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Aesthetica Art Prize Talks: Cherie Federico, Editor of Aesthetica Magazine

Cherie Federico is the Editor of Aesthetica Magazine, and judge for the Aesthetica Art Prize. She will be leading the fourth talk in the series held at York St Mary’s as part of the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition – a dynamic and innovative display of outstanding contemporary art from around the world, running until 22 June.

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The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Continues for One More Month

Today there is one month left to visit the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. Featuring eight artists working in media from photography to film and painting to installation, the show represents the breadth and quality of work being produced today in the UK and internationally. The finalists hail from New Zealand, Chile, Germany, Italy and Britain; and the works of a further 92 international artists is displayed on monitors with the gallery. To celebrate this landmark exhibition in contemporary international art, we highlight works within the Video, Installation and Performance category, which can all be viewed here via YouTube and Vimeo.

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Krakow Film Festival 2014

Krakow Film Festival in Poland opens this May for its 54th edition. Running for eight days from 25 May until 1 June, the event is one of the oldest film festivals dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films in Europe. Audiences have the opportunity to watch about 250 films from Poland and abroad. Films are presented in competitions and in curated sections looking at particular a filmmakers’ output, themes within the industry and historical footage. The screenings are accompanied by exhibitions, concerts, open air screenings and meetings with the filmmakers. Every year Krakow Film Festival hosts about 600 Polish and international guests: directors, producers, film festival programmers and numerous audience from within the city.

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Various Artists, Jerwood Encounters: TTTT, Jerwood Space, London

Curated by Sarah Williams, TTTT responds to recent developments amongst artists around language, technology, image dissemination, sentimentality and anxiety. A series of reconfigured works from artists exploring sculpture and screen-based practices will be shown alongside new works by Oliver Laric and Benedict Drew.

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Interview with ICA Curator, Juliette Desorgues on Walerian Borowczyk

A retrospective of the work of Walerian Borowczyk (1923-2006) is due to go on display at the ICA, London, this week. The Listening Eye highlights the artist’s extensive work in filmmaking, painting and sculpture. Primarily know from his erotic films such as Immoral Tales (1974) and The Beast (1975), Borowczyk also produced a number of animations,  including Les Jeux des Anges (1964), Le Dictionnaire de Joachim (1965) and Le Théatre de Monsieur & Madame Kabal (1967). We speak to Associate Curator at the ICA, Juliette Desorgues, about what audiences can expect from the exhibition and their partnership with the BFI.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Talks: James Boaden, Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York

The third in the series of free lunchtime talks taking place as part of the Aesthetica Art Prize is led by University of York Lecturer and Art Historian, James Boaden. From 12.30pm to approximately 1pm on Wednesday 21 May, join Boaden at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, as he talks about the evolution of artists’ film, drawing upon the works in the exhibition.

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Dryden Goodwin, Poised, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Originally commissioned and presented by Film and Video Umbrella and De La Warr Pavilion at the time of the London 2012 Olympics, Dryden Goodwin’s film installation piece Poised, returns for the Yorkshire Festival 2014. The festival will run until 6 July and is the first ever arts festival to precede the Tour de France, the world’s biggest annual sporting event, in its 111 year history.

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Review of Oberhausen Short Film Festival

It is a major accolade for a short film festival to reach its 60th year. Oberhausen Short Film Festival was launched in 1954 and festival Director, Dr. Lars Henrik Gass notes: “The festival has now already been running for 60 years. This is surprising not just in view of the fact that short films are less than ever associated with the chance earning a decent living, but above all because of the economic situation of the city of Oberhausen itself, which for six decades has shouldered the costs of one of the most important events in avant-garde film. So if the festival still exists, it is thanks to Oberhausen and to the pesistence of a city that was not born to wealth, prestige of attractions.”

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Review of Bruce Nauman, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

Given The Harris’s Grade I listed neo-classical exterior, many people often simply associate the gallery with Victorian paintings and historical collections, and although this assumption isn’t entirely wrong, The Harris is rapidly building a reputation for its strong and innovative contemporary arts programme. As part of this programme and in collaboration with ARTIST ROOMS On Tour, The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is thrilled to be hosting a carefully curated snippet of works by influential American artist, Bruce Nauman.

