Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson: England and Wales 1969 at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

The work of two leading world figures within the Land Art movement, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson are on show at John Hansard Gallery, in a new exhibition England and Wales 1969, seeking to examine a short but significant moment within their working life together: a trip made to the UK in August and September 1969. Prompted by Smithson’s inclusion in the seminal ICA exhibition When Attitudes Become Form, Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt came to the UK and spent one month travelling together to various sites in England and Wales, from Chesil Beach, Dorset to Old Sarum, Wiltshire, Oxted chalk quarry in Surrey and Pembrokeshire, Wales. The exhibition provides an immersive overview of this journey, bringing together, for the first time, photographic and sculptural works produced by Holt and Smithson throughout.

Interview with Bruce Munro on his latest exhibition: Light

Internationally renowned British artist Bruce Munro will open Light, an exhibition of 10 breathtaking, large-scale outdoor and indoor lighting installations coupled with indoor sculptures, at Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art from 24 May through 10 November. The exhibit will include four installations never before seen in the U.S. Using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing optical fiber, Munro will transform Cheekwood’s magnificent gardens, manicured grounds and rolling hills into an enchanting, iridescent landscape that emerges organically at nightfall. Aesthetica spoke to Bruce on his latest exhibition and what to look out for in the future.

My Neighbourhood, Short Film from ASFF

Directed and produced by Julia Bacha & Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, My Neighbourhood is a short film by Just Vision, exploring the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis in the midst of a transition championing human compassion. After Mohammed El Kurd, a Palestinian teenager finds himself forced to give up his home to Israeli settlers, local residents begin protests which Israelis unexpectedly start to join and support. A documentary of unexpected co-operation, My Neighbourhood demonstrates an account of Israelis and Palestinians finding common ground in the common good, untainted by ingrained orientation. The film was part of the official selection for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 as part of the Documentary series, and won the Peabody Award 2012, Warsaw Jewish Film Festival and the Al Jazeera Doc Festival 2012. There is still chance to submit a short film for ASFF 2013, which runs 7 – 10 November across the city of York. The final deadline for submissions is 31 May.


Takesada Matsutani: A Matrix at Hauser & Wirth

Entering Hauser & Wirth’s South Savile Row gallery I find I’ve stumbled into a press conference. Takesada Matsutani is taking questions about a piece on the floor just in front of him. The work is a recently enacted performance (or more specifically, the remnants from one) titled Hauser & Wirth, London and dated 2013. Despite the name, this is neither the first time that this work has been enacted nor the first the place in which it was shown. In every instance of performance the name and date of the work is changed, separating it from all other versions and demarcating it as a unique action in time.

Daniele Tamagni: Global Style Battles, London

Italian photographer,  Daniele Tamagni, comes to ArtEco to exhibit a collection of works from 2007 to date. Global Style Battles is a diverse selection of images, celebrating music and fashion in a colourful display of photographic skill. Running 24 May until 22 June, the showcase includes pieces like The Flying Cholitas, Playboys of Bacongo, Havana Glam and Afrometal. A street photographer,  Tamagni has traveled to places as exotic as Africa and Cuba. 

JP, Auclair Street Segment from All.I.Can, Short Film from ASFF

An unparalleled cinematic experience, All I Can is a stunning exploratory film that compares the trials of big mountain skiing to the challenges of global climate change. Shot on six continents over two years, the world’s best skiers deliver inspirational performances while ground-breaking cinematography expands our vision of the natural world. This production featured in Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 as part of the Experimental Films series. There is still chance to submit a short film for ASFF 2013, which runs 7 – 10 November across the city of York. The final deadline for submissions is 31 May.


Review of Keith Haring: A Political Line at Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris

A major new two-part retrospective is being staged at Paris’ Centquatre gallery and the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. The subject: Keith Haring’s political line as bodied forth in his densely symbolic and instantly recognisable artwork. The show brings together some 250 pieces, some of which have never seen the inside of a gallery before, including posters created illegally by Haring on the New York subway.


Above As Below, Short Film from ASFF

Simple yet haunting, Michelle Arbon’s animation Above as Below follows the journey of a young soldier during his first experience of war. Inspired by the beautiful and harrowing poetry of the Second World War, the film captures the desperation and chaos of the front line by focusing on one individual’s struggle against this alien environment. Screened at over 15 festivals internationally, Above as Below was part of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 animation line up and was on view at Bar Lane Studios, a combined arts space in the heart of York. There is still chance to submit a short film for ASFF 2013, which runs 7 – 10 November across the city of York. The final deadline for submissions is 31 May.


Michael Landy: Saints Alive, The National Gallery, London

Michael Landy’s (b. 1963) kinetic sculptures appear in his new exhibition Saints Alive, opening 23 May at The National Gallery. Inspired by works in the Gallery’s collection, Michael Landy: Saints Alive is the culmination of Landy’s position as the Gallery’s current Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist in residence. Focusing on several saints, Landy’s skill and imagination is demonstrated through his interest in the holy figures as he portrays a colourful portrait of their lives, stories and attributes. Featuring seven large-scale sculptures, the huge figures capture the drama of each saint’s life.

Where’s My Supermalt? Short Film from ASFF

Where’s my Supermalt? is a two minute tongue in cheek comedy, revolving around impatient Toby who finds himself in a situation after ordering his favourite drink. Where’s my Supermalt? was directed and produced by Daniel Onyia and shortlisted and screened at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). There is still chance to submit a short film for ASFF 2013, which runs 7 – 10 November across the city of York. The final deadline for submissions is 31 May.

Reduction Study (Ping Pong), Short Film from ASFF

A research-based investigation, Reduction Study (Ping Pong) explores foreign accent perception in relation to social identity and cultural standardisation. In an attempt to understand the concept of reducing one’s native accent the artist, who speaks English as her second language in the United States, takes part in an accent reduction class. She has interviewed linguists, accent coaches and students to discover more about what an accent can represent as part of one’s identity. The ping pong balls in the film are symbols for communication and miss-communication. This film featured in the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 and was included in the Artists’ Films series. There is still chance to submit a short film for ASFF 2013, which runs 7 – 10 November across the city of York. The final deadline for submissions is 31 May.


Zhuang Hui and Dan’er: 11 Degrees Incline at Art Basel Hong Kong

Artistic duo Zhuang Hui and Dan’er exhibit their new work, 11 Degrees Incline, at Art Basel Hong Kong, which runs 23 – 26 May. Representing the Magician Space, Beijing, the pair have collaborated since 2005, working together on Leftover Material from The Carpenters, where they replicated 27 pieces of debris produced by carpenters. Celebrating the inaugural Art Basel Hong Kong art fair, the work will form part of the new Encounters section, a large-scale international collection of works sited around prominent positions throughout the fair.