Jeff Koons, Gagosian Gallery, Frieze, London

Gagosian Gallery will be participating in Frieze London with an installation of  five major works by Jeff Koons. The pieces included are Ribbon, Cat on a Clothesline (Yellow), Sacred Heart, Lobster and Titi Tire. Koons uses diverse sources, such as children’s art, comic-book characters and figures from classical antiquity, to capture the attention of his audiences.


Jeff Elrod, Simon Lee Gallery, London

For the first time Texas and New York-based artist Jeff Elrod appears in a solo exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery, London. Following an acclaimed exhibition at MoMA in New York earlier this year, the pieces chosen are from a new body of large-scale abstract paintings concerned with the relationship between hand-painted and digitally created mark-making. Running 15 October until 23 November, Elrod’s practice is informed by the development of the late 20th century abstraction and the emergence of sophisticated software and print technology.


The Other Art Fair, The Truman Brewery, London

London’s largest artist-led fair returns for its fifth edition at London’s primary destination for creative events, The Old Truman Brewery. Connecting art lovers across genres, tastes and locations, The Other Art Fair draws together some of the most talented emerging and unrepresented artists under one roof to showcase the best in independent art.


Shortlist for the Max Mara Art Prize For Women

The Whitechapel Gallery in collaboration with Max Mara have announced the five shortlisted artists for their fifth Art Prize For Women. The aim of the prize is to promote and nurture female artists and is currently the only visual art prize for women in the United Kingdom. The shortlisted artists are Beatrice Gibson, Melanie Gilligan, Judith Goddard, Philomene Pirecki and Corin Sworn, and the winner is set to be announced in early 2014. The Max Mara Art Prize for Women is the first time the fashion house has established an arts prize in the UK and reflects the company’s strong association with art and women.  The Maramotti family, owners of the Max Mara Fashion Group, are pre-eminent contemporary art collectors.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival Trailer 2013

In just three weeks time the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) will open across the city of York. Now an established and dynamic player on the UK film festival circuit, ASFF  is a celebration of independent production from across the world, and an outlet for championing and supporting short filmmaking. Running 7 – 10 November, the event is an opportunity to explore York while appreciating hundreds of international films.


Review of Chagall: Modern Master at Tate Liverpool

An extensive collection of works executed throughout the life of Marc Chagall (1887-1985) is given refreshed perspective at Liverpool Tate. Dream-like visions with subjects and imagery frequently derived from Jewish and Russian folk-art greet the visitor. The dream-like qualities consist in violations of the laws of perspective and the laws of gravity to name but two. While the bold use of colour attests to the early introduction to and influence of fauvism on the artist, his move to Paris in 1911 saw experimentation with cubism. This broad perspective on his life and work is given in some detail at Tate Liverpool, with such influences drawn. Later, following the chronology physically through the course of the exhibition, his move back to Russia sees an introduction to constructivism. Disputes with Soviet artists result in a return to Paris and French citizenship eventually being granted. Personal joy is to be found, along with early anguish.


5 To See This Weekend

As the autumn chill sets in, this weekend is the perfect time to seek refuge in the hottest exhibitions around the world. From the blustery streets of Gateshead to the warming city haze of Los Angeles, there’s ample opportunity to find a warming weekend treat this October. Here’s a look at five of the best shows on offer this Saturday and Sunday.


Biennale de Lyon Performance Weekend

Debating and discovering the art of performance and the storytelling demanded in everyday life, the Biennale de Lyon joins together nine international artists, rarely seen in France, in a non-stop programme of events. Endeavouring to discover the particular ways in which performance artists recreate and re-envisage gestures, happenings and statements embedded in human behaviour, the Biennale de Lyon asks the question of what such artistry and artifice reveals to the world. Guest-curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, the weekend of events will see interviews and discussions working through these probing questions, all overseen by art critic Jean-Max Colard.

Francesco Vezzoli: Museum of Crying Women, QMA Gallery, Qatar

Gathering together some of the most iconic female figures of the last century, Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli’s (b.1971) debut exhibition in the Middle East celebrates the feminine in its most admired and glamorous form. On view in the QMA Gallery in Katara from 7 October until 30 November, the show will display Vezzoli’s most striking portraits, embroideries and needleworks depicting famous women, from Joan Crawford to Elizabeth Taylor to Lady Gaga.