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Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film, Parasol Unit

Parasol Unit plays host to the solo show of London based artist, Shezad Dawood. Spanning the gallery’s ground floor and first floor levels, it comprises several sculptures, including some neon light works, five large scale paintings on textile and two videos. A Mystery Play (2010) is the title of the 15 minute black and white video showing upstairs, whereas Towards the Possible Film (2014) is the cornerstone 20 minute colour film that lends its title to the entire exhibition.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted Artist Kathy Hinde

Piano Migrations by Kathy Hinde features in the Aesthetica Art Prize longlist of 100 artists from around the world. Her work, part of the Video, Installation & Performance category, unites the two practices of visual art and music composing.

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Vote in the Aesthetica Art Prize and Win an Exclusive Evening in York

Aesthetica is inviting the people of Yorkshire to cast their vote for the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award this spring. Following on from the initial success of the exhibition, Aesthetica is giving visitors the opportunity to choose their winner. Additionally, voters are entered into the Free Prize Draw with a chance of winning an exclusive evening in York, including a meal for two at Le Cochon Aveugle, cinema tickets for Reel and champagne cocktails at 1331.

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GAST: Dale Fearnley and Laura Mahony, Lincoln

Home is where the heart is, and artists Dale Fearnley and Laura Mahony have opened theirs to the outside world. A collaborative project with Ian Malicom, GAST is a unique exhibition situated inside the couple’s home and includes film, sculpture, installation and most interestingly, live performance.

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NOISE Festival Open for Entries

NOISE Festival is now open for entries. The award-winning national arts charity has announced an outstanding line up of Curators to handpick online entries for the 2014 event, including fashion designer Giles Deacon, games legend Ian Livingstone CBE (Tomb Raider), architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (Eden Project), pioneering musician Brian Eno, acclaimed cartoonist Gerald Scarfe CBE (Pink Floyd’s The Wall), cult horror film writer Clive Barker, photographer Elaine Constantine, and arts broadcaster Tim Marlow (White Cube Gallery) and more.

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Join Lunchtime Talks at the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition

Over the coming weeks, a series of lunchtime talks will run in conjunction with the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. With leading artists and professionals in the art world presenting these discussions, there is an opportunity to gain significant insight into the latest developments in the practice and curation of art.

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Hetain Patel: American Boy, Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate, Hetain Patel, takes to the stage for a very personal take on identity shape-shifting in his new solo American Boy. Patel constructs a warm and funny self-portrait entirely from quotes from American movies and home-grown television. In a seamless synthesis of the vocal and physical impersonations of his playground days, he looks at the multiple personas that we all inhabit in our day-to-day lives. The show runs on 20 and 21 May at Sadler’s Wells and goes on tour this autumn. We interview Patel about the inspiration behind American Boy.

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Review of Freedom Has No Script at Iniva, Rivington Place, London

In November 2013 Iniva announced that the first recipient of its Commissions and Exhibitions Fund would be Turkish artist Burak Delier, whose work strives to provide a critique of capitalism through contemporary art. An expansive exhibition of Delier’s recent ingenious work curated by Iniva’s pioneering Chief Executive Officer Tessa Jackson is now on display at Rivington Place. Each and every work included in the exhibition exclaims Freedom Has No Script, in a manner befitting the conditions presented to us by a world of fake and fabricated freedoms.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition: People’s Choice Award

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition brings dynamic, contemporary art to a medieval setting in the heart of York. From thousands who entered, eight artists have been selected for exhibition in the categories of Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Talks: Artist and Finalist Deb Covell

Join leading contemporary artist and Aesthetica Art Prize finalist Deb Covell at the first in a series of talks that will discuss and debate developments in the art world. Starting on 23 April, the talks run on Wednesdays from 12.30 – 1pm at York St Mary’s and are open to the public and free to attend.

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RSA Annual Exhibition , Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

The RSA Annual Exhibition is a focal point of the Royal Scottish Academy’s programme, showcasing work from RSA Academicians the length and breadth of Scotland. Now in its 188th year, it continues to provide a platform for contemporary paintings, sculpture, film, printmaking, photography and installation alongside work by some of the country’s leading architects.

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Bill Viola: Passions, Kunstmuseum Bern

American artist Bill Viola is one of the leading international artists working in video art. For more than 30 years, Viola has been experimenting with video tapes, video installations, sound environments, electronic-music performances and TV productions. In both 1995 and 2007, the artist appeared at the Venice Biennial to much acclaim. However, since his first solo exhibition in 1993 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Lausanne, his work has only been shown in group exhibitions in Switzerland. This April an extensive overview of his practice, Passions, appears at Kunstmuseum Bern and runs until 20 July. 

