A Closer Look at the Work of Sirenes

Siren Merete Fristad, artist name “Sirenes” is a Norwegian artist. Her work, since summer 2011, has been festured in several exhibitions internationally in Italy, Spain, Canada and USA. Sirenes artwork is presented in international art books and magazines and has received several art awards including a Masters Awards at the Exhibition Cutting Edge Masters of Contemporary Art 2014 in Auditorium Al Duomo, Florence. Her artwork is sold to art collectors in countries across Europe, Africa and United States.  Sirenes is currently represented by Onishi Project – New York, VividArtsNetwork  – New York/Italy and Galleria Wikiarte, Bologna Italy.

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Review of Caroline McNairn: Dreaming of Heroic Days, Summerhall, Edinburgh

In 1989, the Scottish artist Caroline McNairn (1955-2010) spent a year in Russia and Ukraine. Producing some of her most noted works and exchanging ideas with artists from the about-to-be former Soviet Union, the visit was one of the major influences on McNairn’s artistic output until her tragically early death in 2010. Dreaming of Heroic Days, currently on display at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, is a magnificent and rare opportunity to see a substantial exhibition of McNairn’s paintings, some of which were produced in Russia and Ukraine and all of which bear the influence of her experiences there.

The Next Generation: Olga Kravets

In the Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica we celebrate the emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice in The Next Generation. We have partnered with the London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars and showcase their fresh ideas and new concepts. Russian born documentary photographer Olga Kravets began her career as as a journalist in 2002 and became a freelance photojournalist in 2007. Her striking images are often captured within conflict zones and she discusses the dangers of capturing these shots and the impact it has on her. 

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Tim Hetherington: Infidel at Photofusion, London

Drawing from Hetherington’s series, Infidel and Diary (2007 – 2008) which documents the experience of war from the perspective of the individual, Infidel consists of large-scale photographs of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, as well as intimate portraits of the American troops stationed there. Through photographs, text work and films, Hetherington reconsiders human suffering as a result of war, both from the perspective of ordinary soldiers as well as the civilians caught up in the conflict.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: Fiction Winner Jennifer Roe

With a few days remaining to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, we celebrate the winning entry for the fiction category from last year, and present an extract of the short story; Roses are Red by Jennifer Roe. The story is a beautifully written tale of love, betrayal and vulnerability. It is seemingly effortless in its execution, yet layered with emotion and meaning that only becomes clear in the last few paragraphs. It is a perfect example of how the short story can be powerful in its brevity; each carefully chosen word precisely placed creates a story that stays with the reader long after finishing.

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Interview with Lacey Contemporary Gallery Director Andrew Lacey

Lacey Contemporary Gallery is set to open this autumn in Notting Hill London. Placing its artists at the heart of the business, director Andrew Lacey intends to provide a positive environment for his practitioners to work in, allowing them to flourish and evolve over the years. Working with emerging and established artists, the gallery aims to offer those working with them a complete business service so they are able to focus solely on their art. We speak to Lacey about his favourite historic artists and his hopes for the new space.

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LAPADA (The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers) Art and Antiques Fair, London

The LAPADA (The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers) Art and Antiques Fair, one of London’s most prestigious annual art and antiques events, returns to the historic heart of London, staged within the leafy surroundings of Mayfair’s Berkeley Square. Over the past six years, the LAPADA Fair has become known as a “one stop shop” for the most sought after works from trusted LAPADA members. Prices of artworks range from £500 to £500,000 and above, so the Fair’s annual 20,000 visitors can include first time buyers as well as the most discerning of collectors.

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Interview with Artist Yael Bartana

Cultural identity and the constructed systems of belief within society are questioned in the practice of Yael Bartana (b. 1970). Born in Israel, the artist blends fact and fiction in her photography, film and installation work. Bartana’s Inferno appears at the São Paulo Biennial 6 September – 7 December. She speaks to Aesthetica about the importance of video art and her term “historical pre-enactment”.

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Plurivocality: Visual Arts and Music in Turkey Istanbul Modern, Istanbul

To mark its 10th anniversary, Istanbul Modern is home to the first ever group exhibition to explore the interaction between visual arts, sound and music in Turkey from the late Ottoman period to the present.

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Peggy Angus: Designer, Teacher, Painter, Towner, Eastbourne

Designer, painter, educator, mentor and social campaigner, Peggy Angus (1904 -1993) could be considered one of the 20th century’s most overlooked creative practitioners. Peggy Angus: Designer, Teacher, Painter presents Angus’ artistic and industrial practice in the context of Furlongs, her Sussex home which was once described as “the matrix of much strange and inventive creation”.

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Interview with Gallertist Paul Stolper about Artist Angus Fairhurst

Unprinted at Paul Stolper gallery, London, is an extensive overview of the art of YBA Angus Fairhurst (1966-2008). Running until 30 August, the exhibition brings together his printed works from 1992 to 2006, including silkscreens and etchings. Founder and Director of the gallery, Paul Stolper speaks to Aesthetica about the unique elements of Fairhurst’s practice and the ideas behind the current exhibition.

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5 To See This Weekend

This weekend seize the opportunity to experience the innovative and ground-breaking in contemporary art. From Polish artist Pawel Althamer’s first exhibition in China at Ullens Contemporary Art Centre to Henri Matisse’s “cut-outs” at the Tate Modern , there is something for everyone on offer in the world’s leading galleries. Read on to see our five recommended shows.