Interview with SunYinXiaowen

Born in JiNan City, ShanDong, China in 1990, SunYinXiaowen has grown up all over the world – living in Germany, China and the UK. Having spent time at the University of the Arts London, SunYinXiaowen is now based in London and is due to take part in the Shoreditch Fashion Show on 12 October. Following the success of the first Shoreditch Fashion Show in April, Offbeat will again be offering guests a dynamic, creatively fuelled evening showcasing the best emerging UK fashion designers and artists, musicians and DJ’s as well as mouth-watering street food from the UK’s top street food vendors. Aesthetica speaks to SunYinXiaowen about the show and artistic production.

Review of Sarah Lucas: SITUATION Absolute Beach Man Rubble at Whitechapel Gallery, London

Sarah Lucas understands the seriousness of her task, which is to take a critical stance on gender and sexuality through a masterful manipulation of form. The Whitechapel has assembled two decades of work, ranging from the greatest hits of the nineties to the innovations of the present.


Stuart Semple: Suspend Disbelief, Bauer Art Foundation, London

Stuart Semple (b.1980) invites visitors to suspend disbelief, to take a dive of trust into the fictitious and turn away from essential truths as he presents a new solo exhibition at the Bauer Art Foundation. Suspend Disbelief presents Semple’s latest body of work including paintings, sculptures and installations exploring life, death and entertainment and runs 16 – 21 October.

Interview with Desmond Morris on The Artistic Ape

Long before Desmond Morris had startled the world with his book The Naked Ape, Morris has already gripped public attention as a painter. Now ranked as one of the foremost exponents of surrealism in Britain, Morris encapsulates the sociological importance of art through his paintings and books. His new book The Artistic Ape looks at artistic production in humans – how it began and why we pursue it with such intensity all over the world. We asked Desmond what we can expect from The Artist Ape and his relationship with zoology and art.


Titus Andronicus, Royal Shakespeare Company

Titus Andronicus has long born the sore bruise of critical scolding, rebuked for exciting untimely titters and uneasy guffaws from its audience at the gratuitous, nearing on pantomime, gore and gristle it serves up. However, Michael Fentiman’s debut Royal Shakespeare Company production really brings this early Shakespearean tragedy back to ruddy health, as it delights in, rather than castigates, the farce and fun that can be had with a stage heaving with mutilated corpses, as spouts of blood whistle over the heads of unwitting members of the stalls.

Review of Lutz Bacher: Black Beauty at the ICA, London

Lutz Bacher’s first major solo show in the UK is a well-crafted introduction to an artist whose concerns for identity, sexuality and the body are often concealed by a playful exterior.


Multiplied Art Fair, London

Multiplied, returns to Christie’s South Kensington this October for the fourth edition of the contemporary art fair. Included in the event will  be 41 international contemporary galleries. Once again the salerooms in South Kensington will be transformed during Frieze week and the fair will be open to the public with free admission 18-21 October.

Leonard Freed: Made in Germany

American photographer Leonard Freed (1929-2006) was recognised as being an outstanding documentary photojournalist and a long-time member of Magnum Photos. Shooting his images from a distance, he allows his subjects to remain natural and undisturbed by his camera. His observations of people in their social surroundings, at work, at street festivals, in public parks and elsewhere reflect Freed’s curious nature and deeply ingrained interest in life.

Hurvin Anderson: reporting back at IKON, Birmingham

Currently on display at Ikon, their most comprehensive exhibition to date of paintings by British artist Hurvin Anderson (b.1965), evokes sensations of being caught between one place and another, drawn from personal experience. It surveys the artist’s career, including work made while at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1998, through the acclaimed Peter’s Series, inspired by his upbringing in Birmingham’s Afro-Caribbean community, and ongoing works arising out of time spent in Trinidad in 2002. Filling Ikon’s entire exhibition space, reporting back traces the development of Anderson’s distinct figurative style.


