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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Photography for Middlesbrough Borough Council Summer 2008

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.


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.


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.


Adam Chodzko: Room for Laarni, Image Moderator, London

Adam Chodzko launches his first solo exhibition at Marlborough Contemporary from 6 November until 21 December with a brand new multimedia project, Room for Laarni, Image Moderator. Showcasing Chodzko’s fascination with the individual, the “crowd” and the network of relationships that form in society, the show focuses upon image moderator character, Laarni, who streams images across Western social media networks, checking for the most extreme content shifting across the technological waves.


5 To See This Weekend

With the rain lapping down and the streets turning grey, this weekend is certainly one for sheltering away in a warm gallery with some of the world’s best exhibitions for company. Whether you’re in the mood for the cheerily colourful or the stripped back and reflective, there’s bound to be something in the art world to keep out the cold this Saturday and Sunday. Here are a few ideas of shows you might like to try.


Review of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London

In the catalogue prepared for the first ever Contemporary African Art Fair to take place in the world, the foreword by Koyo Kouoh, the fair’s Cameroon-born artistic director, draws attention to many important aspects of the fair. However, one of the most crucial points she makes is as follows: “The global reception of African art has morphed from the shadows of dusk into the splendour of rose in the course of a decade.” Just as it has been with Middle Eastern art in the last decade, African art has also been on the global artistic agenda. Bringing together 54 African countries under one roof, as well as 70 emerging and established artists, the fair comprises of 15 exhibitors from Abidjan to Lagos. The variety of art produced across African countries; sculptures, photography, paintings, installations, mixed-media pieces of completely different artistic movements all reflect the richness of Africa’s history and geography as well as the contemporary cultural abundance inherent within the infrastructure of the continent.

Review of Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Damien Hirst: Candy at Blain | Southern, London

The surprisingly captivating marriage of Gonzalez-Torres and Hirst sounds like a much worse idea than it actually is. Take an endless, amorphous, intellectually charged installation by a brilliant dead conceptual artist, and pair it with some second-rate paintings by a living conceptual artists who is better known for the depth of his wealth than of his work, and you have the perfect show for Frieze.


Live Cinema, Artists’ Film and the Crossover Between Mainstream & Experimental Cinema at ASFF

This year at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), running from 7 to 10 November in York, audiences will have the opportunity to engage not only with mainstream cinema, but also experience a programme of thought-provoking artists’ film. This year’s event will exhibit the festival’s strong links with the world of contemporary art, showcasing a line-up of outstanding artists’ films and related masterclasses.


Appreciating Aspects of Art, Weetwood Hall, Leeds

Weetwood Hall on the outskirts of Leeds, plays host to an art conference offering eight speakers the chance to produce a convention that will cover the less familiar side of art. Examining the difference between artist intent and audience reception, Appreciating Aspects of Art considers how to define, curate and engage with art.  

In-Between, Rossi & Rossi, London

In conjunction with this Autumn’s Asian Art in London, Rossi & Rossi opens In-Between, an exhibition showcasing the artistic brilliance found in a group of Tibetan carved wood manuscript covers. Dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries, the varied covers will be presented alongside contemporary pieces produced in direct response to them. Nearly 30 new Tibetan sculptures and paintings are set to be on display and they each provide a commentary on the stunning survivors. Curated by Tenzing Rigdol, some of the artists involved are Marie-Dolma Chophel, Gade, Rabkar Wangchuk and Palden Weinreb, besides many more. 


Jim Shaw: Archives, Chalet Society, Paris

For their second exhibition, the Chalet Society has focused upon Californian artist, Jim Shaw. From 24 October until 24 January Shaw’s 40-year practice will be under the spotlight. The artist has produced a significant number of  incredible paintings, drawings, videos, installations and performances. He is also a compulsive collector, drawing his inspiration from pop culture pieces, comic books, rock music, B movies and amateur paintings. As the title of the showcase suggests, it will be Shaw’s extensive archive of collected memorabilia on display rather than his own artwork. 


Mitra Tabrizian: Leicestershire, The Wapping Project, Bankside, London

Mitra Tabrizian’s new series Leicestershire makes its UK debut at The Wapping Project Bankside from 8 November to January 2014, showcasing a selection of near-dystopian shots taken in the county still bearing the marks and memories of its once central position in the textile and hosiery industry.


