Donald Judd, David Zwirner Gallery, London

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.

Review of Idris Khan: Beyond the Black at Victoria Miro, London

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 Hotel, Breda, Netherlands

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 9’/ Unlimited, Reggio Emilia

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.

Interview with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Director, Alexandra Damiani

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: Walk on the Wild Side at Portland Gallery, London

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.


Buy Art Fair, Manchester

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.

Review of Jacqueline Hassink at The Wapping Project, London

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.

Pentti Sammallahti: Here, Far Away, The Photographers’ Gallery

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.


Interview with Rufio Summers

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, SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum

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: The Light and The Veil, Millenium Gallery St Ives

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.

Warp Films Release a Deluxe Limited Edition WarpFilms10 Book & DVD Set

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Warp Films, a deluxe limited edition WarpFilms10 Book & DVD Set will be released and is available to pre-order now from Bleep.comThe book features exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and unreleased archive materials from Warp Films’ projects from the last 10 years, along with a 3-panel DVD book containing 10 DVDs of key Warp Films productions. 


Tobias Zielony: Jenny Jenny, Berlinische Galerie

Tobias Zielony’s exhibition Jenny Jenny (2011 – 13) examines the consequences that the global recession has left on the USA, the most prolific and powerful country on the planet. With a deep rooted and seething undercurrent of treacherous social abandon, Jenny Jenny displays a large series of photographs in one of the Berlinische Galerie’s smaller rooms. The walls are a pristine white, and the lighting is impeccably clinical, which together creates a sterile environment that intensifies the deprivation and desperation.


Melanie Friend: The Home Front, Impressions Gallery

Uniting three related photographic collections, Melanie Friend’s The Home Front  at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, explores the civilian experience of war. With a particular focus on public air shows that take place at Royal Air Force bases, and in the skies above seaside resorts, the images are stark and objective in their depiction of army-related activity. The first series details large beachscapes that are temporarily militarised by the fleeting roar of fighter jets, whilst children and holidaymakers look up from below. Nostalgia for World War II is evoked by the display of “warbirds” such as the Lancaster Bomber, whilst contemporary jets such as the Tornado, recently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, also appear.

Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy, International Center of Photography

In a two-story house on Governor’s Island, Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy presents prints and slides of black and white and colour photographs shot throughout the New York area during the storm of 2012. Pinned to the walls in somewhat thematic groups 100 8” x 10” prints fill two rooms on the first floor. With no clear entry point to the exhibit, it can be accessed by either of two doors.


RECON Festival, Leeds and Bradford

RECON is a series of pioneering music, art and film events culminating 22 – 29 September across Leeds and Bradford. Bringing together  innovators, experimenters, risk-takers, mavericks and outsiders working creatively across the various genres, the event is a celebration of the expansion of boundaries in the artistic world. Including multiple sites and venues, activities will be held at The Brudenell Social Club, Howard Assembly Rooms, Hyde Park Picture House, The New Bradford Playhouse, Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, Wharf Chambers and also in the public domain.

Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam

From 26 until 29 September Unseen Photo Fair will take over the Westergasfabriek area in Amsterdam. With a campaign image shot by internationally acclaimed photographer Viviane Sassen, the second edition of the fair looks to promote work by emerging talents and otherwise unseen pieces. Sassen will also appear within the event too and her representing gallery, Stevenson, will exhibit  a unique solo show of work never seen before.


Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival opens on 25 September and this year includes an ambitious lineup, bringing a programme of film premieres, installations and special guests to transform the seaside town of Berwick-upon-Tweed into one big cinema screen for this year’s action packed Festival!

