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Review of Quentin Blake: Inside Stories, London

The House of Illustration is not new. It launched in 2002 as a UK illustrators’ collective, spearheaded by Emma Chichester and indeed Quentin Blake himself, and has since attracted the attention of illustrators Peter Blake, Lauren Child, Sara Fanelli, David Gentleman and Jan Pienkowski, as well as Philip Pullman, Will Alsop and Peter Capaldi, to name a few. They’ve done travelling tours, education programmes and book illustration competitions. What’s new, however, is that 12 years down the line, they have found themselves a permanent home – and a sweet home it is too.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: Poet Lucienne Kim Flavell

There is just over one month left to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, which supports and publishes creative talent from around the world in an aim to champion emerging and established writers. We highlight those longlisted from the latest award, which include Lucienne Kim Flavell author of Borders, published in the poetry section of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.

Various artists, Some Artists’ Artists, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

This new exhibition at the Marian Goodman Gallery presents a selection of artists curated by other artists. Bringing together 23 artists of different ages and from various countries including Cuba, England, Holland, Kosovo, Albania and Taiwan, Some Artists’ Artists showcases a multitude of voices in which resonances and dissonances emerge.

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5 To See This Weekend

From London to Chicago, this weekend brings a diversity of alluring exhibitions including one of America’s most individual artists, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, who is showcasing her collection at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Her highly personal sculptural language flows from her series of complex wall-mounted works and monolithic structures. In Chicago, Earthly Delights at MCA Chicago challenges rationality, exploring the significant supremacy of beauty. This weekend learn about prominent women designers at MoMA and discover fascinating exhibitions from Towner and Timothy Taylor Gallery. Check out our list of recommend exhibitions to see this weekend.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Countdown: Artist Anyes Galleani

With the Aesthetica Art Prize call for entries deadline on 31 August 2014, we look in depth at the work of longlisted artists from the latest edition. Anyes Galleani is an Italian-born, Los Angeles based visual artist that uses photo montage and collage to create unique images and paintings.

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Review of Malevich, Tate Modern, London

Kazimir Malevich (1879 – 1935) was one of the great innovators and explorers of European abstraction. He had a clear sense of the trajectory of style and purpose in the visual arts, and in his eyes, art had an exalted destiny in the modern world. Unlike the Russian artists of previous generations, Malevich could claim to be up to date with European painting: the pioneering collections of Moscow-based Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov were fertile ground for him to study the most interesting avant-garde artists from Claude Monet to Henri Matisse. Accordingly his early work bears the heavy influence of successive styles – Impressionism, Symbolism, Futurism and Cubism. During the long years of his early career Malevich was devoid of an individual style that he could call his own, and his desperate search for one is all too palpable.

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Various artists, Last Train, Ron Arad Studio, London.

Following its unveiling at the Venice Art Biennale last year, Ron Arad’s Last Train project makes its way to London. Ron Arad (b.1951) opens his Camden studio to showcase the large-scale diamond engravings created by a range of artistic collaborations.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: Poet Bob Beagrie

In anticipation of the call for entries countdown for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award on 31 August, we provide an insight into the winning writers selected for the latest prize. Writer of shortlisted poem Tumbleweed (After Edward Hopper & Hart Crane), Bob Beagrie lives in Middlesbrough, UK, and is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Teesside University. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines and has been translated into Finnish, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Karelian, Estonian, Urdu and Swedish.

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Caroline Jane Harris, Anatomy of the Arboreal, Scream, London.

Young British artist Caroline Jane Harris, finalist for the 2013 Aesthetica Art Prize, presents her first solo exhibition at Scream in London. Featuring a intricate, detailed and labour-intensive papercutting technique, Harris’ work is inspired by the natural world and the links between natural life forms and man-made systems.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Countdown: Artist Marie Brenneis

In the countdown to the Aesthetica Art Prize call for submissions deadline on 31 August 2014, we look in focus at artists from the latest award. Conceptual artist Marie Brenneis was featured in the Video, Installation & Performance category with Deliberate Digression an installation that incorporates wearable sculptures exploring themes of fantasy and conformity.

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Review of PHotoEspaña 2014, Madrid

What has, for the last 16 years, been an ambitious programme of photography exhibitions throughout Madrid has shifted course. Diverging from its tradition of engaging one international curator to organize different thematic programming as was the case for the last three years, this year PHotoEspaña’s “Official” programme presents exclusively Spanish photography, organised “in house” with participating venues. This creative strategy was, at least in part, a response to the challenge that all arts organisations are facing, and particularly in austerity-challenged Spain, with significant declines in private and public funding. The silver lining, is that for the first time Spanish photography, from the medium’s earliest days to the present, is finally receiving full attention.

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Richard Long, Mendoza Walking, Faena Arts Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina

His first exhibition in Argentina, Mendoza Walking showcases two new site-specific works from British artist Richard Long (b. 1945) at the Faena Arts Center. This art centre rose out of the old machine room of an iconic turn of the century mill situated in the historic port of the Puerto Madero district of Argentina. Installed in the central gallery space, Los Molinos, Long’s works utilise materials native to the region and explore the relationship between art and nature.