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Astrological Aesthetics: May 2017 Horoscopes

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

 Jacques Raymond Brascassat, "A Bull Fight" (1855), oil on canvas, 75.7 x 57 in, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (via Wikimedia Commons)
Jacques Raymond Brascassat, “A Bull Fight” (1855), oil on canvas, 75.7 x 57 in, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (via Wikimedia Commons)

Taurus (April 21–May 21)

Some careers were not meant to be revived, Taurus, and Damien Hirst is a prime example of this. His new exhibition of blockbuster aquarium ornaments in Venice consists of the absolute worst kind of super-sized SkyMall baubles; they should be returned to the sea, sunk deep into the Mariana Trench, or perhaps tossed into an active volcano. Don’t make the same mistake this month; cut your losses and start a new page.

Gemini (May 22–June 21)

James Turrell’s installations have been getting a lot more elaborate of late, with spectacular hues of shifting, coral colors washing over his spotless spaces for an aesthetic so sci-fi and sublime it caught Drake’s attention. But some of the earlier ones really rewarded immersion and patience, offering a subtle aesthetic experience easily ruined by an undisciplined smartphone user. A good example of this is “Danaë” (1983) at the Mattress Factory, which takes several minutes of sitting still in darkness to come into focus. You’ve had a pretty dark month, Gemini, but things will begin to brighten for you in May.

Cancer (June 22–July 22)

For his durational performance “One Year Performance 1978–1979 (Cage Piece),” Tehching Hsieh spent an entire year in a cage in his loft, and didn’t read, write, or speak. We’re not recommending you do anything so extreme, Cancer, but divulging too much could be your downfall this month, so think before you speak. Just try to play your cards close to your chest; no need to preemptively lock yourself up.

Leo (July 23–August 22)

Have you ever visited the Storm King Art Center and found yourself climbing across Maya Lin’s rippling “Storm King Wavefield” (2007–08), Leo? It’s such a simple idea, but executed perfectly as it is there, the result is quite magical. The effect is most powerful when seen from a nearby promontory, so the successive rises achieve the intended wave effect. This month, this kind of overall view is exactly what you should avoid. Keep your eyes off the horizon and deal with the now.

Virgo (August 23–September 23)

This is an exceptionally busy month for the art world, with Frieze Week in New York, the opening of the 2017 Venice Biennale, the big spring auctions at Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and more. You should not try to attend all these events, Virgo, but the stars show a major (and majorly beneficial) blowout party in your immediate future, so start gathering those invitations and parsing your options.

Libra (September 24–October 23)

This is a good period for problem-solving, Libra, and the most important thing to troubleshoot right now is your own work. According to the current planetary alignment, you’re at risk of suffering a very serious studio accident in May, so now would be a good time to foolproof your process. Don’t end up on the next list of deadly art disasters.

Scorpio (October 24–November 22)

Deborah Kass and Sherrie Levine have carved out very fruitful careers reframing, manipulating, and critiquing the tired old cannon of bombastic works by White Male Genius Artists. Their work is not only extremely smart, but also often very funny — and, for our money, tends to be more interesting than the works on which they’re based. Unfortunately, this month, working off of someone else’s precedent won’t cut it, Scorpio. You’ll need to channel your inner genius to make the most of this month’s positive astrological energies.

Sagittarius (November 23–December 21)

If you haven’t seen the 2017 Whitney Biennial yet, Sagittarius, you really should make a point of going soon. There are many, many worthwhile works in the show, but we bring this up because one is especially illustrative of your astrological forecast for May. Samara Golden’s dramatic mirrored installation “The Meat Grinder’s Iron Clothes” (2017), sited at the museum’s western edge overlooking the Hudson River, rewards both close observation of its discreet spaces and an overall view of its illusory sprawl. Remember to step back and take in the full picture this month, as it will give you a better (and more encouraging) sense of your current situation.

Capricorn (December 22–January 20)

The French street artist JR is making a movie with the Belgian director and New Wave veteran Agnès Varda, an improbable yet intriguing intergenerational collaboration that’s set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s time you, too, teamed up with a friend or a mentor, Capricorn. Your current astrological outlook suggests that taking on a project with a colleague will help you break new ground and vanquish common foes. Or, as fictional detective Dick Tracy once said: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Aquarius (January 21–February 19)

It seems like every other year, some project at the Museum of Old and New Art’s Dark Mofo festival ruffles feathers, but then it is called “Dark Mofo” — is it really so surprising that its programming upsets people? This year it was Viennese Actionist Hermann Nitsch‘s bull carcass performance; in 2015 it was artist Leon Ewing extolling the educational potential of marijuana. The day Dark Mofo doesn’t cause an uproar, we’ll be concerned. Always remain true to yourself, Aquarius.

Pisces (February 20–March 20)

Tate Modern’s overly litigious neighbors are being remarkably uncreative in their response to the sudden invasion of their privacy by museum visitors. More enlightened Londoners would turn their homes into apartment galleries — a de facto Tate outpost across the street — or use them to stage performances for the benefit of museumgoers. We don’t have to tell you this, Pisces; you’re very skilled at finding inventive solutions to bad situations, and you’ll be called upon to do so when things go sour around mid-May.

Aries (March 21–April 20)

As we brace for another week of art fairs in New York and a slate of biennials, triennials, and quinquennials throughout the globe, we’re reconsidering the feasibility of a pie-in-the-sky idea we once had. What if the art world’s ephemeral and pop-up entities — art fairs, -ennials of all sorts, auctions, etc. — were held on a giant supertanker that traveled the globe all year long? It could moor in various art capitals at strategic seasonal dates and the über-wealthy could reach it at anytime by helicopter or yacht. It would be like Waterworld, but with a lot of Anish Kapoor sculptures. There may not be any viable solutions to your problems this month, Aries, but thought experiments are good for the mind — and for morale.

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