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Review of Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors, Guggenheim Bilbao

The notion of an entire wing of the Guggenheim Bilbao being dedicated to Film & Video phased me at first. Though increasing numbers of modern art installations seem to feature moving imagery, never had I encountered a space dedicated solely to the form. Don’t get me wrong: I consider myself a card-carrying cinephile. However, I am aware that, as the notion of ”art” becomes more porous, its boundaries, if it is to maintain its integrity, require policing, a point restated forcefully by Grayson Perry in his Reith Lectures. Surely this is a problem as much for cinematic as for fine art: where does film stop being cinema and start being “Film & Video”?

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Review of Marina Abramovic: 512 Hours, Serpentine Galleries

There’s nothing much to see at Marina Abramović’s durational performance piece at the Serpentine Galleries. It consists of the artist in a smallish, empty room filled with one or two simple objects, and members of the public who are permitted to stay with her as long as they want. She will inhabit the space, reliving the same simple experiences, six days a week for over two months.

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One & Other: Aesthetica Art Prize Announces £5,000 Main Prize

The Aesthetica Art Prize is an opportunity to advance your profile on the international art scene and is open to all artists worldwide. We welcome entries from all age ranges and experience levels, from upcoming talents to established practitioners. One & Other highlight the opportunities presented by the 2015 Aesthetica Art Prize awards.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology – Top 100 Emerging Artists

Inside the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, works from exciting new and emerging artists from around the world are displayed with an accompanying biography and artist’s statement. There are 100 practitioners included and they span across all media from sculpture and installation to video and performance.

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Magnus Quaife, Like a Child Running a Stick Along a Fence, Works | Projects

Art history is replete with romantic mythologies, few more potent than the artist as obsessive maker, working round the clock in his studio or in the landscape, as was the case with one of modern art’s most famous obsessives, Paul Cezanne, around whom Magnus Quaife’s solo show, Like a Child Running a Stick Along a Fence at Works | Projects, is framed.

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Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair, 3-6 July

In conjunction with the opening of the Liverpool Biennial this weekend, Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair launches at World Museum today. Running until 6 July, the event is Britain’s newest international art fair, showcasing work by emerging and established artists from over 50 leading national and international galleries. Part of the the cultural programme for the UK’s International Festival for Business, the inaugural edition of the fair opens with a VIP launch and preview opening night on 3 July.

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Review of Bow Arts Open Studios

During the evening of Friday 27 June and the following Saturday afternoon, the artists of Bow Road Studios opened their private working spaces and courtyard – bustling with performance artists, educational workshops, stalls, bars, and DJ beats – to the public. Housing 150 artists, Bow Road Studios consist of a renovated Nunnery (now also a gallery space); its surrounding four-storey buildings, and the recently converted biscuit factory, P1 Studios.

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Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 People’s Choice Award Winner: Sybille Neumeyer

Votes have been counted for the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award, and we are delighted to announce that Sybille Neumeyer is the winner. Visitors voted for their favourite artwork in the group show between 4 April and 22 June, which presented the finalists from the Aesthetica Art Prize along with a further 92 artworks from the longlist displayed on monitors within the gallery.

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The Last Days of Troy at Shakespeare’s Globe, London

It has become a rite of passage for the contemporary poet: the attempt to rewrite classical – specifically, Hellenic – literature for the modern day. Yet though the projects seem comparable, their impulses are often wildly different. In recent years, they have ranged from the translational (Heaney’s The Burial at Thebes) to the wildly unpredictable (Hughes’s Oresteia) to the strongly interpretative (Logue’s War Music). All are united, however, in their subtlety, the way in which they adapt without abusing their poetic license. In this sense, Simon Armitage is a worthy new addition to the poet-cum-classicist Hall of Fame.

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The Press: Aesthetica Art Prize Raised to £5,000

The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries, with a new prize of £5,000 for the Main Prize Winner in addition to group exhibition, publication in an anthology of 100 top emerging artists and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine. Artists in a significant point in their career have a unique opportunity to further their engagement in the international art world. The Press reports on the importance of this new award.

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5 To See This Weekend

This weekend is full of fascinating exhibitions, utilising all sorts of media. Sebastian Errazuriz uses a 3D printer to create his sculptures, while Sonic Social in Sydney harnesses sound to create site-specific works and Stan Douglas’ Mise en scène blurs the line between photography, performance and film. Marina Abramović continues the 512 hours she’ll spend in the Serpentine this summer, using her body and her presence as media. In New York, Some Artists’ Artists brings together work in a variety of media, chosen by some of the most influential artists working today.