Bora Aksu Spring/Summer 2014 Catwalk (The Opening Show of London Fashion Week), Somerset House, LONDON,

Born and raised in the Aegean town of İzmir, Turkey, to a family of doctors, Bora Aksu trained at the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design and this year celebrated his 10th year participation in the London Fashion Week with a dazzling opening show sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. While sitting and waiting for the show to commence, there was a noticeable level of enthusiasm and excitement amongst fashion-lovers. What is so fascinating is Aksu’s skill in putting together an incredible spectacle with his choice of music and fabrics, designs and emotions, cultural differences and a synthesis of Turkish culture and western tastes. Chiffon, silk tulles, hand woven textiles which he purchased from village women in Şirince and Nazarköy in Turkey adorns the light, tom-boyish outfits with splashes of hidden femininity and naivety.


Body/Head, MCA Chicago

The co-founder and bassist of Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon, returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) to perform as Body/Head, a project with free-noise guitarist Bill Nace. The duo began after Sonic Youth broke up in 2011 as an instrumental side project and now features scripted improvisation and songs with vocals by Gordon. Using a slow-motion film projection as their backdrop, the pair creates a dream-like narrative of guitar instrumentations, feedback, and vocals. The MCA Stage concert marks the Chicago debut of Body/Head and is part of a national tour to support the release of the band’s double album, Coming Apart, which came out 10 September. 


Review of Trouble Meets Trouble and Other Recent Works: Stephen Chambers at The Wills Lane, St Ives

Trouble Meets Trouble and Other Recent Works is the menacing title of Stephen Chambers RA’s latest exhibition at the Wills Lane Gallery in St Ives. It refers to a series of etchings portraying characters from the world of literature, politics, history and even radio. Alone, they are highly patterned and iconic, with strong outlines, engaged in characteristic poses recalling their life’s achievements. Hung side by side, The Archers’ Clarrie Grundy, Winston Churchill, Dr Foster from the children’s nursery rhyme, Australian outlaw Ned Kelly and the Hindu goddess Kali seem to create sparks of conversation with each other and histories merge together on the white gallery wall. Chambers even paints his characteristic empty speech bubbles around some of the portraits to emphasise their inaudible monologues.

Raindance Film Festival

Europe’s leading independent film festival, Raindance returns to Piccadily Circus, London, this September. Running 25 September until 6 October the event aims to nurture, support and promote independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world. Over the 21 years Raindance has been running, the festival has hosted such guests and filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Shane Meadows, Ken Loach, Marky Ramone, Iggy Pop, Anton Corbijn, Quentin Tarantino, Faye Dunaway and Lou Reed. Over the last few years our international Jury has included Lemmy, Charles Saatchi, Armando Iannucci and Tom Waits.


Taner Ceylan: Lost Paintings Series, New York

Turkish artist Taner Ceylan’s Lost Painting Series opens this September at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York. Running 18 September until 26 October, this will be the artist’s first exhibition at the gallery. Well-known for his provoking and emotional realism paintings, Ceylan began this collection as a contemporary exploration of the Orientalist gaze in all its facets. Subverting both western and eastern master narratives, the images depict Eastern figures in a fascinating navigation of history, power and stories.

Bharat Sikka: Matter, Amsterdam

Matter is a new series of works by photographer Bharat Sikka. Featured on the cover of Aesthetica Issue 52, Sikka is an outstanding photographer commissioned by the likes of  The New York Times, Wallpaper, Vanity Fair and Vogue India. His new images are in a variety of formats, blending studio, street, landscape and portrait photography into a reflection of the “new” India, an ancient culture colliding with contemporary realities. From 25 September until 29 September his photos will appear as part of the Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam at The KunstKerk


Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art: Everywhere But Now

The Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art opens to the public 19 September under the thought provoking title, Everywhere But Now. Relating to the questions of space and time, the exhibition brings together various artists including, Marina Abramović (Serbia), Khaled Jarrar (Palestine), Haris Epaminonda (Cyprus), Peter Wüthrich (Switzerland) and many more. Everywhere But Now will be both powerful and personal as audiences are offered the opportunity to speak to the artists directly.


