Art 13, London

London’s new global art fair, Art13, opens this week, 1 March. With a long list of exhibitors, 70 percent of participating artists will be attending a fair in London for the first time and 50 percent of works will be produced by non-western artists. The first edition of the fair takes place at Olympia Grand Hall and will run until 3 March. Showcasing modern and contemporary art from six continents, the fair acknowledges works from China, India, South Africa, Australia and Brazil. The total number of participating galleries is 128 from 30 countries, representing London’s position as one of the world’s leading contemporary art centres

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Aesthetica Art Prize Interview: Caroline Jane Harris

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world. Previous finalists include Julia Vogl, who was shortlisted for New Sensations – Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s Prize – and has exhibited at Zabludowicz Collection; Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist who joined a legacy of artists by featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns, and Bernat Millet, also shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The 100 longlisted artists are published in the Aesthetica Art Prize Annual and the shortlisted artists will appear in an exhibition at York St Mary’s from 8 March until 28 April. We speak to shortlisted artist Caroline Jane Harris, who explores the intricacies of nature through a labour intensive paper-cutting technique. The process is solo and obsessive, requiring concentration, repetition and discipline. The meditative quality of the work is reflected in her interest in artistic and devotional practices of Eastern Cultures.

Linder: Femme/Objet, Paris

Four decades worth of British punk feminist work are presented in Linder Sterling’s Paris retrospective. Photography, collage, music and video works have been assembled under the exhibition title Femme/Objet, a troubling conflation of woman and commodity that lies, subverted for positive ends, at the heart of Linder’s practice: “I have always treated myself as a found object”, she says.

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Version Control at Arnolfini, Bristol

Version Control, currently on show at Arnolfini in Bristol, is an extensive group exhibition featuring work by 27 international artists and collectives. Spanning a range of media, what links these works is their relation to the notion of ‘performativity’; the potential of objects and images to represent actions and social processes and the interaction between material ‘things’ and time-based activity. A series of live interventions and events render the exhibition a performative entity in itself, as it is continually re-worked over the course of its duration.

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The Magic of the State | Beirut, 3 March – 6 April | Lisson Gallery, 27 March – 4 May

The Magic of the State, is Lisson Gallery’s up and coming exhibition and editorial project conceived in collaboration with Beirut, a new art initiative and exhibition space in Cairo.Curated by Silvia Sgualdini of Lisson Gallery, in conjunction with Jens Maier-Rothe and Sarah Rifky, co-directors of Beirut, the project defines an ambitious platform for artistic exchange by bringing a number of international artists to Cairo for the first time. It also presents an innovative model of collaboration between an independent space and commercial gallery, highlighting the different social and political contexts in which the two organizations operate.

Babeldom, a film by Paul Bush

Released on 8 March, Babeldom is Paul Bush’s first full feature film. Starring Youla Boudali and Mark Caven the film was part of the Official Selection for the Rotterdam International Film Festival and Sao Paulo International Film Festival. Built around a city, with the same name as the film, in which the past and the future were united with the present,  Babeldom is so massive and growing at such a speed that soon, it is said, light itself will not escape its gravitational pull. How can two lovers communicate, one from inside the city and one outside?

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Dominick Di Meo: Limp Voyeur in a Humid Landscape at Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Thomas Dane Gallery, in collaboration with Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago unveils the first survey of New York – based artist Dominick Di Meo’s work outside the United States tomorrow in London. Limp Voyeur in a Humid Landscape will provide a rare opportunity to encounter Di Meo’s surrealist paintings, sculpture and mixed-media reliefs from the 1950s and 1960s, when he played an active part in the famous “Monster Roster” – a group of painters and sculptors characterised by their mystical, fantasy-like works.  

