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Review of Elfyn Lewis: Beautiful Mistake / Camgymeriad Hardd, gallery/ten, Cardiff

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.

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Vivien Zhang & Laurence Owen, Rook & Raven, London

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.

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Interview with Kyler Zeleny: Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted Artist

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.

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Interview with David Walton, Head of Art and Heritage Law at Barber Titleys

Barber Titleys is one of the leading law firms in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, offering a range of services to individuals, commercial enterprises and charitable organisations. The firm recently launched an Art and Heritage Law Department, which is multidisciplinary in nature, drawing on the varied skills and experience of the staff to offer a dedicated and holistic service to all those engaged in the visual arts and heritage sectors across the North of England including artists, galleries, collectors, museums and arts organisations. Department Head, David Walton, is responsible for the day-to-day running of the new department, he speaks to Aesthetica about his passion for art and his aims for the part of the business. 

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Summertime Salon, Robin Rice Gallery, New York

Every year Robin Rice curates Summertime Salon, a showcase to exhibit the best of her collected artists’ strengths and aesthetics. Representing 56 artists, one of the most exciting parts of the Summertime Salon is the introduction of new artists and of new work by established practitioners.

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Review of The Piano Brothers Live at Kings Place, London

The Piano Brothers are not brothers by blood but by divine, energetic and rich music that is accessible to everyone. Bound together by the love of all-encompassing music, Dominic Anthony Ferris and Elwin Hendrijanto began performing together in 2009 whilst studying at the Royal College of Music. In the last five years they have worked hard to become one of the most sensational piano duos in London’s notoriously difficult to rise and shine music scene through their innovative outlook on how music, life and people should be brought together under one roof.

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Review of Ben Quilty, Saatchi Gallery London

Australian Painter Ben Quilty was recently announced as the overall winner of the Prudential Eye Award. A competition that seeks to promote artistic talent that previously may have been overlooked, it reaches to incorporate a diverse region of Greater Asia that stretches east from Azerbaijan across Russia, China, Korea, the Philippines and as far south as New Zealand. The painter’s work is now on display at the Saatchi gallery, London providing a significant introduction to the London art scene for Quilty as his first UK exhibition.

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Anselm Kiefer: Royal Academy of Arts, London

As part of the first major retrospective of his illustrious 40-year-career, Anselm Kiefer will create a number of new works specifically for the Royal Academy’s Main Galleries as well as an installation for the main courtyard, demonstrating that he is an artist who continues to seek out new challenges. The Royal Academy exhibition will present a chronological examination of a body of work which includes pieces on an epic, monumental scale, and which ranges across a breadth of media from painting and sculpture to photography to installation. One of the world’s most influential artists, Kiefer blends the themes of religion, poetry and philosophy with reflection on Europe’s history.

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Review of Fire From the North, Vardø, Norway

A group of six artists have collaborated to create a unique site-specific exhibition and performance piece on the island of Vardø at the extreme north-eastern part of Norway. Taking place in such a secluded location, only a few knew about the project and made a pilgrimage North from Oslo to experience the work on Vardø – also the site of Norway’s most sever witch trials that saw 91 individuals executed in trials spanning 92 years.

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Designing the 20th Century: Life and Work of Abram Games

The Official War Poster Artist during the Second World War, who went on to become the foremost graphic designer of the postwar years, Abram Games was awarded numerous prestigious public commissions during his 60-year career, including creating the first animated BBC ident. He designed the emblem for the Festival of Britain and the 3d stamp for the 1948 Olympic Games. His wartime work, comprising more than 100 posters, included the popular but controversial “Join the ATS” recruiting poster (1941), whose female subject earned it the nickname “Blonde Bombshell”.

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ZomerExpo 2014 Light, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag presents ZomerExpo 2014 Light, the largest national sales exhibition held at the museum showcasing a selection of artworks from an open call registration. The annual event is a fantastic display of artworks spanning all genres, representing the breadth of work being produced today.

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Review of Looking Out From The CCCS, Vivid Projects, Birmingham

From 1964 until 2002, a unique blend of teaching, student engagement and documentation that took place at Birmingham’s Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS). Founded at the University of Birmingham by sociologist Richard Hoggart in 1964, it was one of the first academic bodies to examine the impact of popular culture, particularly in Britain, from music and television programmes to fashion trends. In 2002 the CCCS was dramatically closed due to a restructuring at the university with hundreds of students being placed into new departments. Now, in 2014, the 50th anniversary of its establishment, a series of events and exhibitions, of which one is Vivid Project’s Looking Out From The CCCS, celebrate its legacy.