Formento+Formento: Circumstance

This September Formento+Formento celebrates the launch of a new artbook, Circumstance. The book will be released by YellowKorner internationally and will arrive in the UK on 12 September and in France on 18 September. The photographic duo, made up of BJ and Rochelle Formento, will attend a special evening event on Wednesday 18 September at the YellowKorner gallery in the Pompidou centre. Featured on two covers of Aesthetica, Formento+Formento’s striking frames uncover cinematic beauty and theatrical stories.

Review of Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me at Somerset House, London

A host of female characters inhabits a long hall of a space in this major retrospective of photographer Miles Aldridge’s work. In this assembly of stereotypes, actress-models inhabit and reinterpret the familiar costumes and stances of the film noir femme fatale; the medieval icon, eyes brimming with ecstatic virginity and pearly tears; the desperate housewife beset with near comedic anxiety; and the helpless overindulger, guilty at the expense she incurs and the food she consumes (a red raw steak tartare in A Precious Glam #2 (2011), an enormous coke and bucket of popcorn in 3-D (2010)). I Only Want You to Love Me is a picture of excess  conveyed as flawed but ultimately addictive: Aldridge lights and frames his visions of excess with a love of acid tones and symmetry that encourages the viewer to indulge in concert with his subjects.


Country Matters, London

Bringing together the work of  Bert Hardy, Roger Mayne, Tony Ray-Jones, Colin Jones, Chris Killip, Homer Sykes, Sirkka-Liisa Kontinnen, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Anna Fox and Ken Grant, Country Matters at James Hyman, London, is an exhibition of photographic greats. Running 11 September until 11 October, the show includes black and white shots from the 1940s to the present day that reflect a range of responses to English society. 


The purpose of the PHOTOQUAI photography biennale is to highlight the best photography from across the globe. Since its creation in 2007 there have been four editions, giving exposure to 200 photographers, most of them unpublished in France. Running 17 September until 17 November, the festival seeks to make publicly known non-Western artists whose work remains unpublished or little known in France, to encourage the exchange of ideas and an interchange of perspectives of the world.

Interview with BAFTA award-winning sound recordist, Chris Watson

Chris Watson is one of the UK’s pre-eminent sound recordists. He has worked all over the globe and won a BAFTA in 2012 for his soundtrack on David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet series. This September, Watson’s exhibition Inside the Circle of Fire will transform Millenium Gallery, Sheffield, turning it into an immersive sound-map of the city, where the recordist grew up. Watson speaks to Aesthetica about his journey through Sheffield and his approach to sound.

Review of Kool-Aid Wino at Franklin Street Works, Stamford

A mysterious final word ‘mayonnaise’ is how Richard Brautigan ended his most well known book, Trout Fishing in America. The title for the current group exhibition at Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT takes its name, Kool-Aid Wino, from one of the chapters in the book. It is a story about a disabled child in a poor family who becomes addicted to Kool-Aid (without even adding sugar) in the same way that an unemployed adult might become an alcoholic. Sad, funny, and slightly absurd sums up the story, as with most of the Brautigan’s work. Clare Barliant, who curated Kool-Aid Wino, employs Brautigan’s method of trial-and-error writing to form the basis of this show. It has been speculated that the word ‘mayonnaise’ was not supposed to be added to the book, but that Brautigan accepted the error as a serendipitous slip. This is what Barliant champions: that some of the most successful pieces of art are riddled with mistakes that have triumphed instead of travestied.


Docks Art Fair, Lyon

Founded in 2007, Docks Art Fair celebrates its fourth year by taking up a permanent site. Since its conception, the event has become a centre for art lovers and this year it leaves its temporary structure and moves a few 100 meters to the south of the Sucrière, home to the Biennial of Lyon, at the tip of the Confluence. The new building is a steel and glass structure, lovingly planned by architect Odile Decq. Running 12 – 15 September, the new solid foundations of the event reflect the evolution of the fair as permanent feature of the contemporary art market.