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Ian Andrews: Rummage Out, Birmingham

The drone of dulled chatter and footsteps upon marbled floors as the rain lashes on to the roof of the Western Arcade creates such a fascinating, yet tragically empty environment for an exhibition. But this is no ordinary exhibition. Ian Andrews’ Rummage Out, curated by David Miller, seizes on the impromptu stylistic aesthetics of the surrounding shops and art deco interior, to beautifully create a reserved and submissively secular island within the building. The individuality and tension possessed by the sculptures in the window space and the gallery, along with the fact that visitors, despite their curiosity, can’t enter the space, creates a phenomenally twisted ambience.

Interview With Tim Lewis, Kinetica Art Fair, London

Opening today, Kinetica Art Fair, one of London’s annual landmark art exhibitions and a permanent fixture in the Art Fair calendar, brings together galleries, art organisations and curatorial groups from around the world who focus on kinetic, electronic, robotic, sound, light, time-based and multi-disciplinary new media art, science and technology. Tim Lewis, who has worked with Kinetica on numerous exhibitions and projects including exhibiting at Kinetica’s art fair in February 2011, combines mechanical devices and sculpture to investigate, test and experiment with its own doubts and perception of the world.

Aesthetica spoke to Tim to discuss his work and this year’s fair.

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Taryn Simon: The Pictures Collection at Gagosian Gallery, London

Building on an extensive body of work, Taryn Simon’s latest project The Pictures Collection, has recently opened at the Gagosian on Davies Street.

Although Simon’s work is primarily photography-based, the real crux of her practice is in the research and data gathering that goes on behind the scenes in her photographs. Previously, Simon’s work has taken her to the ends of the earth in order to investigate, and photographically systematize, the elements of chance and fate that determine the destinies of both individuals (The Innocents, 2003) and entire bloodlines (A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII, 2011).

FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby

Opening 8 March and running until 7 April, Derby will play host to the FORMAT International Photography Festival. Now in its 6th edition, FORMAT embarks on its biggest event yet, showcasing new and exciting images from across the globe. The festival’s theme for 2013 is FACTORY: Mass Production, which will unite a rich line up of exhibitions under one concept. 

In Between Time 2013, Bristol

A Fake Moon rises over College Green, Bristol and invites you to pause and contemplate the passage of time: drawing a slightly stilted, yet wonderfully poetical arc across a Valentine’s Evening sky, it challenges you to question your perceptions of natural and constructed beauty, blurring the line between true and contrived experience. IBT13 is launched. Inhabiting the liminal space between performance and art, strongly concerned with time, the physical plane, and their interaction, the festival brings together a highly eclectic mix of international performance artists, with a variety of practices illuminating different aspects of time’s passing.

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Roman Polanski Restrospective at BFI, London

As a 2 month retrospective of Roman Polanski’s films continues to play out on screens at the BFI throughout February, the real gem of this event takes place in a modest and discreet space in the atrium of the Film Institute: the poster exhibition Roman Polanski Actor. Director.

Aesthetica Art Prize Interview: Sara Brannan

An international celebration of innovation and brilliance, the Aesthetica Art Prize is an opportunity for emerging artists across the globe to showcase their work to a wider audience. Going on to great success, previous finalists have included Julia Vogl (Winner of the Catlin Art Prize 2012 and shortlisted for Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s New Sensations), Marcus Jansen (leading modern expressionist who joined a legacy of artists by featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns) and Bernat Millet (shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.) We spend some time speaking to the short-listed video artist Sara Brannan, whose submitted piece is based around the appropriation and manipulation of films in the public domain. Using the films as found objects, they are re-edited into short videos focusing on the female lead character.

Interview with Contemporary Art Society North, Mark Doyle

Mark Doyle heads up the Northern division of the Contemporary Art Society. Over the first weekend in February, Doyle and his team ran a unique event entitled Art in the Home. Including works from two commercial galleries (Arcade, London, and WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol), the event took place in the homes of six Contemporary Art Society members across Manchester and offered visitors the chance to view art in domestic settings. After the success of the event, we speak to Doyle about the project and his plans for the future. 