Women, War and Industry, The San Diego Museum of Art

Examining  the ways in which women have been represented in relation to war and industry in modern and contemporary art, Women, War, and Industry opens at The San Diego Museum of Art 19 October. Running until 18 February, the exhibition is built upon many never-before-displayed works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, this exhibition includes World War I and II era posters, and recent acquisitions in photography.


Happy Birthday Galerie Perrotin, Lille

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin will celebrate its 25th anniversary this autumn at the Tripostal in Lille. The Happy Birthday exhibition showcases pieces throughout Emmanuel Perrotin’s career, most of which are now in private collections. The Tripostal is a 6,000 m2 space, giving Perrotin enough space to present both the artists who have been part of his career along the way and those who are part of the current programming at his gallery.

Interview with John Olsen on Australia at Royal Academy of Arts

The story of Australian art is deeply entwined with the fecund, often dangerous and forever mysterious indigenous landscape. Spanning nearly 250 years of fascination with their alluring and demanding land mass, Australia, hosted by the Royal Academy of Arts and Patroned by the Prince of Wales, flaunts its lively works of art, including paintings, drawings, photographs, watercolours and multimedia, for the first time to an international audience as a comprehensive whole.



After a relaunch in 2012, VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary returns for its ninth edition. From 10 until 13 October the international art fair will take over the city of Vienna. This year there will be new participants, including three from Berlin; Galerie Crone, Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, and Galerie Nordenhake – along with Regina Gallery from Moscow, Galerie Clemens Gunzer and ribordy contemporary from Switzerland and Division of Labour from Great Britain. Also in attendance will be young galleries from Eastern and Southeastern Europe.


Hiromi Moneyhun: UKIYO: The Floating World at The Kent Gallery, Florida

Ancient tradition and contemporary innovation merge as one in the singular work of Hiromi Moneyhun. A native of Kyoto, Japan, Moneyhun is a self-taught artist who creates intricate two-dimensional, paper cut pieces. While Moneyhun acknowledges the influence of Edo period (16th-mid 19th century) Japanese woodblock prints (moku hanga), her vision and approach are highly personal and current, resulting in works that appear born from some parallel realm, touching on both the humorous and phantasmagoric. Children’s books featuring paper cuts and woodblock prints initially sparked her imagination. “I’ve been drawing since I was a child. A friend told me that they still had a portrait that I drew of them on the back of notebook from elementary school.” Speaking with Moneyhun in the Jacksonville Beach, Florida home that she shares with husband Roy and their nine-year-old daughter Nia, the now 36-year-old artist explains that she eventually began creating tattoo designs. “And I always draw in black.” A few of her pieces adorn the skin of friends in her homeland.


Issue 55 October/November Aesthetica Out Now

Issue 55 of Aesthetica is in shops now. This issue concentrates on redefinitions as a way of constructing new meaning. The artists featured expand across decades of contemporary practice, and the works included test the resilience of the artist. Inside we start with a look at Elmgreen & Dragset’s latest installation Tomorrow, which takes over the former Textile Galleries at the V&A, London. The artists have created an apartment belonging to a fictional, elderly and disillusioned architect to comment on the loneliness and alienation ever-present in today’s society.

A Look Through Artist Jack Beswick’s Work

What strikes you first about the works of Jack Beswick are the strong slabs of colour that dominate the space. There are clear references to hard edge landscape elements that have been abstracted, but more in the context of defiance. A bold sense of stubborn authority pervades over the more subservient postures of adjacent shapes, these rhythmic marks made not with a brush but Beswick’s  preferred range of Harris paint guards, somewhat similar to a squeegee but three sided and blade like. Aesthetica spoke to Jack to find out more about his work and future plans.


Forced Entertainment: Tomorrow’s Parties

Forced Entertainment are due to premiere new piece Tomorrow’s Parties this week at the opening of Art Sheffield.  Following the success of The Thrill of It All in 2010 and The Coming Storm in 2012, the new show continues the company’s playful approach to theatre, creating dialogues rather than narratives through slightly absurdest means. Their latest performance imagines a multitude of hypothetical futures on a makeshift fairground stage.