Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition: 4 April – 22 June 2014, York

The Aesthetica Art Prize returns this spring with new and inspiring artworks that discuss some of the most poignant issues of our times. Critically acclaimed by the art world and loved by visitors in 2013, the Aesthetica Art Prize is set to become one of the key events in the UK for engaging with new talent.

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5 To See This Weekend

With so much exciting contemporary art on show, make sure to factor a gallery visit into your weekend plans. Explore the delicate beauty of Jim Hodges’ work in Minneapolis, David Hepher’s striking landscapes in London, juxtaposing urban and country life, or the fascinating conceptual career of the iconic Yoko Ono in Bilbao. Here are our pick of the top five exhibitions to see this weekend.

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Interview with Artist Erika Vogt

Erika Vogt’s Speech Mesh – Drawn OFF is currently on display at The Hepworth Wakefield’s contemporary art space, The Calder. Comprised of a number of sculptures and videos, the exhibition is Vogt’s first UK show. At the centre of the artist’s work is an interest in the physical process of creating images and objects and she draws on her background as an experimental filmmaker to produce multi-layered environments. Aesthetica speaks to Vogt about the unique name of the exhibition and her approach to The Calder’s space.

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Personal Choice: Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow

Personal Choice: Collectors’ selections from their own collections is Moscow-based Garage Center for Contemporary Culture’s exhibition about the collector of high end contemporary art who is Russian. While the exhibition is about the construction of the contemporary medium of Russian art collecting, it is also necessarily about the influence of international art collecting standards. While many of the artists in the exhibition are Russian, many are not, and those who are often work or worked outside of Russia.

Review of Marrakech Biennale

A biennial is at its best, according to veteran biennial curator and critic Hou Hanru, when it is “culturally related to the local traditions of the exhibition site but open to international exchanges.” This Janus-faced idealisation of the international art event speaks to contemporary discourse on the global versus the local, a binary that regularly exercises biennial makers, participants and viewers. Located literally in time and space yet populated conceptually by global concerns, the biennial runs the risk of becoming fundamentally dislocated.

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Brighton Festival: 3-25 May 2014

Opening on 3 May this year, the Brighton Festival will run for three weeks and is set to feature an abundance of exciting and innovative work across the disciplines. The festival will include a range of works, from Russian theatre to contemporary dance, as well as literature, visual arts and debate. This year, composer, choreographer and performer Hofesh Shechter will step into the role of Guest Director, a position previously filled by such greats as artist Amish Kapoor, actress Vanessa Redgrave and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.

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Kathrin Sonntag: I See You Seeing Me See You, Cooper Gallery

Berlin-based artist Kathrin Sonntag’s new installation I See You Seeing Me See You will be showcased until 4 April at Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee. The piece consists of everyday objects including mirrors, display cases, tulips and paint all re-contextualised into an intriguing ensemble. Items from museum and taxidermy collections also feature, such as glass prosthetic eyes for the blind and animal eye.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York

Showcasing innovative and outstanding pieces, the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition features shortlisted works from artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance. This year’s show opens at York St Mary’s, York, in collaboration with York Museums Trust on 4 April and runs until 22 June. The shortlisted artists include Amedeo Abello & Federico Morando and Inés Molina Navea for Photographic & Digital Art; Deb Covell and Elke Finkenauer for Painting & Drawing; Harriet Lewars and Ingrid Hu for Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture and Julia Weißenberg and Sybille Neumeyer for Video, Installation & Performance.

OBEY Collaborates with Artist Deedee Cheriel

Visual artist, Nalini “Deedee” Cheriel, has teamed up with OBEY clothing to produce a unique fashion collection. The artist started out creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early 1990s and has since gone to become an acclaimed practitioner. Her bold and colourful designs now adorn several sweatshirts, vests and t-shirts for OBEY, making for a stand-out item in anyone’s wardrobe.

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Whitechapel Gallery – Chris Marker

Running from 16 April – 22 June, shown together for the first time, five of Chris Marker’s multi-media installations will be on display at the Whitechapel Gallery as it celebrates the Director who is best known for his dedication to the “essay film”. This free exhibition of the influential filmmaker’s work will present films and photographs from throughout his notable career.

