The work of the late photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) is renowned for its distinct and innovative vision. Her black and white imagery exudes a unique sense of mystery and beauty that at once compels and disarms her audiences. With such a short career, it is always astounding to see how much Woodman managed to achieve in her practice and how important this work remains today.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a new Parisian centre for contemporary French and international artistic creation, contained within a building commissioned by Bernard Arnault, and designed by the American architect Frank Gehry. The building resembles a cloud of glass: twelve large transparent sails covering a main body, itself formed from an assembly of pure white blocks. Sunken into the ground, the Fondation appears to float within the surrounding Jardin d’Acclimatation whose trees and greenery will play light tricks with and be mirrored by its vast panes.
This weekend’s exhibitions take us down memory lane in the world of photography, as we look back at the life’s work of fashion photographer Horst and the evolution of colour photography throughout Russia in the 20th Century. We also explore new projects from current artists Andrew Kerr in Glasgow and Max Beckmann Hamburg and photographer Paul Graham in New York.
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. Juno Calypso works with self-portraiture to explore the artificial construction of femininity. Her fictional character, Joyce, allows her to combine personal experience with critical studies into modern rituals of beauty and seduction.
For 10 years Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival has continued in its aim to turn the small northern town into one big screen. Over the decade festival-goers have been given the opportunity to watch hundreds of international film premieres in a plethora of unique settings, besides the varied special events that last year saw performance artist, Sidsel Christensen, balanced precariously above the River Tweed. For their 10th year, festival organisers have not only produced a glossy anniversary catalogue, TEN, but they also prepared a spectacular Opening Gala with two UK premieres from Momcilo Mrdakovic and Ben Russell.
The Marseillaise(s) / fifteen years of collecting focuses on the artistic growth and development of five photographers: Valérie Belin, Jacqueline Hassink, Naoya Hatakeyama, Sarah Jones and Rob Nypels. Each artist has curates a gallery of their choice, starting with their most recent works and moving to include older pieces of their own work which are held by the Huis Marseille collection. The result is five retrospectives, each artist illustrating their own personal and artistic development over the last fifteen years.
Within the cavernous space of Dundee Contemporary Arts, visitors eagerly clamber over contours of artificial green landmass, through a dense forest of cardboard cut-out animals and plantlife. At first, mistakable for an abandoned theatre set, this stock photography menagerie is artist and poet Heather Phillipson’s most recent “head-sick” into a gallery space, forming an immersive terrain of film, audio and sculptural works.
Taking over the third floor of The Wapping Project Bankside’s second Mayfair location is a new, challenging exhibition programme, initiated by Jules Wright. This autumn the series kicks off with the first UK solo exhibition by Dutch photographer, Juul Kraijer.Not only working in photography, over her twenty year career, Juul Kraijer’s meticulous, exploratory methods have yielded a body of work of over four hundred drawings, as well as sculpture and video.
Nestled in a small gallery adjacent to Manchester Art Gallery’s shop is a display of obscurely beautiful contemporary jewellery, which teeters on the edge of being fearsome. Old saw blades hold pearls and diamonds, while strings of broken bottle necks and spectacle eye glasses have been transformed into necklaces. Far from anyone’s usual expectations of jewellery, this is the world of contemporary artist Bernard Schobinger.
Artes Mundi 6 is a major contemporary art prize based in the UK, taking place bi-annually to bring together through an exhibition some of the world’s most celebrated artists of today. This year, the event branches out beyond the National Museum Cardiff to include Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and ffotogallery, Penarth, with a programme of performance, music, site-specific installations, film, lectures and seminars.
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. Þorsteinn Cameron’s work takes a look at technology’s influence in modern society. While dealing with a wide spectrum of modern mediums, Cameron’s practice has remained firmly grounded in the natural landscapes of Iceland.
This is the first US solo exhibition of German photographer Mona Kuhn’s newest large-scale colour series, Acido Dorado. These photographs of nudes aim to show the human body in its most natural state, timeless and free from cultural and generational stereotypes.
Nick Cave’s self proclaimed role as a messenger is amply evident from his exhibition titled Made By Whites For Whites at the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. In a recent conversation at the gallery with Denise Markonish, the curator of MASS MoCA that will host his large scale solo exhibition in 2016, Cave spoke of his social responsibility as an artist that marks a new direction and departure from his lavish, well-known Soundsuits.
RITE OF PASSAGE is New York’s first major exhibition devoted to the early years of the 20th century avant-garde movement, Vienna Actionism. Through a rare selection of early vintages prints and original contact sheets, as well as paintings and collages by artists such as Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch, and Rudolf Schwarzkogler, and curated by Hubert Klocker, the exhibition is a representative survey of the formative years of Vienna Actionism.
