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Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s new exhibition introduces the future museum’s curatorial vision through a theme-based collection presentation, featuring artworks by 18 international artists from the 1960s to today and exploring the theme of light. The gallery’s curatorial vision endeavours to foster a transcultural perspective on the history of art, encompassing both modernism and the emergence of contemporary cultural thought in an increasingly interconnected world.

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Interview with Noise Photographer Christine Eastwood

Noise is Europe’s biggest open community for the best up and coming talent who want to break into the Creative Industries, network and self-promote with an outstanding online portfolio recognised by top professionals. The artists who submit to the online community are judged by a panel of experts. Photographer Christine Eastwood was Elaine Constantine’s Curator’s Choice. Eastwood shoots captivating images of dilapidated spaces. She speaks to Aesthetica about her unconventional photography career and her plans for the future.

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Joachim Brohm: Vernacular & Modern, Grimaldi Galvin, London

Joachim Brohm rose to prominence in the early 1980s as one of the first photographers in Europe to shoot exclusively in colour. From the late 1970s Brohm connected the visual possibilities of colour photography with a newly defined “everyday cultural landscape.”

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Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Over 40 photographs by Vivian Maier, dating from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, are on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York – many of which are here exhibited for the first time. Not only does the exhibition present rare lifetime prints, but it also include prints made this year, since the vast majority of Maier’s work was never printed. In addition, a selection of Maier’s black and white 35mm has been printed and shown for the first time.

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Type Motion, FACT, Liverpool

Type Motion at FACT Liverpool features over 200 outstanding examples of text and typography being used alongside the moving image. Currently on display and running until 8 February, the exhibition showcases the creative possibilities of opening up uses of text, extending the medium beyond print and highlighting the importance of writing as an artform in itself.

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Review of Who Are You? Grayson Perry, National Portrait Gallery

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry presents a provocative and fascinating new exhibition which makes us question identity in modern day Britain. Perry has become a celebrity on the modern art scene, regularly presenting a refreshingly subversive view of British life. In his latest exhibition, 14 portraits of individuals, families and groups, which represent many different aspects of modern day Britain, including a disgraced politician, a young female-to-male transsexual, Northern Ireland Loyalist marchers and X-Factor contestant Rylan Clark, occupy the Gallery’s nineteenth and 20th century rooms on Floor 1.

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Interview with Artist Sam Heydt, Longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize

“Illusion does not free us from reality. Ironically, through employing the very medium I critique, my work speaks to the disenchantment of the social psyche, which takes place at the hands of the modern media apparatus and at the expense of the natural world.” Through photography Sam Heydt comments on consumerism and constructed narratives of the past with a concern for the perversity of production, consumption and decay. We speak to Heydt about her ideas and what inspired her work Chrysanthemums in particular, selected for the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2014.

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Perceptions of Light James Turrell, Aesthetica Magazine Archives

We spend our lives immersed in ever-changing environments of light, where no two moments are ever quite the same. Whether it’s a cloud acting as a gauze over the sun, a glorious sunset or a total eclipse, we tend only to notice the most pronounced effects of light, and ignore the constant flux of conditions that plays out in our everyday existence. However, it is just these shifts in our perceptions that the work of Arizona-based artist James Turrell (b. 1943) has been drawing attention to for over half a century. Creating work with light as its principal medium and object, Turrell makes immersive environments that encourage the viewer to be more aware of changes in the illuminated landscape and, by extension, the act of observation itself. Previously the subject of three major exhibitions at The Guggenheim in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the artist’s hallucinatory, epiphanic and sublime installations are recognised as among the most searching and affecting of our time.

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Interview with Tom Woo, Founder and Director of HADA Contemporary

HADA Contemporary is the first East Asian art gallery on Vyner Street, London. Representing a number of stunning artists, the gallery cultivates a conversation between art in the East and the West. Founder and director Tom Woo seeks to recognise the rich history of art from East Asia with an emphasis on Korea, showcasing both established and emerging artists. Aesthetica speaks to Woo about his selection of practitioners and his future plans for the gallery.

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Alex Prager, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

A new solo exhibition of the work of American photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager, opens at the National Gallery of Victoria from 14 November. Founded in 1861, Australia’s oldest public art gallery proudly introduces its audiences to Prager’s lusciously rich photographic oeuvres. In her elaborately conceived and poignantly staged photographs, Prager freely references the aesthetics of mid-20th century American cinema and photography.

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Seventh Year for Artist Rooms On Tour, The National Galleries of Scotland and Tate Galleries.

The National Galleries of Scotland and Tate announce their schedule for the seventh year of Artist Rooms On Tour. Next year, the Artist Rooms travelling project will see Robert Mapplethorpe in Clydebank, Aberystwyth and County Durham, Don McCullin in Shetland, Diane Arbus in Kirkcaldy and Francesca Woodman in Powys. An outstanding year for photography, 2015 will see pioneers of this seductive medium reach new audiences.

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Freezer Burn, Hauser and Wirth, New York

Drawing its title from the antithesis inherent to the making and the experience of art, Freezer Burn focuses on the idea that artists are able to experience powerful forms of life and subsequently transform them into subtle yet potent sensorial realities, expanding the smallest sentiment into a world of its own. Organised by Hungarian-born, New York based artist Rita Ackermann, this group exhibition unites the work of 15 individual practitioners, each exploring the juxtaposing emotions of freeze and burn. 

