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.
City Visions: A season of films, talks and debates exploring modern cities, Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre, London
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.
In his Festival lecture The Culture of Violence in the Twentieth Century, Alan Kramer points out that, unlike the Germans, the English did not during World War I rely on prisoners of war as a labour force. Not only this, but English POWs were treated comparably well. As Professor of European History at Trinity College Dublin, Kramer is precisely one of those who, in the words of Albert Camus, “make history.” Yet as Festival Director Jonathan Mills quotes in full from Camus in his introductory statement in the Festival programme, “It is the destiny of the artist not to serve those who make history, but to serve those who are its victims.”
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. Corinne Silva’s vibrant photographs examine the use of the still and moving image in suggesting metaphysical space. Her visual language engages with the limits of lens-based media and its potential to explore the evolving relationship between politics, landscape and art histories. Silva speaks to us about her Imported Landscapes series and her dual use of photography and film.
Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets currently on display at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art showcases the work of one of the greatest and most confessional artists of the 20th century. Most people associate the artist’s name with her overwhelming spider sculptures but there really is so much more to the works of the “woman without secrets”.
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is delighted to announce it is now a BAFTA recognised festival, an achievement that is unprecedented for a festival in its fourth year. This latest accolade stands testament to the creativity and bold programming of ASFF, which has now firmly established itself as a dynamic player on the film festival circuit.
This September Sam Eugène’s second solo exhibition opens at Art Galleries Europe in London. A Digital Fauve introduces a brand new artist genre: Digital Fauvism. The form comes from the influence of les Fauves, a group of influential artists at work in the early 20th century. Eugène restores the techniques of the masters but adapts them for his individual practice as he merges Fauvism with photography and digital media.
The artists to be shortlisted for the Turner Prize in its 30th year are Duncan Campbell, Ciara Phillips, James Richards and Tris Vonna-Michell. The Prize was founded in 1984 promote discussion of new developments in contemporary British art, and this year’s shortlist reflects the diversity of the UK art scene today.
Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and American photographer Anne Collier mark the 20th anniversary of Studio Voltaire with their first solo presentations to take place within one of London’s public galleries. Chetwynd will present her largest commission to date, Hermitos Children 2, within a large-scale installation whose props and interiors will immerse visitors within her world of 16th century wandering troupes and wild, costumed, carnivalesque live performances.
There is still time today to enter Aesthetica’s creative opportunities for artists and writers. The Aesthetica Art Prize, now in its eighth year, celebrates excellence in contemporary art from around the world. Artists at any stage in their career working in all media are invited to submit works that demonstrate innovation, creativity and technical skill. The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award supports and publishes literary talent on an international scale, selecting finalists for publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. We present the prizes available for both awards, which make them essential events to take part in this year.
Dario Vidal, a graduate from Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences in Finland, is a designer who empathises more with numbers than with letters. Algorithms, formulas and statistics are part of his professional practices which he uses as a form-finding technique for his works. He is keen on designing unique objects rather than throw-away mass-produced artefacts and his work Untitled featured in the Aesthetica Art Prize longlist.
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.
In her digital portraits, Inés Molina Navea superimposes details from photographs of up to five different faces in order to create images of people who have never existed. As well as being a de-construction of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s idea of “the decisive moment” in photography, Molina Navea wants to use these images to reveal modern practices of social control. Her 541 días (541 days) selected for exhibition in the Aesthetica Art Prize has recently been purchased by Hiscox and is now included in a major international art collection. We talk to Molina Navea about her work and this latest accolade.
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.
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.
A series of six unique tapestries by Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry are to be woven throughout the historic setting of the Tudor-Jacobean Temple Newsam House as the final location of the exhibition’s UK tour. Temple Newsam physically represents over 500 years of taste and fashion in its varying interiors and collections of decorative arts, fine paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics and textiles.
There’s still time to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, which is open for entries until 31 August. The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in contemporary art from across the world, and submissions are welcome from artists at all stages of their career working in any medium.
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.
There is still time to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, which welcomes submissions from artists at all levels working across media from photography to painting, installation to sculpture and performance to artists’ film. A celebration of excellence in contemporary art, the Aesthetica Art Prize supports and nurtures rising talent from across the world and prizes include group exhibition, editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine and £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox.
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”.
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.
Elke Finkenauer featured in the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2014 with her selected piece Draw A Line Somewhere. This work is a reflection upon the many facets of human nature. No-one who achieves huge success does so alone. Whereas a monument commemorates only heroic qualities, the piece can be considered as an “anti-monument” which instead celebrates the mundane reality of the “everyperson.” It reveals a certain softness, fluidity, brightness and darkness, all compressed into one whole.
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”.
There is one week left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, an annual award which celebrates excellence in contemporary art. Entries are welcome from artists at all stages in their career and working in any medium. We present a selection of longlisted artists from the latest edition of the award in anticipation of the call for entries deadline.
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.
Aesthetica Art Prize longlisted artist Tamara Dean, born in 1976, is a photographer whose practice extends from New York to Australia. Dean’s work explores the relationship between humans and nature, and her works are exhibited internationally. Her new series The Edge opened in 2014 at Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney, Australia.
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.
Pamela Bowden is a fine artist with a background in archaeology and ethnography. Her experience as an ethnoarchaeological ceramicist led her to explore concepts of time, fragility and the impermanent nature of life. She has participated in group shows as well as two solo exhibitions, and is currently undertaking research at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.
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. In 2012 Jordi Ruiz Cirera won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize for the portrait he shot when he spent time with the Menonites, a closed community in Bolivia. Ruiz Cirera tells us about what draws him to take a photo and the impact of awards on his career.
Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize, Deb Covell exhibited a selection of pieces from her series Black and White Paintings throughout spring and summer 2014 in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 group show at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. In the run up to the current call for entries close on 31 August, we look at Covell’s practice as a source of inspiration and as a dynamic contribution to the contemporary art scene – intriguingly crossing the boundaries between painting and sculpture.
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers” said Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, in 1943, proving again that in the realm of technology it is very dangerous to make any prediction at all. So although the Barbican’s Digital Revolution is an exhibition of 30-ish years of digital art, computers, websites, CGI, music videos and games rather than a manifesto, there is still some slight hubris-in-the-making at work in its putting games made in the 1990s alongside examples of contemporary technology and artwork. You feel the future looking over your shoulder throughout, and the future has a tendency to assume we were all quaint. So the Barbican is to be admired and not envied: it has curated a show that will end up being discovered as what 2014 thought of itself.
MANIFESTA 10, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Manifesta originated in the post-communist period in the 1990s with the aim of balancing the information gap between the East and West, North and South. Offering audiences an opportunity to exchange knowledge and rethink the platforms and influences of art and its expressions, Manifesta considers both the poetic and political nature of art and contextualises the contemporary with the historical. Operating within contested areas allows the biennial to demonstrate the way in which art can aid understanding within this complex world and Manifesta encourages a critical dialogue.
There are two weeks left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, a celebration of excellence in contemporary art from around the world. Previous longlisted artists include Philip Gurrey whose abstract painting After Goya #2 – a contemporary re-working of Francisco Goya’s Crucified Christ – was selected in the Painting and Drawing category.
Taking our appetite for sugar as a starting point to create images of a corrupted globalisation, James Ostrer takes over the glass façade and ground floor of the Gazelli Art House, as part of its Window Project, to present the unsavoury side of our addiction to the sweet stuff. Ostrer’s photographs of human subjects covered in layers of sweets and foodstuffs have a cartoon-like absurdity while exploring self-destructive behaviours and drawing attention to the volumes of sugar that flow through our bodies and our dietary culture.