Established in 2002, Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) has become one of the leading art fairs in Asia. The event was initiated by Galleries Association of Korea and offers an opportunity for visitors to take a look at the best artists and institutions at work in the industry. In addition to the numerous exhibitors involved, KIAF presents a range of connected programmes to provide a more detailed overview of the market. Running 25-29 September this year, the fair displays the artists of today, while predicting the creatives of tomorrow.
Including works which have never been exhibited as well as paintings, films, sculptures, notebooks, slide projections and photocopies from across five decades, Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 will be the first exhibition to fully encompass the enormously varied range of materials with which Polke worked.
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. Joachim Fleinert bases his practice on found photography. Inspired by the flea market rifling that defined his childhood, Fleinert loves to search for lost stories and lives in imagery. Fleinert speaks to us about the way he transforms old photography and his upcoming projects.
Saluting the work of Frisian author and poet Jan Slauerhoff, the 21st Noorderlicht International Photofestival highlights those who, dissatisfied with the status quo, think ‘outside the box,’ seek alternatives or create their own. An Ocean of Possibilities is dedicated to ventures which underwrite our freedom to start something new and to do the unexpected in a world where it can feel as if the fundamentals cannot change.
Bernd & Hilla Becher’s project to document the industrial landscape of post-war Europe, ongoing for over five decades, is timeless: contemporary photographs of monumental structures that bear no trace of current affairs, past events or future projections. This selection of works exemplifies their rigorous examination of architectural typologies, treading a fine line between similarity and difference, seemingly devoid of both utility and humanity.
A Road Through Shore Pine focuses on a new body of work by Robert Adams, a series of 18 never-before-seen photographs made in Nehalem Bay State Park, Oregon, in the autumn of 2013, which will be presented alongside Robert Adams: The Complete Books, 1970–2014. This is to be a survey of the artist’s deep involvement with the book form over a span of almost 45 years.
In a town whose faded seaside glamour is both complimented and disturbed by a swath of public art, it is only at low tide that the feverish digging can commence. A swatch of beach that in the morning looks like the realisation of a grim prophecy in a Morrissey song is by late afternoon swamped by an ecstatic crowd. Michael Sailstorfer has buried £10,000 worth of gold bullion in the unforgiving sands of the Old Harbour.
Photo.clothing combines the fad of all over prints on t-shirts with art, to produce vibrant and unique items of clothing. The team have joined up with Magnum photographers Martin Parr and David Alan Harvey and have created 500 t-shirts with their distinctive photographs. All of the shirts are hand printed in London on high-quality materials that stays wrinkle free and soft to the hand. Photographers are invited to join the community and submit their own photographs to be transformed into a fashionable garment. We speak to the developer of Photo Clothing, Michael Hanreck, about the company and his favourite designs.
With his London debut, Berlin-based Australian artist James Reka explores the splendour of the dancing female form using fluid lines to create a hypnotic and dynamic movement. The title of the show derives from John Milton’s 1645 poem L’Allegro, in which to “trip the light fantastic” alludes to those who dance without inhibition – and Reka’s characters do just this.
Degrees of Separation at Maddox Arts explores the legacy of the Modern Masters who were pioneering geometric abstraction and kinetic art in the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition responds to the work of these influential artists and looks at how contemporary practitioners are continuing to uses these art forms today. Artists such as Carlos Cruz-Diez, Abraham Palatnik and Julio le Parc are included in the show and the presentation of their work together develops a unique discourse between the various approaches to the genre. Aesthetica speaks to curator Laura Culpan about the development of Degrees of Separation and the future plans for Maddox Arts.
From Nowt to Summat is a new installation by Aesthetica Art Prize finalist Deb Covell, opening at mima, Middlesbrough, on 18 September. The work has been produced as part of her Artist’s Open Studio event at mima (until 12 September) and is also accompanied by Absolute Zero, an exhibition of Covell’s work in the area outside our education space, Project Space 2 Gallery, until 18 September.
International video art is celebrated in an exhibition at Birmingham Hippodrome and across the city this November. About Town is presented in partnership with Ikon and showcases a wide variety of free night-screenings by artists from the UK and abroad, in unique urban spaces. Running 13-16 November, the event combines new commissions and pieces from the Ikon’s recent programme.
This year, 55 artists join the assembly of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, chosen by the UK organisation which supports emergent art practice from British Art Schools. New Contemporaries provides a critical platform for recent fine art graduates by means of this annual, nationally touring exhibition – of which previous exhibitors include Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Mike Nelson.
