There’s still time to get along to Art Basel Miami Beach. As well as the stunning list of exhibitors, there are eight sectors allowing visitors to explore the many dimensions of Modern and contemporary art including museum-caliber paintings, sculptures and classical photography, as well as works of an outsized scale, precisely curated projects, and site-specific artworks which take advantage of the unique Miami Beach landscape. We take a look at some of the best galleries to see at the fair.
The second day of Art Basel Miami Beach is upon us and there are still hundreds of galleries to check out. Participants from Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa make up the impressive list of exhibitors at this year’s event. The different galleries present historical work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as newly created pieces by emerging stars. If you are unsure of what to see today, with such a vast selection on display, check out some of our recommended stands below.
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.
The calendar flips over to the final month of the year this weekend, meaning there’s not long left to catch the best art exhibitions around the world before the festive season entirely takes over. The start of December brings with it, alongside jugfuls of mulled wine and piles of mince pies, a whole feast of exciting new shows, from James-Joyce inspired presentations to gigantic marble islands. So, to get your December off to the very best of starts, here’s our top selections for this Saturday and Sunday…
Traces marks the UK’s first retrospective of work by Ana Mendieta through an extensive exhibition of films, sculptures, photographs, drawings, personal writings and notebooks, and a slide-room revealing the comprehensive nature of her oeuvre. Before her untimely death in 1985, Mendieta produced a multi-faceted body of work that not only challenged traditional conventions of exhibiting and collecting art, but also enabled her to be situated as a legendary artist in an art historical context as well as the scope of contemporary art today.
AV Festival 14: EXTRACTION takes place 1-31 March 2014 at venues across the North East of England, including mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyneside Cinema, NGCA (Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art), Star and Shadow Cinema, Laing Art Gallery and other spaces to be announced. A biennial event, the Festival is thematically curated to engage audiences with current ideas across contemporary art, film, music and wider society. This year’s event features new commissions, UK premieres, solo exhibitions, group shows, concerts and film screenings by international and nationally renowned artists.
3 am can be an extraordinary hour when some fear ghosts and monsters are on the prowl, when animals feel able to move without human detection and the young feel able to express themselves freely. The Bluecoat’s latest exhibition, 3 am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night brings together the work of 22 artists whose work explores this nocturnal hour, capturing and commenting on the activity of those who utilise its time.
Tangier-based artist and filmmaker, Yto Barrada (b.1971) probes into the material history and visual culture of her hometown in this multi-layered exhibition of films, artworks, posters and ephemera, on display at the Walker Art Center from 21 November until 18 May. Combining documentary strategies with a metaphoric approach to imagery in her photographic, film, and sculptural work, Barrada’s art is committed to exploring Tangier’s rich cultural history, which has been long been rooted in the collective imagination, eternally romanticised and immortalised in film and literature.
This November House of Peroni, London, opens its doors to celebrate Italian style and creativity with Miles Aldridge. Fashion photographer, Aldridge, is inspired by Federico Fellini’s era-defining film, 8 1/2, forming one of the centrepieces of the launch. Bringing all the glamour and beauty of Italian contemporary film into this residency of culture and cuisine, the artist helps kick-off 30 days of sizzling style on Portland Place.
Review of Push Your Art: Cécile B. Evans, Mathieu Mercier, David Ancelin, Philipp Engelhardt, Romain Sein at Palais de Tokyo, Paris
The group exhibition Push Your Art is a logical completion for the first edition of international contest for technologically innovative art creation. The 2013 theme is 3D relief. The committee received more than 100 applications and selected ten artists to attend a workshop with art experts, including the film director, Wim Wenders, and an artist Jeremy Deller. The jury, consisting of renowned contemporary art professionals, eventually awarded the young Belgian-American artist, Cécile B. Evans, the first prize and picked three finalists: David Ancelin, Philipp Engelhardt and Roman Sein. As the jury explained, their choice was influenced by the dynamics of the artists’ development through the participation in master-classes which attempted to enrich their vision of the medium, one completely foreign to human consciousness.
Winter makes its presence felt this weekend as the first hoards of Christmas shoppers crowd the streets and rumours of oncoming snow storms begin. This Saturday and Sunday is therefore a great time to get prepared and get your fix of the best art from around the world before the roads freeze over and the white stuff hits. Here’s a run-through of our top exhibitions, from the bracing streets of Edinburgh to the busy boulevards of Paris, that are well worth dragging you away from the fire this weekend.