Sproxton Award for Photography, London College of Communication

Ruth Campbell became the tenth winner of the annual Sproxton Award for Photography, announced at the London College of Communication’s MA Photography Final Show on 14 November. The prize was set up in memory of Andrew Sproxton who, in 1972, together with Val Williams, created the Impressions Gallery of Photography in York, one of the first specialist photography galleries in the UK and Europe.


Charlotte Colbert: A Day at Home, Gazelli Art House

Photographer and screenwriter Charlotte Colbert playfully examines the link between the imagined and the real in the context of the home in a new exhibition at  Gazelli Art House, London. A Day at Home draws the figure of the writer and the housewife together as two individuals struggling to avoid being drawn into their setting and their imaginings respectively. Running 29 November until 15 December, the black and white images are shot on medium format film and are displayed within the context of their original negative, alluding to surreal fragments of a dream. 


Miles Aldridge at the launch of the House of Peroni, London

This November House of Peroni, London, opens its doors to celebrate  Italian style and creativity with Miles Aldridge.  Fashion photographer, Aldridge,  is inspired by Federico Fellini’s era-defining film, 8 1/2, forming one of the centrepieces of the launch. Bringing all the glamour and beauty of Italian contemporary film into this residency of culture and cuisine, the artist helps kick-off 30 days of sizzling style on Portland Place.

Review of Larry Bell: Mirage Collage and the Light Knots at White Cube, London

It is hard to put into words; an accurate representation of a journey through an exhibition that is so tangible and transitional, and to do it justice. At London’s legendary White Cube gallery prolific American sculptor Larry Bell presents a survey of new sculpture and paper based works: Mirage Collage and the Light Knots, which will continue until the 12 January 2014. Well-known for his glass cube sculptures, the act of perception is again being addressed, however this time two-dimensionality refracts fleeting glimpses of three-dimensionality, cloaked in illusionary forms with the slightest whispers of lyricism.


Audemars Piguet and Galerie Perrotin: Curiosity, Art Basel Miami Beach

Audemars Piguet has teamed up with Galerie Perrotin to present an ambitious installation for Art Basel Miami Beach by French artist duo Kolkoz. Taking the form of a chalet floating in front the iconic modernist structure of the disused Miami Marine Stadium, the work, Curiosity, will be home to Audemars Piguet’s events throughout the week. The horology brand will also have a booth in the Collectors’ Lounge, featuring a retrospective of the iconic Royal Oak watch model.

Review of Push Your Art: Cécile B. Evans, Mathieu Mercier, David Ancelin, Philipp Engelhardt, Romain Sein at Palais de Tokyo, Paris

The group exhibition Push Your Art is a logical completion for the first edition of international contest for technologically innovative art creation. The 2013 theme is 3D relief. The committee received more than 100 applications and selected ten artists to attend a workshop with art experts, including the film director, Wim Wenders, and an artist Jeremy Deller. The jury, consisting of renowned contemporary art professionals, eventually awarded the young Belgian-American artist, Cécile  B. Evans, the first prize and picked three finalists: David Ancelin, Philipp Engelhardt and Roman Sein. As the jury explained, their choice was influenced by the dynamics of the artists’ development through the participation in master-classes which attempted to enrich their vision of the medium, one completely foreign to human consciousness.


Anish Kapoor in Istanbul, Sakıp Sabancı Museum

At first it is hard to imagine an exhibition of large-scale, contemporary sculpture adorning the classical gardens and Italian façade of the waterfront 1920s villa that has been serving as the Sakip Sabanci Museum since 2002. Yet there is something irreverently and intriguingly appropriate about coming face-to-face with the sheer physicality of abstract form in something like Kapoor’s Double (2006) amongst the kitsch cherub garden fountains of a bygone era. Curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal and featuring a mixture of new and iconic works, Istanbul is hosting the acclaimed Indian-born British contemporary artist Anish Kapoor from until 5 January 2014 in his first major exhibition in Turkey.


Interview with Rossi & Rossi Director Fabio Rossi

Fabio Rossi studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and joined his mother as co-director of Rossi & Rossi  in 1988. The original gallery was founded by Anna Maria Rossi in 1985 in London and has continued to promote Asian art in the UK. Together, mother and son have established a reputation as leading dealers in traditional Indian and Himalayan art, early Chinese and Central Asian textiles and works as well as contemporary Asian art, particularly Tibetan. Aesthetica speaks to Fabio about the connection between classical and contemporary art and the current exhibition in London, In-Between .


5 To See This Weekend

Winter makes its presence felt this weekend as the first hoards of Christmas shoppers crowd the streets and rumours of oncoming snow storms begin. This Saturday and Sunday is therefore a great time to get prepared and get your fix of the best art from around the world before the roads freeze over and the white stuff hits. Here’s a run-through of our top exhibitions, from the bracing streets of Edinburgh to the busy boulevards of Paris, that are well worth dragging you away from the fire this weekend.

Review of William Tillyer: Against Nature at mima and The Tyranny of The Picture Plane and other pressure tools at Platform-A Gallery, Middlesbrough

The road to Middlesbrough is a long one unless you live in the vicinity, but it is the existence of a miracle of architecture, namely mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) designed by Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects, that truly makes the long trip worthwhile. As I arrive at mima to see William Tillyer: Against Nature, the highly anticipated retrospective, I look up and see the clouds dispersed in the shape of a tree; the trunk, the branches and the leaves all in cloud form. Clouds –appearing in Tillyer’s work time and time over again in different mediums (one of Tillyer’s most notable works regarding clouds is possibly the Flatford Chart II Nine Puddles of Paint Nine Clouds, 2010 as well as his Helmsley Sky Studies, 2010) – seem to salute the opening of this retrospective exhibition celebrating the 75th birthday of the Middlesbrough-born international artist, William Tillyer. Inside mima, all the formal gallery spaces of the museum have been organised to display the pioneering artist’s works: watercolours, installations, mixed media, oils, acrylics, ceramics, and glassworks adorn almost every square metre of the vast display spaces sensitively curated by James Beighton.

A New Tate Britain

On 19 November a new  Tate Britain will be unveiled. The oldest part of the Grade II* Millbank building has been transformed by leading architects Caruso St John. In May the 10 new galleries officially opened with a chronological presentation of the Tate’s outstanding collection of British art and next week the other new spaces will open to the public.

Divine Feminine: A quartet of inventive visual artists offer femme deux at CoRK Arts District, Florida

New works by Lucy Clark, Caroline Daley, Christina Foard, and Sharla Valeski are featured in the upcoming exhibit femme deux. The brainchild of multimedia artist Valeski, this second annual show celebrates womanhood, interdisciplinary creation, and empowerment. “I saw some significant all-female exhibitions in New York City in the 90s and loved them,” explains Valeski. “They were so often naughty and tough and reminded me of women saying: ‘look what I can do.’”