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PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin

The theme for the fifth edition of PhotoIreland Festival is Truth, Fact, Fiction, Lies. Looking at how photography is used for storytelling, the festival presents 27 photographers exhibiting in various venues around the city centre.

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Shelagh Wakely, Camden Arts Centre, London

This summer the Camden Arts Centre dedicates all of its galleries and gardens to a large-scale, major exhibition of work by Shelagh Wakely (b.1932 – d.2011). One of the UK’s most influential artists, the exhibition provides the rare opportunity to experience the ephemeral magic of Wakely’s work.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Announces £5,000 for the Main Prize Winner

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world. This year the Main Prize winner, as chosen by an impressive panel of judges including curators, artists and the Editor of Aesthetica Magazine, Cherie Federico, will be awarded £5,000 prize money courtesy of Hiscox – presenting career-boosting opportunities for the artist.

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Final Week to Visit the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition

This spring and summer, the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition presents eight shortlisted artists contributing outstanding works to contemporary art and will continue to run until 22 June showcasing artistic talent from around the world in a ground-breaking group show.

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5 To See at Art Basel

Art Basel brings together contemporary works in its expansive art fair with 300 participating galleries from across the globe. Running 19-22 June, the event includes the highest quality of art in a wide range of forms, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography and video. Every year Art Basel attracts tens of thousands of visitors, entertaining everyone from art enthusiasts to collectors. We take a look at five of the galleries participating and the artists represented on their stands this year.

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Tunday Akintan: The Yorubeat Innovator

There are those that argue that talent is not innate. Rather, it is the ironclad will to keep on practicing in the face of impossibilities. Then there are others who garner talent by being born talent adjacent. Tunday Akintan is one such musician who is lucky in both ways.

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Cast Your Vote in the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award

Aesthetica is inviting visitors to cast their vote for the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award. The exhibition, housed at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, runs until 22 June and presents the work of eight shortlisted artists. Following on from the official announcement of the winners of the Main Prize and Student Prize Awards, Sybille Neumeyer and Harriet Lewars respectively, Aesthetica is giving audiences 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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Tallulah Rendall: The Banshee And The Moon, Rebecca Hossack Gallery

Tallulah Rendall is not a woman for half-measures. Having shed her six-piece band, the prolific songstress stands feet astride, juggling acrobatic vocals, loop pedals and guitars in a tumult of folk fury that defies her “female singer-songwriter” label to stride into unchartered terrain. Over two years in the making, Rendall’s ambitious third album The Banshee And The Moon seeks to open a dialogue between art, poetry and music. Her expectant audience huddles in the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, lined with the wistful black-and-white portraits Rendall commissioned to accompany each track, and in the corner lies a stack of hardback books brimming with the project’s poetry and artwork.

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Chronovisor: Archive, South Kiosk, London

Continuing their interest in bringing together old and new technologies to reinterpret information and its uses, South Kiosk gallery takes the chronovisor, a device which allegedly allows its user to browse through history, as the point of departure for Chronovisor: Archive, which runs until 20 June.

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Serpentine Park Nights 2014. Serpentine Pavilion, Kensington Gardens

Throughout the summer and autumn, the Serpentine Galleries will once again present Park Nights, an annual series of live art events, incorporating poetry, music, film, literature and performance. It takes place on selected Friday evenings in the Serpentine Pavilion 2014, which has been designed by architect Smiljan Radic.

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Theatrical and Visual Arts Experiences at Summerhall, Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

Rapidly becoming not only a central part of the Edinburgh Festival’s programme but a vital creative hub for the city’s all-year-round cultural scene, Summerhall unveils its strongest line-up to date as international audiences prepare to descend on the Scottish capital for the 2014 Festival.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Mary’s

The Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition is a dynamic display of innovative artworks from artists all over the world, spanning genres from painting to drawing, video to installation and three dimensional design to sculpture. Running until 22 June, the Art Prize exhibition presents an opportunity to engage with today’s leading contemporary artists in a major group show.

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START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London

START is a focused art fair, limited to 44 young galleries showcasing new artists from around the world. The aim is to give young galleries a global platform to display their artists’ work at an important stage in their development and to bring them to the attention of a culturally engaged audience. This year the international line-up includes exhibitors from Australia, Turkey, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, India, Italy, Myanmar, the UK and the USA.