The opening of the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in Brixton marks a significant milestone in the life-cycle of the south London borough of Lambeth. Proudly housed in the listed Raleigh Hall on the corner of the iconic Windrush Square, the archive finally exposes the fragility, the battle and the joy experienced by Black-Britons as they came to forge an indelible and unique contribution to the cultural landscape not only of London where the S.S. Empire Windrush docked in 1948 but spiralling outwards to encompass the entire island, creating in its wake a wave of activism and defiance.
This September, Rashid Johnson’s critically acclaimed piece, Dutchman, will run at Chicago’s Red Square Russian and Turkish Baths for five evenings with performances beginning at 11pm as part of Performa 10 Years. Dutchman is Johnson’s first live performance and is a reimagining of the Obie Award-winning theatrical play written in 1964 by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), re-enacted within the setting of a traditional bathhouse – having premiered at the historic Russian & Turkish Baths in New York City’s East Village.
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. Katie Bret-Day is influenced by the work of the Surrealists and has an interest in the materiality of photography. She has an affection for the traditional format of photography, but likes to combine this passion with digital methods to produce new and provocative pieces. Bret-Day speaks to us about the practitioners that have inspired her and how she communicates with her audience.
GM Architects: Museum of Civilizations is Nominated for an Award at The World Architecture Festival, Singapore
The Museum of Civilizations, presented by GM Architects at Venice Biennale of Architecture 2014, has been nominated for an award at The World Architecture Festival in Singapore. The World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating, and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe.
The 20/21 British Art Fair opens today at the Royal College of Art, London. It is the only fair to specialise in Modern and Post-War art, but also feature work up to the present day. The college is often dubbed “the spiritual home of British art” and is the ideal setting for the fair. Running 10-14 September, the fair presents 55 exhibitors, who offer an inclusive collection of paintings, prints, drawings, photography, sculpture from the Modern (1900-1945), Post-War (1945-1970), and Contemporary (1970 onwards) periods. The intimate and friendly atmosphere appeals to the young, the first time buyer and the dedicated collector.
City Visions: A season of films, talks and debates exploring modern cities, Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre, London
50% of the earth’s population live in urban centres, a figure that is predicted to rise to over 75% by 2050; City Visions is a series of films, talks and debates that celebrate the energy of modern cities whilst exposing memorable images of urban decay and deprivation. The season engages with conversations around architecture, urban planning and globalisation, and will run alongside the Barbican Art Gallery exhibition Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age.
Most air traffic between London and Sao Paolo this summer was one way, well at least until the England football team limped out of the World Cup against Costa Rica on the 24th of June. Those fans who stayed out in Brazil beyond the remit of their original objective to support the England team may have been lucky enough to witness a match which in many ways eclipsed the tournament and provided a compelling portrait of Brazil itself. The selecao’s 7-1 humiliation by Germany epitomised the Brazilian tradition of collapsing the boundaries between art and rubbish, poetry and tragedy.
This exhibition currently on display is the first survey of works by David Farrell (1919-2013) since his death earlier last year, and showcases images of famous sitters from Louis Armstrong and Laurence Olivier, to Anthony Caro, Margot Fonteyn and the Rolling Stones. The British photographer is internationally renowned for his iconic images of the greatest musicians, actors, authors, dancers and artists of the 20th century, as well as documentary works depicting domestic life in Britain and anonymous street subjects.
Spanning nine months and encompassing five decades of the artist’s oeuvre from 1969 to 2014, You Can’t Keep Acid in a Paper Bag is an iconic exhibition for several reasons. Not only is it the first comprehensive retrospective of Nalini Malani’s work to be exhibited in India – bringing home several installations and projects that have never been shown in her home country – it is also one of the largest solo exhibitions to be held at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA).
The 31st Bienal de São Paulo will deal with things that don’t exist, it is a poetic call to the promise of art, and addresses these things that don’t exist in several ways: how to talk about them, how to learn from them, how to live with them, how to struggle with them.
To celebrate ten years of existence, Dover Street Market holds The Next Ten Years: a series of events, installations and special products. For the duration of September, the basement and second floor of Dover Street Market will be totally transformed, the Rose Bakery will be enlarged and artists design four new fitting rooms. Furthermore, an event space on the first floor, an expanded jewellery section and wallet display will be given over to Louis Vuitton for the entire A/W14 season.
There’s still time to catch Rossetti’s Obsession: Images of Jane Morris at Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral, before it closes on 21 September. Exploring the paintings, drawings and photographs of the Pre-Raphaelite star, the exhibition marks the centenary of Morris’ death and looks at the role she played as Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s chief muse. Uniting rarely displayed works, the showcase details the artist’s fixation with Morris and his depiction of her as the ultimate femme-fatale.
Photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode was a highly influential figure in 1980s black British and African contemporary art, and although his career was cut short by his untimely death at the age of 34, Fani-Kayode remains one of the most significant names in the history of black photography.