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Interview with Tom Hackney – shortlisted artist for the 2012 Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London

This year’s Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts will explore a range of printmaking practices with an emphasis placed on works of a moderate size, and will return to their traditional home in the Small Weston Room. The common ground between photography and painting will be investigated in one of the larger galleries and the meeting points between sculpture and architecture will also be considered.

Entry for the Summer Exhibition is still open, and the winning works will go on display from 10 June. Aesthetica spoke to Tom Hackney, one of the shortlisted artists from last year’s exhibition about his current projects.

Donald Weber: Interrogations, White Cloth Gallery, Leeds

The UK premiere of Donald Weber’s Interrogations arrives at White Cloth Gallery, Leeds this week. This stark series, explores the violence, fear, and power in Post-Soviet Ukraine and Russia. The acclaimed Canadian photojournalist recorded  his seven year journey through the Ukraine and Russia, including a series of portraits taken during the four months Weber spent inside an unnamed police interrogation room in the Ukraine.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Opens in Two Weeks

International artwork will be showcased in York this March as the Aesthetica Art Prize launches its first major exhibition. In a celebration of contemporary art, innovative and outstanding works shortlisted from the Aesthetica Art Prize will be displayed in the enchanting setting of York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. Organised by Aesthetica Magazine, the international art and culture publication, the Art Prize is a platform for emerging contemporary artists from across the world to bring their work to a wider audience.

Jason Oddy: ‘A is for ….’ at James Hockney and Foyer Galleries, UCA Farnham

In this latest showcasing of his work, the London-based photographer Jason Oddy, continues to explore his interest in the relationship between man and his built environment. Two bodies of recent work are shown alongside each other in this touring exhibition, which both investigate the expressive and symbolic possibilities in the banalities of the structural design of institutional buildings.

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Interview with Maria Hayday of Scottish Dance Theatre

The Scottish Dance Theatre heads to London to present two premieres this March at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre. Running 7 – 8 March, the company perform two new works by international choreographers, Victor Quijada and Jo Strømgren.  Currently directed by Fleur Darkin, the Scottish Dance Theatre showcase the strength of ten of their dancers in these productions. LA-born, Montreal-based Victor Quijada uses the Los Angeles street-dance culture of his youth in his new piece Second Coming, and Norwegian Jo Strømgren takes the dancers on a wild journey through the darkest, coldest season in Winter, Again, set to songs from Schubert’s Eine Winterreise. Aesthetica speaks to Maria Hayday, a member of the cast about the two productions and her work with the company.

The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns at the Barbican, London

The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns has now opened at the Barbican. The show explores Marcel Duchamp’s footprint on contemporary American art, as well as his relationship with four modern masters in their fields, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. All four artists came across Duchamp in the founding years of their careers and all embraced his practice to form the beginnings of the pop art movement and the still highly relevant theoretical ideas of bringing art into life. This exhibition displays over 90 works that explore this connection, we’ve picked the top six to keep an eye out for.

Review of Schwitters in Britain, London

Schwitters in Britain is a compelling exhibition because it charts the artist’s interest in ephemera, as well as the formal investigations of figuration and abstraction, painting and assemblage that preoccupied his work. Through these two outlets, we learn the importance of “place” in Schwitters’ practice. Following his inclusion in the Entartete Kunst exhibition in 1937 of “degenerate” art, Schwitters’ exile from Nazi Germany to Norway and then to Britain from 1940 gave him exposure to a new sense of place.

Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos at Serpentine Gallery, London

Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos opened at the Serpentine last week, displaying an eclectic mix of the artists works, influences and connected work. In a manner alien to many artists, she has chosen to show her largest retrospective as a museum like collection of the work that surrounds her practice, from animated clips to 19th century botanical drawings and artifacts. The really brilliant aspect is the fact it is so hard to tell which works are who’s and from what era they come. She has always worked in a very open manner, flitting from subject to subject and between materials, meaning that her overall style is difficult to pinpoint. There are central themes that arise, such as our relationship with nature, the idea of craft objects as oppose to fine art objects, and running throughout her work, a strong connection to her feminist roots.