Review of Irving Penn: On Assignment at Pace and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

Irving Penn: On Assignment is an eclectic collection of photographs and media taken or published between the 1940s and 2008. Yet there is a unity to the pictures that derives from excellence. Beyond the artistic vision and pushing-the-envelope elaboration of form and style of the images as pictures or icons which many before have archived in the annals of art and media history, there is also the total mastery by Penn of the print.


Wolfgang Tillmans: Central Nervous System, Maureen Paley

Wolfgang Tillmans returns to Maureen Paley for his seventh solo show at the gallery. Until 24 November his exhibition, central nervous system, is both a departure from and a continuation of his Neue Welt project (a study that develops ways of capturing and printing imagery using advanced digital technology). This new showcase presents a revived exploration into portraiture for Tillmans and focuses on a single subject throughout the works.


Review of the Turner Conemporary’s simultaneous exhibitions: Dorothy Cross and Turner and Constable

Two exhibitions that seem, on first impressions, worlds apart have opened, simultaneously, at Turner Contemporary, Margate. Dorothy Cross Connemara and Turner And Constable: Sketching From Nature, Works from The Tate Collection straddle an almost two-century gap, contemporary mixed-media on one side, Romantic painting on the other. However, despite their differences, the two exhibitions complement one another well. The organic, poetic and quietly thoughtful works of Dorothy Cross conjure the smell of salt air and visions of the sea. Tabernacle (2013), a video installation, for example, brings the sound of waves crashing into the gallery space. The physical elements of Cross’ exhibition too, composed mainly of materials taken from the shore – sundried sharkskin, stretched over the shell of an eroded boat, the bones of a whale, strung up over a rusted bucket – carry with them, even within the sterile context of the gallery, the memory of their place of origin. Cross’ exhibition slips, quite effortlessly, into the other, Turner And Constable: Sketching From Nature, in which, through heavy, dark and rich oils, landscape and seascape are obsessively represented and reproduced.


Philippe Parreno: Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

The iconic Palais de Tokyo undergoes a radical transformation at the hand of internationally renown artist, Philippe Parreno, from 23 October until 12 January 2014. Having worked across film, sculpture, performance, drawing and text, Parreno turns his attention to the exhibition as a medium in and of itself, playing with the architectural possibilities of the space in which art is displayed as the springboard for this latest show.


Review of Zoe Strauss: 10 Years at the International Center of Photography, New York

Zoe Strauss’s most interesting work may be her most abstract — pictures of construction materials, earth moving machines, geometry of interiors and exterior façades, lights in a night sky. But it is easy to see why critical attention is mostly directed toward her man-in-the-street images. She captures with uncanny precision the psychoses and traumas, sometimes jubilant, of the harrowed and haunted underclass. While there may be an aura of celebration in some of the direct and jaunty portraits she takes, ultimately a vaunted sense of ego captured photographically cannot transcend an obvious underlying marginality.


FIAC, Paris

With an interest in the challenges and changes in the art world, FIAC returns for its 40th edition to asses the industry it has been a part of for several decades. Opening on 24 October and running until 27, the fair aims to be creative and responsive while maintaining a spirit of continuity. The participating galleries went through a rigorous selection process in order to maintain high standards, and they also represent a balanced view of modern art, contemporary art and emerging artists.


Review of Frieze London

Frieze London is over for another year and now is the time to reflect upon the many works on display. Drawing visitors in immediately was Dan Graham’s plexiglas spiral sculpture that enabled a moment to consider the art and the surrounding crowds. Perhaps this single show-stopping piece on view at Lisson Gallery’s booth served as a metaphor for the carefully curated array of art exhibited, as audiences were lured in by the presentation and then instantly moved on to see what was next.


5 To See This Weekend

As October charges on ahead, hurtling towards a season of winter festivities and celebrations, this weekend offers an ideal chance to take a pit stop before all the revelry begins. Soon clocks change and figures of Hallowe’en and even Christmas time emerge so make the most of one of the last autumn weekends by indulging in some of the very best exhibitions and events across the globe. Here’s a list of our top suggestions for this Saturday and Sunday.

