Invite - Nostalgic For The Future, Private View, 14 November 2013 6-8pm, Lisson Gallery

Lisson Gallery, London

Lisson Gallery is widely known as one of the most influential and longest-running international contemporary art galleries in the world. Its two exhibition spaces in London champion the careers of pioneering artists and continue to support the wide-ranging potential of emerging and new talents. We provide insights into the upcoming exhibitions Nostalgic For The Future and Florian Pumhösl.


Ferozkoh: Tradition and Continuity in Afghan Art, Leighton House Museum, London

Tradition and modernity in Afghanistan come into dialogue with one another in this Leighton House Museum exhibition, running from 15 November until 23 February. Uniting historic artifacts on loan from the Museum of Islamic Art with contemporary works, thoughtfully created by Afghan craftsmen in response to some of the greatest examples of Islamic art in the world, Ferozkoh examines how art of the past can inspire the future as well as engendering real social change.


Art Basel in Miami Beach, 5 – 8 December

Since 2002, Art Basel in Miami Beach has become the premiere winter destination for the international art world. This year’s show brings together 258 galleries, from 31 countries, presenting artworks ranging from Modern masters to the latest contemporary works. Long-time exhibitors are joined by first-time participants such as Pace/MacGill Gallery, one of the leading international photography galleries, as well as a number of younger galleries.


Interview with New Chief Curator at the Hepworth Wakefield, Andrew Bonacina

This Autumn The Hepworth Wakefield has welcomed a new Chief Curator, Andrew Bonacina. He will play a key role in programming of the main gallery and The Calder, the new contemporary art space. He will also contribute to the development of The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, which plays a major part in the region’s ambition to become a new world capital for sculpture. Aesthetica speaks to Bonacina about his interest in Barbara Hepworth’s practice and his plans for the gallery.


Overview of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013

Last night saw the closing ceremony of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival. It was a fantastic affair, with guests joining us from all across the world. Seara Jin, director of Konnichiwa Brick Lane made a special effort to fly from Tokyo for the festival and some came from as far as Los Angeles and Canada. Other talent joined us from closer to home, with York filmmaker Jack Lawrence’s comedy The Painter and the Thief winning lots of laughs at its screening in King’s Manor.


Paris Photo

From 14-17 November Paris Photo will be hosting  135 galleries at the Grand Palais, including 27 newly selected participants and 27 publishers specializing in photography books. Attracting artists galleries, collectors, professionals, enthusiasts and inquisitive minds, the event is accessible to all. The selection of galleries and images makes for a highly ambitious programme, showcasing the very best of those currently working in the photography world.


Meet the Filmmakers at ASFF 2013

It was fantastic to see so many of you at our Meet the Filmmakers event at ASFF last night! Tony Earnshaw, film critic for the Yorkshire Post and BBC Radio Leeds led the discussion and the evening was a sparkling display of talent, with filmmakers from all corners of the globe talking about their films and the process of creating a short. The directors included were Curt Apduhan of Anniversary, Saera Jin of Konnichiwa Brick Lane, Prano Bailey-Bond of Man Vs Sand and Fran Peterson of Laura Jean: Mechanical Friends.


Stephen Shore: Something + Nothing, Sprüth Magers, London

Celebrating a career that spans over four decades through 65 photographs, Sprüth Magers presents American artist, Stephen Shore’s, first solo show in London for over six years, from 26 November to 11 January. Taking its title from composer-philosopher John Cage’s Lecture on Something and Lecture on Nothing, concerned with the artist’s quest for beauty in the everyday, this exhibition draws together vintage works from the seminal series American Surfaces (1972-3) and Uncommon Places (1973-9), alongside the more recent Abu Dhabi (2009), Israel (2010) and the never before exhibited series Ukraine (2012).


Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion, The Peabody Essex Museum

Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion, is an exhibition of nearly 100 dresses, skirts, gowns and suits that celebrate the innovation of contemporary Japanese fashion designers. The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, will present this stunning collection of clothes from 16 November until 26 January. For decades, designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto have directed both couture and popular fashion, launching a revolution that marks the first time a non-Western culture has significantly transformed the global fashion world.


Victor Burgin: On Paper, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

Text and image meet, clash and play off each other in this new exhibition of the work of pioneering conceptual artist Victor Burgin (b.1941) at the Richard Saltoun Gallery, from 1 November- 6 December. Burgin’s first solo exhibition at a private gallery in London since 1986, this new show races back to the early days and paper-based works of the 1960s and his breakthrough to prominence as an originator of Conceptual Art, through the 1970s and 1980s, up to today.


Jerwood Encounters: Family Politics, London

Family Politics is the newest Jerwood Encounters exhibition and presents new commissions and existing work by six early career photographers relating to the theme of family relationships. Running until 8 December, the show is curated by Photoworks and will be launched in conjunction with the first issue of the Photoworks Annual.


Review of Paul Klee: Making Visible,Tate Modern

The year of 1879 when Paul Klee was born in Münchenbuchsee near Berne in Switzerland also marked the establishment of the Kunstmuseum Bern, the oldest art museum in the country. Today, the museum houses many works of the artist who, back in those early years of its establishment, worked hard to become the world-renowned artist he is today. The name Paul Klee now echoes throughout the 17 rooms of the Ernest & Young sponsored exhibition named after the artist and his philosophy on art, Paul Klee: Making Visible. The vast display of works curated by Matthew Gale, Head of Displays at the Tate Modern, marks the UK’s first large-scale Klee exhibition for over a decade.

