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Winners of the Aesthetica Art Prize Announced

German artist Sybille Neumeyer was announced as the winner of the Main Prize for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 at the exhibition preview last night. Her stunning light installation Song for the Last Queen (2013) is comprised of 7,614 bees – one eighth of the colony – that were collected from a naturally collapsed bee hive and placed as a rhythm of black spots in honey creating a silent score.

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Review of Best Before End, Chelsea Theatre

Helen Paris is a picture of elegance in this new performance from Curious. In fact, the entire piece is elegantly carved: with deep red furniture, black dresses and classical overtures, it’s the very epitome of a Sunday Times afternoon. Exploring notions of age and the inevitable reduction of life, Best Before End is a touching rendition of what it means to grow older.

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Prix Pictet at The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Opening on 22 May, this year’s photography exhibition from the Prix Pictet will go on show at the V&A in London. The exhibition marks a collaboration between the Prix Pictet and the V&A museum, which was the first museum in the world to begin collecting photography as an art form. The show, which will feature eleven of the world’s leading photographers, is set around the theme of ‘consumption’ and will be on display to the public until 14 June.

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Hello, My Name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum London

Newly extended due to popular demand is the exhibition at London’s Design Museum, Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, that will run until 22 June. Looking at the work of this British Designer, the exhibition highlights at the impressive selection of work from this iconic men’s wear designer.

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Shortlisted Artists

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition opens this week on 3 April at York St Mary’s, York. Celebrating innovative and outstanding artworks, the display features shortlisted pieces from artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance. The presentation highlights artistic talent from locations including Germany, New Zealand, Italy, Chile and the UK. We take a closer look at the eight selected individuals.

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Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May is now available online and in stores. We are at a particularly good time for artistic output. It’s not a coincidence that this reflects the extraordinary things that are happening in the world. The first 14 years of this millennium have progressed so exponentially, it’s simply staggering. It’s a moment of reflection, but also one of anticipation; the artists of today are helping us to make sense of it all.

Interview with Artist Barrie Dale

Barrie Dale is a primarily a scientist, but is also known for his painting and his music. All around him he sees nature being destroyed, to the point where it is possible to envisage none being left, so he became a conservationist. To him, wild plants have great visual intensity, which he attributes to their simplicity. As part of his work, he conserves and photographs wild plants. The simplicity and intensity for him is both frustrating and satisfying, but it allows him to say things he wants to say. Here we talk to him about his processes and influences.

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Pick Me Up 2014, Somerset House

The UK’s original contemporary graphic arts festival, Pick Me Up, returns for the fifth year. Celebrating graphic art in all its various formations, the event transforms the walls of Somerset House into a visually stimulating masterpiece as it brings together some of the best artists working in this practice from across the world. Aimed at being the antithesis of a traditional art fair, Pick Me Up is a fun and informal festival featuring quirky studio spaces in which audiences can shop for affordable artwork from the great and good of graphic arts, and a daily, lively line-up of events which encourage both budding and bonafide artists of all ages to get involved.

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Review of Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain, MIMA

After the devastation caused by World War II Britain was in desperate need of hope, optimism and re-development. During the course of the war Britain suffered the tragic loss of 383,800 soldiers’ lives. The desire to raise Britain from rubble and ash and restore its former greatness found voice through the Festival of Britain organised by the labour government of Clement Atlee in the summer of 1951, exactly one hundred years after the Great Exhibition of Britain in 1851. The exhibition Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain temporarily on display at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art aims to do the same for contemporary Britain. Britain’s post-war period is reminded to visitors through a vast array of works of art, furniture, crockery and memorabilia.

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5 To See This Weekend

This weekend offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the best of contemporary art. The Biennale of Sydney and Art Paris Art Fair bring together fascinating and varied selections, while exhibitions at the Camden Arts Centre, Timothy Taylor Gallery and Ffotogallery showcase the impressive work of individual artists. The photography of Paul Reas and paintings of Alex Katz use bold colour to create striking images of their societies, while the delicate beauty of SIlke Otto-Knapp’s art creates a dreamy state inspired by dance and performance. Here is our selection of this weekend’s best exhibitions.

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Liu Bolin: The Heroic Apparition, Scream, London

Scream in London will be opening an exhibition by Chinese artist Liu Bolin on the 3 April. The exhibition, titled The Heroic Apparition, is the latest in Bolin’s unseen works of camouflage trickery. Based in Beijing, Bolin’s work highlights the socio-political tensions within China.

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Art Paris Art Fair, 27 – 30 March

Art Paris Art Fair opens today at the Grand Palais in a celebration of contemporary and modern art. Running 27 – 30 March, the fair gathers 144 galleries from around 20 countries, offering guests the chance to revel in art that spans sculpture, photography, painting, design and art books. This year, China is the the guest of honour and the fair aims to uncover new art scenes and talents from the area. Young galleries are also highlighted in the Promises section, looking at the emerging art industry across the globe. A variety of strands join together to make a unique art fair, one that seeks to discover new visions of art.