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Australia: Contemporary Voices, The Fine Art Society Contemporary

Bringing together a group exhibition of 20 young to mid-career artists from Australia, The Fine Art Society Contemporary examines the current masterpieces coming out of the country from 13 November until 21 December. Chosen by Guest Curator Geoffrey Cassidy, the works do not necessarily reflect the stereotypical landscape art to come out of Australia previously. The pieces in Australia: Contemporary Voices offer an alternative narrative, highlighting the complexities of the urban society.

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Diane Arbus 1971–1956, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

During her brief 15-year career Diane Arbus (b.1923) made a bold and singular impression on photography: one which is underlined and celebrated in this retrospective at  Fraenkel Gallery, running from 31 October until 28 December. Always concerned with obscuring the familiar and uncovering the exotic in the everyday, this exhibition traces Arbus’ interests and obsessions from her first negative until her final work.

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Win a Weekend Pass for ASFF 2013

Now an established and dynamic player on the UK film festival circuit, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world and an outlet for championing and supporting short filmmaking. Running 7-10 November across the city of York, the event also includes a series of masterclasses offering insights into the industry.

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Interview with Actor and Director Fiona Shaw

Actor and director Fiona Shaw is currently presenting her version of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne. This is Glyndebourne’s first production of Britten’s masterpiece since its world premiere at the opera house in 1946. Britten created this opera with the poet Ronald Duncan and their close collaboration produced a tightly focused treatment of a legend which has acquired numerous layers in painting, poetry and drama. On 28 November there will be a special performance aimed at the under-30s where all seats are just £20. We speak to director, Shaw, about her approach to this piece.

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Bill Woodrow RA, Burlington Gardens, London

Renowned for transforming the domestic and everyday urban objects into sculpture, Burlington Gardens, the Royal Academy’s new venue for contemporary art, comprises over 50 pieces from Bill Woodrow’s (b.1948) oeuvre in a new exhibition, running from 7 November until 16 February 2014.

Review of Chris Burden: Extreme Measures at New Museum, New York

Chris Burden, a master of many modes of expression, would have found favour with the Renaissance Humanists. But his capacity with design, architecture and engineering dominates the current exhibition at the New Museum, Chris Burden: Extreme Measures.  Each floor showcases only a few works, as most are either very heavy, expansive, or both. But the intricacy within each example is quite dense with many layers of nuance and meaning, suggested and inferred.

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German Design Past-Present, Czech Centre Prague

The Czech Centre Prague maps the development of German design from the late 19th century up to the present day in this largest exhibition of its kind, from 4 October until 28 November. Taken from the hidden-away store rooms of Die Neue Sammlung, The International Design Museum of Munich, a selection of the classics and the unexpected are complied especially for this latest show.

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Patrick Lichfield’s Carribean, The Little Black Gallery

Covering all genres of Patrick Lichfield’s photography, landscape, portraiture, fashion and nudes, The Little Black Gallery displays the first exhibition of his Caribbean images. The artist was an internationally renowned photographer who produced work for a number of major magazines. His pictures have been presented worldwide, and he published several books during his career. The National Portrait Gallery dedicated a retrospective exhibition to the first 20 years of his practice in 2002.

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Art Cinema, mima, 1 December 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Art Cinema at The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) returns for a one-off special, showing another diverse selection of classic and contemporary artists’ films and videos. Previous events have included work by Salvador Dali, René Clair and Rachel Maclean. Curated by artist and filmmaker AJ Garrett, this year’s cinematic occasion guarantees its audiences an array of unusual sights and sounds. We share a run-down of what’s on at mima this autumn.

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Interview with Madelief Hohé, Curator of The Chanel Legend

The designs of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel have influenced and inspired designers for decades. The name Chanel is synonymous with the Paris fashion elite and the modern woman. Now directed by Karl Lagerfeld, the company goes from strength to strength. The Chanel Legend at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag explores the company and the creative directors in an extensive overview. We speak to curator Madelief Hohé about her approach to the Chanel archive and also the continued contribution of Lagerfeld on the industry.

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Performa 13, New York

New York City is transformed into the performance capital of the world as the biennial Performa returns for its fifth edition from 1- 24 November. The only such event dedicated to commissioning, presenting and exploring new visual art performance, 2013 sees more than 100 separate shows presented at over 40 venues with a consortium of over 50 arts institutions and curators. Celebrating the creative vitality of the city, the biennial both encompasses and aims to break down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design and the culinary arts.

Interview with artist David Johnson

David Johnson makes installations, usually using existing objects with projections or light.  His work is concerned with the basic nature of reality: mind and world, spirit and matter, being and nothingness: a sort of concrete metaphysics.  It is both matter and metaphor. David’s philosophical stance is quite idealist, so he is often concerned with the invisible. He doesn’t believe there is anything beyond this world but wants some sort of spirituality – an art which is contemplative and has the density of poetry.