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RSA New Contemporaries, Edinburgh

The best emerging artists are showcased in the sixth annual RSA New Contemporaries at the Royal Scottish Academy Galleries, Edinburgh, until 12 March. The exhibition features a carefully curated selection of 63 graduates selected from the degree shows in 2013, offering a unique insight into the Scottish artists of the future. 

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… all silent but for the buzzing … Royal College of Art

This new exhibition, featuring graduating RCA Contemporary Art Students, explores the indistinct spaces that reside between chatter and silence. Open 6 until 23 March at the Royal College of Art galleries, it features the likes of John Cage, Alexandrina Hemsley and Lina Lapelytė.

Interview with Artist Roger Ballen

American photographic artist Roger Ballen has spent most of his adult life living in Johannesburg documenting what he calls his “interior”. The startling image-making intercourse with the darker layers of Africa that this entails delivers more than a Roger Ballen Interior; it is the kind of art that hits so hard that it demands a confrontation with the viewer’s interior, too. Having worked for many years as a geologist, Ballen’s work asserts the need to descend to the disturbing dimensions of human experience in order to mine the baffling anatomies of instinct that animate us all. On the cusp of the release of Asylum of the Birds his twelfth book, Ballen talks to Aesthetica about how his artistic evolution is currently in the mood for a party.

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Michel François: Pieces of evidence, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Michel François is renowned for being a conceptual artist in the fields of sculpture, film, paintings, print and photography. His work illustrates the artists conviction that the meaning of art is determined through its combination with others in relation to an exhibition space. This exhibition, which will be running from 30 April until 22 June 2014, will be integrated throughout the whole Ikon Gallery.

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Arab Contemporary: Architecture, culture and identity

Arab Contemporary is the second in a series of exhibitions by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art focused on the integral connection between cultural identity and architectural design. The exhibition will attempt to draw out unifying themes within the broader cultural notion of an Arab world. In an area divided in religion, politics and landscape, Arab Contemporary examines the effects of architecture in expressing common themes and concerns.

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John Akomfrah, Phoebe Boswell, Rashaad Newsome: Carroll / Fletcher, London

A group exhibition, featuring work from John Akomfrah, Phoebe Boswell and Rashaad Newsome, will run from 7 March until 10 April at the Carroll / Fletcher gallery in Central London. Drawing on issues of identity, class, race and gender, these three artists explore the construction of identity on both a personal and cultural level, working in mixed mediums to tell their own narratives and those of the people around them.

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Jennifer Steinkamp, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong

Steinkamp is an artist who has been heavily based in the digital media and a pioneer in the world of 3-D animation. Steinkamp’s digitally rendered animations of natural phenomena and movement are projected within the depicted architectural surroundings. This is the artist’s first exhibition in Japan’s capital city. Not only will this exhibition be new for Hong Kong, but it will always feature two new works, which will be on view until 22 March at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Hong Kong.

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Trisha Baga, Zabludowicz Collection, London

Work by New York-based artist, Trisha Baga, goes on display for the first time in a non-commercial gallery in England at Zabludowicz Collection this February. From 27 February until 11  May the gallery space will house a number of new installations alongside existing works from the Collection. The show will unfold around the dramatic architecture of the Collection’s north London home in a unique sensory experience.

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Yorkshire Festival, 2014

In the 100 days preceding 5 and 6 July, when Yorkshire plays host to the Grand Départ, 47 cultural events will take place across the county backed by Welcome to Yorkshire, Yorkshire Water and the Arts Council England.

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Interview with Artist and Filmmaker Shezad Dawood

Conceptual artist and filmmaker Shezad Dawood will premiere his latest short at the Marrakech Biennale at the end of February. Shot in Morocco’s Sidi Ifni, Towards the Possible Film examines histories of violence and future dystopias, played out across parallel universes. The 20 minute film follows two blue-skinned astronauts who emerge from the sea and are confronted by the desolate landscape’s local inhabitants, a group of post-apocalyptic cavemen, resulting in a tense stand-off and climactic act of violence. Aesthetica spoke to Dawood about Towards the Possible Film and his affinity with Morocco.

