Interview with Marie-Jeanne Hoffner: A Particular Portion of Space

For the first time, Paris-based artist Marie-Jeanne Hoffner presents a solo show in the UK at PayneShurvellA Particular Portion of Space will use photography, drawings, installations, videos and models to explore the contrary notions of fullness, emptiness, construction and deconstruction. Running until 9 February, Aesthetica speaks to Hoffner about her use of space and different artistic forms. 

Finders Keepers A Survey of Collecting, London

The Michael Hoppen Gallery will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in fabulous style by opening a treasure trove of private photography in the gallery’s largest public exhibition to date. Finders Keepers A Survey of Collecting will open on 12 December and run until 30 January, exhibiting 130 photographic gems over three floors. The gallery has handpicked these stunning photographs for their fascinating narrative, masterful technique and historical relevance, ranging from anonymous 19th century pictures to iconic post-war snapshots.

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Aesthetica Christmas Gift Guide

It’s the festive season again, and amidst all the partying, tinsel, mince pies and fairy lights there’s still all the Christmas shopping to be done. To make the process easier, Aesthetica have chosen some of the best art related gifts currently on the market. Picking imaginative products from independent and established companies (and institutions) we count down the top ten presents we want on our Christmas list. 

Jim Lambie: Shaved Ice, Glasgow

Shaved Ice, a new exhibition of work by Jim Lambie has landed at The Modern Institute, Aird’s Lane, Glasgow. Running until 9 March 2013, Lambie references popular culture and draws his subject matter from music and iconic figures. Shaved Ice is an installation of sixteen ladders running from floor to ceiling, highlighting both the height and the symmetry of the space. Between the steps there are mirrored inserts, painted in lavish colours, leaving the ladders devoid of function.

Robert Wilson: Ritratti Review

To mark the Prix Italia, one of the most prestigious international competitions for radio, television and the web, Robert Wilson’s Ritratti (portraits) is currently being exhibited at Turin’s Palazzo Madama until the 6 January 2013. In collaboration with RAI, Change Performing Arts have gathered together a collection of Wilson’s most celebrated video portraits and set them amongst the lavishly decorated rooms of the 18th century palace.

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Beautiful Objects at The Aram Gallery, London

Beautiful Objects is The Aram Gallery’s first exhibition on jewellery. The exhibition shows beautiful, thought provoking objects by contemporary working designers. The Aram Gallery is eager to compare the design process of the makers with processes they have explored and learnt from in previous exhibitions. Taking these exhibits as their guide they question the motivates and what inspires these designers in a drive to demystify their process.

First Major International Showcase Of Hong Kong Contemporary Art Opens At Saatchi Gallery

Hong Kong Eye presented by Prudential has opened at the Saatchi Gallery, featuring key works by 18 emerging artists from Hong Kong, in the largest touring international showcase of Hong Kong’s contemporary art to date. The majority of works in the exhibition have never been shown outside Asia, giving crucial recognition to Hong Kong’s contemporary art scene on the world stage. The exhibition will run 5 December 2012 to 12 January 2013 and will tour to ArtisTree Gallery in Hong Kong, in May 2013.

Interview with Juno Calypso

Photographer Juno Calypso is lined up to appear in The Catlin Guide 2013. The limited edition collectors item provides a guide to 40 of the most talented artists to have graduated in 2012 from art schools around the UK. Launching at the London Art Fair in January 2013, The Guide has become a vital tool for collectors of emergent art and curators, and provides a platform for young artists. Aesthetica speaks to one of the artists, Juno Calypso, about her development in photography and her future plans.

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Aesthetica Gift Subscription

December is finally here and Christmas present planning is a high priority. As a magazine that is committed to covering the best in international art, photography and culture, Aesthetica makes for the perfect gift for any art lover. Including six magazines, a subscription to Aesthetica will keep you engaged with the cutting edge of contemporary art for a whole year. If you subscribe before 18 December, you will receive the following for just £18.95 (plus p&p):

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The Great Moon Hoax Review, Leicester

The Great Moon Hoax contains the collaborative installation work of Kitty Wingate and Claire Davies and is currently on display at the Great Central Gallery & Studios in Leicester. The exhibition takes the works of Edward Everett Hale, the American author and historian; Sir John Herschel, the British astronomer who also worked extensively on botany; and Anna Atkins, the English botanist and the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images. As its central ideas, the exhibition poses a look at Hale’s story titled The Brick Moon, published serially in Atlantic Monthly starting in 1869, while also diverging from the 143 year-old work of speculative fiction in which the first depiction of an artificial satellite is unravelled. The exhibition poster depicting plants in tones of blue and almost white seems to pay tribute to the work of Anna Atkins, who applied Herschel’s invention of the cyanotype photographic process to algae by making cyanotype photograms that were contact printed.

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Unbroken Line, Ovalhouse, London

Opening with previews tonight and tomorrow, the Ovalhouse is set to launch Unbroken Line on the 6 December. Running until 15 December the performance takes place in the Theatre Upstairs. Playing with the question of identity, Unbroken Line, follows the journey of Dolah, a foreigner living in London. Even after living there for 10 years, Dolah struggles with the isolation of London and the ex-accountant takes it upon himself to find the answer to the  timeless questions: How do you identify yourself?

Rokas Darulis: Intimacy, White Cloth Gallery

For the first time in the UK, Rokas Darulis opens his first solo exhibition at the White Cloth Gallery 6 December. Laying bare the subject of intimacy, this unique exhibition showcases the Lithuanian photographers powerful imagery. His editorially strong fashion portraits have attracted the likes of the National Portrait Gallery, London, who displayed one of his images, Ernest and Ernest during the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize 2010. At just 23, Darulis has already made his mark on the photography world, regularly leading fashion shoots for titles including Pravda and L’autre, the Observer and The Guardian Weekend, as well as working with leading model agencies, Elite and Storm, and photographed behind the scenes at London Fashion Week 2011.