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.
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.
The UK’s leading artist-led fair returns to Ambika P3 this April for its sixth edition. The Other Art Fair runs 24 – 27 April and will feature work by 100 of the best, unrepresented artists coupled with a dynamic program of talks, workshops and events. With a growing number of art fairs in London, The Other Art Fair stands as a unique but inclusive experience which appeals to both art experts and novices. The event allows visitors to interact directly with the artists, learning about their practice and the thoughts behind the works.
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.
In the booklet of his new album, Mutations, Vijay Iyer states: “our intent, as players and observers, is to place ourselves fully in the moment with sound.” This desire was perfectly executed at the European Premiere of the record at Haus der Kunst, Munich, on 29 March. With his hands firmly attached to the piano, his head thrown back and his eyes shut, Iyer was lost in the midst of his creation; and so was the audience. The pianist-composer’s album is both captivating and mind-blowing, combing so many detailed fragments it is sometimes hard to comprehend how they slot together so perfectly.
Helen Paris is a picture of elegance in this new performance from Curious. In fact, the entire piece is elegantly carved: with deep red furniture, black dresses and classical overtures, it’s the very epitome of a Sunday Times afternoon. Exploring notions of age and the inevitable reduction of life, Best Before End is a touching rendition of what it means to grow older.
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.
It’s one of life’s niggles that food never looks quite as good as it does in the picture. Be it glamorised packaging or botched recipe attempts, so often one is left thoroughly underwhelmed. This ambivalence is the theme for The Art of Dining‘s latest pop-up restaurant Say Cheese – The world of Martin Parr in five courses, a unique photo-culinary experience offering some very interesting twists on some quintessentially English dishes.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
To coincide with their latest major exhibition Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined, the Royal Academy of Arts will host a special architecture fair that will take place exclusively online. Running from 13 March – 7 April 2014, the Great Architecture Fair will be the Royal Academy’s first ever architecture fair, providing visitors with varying budgets a unique chance to own aspects of this ground-breaking exhibition.
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.
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.
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.
One Foot in Front of the Other is the latest album to be released by Gabby Young and Other Animals, and will be available from 28 April. One Foot In Front of the Other covers the musical styles fans will be accustomed to and, as with the previous two albums, continues to defy labels, effortlessly moving between moments of jazz, opera, folk and cabaret. We speak with Gabby Young about her recent projects, aspirations and future plans.
Premiums Interim Projects is the Royal RA Schools’ annual exhibition. Running until 19 March, the showcase features work from 16 postgraduate students in their second year of study. Located in the galleries in Burlington Gardens, it provides an opportunity for audiences to view new work by emerging artists at the interim point of their postgraduate study at the UK’s first art school.
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.
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.
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.
Tate Liverpool presents Keywords, an exhibition building on Raymond Williams’ study of the vocabulary of culture and society. Published in 1976, Williams’ Keywords has become a seminal work in the study of English, as well as the fields of cultural studies and visual culture. The book contains over 130 short essays on words such as ‘Violence’, ‘Country’, ‘Criticism’, ‘Media’, ‘Popular’ and ‘Exploitation’, providing an account of the word’s current use, its origin and the range of meanings attached to it.
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.
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.
The Worst of Scottee is a confessional and it’s set out as such: Scottee sits inside a photobooth, profile to the audience and we observe as he tells his story to this modern confession booth. Although his body is in profile we see his face via a video monitor on the side of the machine and he does turn to interact with the audience as he sings. He’s a talented singer and the staging is simple but effective. When he does finally leave the photobooth towards the end of the show to stand in front of the audience there is almost a sense of gratitude: the video is compelling and clever but the story is so human and raw that you want to see him in person.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Apocrifu is an exploration of apocryphal religious texts through the use of the human body. Collaborating with two other dancers, Yasuyuki Shuto, a classical dancer from the Ballet of Tokyo, and Dimitri Jourde, a contemporary dancer and circus artist, the piece examines major ideologies. Apocrifu will run at Southbank Centre, London, 24 – 25 January, we speak to the Belgian performance artist about his approach to the work and his intentions behind it.
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.
Tate have announced the BMW Tate Live 2014 performance programme today. Now in its third year, BMW Tate Live is a major four-year partnership between BMW and Tate, which focuses on innovative live performances and events including live web broadcast, in-gallery performance, seminars and workshops.
In recent years Nina Canell has exhibited at major international shows, including La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, the 18th Biennale of Sydney and the 2010 Liverpool Biennial. Her work will be shown in a new solo exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre, inspired directly from the architectural space it inhabits. This presentation runs from 17 January to 30 March.
The inaugural Jerwood Open Forest exhibition examines art in the environment and what it has the potential to be in its broadest definition. This unique, multisensory exhibition of new work charts the five selected projects over a six-‐month period of research and development. Juan delGado, Adam James, Amanda Loomes, artist duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) and Chris Watson collaborating with producer Iain Pate, have expanded on the concept of their ambitious proposals, engaging with forest sites across England. In doing so the artists have produced exciting new bodies of work comprising sculpture, film, audio, and performance, which will open on 15 January at Jerwood Space.
Sri Lanka’s pre-eminent platform for international dialogue in contemporary art, the Colombo Art Biennale (CAB14), which opens 31 January, will feature works by artists and collectives from 12 countries. This year’s biennale adopts the theme Making History and explores the artistic adventure of the creation of history and ideas such as man’s desire to invent the future and the implications of the past on the human condition.
Kate Tempest’s critically-acclaimed smash hit Brand New Ancients comes to Lyric Hammersmith for one night only. The work – which follows two South London families as their respective generations grow and intertwine into a parable of modern life – will open in West London in January as part of a national tour.