“Bright Morning Star”

Galeria Zé dos Bois (ZDB)

The art world continues to rediscover Kenneth Anger, most recently through the survey of his films this past summer at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York. In Portugal, too, his work has attracted fresh attention. In an unusual initiative—given its location, experimentalism, and scope—Galeria Zé dos Bois, an alternative space in downtown Lisbon, sponsored a number of events dedicated to Anger. Among them was the exhibition “Estrela Brilhante da Manhã” (Bright Morning Star), curated by Natxo Checa, which brought together eleven Portuguese and foreign artists, including Alexandre Estrela, Jannis Varelas, Markus Selg, Brian Butler, and Anger himself.

The exhibition’s title has a biblical echo but more specifically cites “A Hora do Diabo” (The Devil’s Hour), a fantastic tale by Fernando Pessoa. In one passage from the text, the Portuguese modernist writer declares: “I corrupt but I

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