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Thomas Joshua Cooper: Messages, Haunch of Venison, London

Running since 1 February, Haunch of Venison present an exhibition by internationally renowned landscape photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper. Choosing some of the remote and isolated locations around the world, Cooper has been capturing landscapes for over 30 years. This exhibition, entitled Messages, brings together over 20 photographs, many not seen in public before, that showcase rare works from the beginning of his career.

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Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London

The highly anticipated Light Show has opened to the public at the Hayward Gallery running until 28 April. The exhibition sees some of the finest works of light art illuminate the Hayward in a fantastically exuberant manner. The chosen art spans across the 20th century, ranging from well-established names like Dan Flavin to comparatively undiscovered gems such as Carlos Cruz-Diez. But there is more to the Light Show than just an offering of colourful lights. It is easy to see in the early 20th century, from the use of naked bulbs, a rise in the incorporation of neon, while the latter half of the century is immersed in commerical driven concerns, most evident in Pop Art.

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David Jablonowski: Tools and Orientations, Gateshead

Now open at the BALTIC, Gateshead, David Jablonowski presents Tools and Orientations. Running until 2 June, this is the first solo exhibition by the German artist in a public gallery in the UK. Jablonowski’s work investigates the history and potential of communication in visual culture. His sculptures, videos and installations explore cultural aesthetics, display systems and information transfer, from calligraphic manuscripts to TV advertising and the World Wide Web.

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The Dark Rooms, South West Cornwall

The Dark Rooms is an exciting project by Newlyn-based curator and artist Jesse Leroy Smith that took place in the near derelict Passmore Edwards School of Science and Art building in Helston, South West Cornwall on 2-3 February 2013. Viewing contemporary installation art and mixed media sculptures in museums and galleries is inevitable, for many of us, but “discovering” works of art; sculptures, installations, videowork, conceptual and performance art scattered about in a large, dark, disused building is both eerie and exciting.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Interview: Vasilisa Forbes

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world. Previous finalists include Julia Vogl, who was shortlisted for New Sensations – Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s Prize – and has exhibited at Zabludowicz Collection; Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist who joined a legacy of artists by featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns, and Bernat Millet, also shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The 100 longlisted artists are published in the Aesthetica Art Prize Annual and the shortlisted artists will appear in an exhibition at York St Mary’s from 8 March until 28 April. We spend some time with long-listed artist Vasilisa Forbes. Vasilisa’s work focuses on humanities relationship with surrounding environments and technology. Her winning work comes from The Hours series, which focuses on a narrative created by the trauma of a recent event.

Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs, London

Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs opens today at the London Transport Museum and will showcase 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced. Supported by Siemens, and forming part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the London Underground, the exhibition will feature posters by many famous artists including Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash, and designs from each decade over the last 100 years.

5 To See This Weekend

Besides all the fantastic showcases already running, there are so many exhibitions opening this weekend, and it is the perfect time to absorb contemporary art. At Aesthetica we have compiled some of the best current exhibitions for you to enjoy with your time off. From Istanbul to Los Angeles, we take you through the most exciting art from across the world. We begin with Whitney Hubbs’ The Song Itself is Already a Skip, at M+B, California running until 9 March.

Pakpoom Silaphan: Empire State at Scream, London

Pakpoom Silaphan presents his third solo exhibition Empire State at Scream from 22 February. Silaphanʼs practice examines notions of globalisation, mass consumerism and the universal reach of cultural icons across the world. Primarily using found-objects such as old metal advertising signs collected during his years living in Thailand, and showing a new body of sculptures made with vintage wooden Pepsi and Coca-Cola crates, reminiscent of Warholʼs Brillo Box installations; Silaphan re-works these objects to create a fresh interpretation of Pop Art and opens a discourse on the effects of advertising and mass consumption.

