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.
Advent is well under away and in the midst of carols, Christmas shopping and the increased preparation for the festive period, there’s still plenty of great art out there to enjoy. Escape the bitter winter winds and take a break from all the Christmas planning to make the most of the world’s best art galleries, showcasing some of the finest and most eclectic exhibitions right through December. From the sandy beaches of Miami to the bustling streets of London, here are five of the best to indulge in this Saturday and Sunday.
Siobhan Davies has worked as a dance artist and choreographer for over 40 years and her passion for movement and communication has lead to a long and varied career. The Director of her own studios, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, Davies can also be referred to as a filmmaker and dancer. Her most recent work, Table of Contents, is due to go on tour in 2014, opening at the ICA 8 January before heading onto Tramway, Glasgow and the Arnolfini, Bristol. The project reflects upon the process of archiving dance and her own personal journey. Aesthetica speaks to Davies about her approach to the new performance and her history in dance.
The Catlin Guide 2014 will present the very best in Britain’s most talented new artists. The publication will be available to the public from January at the London Art Fair. Author Justin Hammond undertakes an extensive tour of UK art schools before conducting a series of artist interviews and consultations with leading gallerists, curators,course tutors and collectors, after which he reveals the coveted shortlist. This year one of the chosen individuals is Jakob Rowlinson who speaks to Aesthetica about his work, Puppeteering a Portrait, and what it means to be in the Catlin Guide.
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.
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.
The Wayne McGregor and Random Dance project is part of the Aperto 2013 festival and brings together Fondazione I Teatri alongside Collezione Maramotti and Max Mara for the world première of the site-specific performance Scavenger. Appearing in the Collezione’s spaces on 16 and 17 November, McGregor will present four performances together with the Italian première of Atomos at Teatro Valli on 15 November.
Alison Goldfrapp takes the lead in an annual exhibition series turning performer into curator. The initiative behind the Performer as Curator series binds the space between the performing and visual arts. The Lowry venue reflects this relationship of entertainment and the arts through its inclusion of both Theatre and Gallery spaces; fusing the work of artist and musician.
Last night saw the closing ceremony of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival. It was a fantastic affair, with guests joining us from all across the world. Seara Jin, director of Konnichiwa Brick Lane made a special effort to fly from Tokyo for the festival and some came from as far as Los Angeles and Canada. Other talent joined us from closer to home, with York filmmaker Jack Lawrence’s comedy The Painter and the Thief winning lots of laughs at its screening in King’s Manor.
All This Can Happen, a 50-minute film by David Hinton and choreographer Siobhan Davies, opens with images of men who cannot walk. One lies immobile in a hospital bed, his head trembling, eyes vacant with torment. Another, also institutionalised, tries to walk but fails. He falls, scrambles and falls again, his whole body stiff with malfunction.
Now an established and dynamic player on the UK film festival circuit, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world and an outlet for championing and supporting short filmmaking. Running 7-10 November across the city of York, the event also includes a series of masterclasses offering insights into the industry.