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.”
The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition is on show at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space until 22 June, presenting the works of eight shortlisted artists spanning media from painting and photography to installation and performance. Winning artist Sybille Neumeyer talks to Steve Pratt from The Northern Echo about her light installation, which was inspired by her desire to save the world’s bees. Read Pratt’s full interview here.
Adler & Gibb, a new play due to open at the Royal Court Theatre, focuses around two conceptual artists, Janet Adler and Margaret Gibb, who worked in New York at the end of the 20th century. As with Tim Crouch’s previous works, the play returns to his interest with form and marries it to a thrilling story of misappropriation. He has produced pieces for the Royal Court before, his credits include The Author, which toured across the UK and abroad throughout 2010 and 2011. We speak to Crouch ahead of the opening of Adler & Gibb about his attraction to visual art and his unique approach to the audience.
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.
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.
Glyndebourne Festival returns for its 80th year and to celebrate the momentous anniversary the opera house will be exhibiting rare images of Glyndebourne in the 1940s and 1950s from surrealist photographer Angus McBean.Visual art and sculpture have always played an important role at Glyndebourne, which runs between 17 May and 24 August in the stunning Sussex Downs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
York Art Gallery’s next Contemporary Art Walk takes place on 23 April from 5.30pm, starting with the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition at York St Mary’s. Led by a York Art Gallery Curator, and with an introduction from the Aesthetica Art Prize Director, this event leads audiences on a unique tour around contemporary art exhibitions and outdoor spaces in York, UK, offering an insight into new art projects in the city. We list some of the locations in the run up to the event.
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.
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.
Six practices, wildly diverse in culture, generation and medium, are united in their subject: our varying perceptions and measurements of time in the exhibition About Time, currently showing at Maddox Arts until 31 May.
Taking place in Belfast 16 October to 1 November, this 17 day festival will see a high number of international premieres taking place in Northern Ireland for the first time. The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s is Ireland’s biggest festival seeing over 60, 000 people attend from all over the world. Running for over 50 years this mix of music, dance, drama, poetry, literature, comedy and visual arts has attracted some of the most famous names in the arts including Laurence Olivier and Jimi Hendrix.
YIA Art Fair runs in Paris 23 – 26 October during FIAC. Founded in 2010 the event supports the emerging contemporary art scene. The fair seeks out unique venues to allow visitors to experience special spaces and this year the participants take over Carreau du Temple. The juxtaposition between the young artists and the historic environment makes for an event that unites classic and contemporary art.
Samaris combine glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting lyrics from 19th century Icelandic poems. The Icelandic trio, made up of Þórður Kári Steinþórsson (aka Doddi), Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir and Jófríður Ákadóttir mix computerised sounds with clarinet and sweet vocals. Their new album, Silkidrangar, is released on One Little Indian on 5 May and reviewed in the current issue of Aesthetica. Jófrður speaks to us about the band’s influences and their future plans.
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.
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.