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Review of Mark Titchner, CGP London

About a decade ago, it seemed Mark Titchner was popping up in every high-profile group show in London, and this exposure naturally led to his Turner Prize nomination in 2006. He didn’t win, but his popularity remains high, bolstered by UK and international shows.

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5 To See This Weekend

In addition to Aesthetica’s very own Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s, York, there’s a number of wonderful art shows on display this weekend. If you’re near York, you can catch some of the most exciting emerging talents and trends in contemporary art today and if you’re elsewhere, you can be bewildered by Tobias Rehberger’s overwhelming installations in Frankfurt. At London’s Thomas Dane Gallery, Abraham Cruzvillegas destroys entire movements, while in Sheffield Wu Chi-Tsung creates entire cities from mere shadows. Wherever you are, make sure you see something this weekend.

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Science Fiction: New Death at FACT, Liverpool

What does “science fiction” mean in the 21st century? A traditional definition is that it is writing, or other artistic works, that presuppose a technology, or an effect of technology, such as humanity has not yet experienced. However, over the years, the genre has come to be represented by distinctive tropes and visual hallmarks, even when they are more closely associated with eras of the past – think of the monochrome screens in the film Alien from 1979, or how The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, due to the TV adaptation of 1981, is more synonymous with flared trousers than intergalactic space travel.

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Review of Laure Prouvost: For Forgetting, New Museum, New York

Visiting the New Museum’s lobby exhibition For Forgetting, a multimedia installation by artist Laure Prouvost, should not be done on an evening when the lobby also hosts a live band. Aside from the challenge in hearing the exhibition’s video installation, her film, Making Money Religiously, was well worth the concentration and effort.

Interview with Fashion Photographer and Filmmaker Kourtney Roy

Kourtney Roy’s striking fashion photography is currently on the cover of Aesthetica. Roy began her career with the intention of becoming a painter. However, after taking a photography course she quickly found a passion for the instantaneous nature of this art form, enjoying being able to immediately capture a scene as it was unfolding. The photographer was born in Ontario, Canada and now lives in France, and her images draw on a large selection of artists such as Jeff Wall, Guy Bourdin, Stephen Shore and Francis Bacon. This year the Aesthetica Short Film Festival launches a Fashion Film strand and Roy has also produced a number of these glamorous short films. She speaks to us about her narrative construction and the benefits of fashion film.

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Review of Art Paris Art Fair 2014

This year at the Art Paris Art Fair there was a dizzyingly fascinating gathering of art galleries from around the world. China was the guest of honour, after Russia last year. In front of the Grand Palais entrance to the art fair lay a rusting metal fist larger than a man: its tantalisingly paradoxical political image suggested both oppressive power and the severing of that power from the arm that propels it.

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Bill Viola Retrospective at Grand Palais. Paris

“I was born at the same time as video” – a viewer reads a memo in a dark labyrinth of the first retrospective of American video artist Bill Viola. Recently opened at the Grand Palais until 21 July, it shows off twenty works and is the first video art exhibition at the National Galleries. The retrospective revolves around three open philosophical questions: Who am I? Where am I? Where am I going? The experience of going to the exhibition visit is conceived as a journey, however, the artworks, as precious artifacts, are not called to give the answers, but to pose the questions.

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Interview with Oberhausen Curator Mika Taanila

One of the main programmes for the 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (1 to 6 May 2014), entitled Memories Can’t Wait – Film without Film, will bring together works that take place in a cinema but play with the normal viewing situation. Many of these works move away from the traditional moving image projection. So what happens in the cinema when the key element of the movie-going experience – the film itself – is taken away, when the screen is blank, when memories are evoked or “impossible films” presented? In one of the most extensive programme of “filmless films” so far, Oberhausen will present over 30 historical and new pieces that explore this question. Film without Film is curated by Mika Taanila, one of the most renowned contemporary Finnish artists and filmmakers. We speak to Taanila about his latest project.