Review of Lucy + Jorge Orta at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Lucy and Jorge Orta have worked in collaboration in various media since 1991. The general thrust of their work is located in the exploration of responses to global concerns surrounding issues of survival and sustainability. The exhibition now housed within The Longside Gallery at Yorkshire Sculpture Park centres around the subject of Water. It is a highly thought-provoking exhibition. Aesthetically, the viewer finds continuity throughout the exhibition. Most striking, however, is the implicit comparison drawn between geographical regions of starkly unequal access to water. Such inequalities are given greater force by the meditative aftertaste of what, at first glance, impresses for its cheerful innocence in the aesthetic.


Shortlist for New Sensations Prize

Channel 4 and The Saatchi Gallery have announced the shortlist and finalists for this year’s New Sensations Prize. The work of 20 young artists will be exhibited in a show in London opening 12 October. Highly competitive, the final selection is comprised of 20 graduates from BA and MA courses at UK and the Republic of Ireland colleges and universities. The artists have been chosen by a judging panel made up of Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin; Nick Hackworth, founder of Paradise Row, London; Ossian Ward, formerly visual arts editor of Time Out and now at the Lisson Gallery, London; Tabitha Jackson, Commissioning Editor, Arts, Channel 4; and Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator, Saatchi Online and Director, Saatchi Gallery.


Garry Fabian Miller: Voyage, London

Garry Fabian Miller’s new series, Voyage, marks the close of a 37-year chapter and represents an exciting new direction for the artist. HackelBury Fine Art, London, opens the debut of the collection this September and celebrates this pivotal moment in his career through bringing together a set of 40 newly released images from his very first series: Sections of England: The Sea Horizon, 1976-77. For his recent works Fabian Miller was prompted by the discontinuation of the dye destruction process, and he makes a final return to the subject of the horizon using the last stock of Cibachrome paper.

Review of Indifferent Matter: From Object to Sculpture at Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

Currently exhibited at the Henry Moore Institute the visitor finds sculptures by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Robert Smithson, Hans Haacke and Andy Warhol. Works by these American artists can be found alongside ancient objects.

Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, USA

Combining leading figures from the worlds of art, music, culinary and literature, Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening returns this September. Made up of nine events, the festival will take place in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Station to Station is the newest project from artist Doug Aitken and is a platform for experimentation that unites artists, musicians, and cultural icons with a variety of communities for a stream of interventions and site-specific happenings. Opening 6 September the following three weeks will see a train travelling from the Atlantic to the Pacific, making nine stops on the way, each time for a one-night only live event.

Elad Lassry at 303 Gallery, New York

What is the philosophical location of a picture? Working with images culled from advertising, films, illustrated magazines, and commercial catalogues, Lassry lifts them out of their original contexts, alters them, and radically destabilises their function. He not only points to the processes of photographic production and reproduction (underscoring the idea that a picture de facto relates to other pictures), but also to the material attributes of the picture as an object. In his rigorously formatted photographs, which never exceed the dimensions of a magazine page or spread, Lassry elaborates on the potential of a photograph to exist as a sculpture. Often displayed in frames that derive their saturated colours from the dominant hues in the pictures, or more recently featuring pleated sheets of 4-ply silk affixed to the frame, his works “stretch” the concept of image-making. Taken as a whole, Lassry’s works create an archive of significations, of images that critically investigate other images, which leads to more elastic ways of articulating representation. On 12 September Lassry will showcase a selection of his new work at 303 Gallery and will run until 26 October.

Saudade, 120x100cm, oil on  linen, 2012

Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down – Esther Nienhuis

Enter your work to the Aesthetica Art Prize today, as we have reached the deadline for registration. Committed to nurturing new and existing talent, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a fantastic opportunity for both budding and established artists to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Now in its sixth year the competition is a celebration of visual art, inviting artists to submit imaginative and innovative work that pushes the boundaries of their chosen medium.