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Aesthetica Art Prize: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Art Prize, which is now open for entries, is an annual award given by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, distinguished by its dynamic content, merging compelling critical debate and stunning images, to engage with all aspects of visual art and culture. The Aesthetica Art Prize celebrates excellence in art from across the world and offers both budding artists and established practitioners the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Talks: Mark Doyle, Head of Collector Development North for the Contemporary Art Society

The series of contemporary art talks at the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition concludes with a discussion led by Mark Doyle, Head of Collector Development North for the Contemporary Art Society. Topics discussed include the Contemporary Art Society’s aim to widen the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art. Join Doyle on Wednesday 4 June at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space in the setting of the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, from 12.30pm. The talk is free to attend and open to all.

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London Festival of Architecture, 1 – 30 June

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) takes place throughout June, presenting a city-wide celebration of the capital’s extraordinary buildings and landmarks. 2014 is the 10th year of the festival, and its role has consistently developed to include transforming public perception of architecture from a niche interest to a recognition of it as a vital element of the UK’s cultural, economic, social and financial framework.

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Aesthetica Issue 59 June/July Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 59 is now available to purchase online and in stores internationally. The new edition explores the idea of the unexpected and the notion that what actually happens is different from what was originally planned. Inside this issue, we start with Barbara Kruger’s new major site-specific installation at Modern Art Oxford, alongside her iconic 1980s paste-ups that continue to critique our consumerist culture.

Forced Entertainment, The Notebook, LIFT at Battersea Arts Centre, London

UK theatre company Forced Entertainment present the UK premiere of their new performance, The Notebook, as part of After a War in the festival LIFT. A festival of international theatre and performance, LIFT transforms the city into a stage for artists to bring radical and inventive stories from their own countries to London. After a War is co-curated by Tim Etchells and Mark Ball and brings 22 artists from across the world to the Southbank Centre and Battersea Arts Centre to reflect on the lasting shadow of World War I and contemporary issues of war and peace.

10 Degree Shows To See

Degree Show season is upon us once more and art students up and down the UK are in the process of preparing their final projects for examination. The concluding exhibitions offer a public audience an insight into the brightest new talents at work in the art industry. From Edinburgh to Plymouth, London to Norwich, Aesthetica takes a look at the best emerging artists.

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Clifford Owens, Better the Rebel You Know, Cornerhouse, Manchester

This summer Cornerhouse in Manchester will host the first major European show by American conceptual artist Clifford Owens, across all three of its galleries. Owens’ work explores the intersection of photography, video, text and performance. His practice seeks to challenge the boundaries of performance, and the possibilities of interaction between artist and audience.

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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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GENERATION: Toby Paterson Exhibition, Kirkcaldy Galleries

GENERATION is an ongoing nationwide series of exhibitions celebrating 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland. Toby Paterson’s show, organised by FCA&C with the Scottish Touring Exhibitions Consortium, is one of the first exhibitions to have opened as part of the project, which sees over 100 artists exhibiting works in more than 60 venues across Scotland throughout 2014.

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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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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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Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted Artist: Alec Von Bargen

Alec Von Bargen is one of 100 contemporary artists longlisted in this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize, an annual celebration of outstanding contemporary art from around the world. The award attracted thousands of entries out of which eight finalists were selected for exhibition, on show until 22 June 2014 at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space in the centre of York, UK.

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Hanna Tuulikki: Away with the Birds

Hanna Tuulikki’s Away with the Birds (Air falbh leis na h-eòin) is a performance piece exploring the mimesis of birds in Gaelic song. The performance is an ambitious site-specific project on the Isle of Canna and is an outdoor staging of Tuulikki’s score, fragmenting and re-weaving extracts of Gaelic songs into a soundscape that grows out of the landscape.

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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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Bang on a Can Plays Art, MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA

Bang on a Can Plays Art is the culmination of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA. The festival takes places in the beautiful mountains of Western Massachusetts and is dedicated entirely to the creation, study, and performance of adventurous contemporary music. Featuring three weeks of intensive public performances, recitals and lectures, the final week is a brand-new extravaganza drawing inspiration from the visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA.

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Contemporary Fine Art Presents: pART3/3, The Crypt, London

pART3/3 is a group show due to open at The Crypt, London. Contemporary Fine Art Presents is a collective of 15 emerging artists from University of Portsmouth’s BA course. Their work will go on display for one week in June, adding to the atmospheric venue with innovative and varied artworks. The art work covers numerous media, including performance, photography, sculpture and printing. George Michels, from the curation team said “I am very excited to be pulling together all our work in this special venue – it’s the culmination of three years of creativity, and it will be an honour to bring our show to London.”