Kazimir Malevich (1879 – 1935) was one of the great innovators and explorers of European abstraction. He had a clear sense of the trajectory of style and purpose in the visual arts, and in his eyes, art had an exalted destiny in the modern world. Unlike the Russian artists of previous generations, Malevich could claim to be up to date with European painting: the pioneering collections of Moscow-based Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov were fertile ground for him to study the most interesting avant-garde artists from Claude Monet to Henri Matisse. Accordingly his early work bears the heavy influence of successive styles – Impressionism, Symbolism, Futurism and Cubism. During the long years of his early career Malevich was devoid of an individual style that he could call his own, and his desperate search for one is all too palpable.
Following its unveiling at the Venice Art Biennale last year, Ron Arad’s Last Train project makes its way to London. Ron Arad (b.1951) opens his Camden studio to showcase the large-scale diamond engravings created by a range of artistic collaborations.
In the countdown to the Aesthetica Art Prize call for submissions deadline on 31 August 2014, we look in focus at artists from the latest award. Conceptual artist Marie Brenneis was featured in the Video, Installation & Performance category with Deliberate Digression an installation that incorporates wearable sculptures exploring themes of fantasy and conformity.
Tatiana Rais is the Director and founding member of Espacio Odeón: Centro Cultural, a non-profit cultural centre in the heart of Bogota. She is one of the 2014 winners of the British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur Award, which celebrates young entrepreneurs from around the world who are pioneering at the intersection of culture and technology. She speaks to Aesthetica about reimagining a ruined theatre and the cultural life of the city.
London-based artist, Tom Price (b. 1973), heads across the ocean for his first solo exhibition in the USA. Debuting new work at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, his show explores the notions of presence and absence and the idea that these two states are dependent on one another whilst at the same time appear conflicting. Emphasising the notion of contrast, he utilises natural coal and synthetic resin in his work which features hollow bodies and voids of coal alongside large columns of internally-fractured resin.
It was in 1964 that the first USA exhibition of Maqbool Fida Husain (b. 1915- d. 2011), aka M.F. Husain, was displayed in India House, New York. Fifty years on, we now have the opportunity to view his Indian Civilisation series at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London.
Jerwood Makers Open is currently on display at Jerwood Space, London, until 31 August. The initiative recognises emerging artists and offers crucial support in the early stages of their careers. The shortlisted artists are commissioned to produce work for the gallery, allowing them to develop their profile in the industry. Following commissions of £7,500 earlier this year, ceramicists Hitomi Hosono and Matthew Raw, artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, glass artist Shelley James and spatial storytellers FleaFollyArchitects, were given the opportunity to develop new ideas central to their individual practices. Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen speak to Aesthetica about their approach to their project and the use of language within art.
Hollie Mackenzie explores the notion of the impossible Utopia by creating her own version of a dystopian landscape in the form of melting sculptures. Longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2013 with her piece Downfall (2012), Mackenzie has been awarded a Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) Bursary Award. A further nine sculptors received these awards, selected from over 300 applications.
The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture (RSA) has unveiled the latest details of its £200,000 programme of support for artists working across the whole spectrum of the visual arts in Scotland. The organisation has a proud tradition of promoting excellence in contemporary art and architecture. As well as the three main monetary awards, their programme offers funding opportunities for artists to undertake residencies at venues across Scotland, as well as scholarships which allow undergraduates to spend time studying in Florence, Italy.
Follow the stairs to the first floor, and there, bathed in natural light, with crisp white walls and high ceilings, you’ll find the rooms of gallery/ten. The brainchild of curator Cat Gardiner, gallery/ten is an independent gallery with a focus on Welsh, contemporary fine art. Disillusioned with the lack of risk taken by most of Cardiff’s commercial galleries, and the safe, middle-of the-road work they tend to show, Gardiner slowly made her way from pop-up displays to the current location and has built an impressive catalogue of both emerging and established artist along the way. At the start of July audiences were met by the powerful explosions of colour, texture and physicality found within Elfyn Lewis’ paintings.
The summer exhibition at Rook & Raven showcases the work of two graduates, Vivien Zhang and Laurence Owen. Curated by Aretha Campbell, the show explores the artists’ fascination with form and the place of painting and sculpture within the prevailing art scene.
Kyler Zeleny’s work focuses on the family album and found Polaroids. His current interests relate to rural mythology, in which he using photography to explore cultures. Zeleny was longlisted in the 2014 Aesthetica Art Prize with his piece Broken Road from his current Out West project.