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David Maljković: Sources in the Air, Gateshead

Croatian artist, David Maljković comes to the BALTIC, Gateshead, this March to present an overview of his large body of work. Moving from his early work to his present day pieces, Sources in the Air includes his famous, Scene for New Heritage trilogy. This epic series of films brought critical attention to the artist. The exhibition also explores the artist’s continued interest in collective memory and amnesia, as well as the inherent problems of the production of exhibitions and the display of art. Running from 15 March until 7 July, Maljković’s work includes collage, installation, film, video and works on paper.

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Interview with Tullycraft, new album out March

US band Tullycraft will release their new record Lost in Light Rotation this March. Following their 2007 release Every Scene Needs  A Center, their new album is produced by Phil Ek (The Shins, Band of Horses, Built to Spill, The Halo Benders, The Shout Out Louds, Fleet Foxes, The Walkmen). Aesthetica speaks to the band about the new album, their relationship with Ek and their future plans.

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Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan: A Tool for the Making of Signs, Cardiff

Recently Shortlisted for the 2013 Northern Art Prize, artist duo Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan’s current exhibition at Chapter in Cardiff continues the artists’ interest in the construction of meaning, and in this particular instance, explores a notion of “Welshness” through a cunning concoction of text, image, object and curatorial strategy.

Tribute to Richard Artschwager

This video documents the installation of Richard Artschwager’s Blps on the High Line at Avenues and around the High Line,  as well as the curator’s info-session with the students. Artschwager passed away this weekend at the age of 89 – only days after his retrospective at the Whitney Museum came to a close. For decades, Artschwager’s work has continued to influence people to see the world, think, and create art differently and this video serves to honour his legacy.

Mark Boulos: No Permanent Address at Lisson Gallery, London

Showing as part of an impressive spring programme, spread across Lisson’s two London locations, Mark Boulos’ No Permanent Address is an exhibition that deserves special recognition.

For his latest project, Boulos travelled deep into the Filipino jungle, where he spent eight weeks filming and learning about the NPA (New People’s Army- the militant branch of the Communist Party of the Philippines), its members, and activities. The NPA follows a strict ideology based on the theories of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and aims to bring about a proletarian revolution through guerilla warfare and the collection of revolutionary taxes from local businesses.

Studio XO on Crane.tv

Studio XO, a revolutionary fashion label that is pushing the boundaries between science and couture. Having designed for the likes of Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas, Studio XO experiment with wearable tech, digital skins and computational fibres – where your outfit changes at the brush of a hand. With NYC fashion week in full swing and London, Milan and Paris coming up, we look at some of the digital pieces that will be gracing future catwalks. 

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Evgeny Antufiev: Exploring materials, Italy

Evgeny Antufiev opens his solo exhibition, Exploring materials (full title Twelve, wood, dolphin, knife, bowl, mask, crystal, bones and marble – fusion. Exploring materials this Sunday 17 February. As his first exhibition in Italy, this presentation marks the completion of a project for Collezione Maramotti. Antufiev makes constant use of a variety of objects and materials that appear to have no obvious connection to one another — cloth, crystals, meteorites, bones, hair, teeth, glue, snake skins, insects, marble, wood. However within his installations they are transformed as they fuse into one another and come to be involved in a process that’s reminiscent of alchemy. 

Aesthetica Art Prize’s First Major Exhibition, York

International artwork will be showcased in York this spring, from 8 March until 28 April, as the Aesthetica Art Prize launches its first major exhibition. In a celebration of contemporary art, innovative and outstanding works shortlisted from the Aesthetica Art Prize will be displayed in the enchanting setting of York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. The Art Prize is a platform for emerging contemporary artists from across the world to bring their work to a wider audience.

Interview with Adeline De Monseignat on her exhibition with Berndnaut Smilde: The Uncanny at Ronchini Gallery, London

The Ronchini Gallery currently boasts the artwork of Adeline De Monseignat and Berndnaut Smilde in The Uncanny exhibition curated by James Putnam. The exhibition embodies the idea of Freud’s concept as well as the juxtaposition of opposing mediums and notions. Drawn together in the works of two differing perceptions, the idea of the uncanny can be aesthetically proven to exist. Aesthetica talks to Adeline for some insight into her art.