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Barcelona

“Black Light: Secretive traditions in the arts since the 1950s”

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Montalegre, 5
May 15 - October 21

Curated by Enrique Juncosa

Art is rarely a rational product of human experience, as human experience is rarely a rational thing. That is why art is such a marvelous instrument for limning the divine. We expect it to take us elsewhere, be that the numinous edge of the self or the infinite. “Black Light,” orchestrated by curator and poet Enrique Juncosa, is a dense and multifaceted offering that explores the ways in which occult traditions have influenced artmaking—from Jungian conceptions of the imagination to the evolution of the superhero genre. Brace yourself for contributions from the greatest of satanic majesties, including Kenneth Anger, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Cameron, and Aleister Crowley, alongside the coolest angels descended from heaven’s heart, such as Harry Smith, Bruce Conner, Agnes Martin, and Sun Ra. Almost four hundred works—paintings, books, collages, sculptures, LPs, and more—will have you tripping happily down the rabbit hole into all manner of wonderlands.