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


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.


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.


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?


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.  


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.


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.