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Miroslaw Balka: DIE TRAUMDEUTUNG 25,31m AMSL, White Cube Gallery, Mason’s Yard

Since the 10th Unilever Turbine Hall commission at Tate Modern back in 2009, this is Miroslaw Balka’s first solo show with new works in London and his fourth at White Cube gallery. Titled DIE TRAUMDEUTUNG 25,31m AMSL after Sigmund Freud’s book The Interpretation of Dreams (1899), the Mason’s Yard exhibition runs with another parallel exhibition of the Polish artist at the Freud Museum in Northwest London, DIE TRAUMDEUTUNG 75,32m AMSL. The accompanying numerals in both titles refer to the altitude (height above sea level) of each venue respectively.

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5 To See This Weekend

This April there are a number of outstanding art exhibitions on display across the world, and we take a look at the best shows open this weekend. Munich’s Haus der Kunst focuses on the wide-ranging works of Ellen Gallagher, while the city gates open in Glasgow for the start of the sixth international festival. Catch the first weekend of the Saatchi Gallery’s re-joining of Africa and Latin America in Pangaea, or follow the themes of social unrest with Welcome to Iraq at South London Gallery, and across the Atlantic there’s SFMOMA’s Public Intimacy, a revelation of the politics entwined in the everyday of South Africa.

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Winners of the Aesthetica Art Prize Announced

German artist Sybille Neumeyer was announced as the winner of the Main Prize for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 at the exhibition preview last night. Her stunning light installation Song for the Last Queen (2013) is comprised of 7,614 bees – one eighth of the colony – that were collected from a naturally collapsed bee hive and placed as a rhythm of black spots in honey creating a silent score.

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Shortlisted Artists

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition opens this week on 3 April at York St Mary’s, York. Celebrating innovative and outstanding artworks, the display features shortlisted pieces from artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance. The presentation highlights artistic talent from locations including Germany, New Zealand, Italy, Chile and the UK. We take a closer look at the eight selected individuals.

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Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May is now available online and in stores. We are at a particularly good time for artistic output. It’s not a coincidence that this reflects the extraordinary things that are happening in the world. The first 14 years of this millennium have progressed so exponentially, it’s simply staggering. It’s a moment of reflection, but also one of anticipation; the artists of today are helping us to make sense of it all.

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Video Artist Julia Weißenberg: Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Mary’s

Video artist Julia Weißenberg is one of eight finalists selected for exhibition in the Aesthetica Art Prize show, taking place at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, in partnership with York Museums Trust, from 4 April – 22 June.

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5 To See This Weekend

This weekend offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the best of contemporary art. The Biennale of Sydney and Art Paris Art Fair bring together fascinating and varied selections, while exhibitions at the Camden Arts Centre, Timothy Taylor Gallery and Ffotogallery showcase the impressive work of individual artists. The photography of Paul Reas and paintings of Alex Katz use bold colour to create striking images of their societies, while the delicate beauty of SIlke Otto-Knapp’s art creates a dreamy state inspired by dance and performance. Here is our selection of this weekend’s best exhibitions.

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Art Paris Art Fair, 27 – 30 March

Art Paris Art Fair opens today at the Grand Palais in a celebration of contemporary and modern art. Running 27 – 30 March, the fair gathers 144 galleries from around 20 countries, offering guests the chance to revel in art that spans sculpture, photography, painting, design and art books. This year, China is the the guest of honour and the fair aims to uncover new art scenes and talents from the area. Young galleries are also highlighted in the Promises section, looking at the emerging art industry across the globe. A variety of strands join together to make a unique art fair, one that seeks to discover new visions of art.

Sydney Biennale: You Imagine What You Desire

You Imagine What You Desire is a fitting title for Sydney’s 19th Biennale running until 9 June. Spread across five venues – which span the width of the city and includes an island in the middle of Sydney Harbour – the programme forces audiences to slowly absorb the ideas, beauty and creative energy of each venue’s work. This year’s Biennale doesn’t have a didactic theme but simply aims to activate audiences’ desires.

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Interview with Video Artist Clara Aparicio Yoldi, Longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 opens its new ground-breaking exhibition this spring, showcasing the very best of emerging talent in contemporary art internationally. Managed by Aesthetica Magazine in partnership with York Museums Trust, the exhibition will take place from 4 April to 22 June at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space.

Review of Yoko Ono: Half-a-Wind Show, Guggenheim Bilbao

Described by John Lennon as the world’s most famous unknown artist, Yoko Ono has spent a lifetime living in the shadow of her famous marriage and her revered late husband. Half-A-Wind Show, an epic retrospective visiting the Guggenheim Bilbao, is the chance to allow her the recognition she deserves…