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Bristol New Music

Five key organisations across Bristol join forces to present Bristol New Music from 21 February until 23 February. Colston Hall, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol work together to bring the very best international new music to the city, while working to create opportunities for emerging regional artists. Over the weekend in February there will be a stimulating programme of events to showcase a variety of musical talents.

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Walk On – From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff, 40 Years of Art Walking, mac birmingham

Steeped in the tradition of landscape art, walking has been at the heart of many art practices and performances for generations. This exhibition, focusing on both literal and metaphorical artists’ walks and journeys, is the first to examine the astonishingly varied ways in which artists since the late 1960s have used the universal act of taking a walk as a means to explore new realms of creativity. Walk On – From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff, 40 Years of Art Walking opens on 8 February, and brings together the work of almost 40 artists including 2 and 3 dimensional pieces, video and performance.

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5 To See This Weekend

As winter draws on, escape the cold and blustery weather by making the most of some of the world’s best galleries. From painting to sculpture, established artists and up-and-coming talent, our selection of five of the best current exhibitions provide something for all tastes. Whether it is the playful installations of Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, the photography of Diane Arbus exposing an era of American culture, or the exciting new work of Uri Aran, this weekend provides the perfect opportunity to engage with modern art, wherever you are in the world.

Bottega Veneta and Pieter Hugo: The Art of Collaboration

Fashion house, Bottega Veneta, has joined forces with South African photographer, Pieter Hugo, to shoot the Spring /Summer campaign. Every season the new collection is conceived and captured by an exceptional photographer in conjunction within Creative Director Tomas Maier. Other artists to have worked for the house include Alex Prager, Nan Goldin, Sam Taylor-Wood and many more. The Art of Collaboration is a series of films documenting Maier and Hugo’s vision, unifying fashion and art in a stylish and creative film.

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The Jameel Prize 3, V&A, London

“In the Middle East ramshackle cities grow without stopping, while prestige building projects are constructed on an inhuman scale as displays of power.” These are the words found below Modern Times: A history of the machine (2010-2012), an animated piece by Mounir Fatmi – one of the ten shortlisted artists showing at the V&A as part of the Jameel Prize exhibition. Fatmi’s observation is strikingly accurate. Within a presentation formed to celebrate Islamic creativity, he acknowledges the prevalence of a tawdry creative world often lacking in depth.

Infinite City, Zabludowicz Collection, London

Infinite City is a group exhibition featuring works from two private collections: the Zabludowicz Collection (located in London, New York, and Sarvisalo, Finland) and Kadist Art Foundation (located in San Francisco and Paris). Running 27 February until 11 May, the exhibition takes a look at the city as material, responding to it as a site and situation for the contemporary lived experience. The featured artists are: Michel Auder, Slater Bradley, Martin Boyce, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, John Menick, Enrique Metinides, Yelena Popova, Amie Siegel and Kelley Walker.

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Read Aesthetica on Your iPad, iPhone and Android Devices

You can now read Aesthetica Magazine wherever you are with our new digital subscriptions accessible via iPad, iPhone and Android devices. A bi-monthly publication, Aesthetica brings you the latest news in contemporary art and culture. It is the ultimate destination for discovering industry developments, ground-breaking exhibitions and world-class artists.

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Art14 London

At the end of February Art14 London will return  to Olympia Grand, welcoming over 180 galleries from 40 countries. Running from 28 February until 2 March, the fair brings together contemporary and modern art from all over the world, including regions such as Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Established and emerging artists from cities such as Lagos, Berlin, Beijing, Dubai, Buenos Aires, Osaka, Mumbai and São Paulo will be celebrated in this diverse event. There will also be a programme of talks, performances and collaborations with top London chefs. 

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Artangel Open

Since its launch in 1999, the Artangel initiative, Open, has sought to commission outstanding works of art by artists working and living in the UK. In partnership with BBC Radio 4, Artangel Open showcases work across multiple locations and forms of media, including film, sculpture, sound installation and much more.

