With the countdown to Christmas well and truly underway, look no further for festive inspiration than the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2014. The perfect gift for any literature lover, the Annual promises to inspire, stimulate and intrigue with an outstanding celebration of poetry and short fiction. This compelling collection unites established and emerging literary talent from across the world, featuring the winners and finalists from this year’s Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition. Covering a broad range of topics, the anthology invites the reader to explore the different facets of contemporary life, resonating on many levels. The collection can be returned to time and time again, sparking a passion for new writing.
Classic art deco boulevards, long white beaches and a glitzy night life provide the backdrop to Art Basel Miami Beach. Art Basel – which began in 1970 and also shows in Hong Kong and Basel – is recognised as a premier international art fair and attracts more than 50,000 visitors and 250 of the world’s leading galleries each year. Presented across eight sectors, the ocean-front located event allows visitors to explore some of the world’s best sculpture, film, art publications, paintings and classical photography, as well as site-specific works which take advantage of the iconic Miami Beach setting. Aesthetica takes a look behind the scenes at a selection of galleries to look out for at this year’s event.
Issue 56 December / January of Aesthetica is in shops now! In this edition we consider the importance of reflecting upon the things you have done, as well as those you didn’t do and will go on to do in the future. We start with Hello, my name is Paul Smith, which is on now at the Design Museum, London, and looks at the art, fashion and creative ingenuity of one of Britain’s leading designers. We also examine The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945 at MOCAK in Krakow, Poland. At MoMA in New York, European art is also being showcased: Isa Genzken’s installations and sculptures are the subject of a massive retrospective, which surveys the layers of her work.
John Cheim is primarily known as one half of influential New York gallery Cheim & Read. However, Cheim is also an outstanding book designer and has produced a number of important artist publications over the last 30 years including monographs on Louise Bourgeois, Alice Nell, Jack Pierson and Bruce Weber, to a name a few. From 15 October until 17 November his work appears at the ICA in a presentation that sheds light on his career as a book designer. Aesthetica speaks to Cheim about his design projects and his new exhibition.
Long before Desmond Morris had startled the world with his book The Naked Ape, Morris has already gripped public attention as a painter. Now ranked as one of the foremost exponents of surrealism in Britain, Morris encapsulates the sociological importance of art through his paintings and books. His new book The Artistic Ape looks at artistic production in humans – how it began and why we pursue it with such intensity all over the world. We asked Desmond what we can expect from The Artist Ape and his relationship with zoology and art.
Issue 55 of Aesthetica is in shops now. This issue concentrates on redefinitions as a way of constructing new meaning. The artists featured expand across decades of contemporary practice, and the works included test the resilience of the artist. Inside we start with a look at Elmgreen & Dragset’s latest installation Tomorrow, which takes over the former Textile Galleries at the V&A, London. The artists have created an apartment belonging to a fictional, elderly and disillusioned architect to comment on the loneliness and alienation ever-present in today’s society.
The largest art buying events in the North of England open later this week. Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary will return to Hardman Boulevard, Spinningfields, Manchester from 26 to 29 September. Following its unparalleled success in 2012, Buy Art Fair, the UK’s biggest contemporary art fair outside London, celebrates its sixth year, while its sister show, The Manchester Contemporary, will mark its fifth anniversary showcasing world-class, critically engaged contemporary art.
This September Formento+Formento celebrates the launch of a new artbook, Circumstance. The book will be released by YellowKorner internationally and will arrive in the UK on 12 September and in France on 18 September. The photographic duo, made up of BJ and Rochelle Formento, will attend a special evening event on Wednesday 18 September at the YellowKorner gallery in the Pompidou centre. Featured on two covers of Aesthetica, Formento+Formento’s striking frames uncover cinematic beauty and theatrical stories.
There’s still over a week left to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2013. Now in its sixth year, the competition is a fantastic opportunity for emerging and established writers to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Register your poetry or short fiction by 31 August for a chance to win publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, £500 prize money and a selection of inspirational books. To mark this exciting event in the Aesthetica calendar, we’re taking a look at one of last year’s finalists Susan Yardley with her short story SCAR.
Isabel Bermudez: January, Mortlake, Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012
Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012, Isabel Bermudez was born in Bogota in 1968 and grew up in London. Her poetry has been shortlisted in a number of competitions including the Bridport Prize, and published in a range of magazines. She also writes short stories. Read Bermudez’s poem January, Mortlake published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2013.
Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012, Anna Wallace-Thompson is a Middle Eastern contemporary arts journalist who grew up predominantly in Dubai. Writing for Canvas, The Art Newspaper and Frieze, and featured in the anthology Des Autres/Of Others, she is working on a collection of short stories inspired by the region. Anna Wallace-Thompson’s short story Taxis pour les Galaxies was published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2013. Read an extract from Wallace-Thompson’s short story below.
Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012, Nick Boreham writes poems and short stories which have appeared in a number of publications including Poetry Scotland, Equinox and several anthologies. His works were published in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual for 2009 and 2011. As indicated by its title, Red is an exploration of colour and powerfully speaks about the changing significance of the colour red in different contexts. Read Nick Boreham’s poem Red below.