The Art and Culture Magazine: Inside Issue 64
Astrid Verhoef photographs recontextualise normality, moving the familiar into an unfamiliar landscape.
Jürgen Schrepfer explores cityscapes, uncovering moments of artistic beauty in the modern metropolis.
Director Eskil Vogt's breathtaking film about the fears and fantasies of a woman who loses her sight.
The Falling explores the struggles of adolescence through an unusual fainting epidemic in an English girl’s school in the 1960s.
Esmé Patterson's collection of songs give voice to music’s most famous – and silent – female muses.
Picturing New Sounds
For four decades, Manfred Eicher has changed how jazz and other experimental genres are thought about.
Thelma Holt brings Yukio Ninagawa’s production of Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore to the Barbican.
Puppet Animation Scotland and Manipulate explore the crossover between puppetry and animated film.
Film of the Month
Directed by Robert Hackett
3 mins 23 sec, 2013
Shot at night, this promo uses images from the original Night Mail GPO Film Unit film featuring WH Auden's poem, projected onto a disused train station.
Winner of Best Music Video at ASFF 2014
Picks from the Blog
Self taught Swedish artist Anna Edholm works with layers of acrylic paint on canvas. With her abstract designs aims to direct the viewer to use their own imagination and to find patterns and meanings of their own among colours and forms. She experiments with multiple materials and tools to give her work an engaging and striking appearance with both the use of both thin fluid colours as well as thick layers to provide contrast and texture.
The fifth edition of the Milan Image Art Fair, dedicated to photography, will open in the new location of Porta Nuova Varesine this April. The event will take place in The Mall, a centre nestled among the skyscrapers that have changed the city skyline, which has become a symbol of the new Milan. A section on the main themes of Expo 2015 will be presented as part of the fair.
Will Shannon describes himself as: “designer, maker, artist, architect, prototyper, workplace designer, maybe”. The son of a cabinetmaker, he did a Fine Art degree at Chelsea College of Arts and then returned to his more practical roots with a Design Products MA at the Royal College of Art. His exhibition at mac Birmingham suggests that if art and craft and design are separate camps, he is on the road between them.
Sadlers Wells has always celebrated innovation in dance and their new Wild Card series is the latest expression of their commitment to upcoming dance talent. Specially curated by the next generation of dance masters, Wild Card is an opportunity for a dancer, choreographer or producer to take the reins and present a selection of exciting work for the Sadlers Wells’ audience.
In 2011 Kunsthalle Mannheim celebrated Bruce Nauman’s 70th birthday with a retrospective examining the artist’s fascinating body of work. Now, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris presents Nauman’s first major solo show in France in over 15 years. To coincide with this new exhibition, Aesthetica delves into its archive and reflects on a feature article from Issue 41.
Four of the UK’s leading galleries will host new works by 30 of the most talented emerging artists as part of the New Art West Midlands 2015 fair. All of the artists presented at the event have graduated from one of the region’s fine art degree courses in the past three years. This year the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, will be joining Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and wolverhampton Art Gallery in exhibiting for 2015′s NAWM.
The “enfant terrible” of British fashion, Alexander McQueen, rose from obscurity to become one of the world’s top fashion designers until his untimely death in 2010. His pieces were deliberately provocative and yet also sensual. In the first room of Savage Beauty at the V&A, London, his 2006 collection, Widows of Culloden, features a range of silk black lace dresses and suits that McQueen referred to as reflecting “the dark side of my personality.”
Christian Fennesz, Austrian electronic producer and musician, teamed up with Lillevan, German video artist and performer to celebrate the work of fellow Austrian Gustav Mahler. This weekend the duo transformed Mahler’s music with unique electronic compositions at the Howard Assembly Room, Opera North, Leeds. The beautiful and evocative piece used Mahler’s symphonies as its starting point, giving it new life as contemporary performance.
North American photographer Garry Winogrand has been cited as the central photographer of his generation, named alongside greats such as Walker Evans and Robert Frank. For his first major retrospective in 25 years, Fundacion Mapfre combines the most iconic works and previously unseen gems from his near 70 year career. Over 200 photographs, displaying Winograd’s characteristic centrifugal compositions and inclined horizons, document the life and landscapes of post-war America.