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The Social: Encountering Photography, Sunderland

Opening today, The Social: Encountering Photography is the first festival of international contemporary photography in the north-east of England. The event collates new commissions and UK premieres with iconic works from leading international practitioners in museums, galleries and found spaces across the region. Running until 23 February, the images are spread between Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens,  Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and a selection of other venues.


Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, Guggenheim Museum, New York

After touring the globe offering free programmes and projects concerned with the urban, the BMW Guggenheim Lab has finally returned home to New York with a final exhibition. Running until 5 January, the exhibition showcases some of the best contributors and Lab team members who helped bring the project to life throughout their international journey.


Interview with the Director of BERLONI Gallery, Robin Mann

BERLONI, formerly EB&Flow, has opened a new space in central London this Frieze week. Launching with an exhibition by Artists Anonymous, the new gallery takes over the entirety of the three-story, Margaret Street space with a surreal distortion of its interiors. The building will be transformed by real trees, turf and Victorian wallpaper, and audiences will find themselves in an unnatural ecosystem. Aesthetica speaks to Robin Mann, who co-directs the gallery with Margherita Berloni, about the show and his enjoyment of Frieze London.


Mira Schendel, Tate Modern, London

For the first time Tate Modern will stage an international comprehensive survey of the work of Mira Schendel (1919-1988). As one of Latin America’s most important and prolific post-war artists, she has made an influential contribution to the art world. Along with her contemporaries Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Schendel reinvented the language of European Modernism in Brazil. Running until 19 January, the exhibition exemplifies how Tate is continuing to rethink and re-present the history of modern and contemporary art by showcasing those working outside of USA and Europe. 

Review of Yayoi Kusama: White Infinity Nets at Victoria Miro, London

As intricate as they are intriguing, Yayoi Kusama’s White Infinity Nets pull the viewer into the depths of the artist’s psychedelic perspective of the world and leaves you, in fact, seeing dots.


Volker Hüller: New Paintings, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

In this first exhibition dedicated exclusively to his paintings, London’s Timothy Taylor Gallery celebrates the work of Berlin-based artist, Volker Hüller (b.1976). Noting a decided move from figuration towards the abstract, this show creates dense, disjointed and textured webs as materials merge and ideas combine in canvas collages.

Georgina Starr: Before Le Cerveau Affamé at Cooper Gallery, Dundee

British artist Georgina Starr’s Before Le Cerveau Affamé, currently on show at Cooper Gallery, curated by Sophia Hao, is an adventure from a sleepless mind.


Asli Çavuşoğlu: Murder in Three Acts, Delfina Foundation, London

Cynics may say the art fair is always a kind a crime scene, where culture is mercilessly sold as commodity in the service of capitalism rather than enlightenment. Asli Çavuşoğlu’s Murder in Three Acts (2012) is a thrilling allegorical exploration of this theme, which has its UK premiere just as the crowds gather for the madness of Frieze Art Fair.


Mike Kelley, MoMA, New York

From his dark and delirious examinations of the self and society, Mike Kelley made a name for himself as an artist of international influence. This new exhibition at MoMA is the largest of the artist’s work to-date and the first comprehensive survey since 1993. Running until 2 February, over 200 of his works come together in a showcase that encompasses his most powerful ideas from American class relations to post-punk politics.

Interview with artist Kari de Koenigswarter

Born in Mexico, Kari de Koenigswarter works in Edinburgh. Her art centres on land, sea and skyscapes, from the macro to the microscopic. Exploring the world through the medium of beeswax and raw pigments gives her an understanding of how it evolved. Aesthetica spoke to Kari to find out more about her work and future plans.


Interview with John Cheim of Cheim & Read

John Cheim is primarily known as one half of influential New York gallery Cheim & Read. However, Cheim is also an outstanding book designer and has produced a number of important artist publications over the last 30 years including monographs on Louise Bourgeois, Alice Nell, Jack Pierson and Bruce Weber, to a name a few. From 15 October until 17 November his work appears at the ICA in a presentation that sheds light on his career as a book designer. Aesthetica speaks to Cheim about his design projects and his new exhibition.