This December, Aesthetica Magazine – one of the most recognised and important art and culture publications both in the UK and internationally – celebrates its 10th anniversary with a spectacular 50th issue, available worldwide from 1 December. Founded in 2002 by Cherie Federico and Dale Donley when both were university students, the publication has achieved a remarkable feat, growing in stature and readership through one of the most challenging economic periods in recent history. A major success story for publishing, it has the distinction of being the only British art magazine to start and be sustained within the past decade.
The Coming Storm, currently on at Battersea Arts Centre, has already caused a stir, The Guardian noted “I could happily watch these performers for hours” and What’s On Stage labeled it, “a powerful and important piece of theatre”. Produced by performance group, Forced Entertainment, artistic director, Tim Etchells, speaks to Aesthetica about his approach to theatre and his soon to be released book, Vacuum Days.
Opening on the 14 November at the Robin Rice Gallery in New York, Cig Harvey will be launching installation exhibition, You Look at me Like an Emergency, based around her best selling photographic book of the same name. The exhibition is set up to mimic the book and allow the audience the experience of walking through it, even the cover of the book is replicated in the large white title stuck onto the red back wall. Drawn into a world of stories of relationship failures, falling in love and adjusting to motherhood the viewers will be struck by the vivid colours and perfect compositions of Harvey’s friends, family and found objects. Previously featured in Aesthetica 48, Harvey speaks to Aesthetica about her first photos and her desire to exhibit in the UK.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the BFI Film Classics series, BFI have teamed up with a variety of rising stars from the design world to produce a limited edition, collectible set of twelve books on some of the most iconic films ever made. The set includes popular titles from the BFI Film Classic series including Citizen Kane, The Wizard of Oz and Vertigo as well as some exciting new additions such as Snow White, The Conformist and La Regle du Jeu.
The latest issue of Aesthetica has hit the shelves. It starts with William Klein + Daido Moriyama, opening this October at Tate Modern, which juxtaposes both photographers’ works and explores modern and urban life in New York and Tokyo. We also take a closer look at the work of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, whose show Bivouac opens this autumn at MCA Chicago. Tim Walker presents a breathtakingly surreal exhibition, Story Teller at London’s Somerset House, which combines the worlds of conceptual art and fashion photography. M to M of M/M (Paris) is a survey of one of the most influential and emblematic design practices and art partnerships in the 21st century. The Serial Portrait opens this autumn and explores the practice of taking multiple portraits of the same subjects. Six Lines of Flight runs at SFMOMA, and features key artists from around the world who have developed unique artistic organisations in six different cities that have become burgeoning artistic centres. Nadav Kander travelled the full distance of the Yangtze River, capturing the changing face of China. Finally, we introduce Formento & Formento, whose works construct a powerful cinematic narrative.
Photomonth Photofair will open on 6 October at Spitalfields Traders Market, giving guests the chance to peruse stalls run by photographers and galleries selling prints, books and magazines. Aesthetica caught up with Maggie Pinhorn, director of the event, to uncover the finer details.
The Nour Festival will be celebrating contemporary arts and culture from across the Middle East and North Africa, starting on the 1st of October and running until the 1st of December. It will be a borough-wide event based in Kensington and Chelsea and will take place at venues including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum, Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre and the Mosaic Rooms.
Berlinde De Bruyckere, Hauser & Wirth Outdoor Sculpture In Collaboration With St James’s Church, London
Overlooked by the steeple of St. James’s Church, a deer lies on a stone slab, supported by a wooden pedestal in the otherwise tranquil setting of Southwood Garden. The sculpture, Rodt, 6 Januari, 2012, is a work by Berlinde De Bruyckere, a Belgian artist known for her frank portrayals of the inherent human qualities of fragility, vulnerability and imperfection. De Bruyckere grapples with these universal themes and translates them using a contemporary sensibility that combines poetic beauty with a brutal realism. De Bruyckere’s new sculpture, one of the artist’s first works will be publically displayed outdoors as the next exhibition of Hauser & Wirth Outdoor Sculpture.
Only one week to go to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition. Submit your fiction and poetry now!
Aesthetica is inviting all writers and poets to submit to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012. The competition celebrates and champions creative writing, nurturing talent and bringing work to international attention. There are two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including £500 in cash and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology. If you would like to take part in this fantastic event, and share your work with an international audience, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com to enter today!
The second edition in the series marking BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art tenth birthday, the exclusive new colour print by Graham Dolphin whose work Fallen Neverland, 2012 goes on sale,17 August 2012.
Fallen Neverland is a digitally constructed collage from photographs of Neverland Ranch, California, the former home of American singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009). Named after the Peter Pan story by J. M Barrie, Neverland was Jackson’s attempt to create his version of this mythical location in which children do not age and is inhabited by the fairies of Pixie Hollow, mermaids and pirates.
The August/September issue, subtitled “Redefining Place” is out today. This issue starts with The Way of Enthusiasts, a group show that utilises the context of the Venice Architecture Biennale as a platform to survey the last few decades of Russian art. Featuring over 80 artists, End of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 is on now at MOCA Los Angeles and challenges many myths about Land Art, including that it was primarily a North American phenomenon. We also take an in-depth look at Penelope Slinger’s Hear What I Say, which opens this September at Riflemaker in London – it’s the first solo show that artist has had in 32 years.
This is the week that we launch our latest issue of Aesthetica Magazine! Following our recently expanded UK and international distribution, we have introduced a fresh new look for Issue 33. This edition has a sleek, updated design and features expanded content focusing on innovative and contemporary subjects. Exploring the creative zeitgeist, Aesthetica’s editorial is engaging and offers new perspectives on contemporary arts, looking at the arts in relation to the social, political and economic.