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Dallas Biennial

For the Dallas Biennial 2014 (DB14) over 50 national and international artists come together to exhibit work in multiple venues across Dallas. Running for four months until 31 May, DB14 fills Texas with exhibitions, performances and lectures. Making the event accessible to everyone, work is displayed in non-profit spaces, galleries, warehouses, artist-run spaces, corporate offices, on a billboard and in a magazine.

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Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh

The Dhaka Art Summit pioneers initiative for South Asian art which brings together artists, curators, galleries and visitors from across Bangladesh and the world. A major non-profit platform, the event was conceived to support museum-quality exhibits in Bangladesh, the development of South Asian art and international artistic exchange.

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Aesthetica Issue 57 February/March Out Now

Experimentation is the key component to innovation. It’s essential to try new things and to gather your inspiration from as many sources as possible. This means that you have to step outside of your comfort zone from time to time, and engage with something that you might not normally encounter. Inside Issue 57, we begin with a discussion around the parameters of photography and the role that light, colour and subject play with What Is a Photograph?

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Eric Steel: Kiss the Water

Fly fishing is perhaps not the most popular topic for cinema, yet Eric Steel’s lyrical film, Kiss the Water, shows a new side to this niche hobby by focusing on the devotion and love of one woman to her craft. Reading the obituaries of The New York Times, the story of Megan Boyd, a woman who created intricate and beautiful fishing flies from her cottage in remote Scotland, stood out to Steel. Despite having no knowledge of fishing or Scotland, he was mesmerised by the story behind the woman.

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Art Rotterdam

For its 15th edition, Art Rotterdam has moved to a new location at the Van Nellefabriek. Running 6 – 9 February, the fair now brings together all sections under one roof. The extensive programme includes Main, New Art and Projections, which is the second edition of the innovative video section. In addition to Art Rotterdam, the city becomes a hub for the art industry and a there are numerous pop-up shows, open studios, museum exhibitions and artist presentations. Audiences will have the opportunity to explore the entire location as a free shuttle bus runs between the Van Nellefabriek, the Museum quarter and the Wilhelminapier.

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Review of Ivan Argote: Strengthlessness, Galerie Perrotin, Paris

Ivan Argote is a young Colombian artist, who has been based in France since 2005, where he commenced studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Beaux-Arts in Paris. Argote works with a multitude of media, always being provocative in his statements. One of his most widely-known gestures is a graffiti on two Piet Mondrian paintings at Centre Pompidou. Before, he danced to the Cure’s song “Close To You” in front of a black cross by Kazimir Malevich.

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Now Showing: A Group Exhibition of Artists’ Film, Carroll / Fletcher, London

Carroll / Fletcher‘s current exhibition Now Showing is conceived as a journey that explores the fundamental elements constituting filmmaking; each piece investigates experimental approaches towards technical processes, narrative structures and the history and culture of filmic material.

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Black Screen Season: Freedom Riders, Pegasus Theatre

Freedom Riders is powerful and harrowing in equal measure. The film follows the inspirational story of six months that changed America permanently. From May until November of 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives – and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment – for simply travelling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. The piece will screen tonight, 24 January, at the Pegasus, Oxford. 

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John Skoog: Redoubt, Towner Museum and Art Gallery, Eastbourne

Bringing Scandinavian Noir to the English coast is John Skoog’s stark yet poetic film Redoubt. Towner Museum and Art Gallery, Eastbourne, has commissioned the 2013/14 ars viva prize winning photographer and filmmaker to create a film for his first solo UK gallery exhibition. Redoubt will be shown from 25 January to 6 April and will be accompanied by Near Dark, an exhibition curated by Skoog himself.

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Dark Tales, Mead Carney, London

Photographs of well-known faces playing various roles in unusual settings will be on display in Dark Tales, the first solo show by internationally acclaimed Rich Hardcastle at Mead Carney.

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The New York Moment, Saint-Etienne Nouveau Siècle Festival

The third edition of the Saint-Etienne Nouveau Siècle Festival returns to Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France this spring. Working with the Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne and the Musée d’art moderne, it creates a focal point for contemporary American art through a new strand, The New York Moment, which presents a series of exhibitions that bring together key figures in the New York art scene from the 1970s to today.