological prognostics to Marilyn Minter‘s messy photos — because they highlight the up-close ugliness and beauty of human bodies — but we worried we over-rely on Minter analogies. See, Virgo, you need to be as self-critical and thoughtful as we’re being with this horoscope.

Libra (September 24–October 23)

We really wish we could see Jonathan Schipper’s current show at Rice University in Houston, Libra — and not even because it’s a convenient analogy for your month, it just looks very enjoyable, in a smashing-the-printer-in-Office Space sort of way. But its creeping destruction does nicely match your astrological forecast, which advocates laying low for the first 10 days of the month, and setting your plans into action.

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