David Zwirner Gallery London recently presented a cross section of work spanning the length of renowned minimal sculptor Donald Judd’s prolific career, marking the first seminal exhibition of his work since the Tate Modern’s 2004 retrospective. The show offers a fascinating discourse into the stigmas associated with minimal art. However, “minimal” is a title that Judd hastened to dismiss due to its generality. Instead the visual vocabulary within Judd’s work adheres to overtures of functionality and objectivity owing to the artist’s personal interest in furniture design.
The world according to Idris Khan is a dark place, where a monochrome veil shields the eye from the stark reality of the void. In this exhibition of new works, Khan grapples with the unintelligibility of language and bristling storms of black pigment to engage in a philosophical reflection on the possibility of transcendence.
MOTI, Museum of the Image, holds a unique collection of art that reflects the visual culture of modern society. From 28 September the gallery exhibits a special showcase of these works in MOTI Hotel. Featuring 20 international and national artists, the curators have invited the artist to be guests in the rooms at MOTI Hotel. Among those invited are Antoine Peters, Hendrik Vibskov, Piet Parra and Philips Design.
Beatrice Pediconi is an artist who produces work layered with mystery and intrigue. Her exhibition 9’/ Unlimited opens 6 October and runs until 31 January at Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia. The artist is constantly drawn to water and this reappears throughout her collections, including Subtle Bodies, texts written in ink during 2006, the blue series of Untitled works of 2009, in which the artist made use of plaster and powders, and also her Red works of 2011, where she carried out experiments with various organic materials.
New York’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet was founded in 2003 and since its beginnings has forged a strong reputation over the past decade for the exceptional calibre of its dancers and for commissioning new work from the world’s most sought after choreographers. Following its critically acclaimed UK debut at Sadler’s Wells in 2012, the company is returning to the UK for its first national British tour, which will visit five venues across the country from 27 September until 19 October. Aesthetica speaks to the company’s director Alexandra Damiani about their touring piece Triple Bill.
David Spiller’s first solo exhibition Walk on the Wild Side, opens tomorrow at Portland Gallery and will run until 18 October. The exhibition will focus on the British artist’s pioneering use of text, showing earlier pieces dating back to 1963 including I can’t give you anything but love and murder baby, as well as new works from 2013 including You must be an angel.
The largest art buying events in the North of England open later this week. Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary will return to Hardman Boulevard, Spinningfields, Manchester from 26 to 29 September. Following its unparalleled success in 2012, Buy Art Fair, the UK’s biggest contemporary art fair outside London, celebrates its sixth year, while its sister show, The Manchester Contemporary, will mark its fifth anniversary showcasing world-class, critically engaged contemporary art.
The Wapping Project’s smaller Bankside residence presents ten large-scale photographic prints from Dutch artist Jacqueline Hassink. View, Kyoto is the product of a ten-year exploration of Japanese gardens, and a visual study of the contrast between indoor and outdoor space, the juxtaposition of imperfect natural forms with sharp dynamic architecture – all set against a dramatic background of the changing of the seasons.
Spanning over nine countries from 1973 to 2007, Pentti Sammallahti’s work is an outstanding example of the beauty of black and white photography. His solo exhibition Here, Far Away at The Photographers’ Gallery opens 10 October and runs until 5 January. Showcasing over 20 images, the presentation will demonstrate the brilliance of Sammallathi’s landscape and figurative works.
The Shoreditch Fashion Show returns again this autumn. Running on 12 October, the second show for 2013 follows the success of the first in April. Hosted by OffBeat, the event includes a dynamic guest programme showcasing the best in emerging UK fashion design, art and music. The audience will get an exclusive preview of designs from young designers from the world’s top fashion colleges, notably the London College of Fashion and Central St.Martins. Aesthetica speaks to one of the music acts, Rufio Summers, about his participation in the event and his dream collaborations.
The Beginning is Always Today aims to look at whether the battles over gender equality and equal rights are still important. Exploring the concept of whether feminism is still relevant, SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum brings together 40 Scandinavian artists whose work addresses feminism in the last 20 years. In recent years the word “feminist” has become almost taboo in Norway and this exhibition seeks to uncover why the word holds such negative connotations and whether it is because the battle for equality is over.
Sax Impey is a Cornish artist, who was born in Penzance, trained at Newport in Wales, and now works in the historic Porthmeor Studios in St Ives. The Light and The Veil, his latest exhibition at the Millenium Gallery in St Ives, has one subject: The sea. Though he was within view of the sea for most of his childhood, Impey spent weeks on open water, navigating around the world’s oceans during a career delivering yachts around the world. The works in this exhibition are based upon one particular voyage off the coast of Spain.