Alison Turnbull, Matt Calderwood, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

New commissions by Alison Turnbull and Matt Calderwood are based within the architecture of the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. The work of both artists appear in two solo exhibitions at the gallery this autumn. Paintings, drawings and sculptures all respond to the history, space and elemental forces making an impact upon the building. The two showcases will run 9 November – 23 February.


Interview with Susan Kloman, Head of African and Oceanic Art at Christie’s

A Dialogue Through Art: Works from The Jan Krugier Collection is a two-part auction, composed of works from the dealer’s renowned collection. Jan Krugier was represented many major artists, and later became the world’s foremost Pablo Picasso dealer. One of the pieces set for auction is a wooden African mask from the Ivory Coast and was of vital importance to Picasso. The mask was a source of much inspiration and it influenced two of his best known works, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937). We speak to Susan Kloman, Head of African and Oceanic Art at Christie’s, about the mask and African art.


Review of All This Can Happen, by Siobhan Davies and David Hinton

All This Can Happen, a 50-minute film by David Hinton and choreographer Siobhan Davies, opens with images of men who cannot walk. One lies immobile in a hospital bed, his head trembling, eyes vacant with torment. Another, also institutionalised, tries to walk but fails. He falls, scrambles and falls again, his whole body stiff with malfunction.


Doug & Mike Starn: The No Mind Not Thinks No Things, London

Doug and Mike Starn appear in their first UK solo show at HackelBury Fine Art, London, this week. The identical twin brothers work collaboratively and defy categorisation with their broad reaching practice that includes photography, sculpture, architecture and performance. For their 15th anniversary celebrations, the gallery has commissioned 15 sets of unique new works from Doug & Mike Starn: the no mind not thinks no things.


Subodh Gupta: Recent Works, Galleryske, India

New Dehli artist, Subodh Gupta (b.1964) presents his first solo show in Bangalore in a series of visual diary entries at Galleryske until 7 December. Recording journeys made and food tasted on his travels around the world, this pictorial archive glimpses into the interior life of one the most audacious contemporary artists, recently dubbed as the “sub-continental Marcel Duchamp” by The Guardian.


Daido Moriyama, Hamiltons, London

Recognised as one of Japan’s most influential living photographers, Daido Moriyama is celebrated in an exhibition at Hamiltons, London. Running 7 November until 20 December, Silkscreens includes  16 images, selected by gallery owner Tim Jefferies, from Moriyama’s broad portfolio and produced exclusively for Hamiltons as silkscreens on canvas. The carefully curated selection  presents a comprehensive overview of the artist’s broad interests, covering both well known and lesser known images.

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ASFF 2013 Recommended in the Guardian Guide

Here is what Steve Rose of the Guardian Guide has to say about the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2013:

“It’s not just the ‘what’, it’s the ‘where’ with this festival, which is as much a treasure hunt as a chance to see some new short films. The screenings take place in 15 ‘hidden’ venues across the city, only one of which is an actual cinema. The others could be anything from a medieval hall to a high street shop. You’ll have taken a tour of the city by the end, but you’ll have seen shorts from key players like Warp and BAFTA. Plus the odd special event, such as Sightseers star Alice Lowe in conversation. Various venues, Thu to 10 Nov,”


Ad Reinhardt, David Zwirner, New York

The eclectic and multi-form work of Ad Reinhardt (1913- 1967) comes into focus in this inaugural exhibition of the artist’s work at David Zwirner, from 7 November until 18 December. Opened in conjunction with the centennial anniversary of Reinhardt’s birth, this new show, drawing together works on loan from private and public collections, makes a great celebratory party of this artist’s most surprising and significant pieces.

Review of Pop Art Design at Barbican Centre, London

With the Barbican hosting its finale, this comprehensive review of the relationship between Pop Art and design from Vitra Design Museum has just gone up a notch: its European tour finishing on a high with the addition of works from leading British institutions such as the V&A, Tate and many private collectors. These 200 works are housed within a curvaceous set designed by AOC Architecture and Village Green Studio, immediately transporting visitors into the bold and mischievous world of Pop Art.


Interview with The Tetley Curator and Co-Founder, Kerry Harker and Zoë Sawyer

The Tetley is set to open 29 November in Leeds. A new centre for contemporary art and learning, the space is a transformation of the headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery. Cutting edge art will be on display and there will be a Yorkshire menu and, of course, pints of Tetley’s available. Aesthetica speaks to Co-founder and Director Kerry Harker and Curator Zoë Sawyer about the new gallery and the first exhibition A New Reality.


5 to See This Weekend

As the toffee apples stock up and the calamitous noise of fireworks fill the sky, the start of November welcomes in a brand new season of festivity and celebration. However, smoking bonfires and screeching rockets aren’t the only means of celebrating this weekend with a whole host of sizzling exhibitions on offer, ready to set your Saturday and Sunday off with a bang. Revel in some of the best art shows from around the world as we count through our top five picks.