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The 41st Edition of FIAC, Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, Grand Palais, Paris

The 41st edition of leading international art fair, FIAC brings 191 galleries from 26 countries into the vast space of Paris’ Grand Palais. The fair’s founding principles are to be attentive to the evolutions and concerns of contemporary creation, to question the transformation of the careers of gallerists as well as artists themselves, to lead prospective actions, and to be creative and responsive while ensuring a spirit of continuity across each edition of FIAC.

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Q&A with Turner Prize Nominee Isaac Julien: Aesthetica Short Film Festival

At BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival: ASFF, we welcome Turner Prize nominee Isaac Julien for a special Q&A hosted by Art Historian Dr James Boaden on Friday 7 November. This presents a rare opportunity to hear directly from and gain insight into the practice of one of Britain’s leading artists’ filmmakers. Julien will explore how the genre is developing inside and outside of the gallery as well as audiences’ responses to changing techniques in artist filmmaking.

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Review of Contemporary African Art Fair 1:54, London

The alternate title of the Contemporary African Art Fair is a neat reference to its unification of the continent’s 54 constituent countries. Yet though the titular focus of the fair may be continental, its reach is global: 1:54 sees an astounding geographical array of galleries, from Abidjan to Seattle via Cape Town, meet in London to exhibit their artists. The sense of cultural exchange is almost overwhelming, the proliferation of visual stimuli replicated aurally in the French, Italian and Danish that can be heard drifting along the corridors.

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Juan Fernando Herrán is Awarded The Fifth Prix Pictet Commission

The Colombian photographer Juan Fernando Herrán has been announced as the winner of the fifth Prix Pictet Commission. Selected by partners of the Pictet Group, Herrán will respond to the commission’s theme of Consumption and produce a series of photographs examining the material culture in three of Colombia’s indigenous communities.

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Review of Horst P. Horst: Horst Vintage, Hamiltons London

Horst P. Horst is one of the most iconic fashion photographers of the mid-20th Century. Known by the one-word photographic byline “Horst”, his expansive oeuvre of fashion and portraiture photography was a collaboration of talent, glamour and imagination. Spanning from the 1930s through a career of 60 years, Horst mastered an unrivaled technique in his image making. Of its time his use of lighting and composition were but two significant factors that helped contribute to a definitive and iconic style that would help to deem his work revolutionary; not singularly in terms of photography, but also with regards to advertising editorial, fashion and design. Noted as the primary photographer for Vogue by the mid 1930s, the artist’s images involved art directors, fashion editors and set technicians in precise and often intricately arranged studios.

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Helen Chadwick, Bad Blooms, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

One of the most important women artists to emerge in the last 30 years, Helen Chadwick stands at the intersection of conceptual-performative art and feminist thinking. Through her teaching posts she has influenced an entire generation of contemporary British artists, and in her career as a practitioner, Chadwick is recognised as one of the first women artists to be nominated for the Turner Prize.

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Frieze London 2014: Highlights for the 12th Edition

The leading international contemporary art fair, Frieze London, returns to the heart of the UK’s capital, London’s Regent’s Park, for its 12th edition. Sponsored by Deutsche Bank and designed by Universal Design Studio, this autumn’s fair sees a few changes with the inclusion of two specialist sections: Focus, a celebration and fostering of emerging galleries up to 12 years old, and Live, a haven for performance or participatory-based work. Also new to 2014, is the fair’s novel allegiance to public space, using themes of contract, texture and tone. Design highlights of the fair’s bespoke housing include a timber-lined entrance courtyard and dedicated ancillary spaces.

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Jo-ey Tang, curator at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, discusses Inside China

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, continues to enhance it’s international agenda with Inside China – L’intérieur du Géant, running alongside the major exhibition, Inside, and opening 20 October. Curator, Jo-ey Tang, traveled across China and Southeast Asia to select five Chinese artists to be presented alongside three French artists including the renowned Nadar. Tang speaks to Aesthetica about the outstanding creatives he found and the origins of the project. 

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The Other Art Fair, 16-19 October, London

The Other Art Fair places the spotlight on emerging artists and connects art lovers of all tastes and experience, directly with 130 of the most talented and unrepresented artists. Running 16-19 October at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, the fair presents thousands of pieces of art, starting from just £50. In addition to the various stands on display, the event is an art experience in its own right, featuring an immersive theatre with Non Zero One, art and live music performances, kids create area, Crate Brewery Bar, Soho House’s Dirty Burger pop up and much more.

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5 Exhibitions To See During Frieze London

Throughout the month of October, London is bustling with the annually anticipated Frieze London Art Fair. Alongside the stimulating programme of contemporary art exhibits and events, we take a look at the must see exhibitions opening during Frieze. Highlights include Tate Modern’s retrospective on Sigmar Polke, Marian Goodman’s inaugural show from the celebrated Gerhard Richter, and the launch of Dominique Lévy with a juxtaposing exploration of Post-war artists Castellini, Judd and Stella.

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Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005 at ArtScience Museum, Singapore

“The book came out of grief,” Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949) told an interviewer, speaking about her photographic memoir Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005. The retrospective exhibition of the same name, which opened at the Brooklyn Museum in New York in 2006 and has since travelled across the USA and Europe, is currently in Singapore until 19 October. Singapore is the only Asian city apart from Seoul to host the exhibition.

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Artistic Director of FotoFocus Biennial, Kevin Moore, Discusses Vivian Maier

In the second edition of the FotoFocus Biennial, a month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art in Cincinnati, Ohio, Artistic Director Kevin Moore has taken the modernist definition of photography and put it under the microscope. The exhibition that examines this definition the most is that of Vivian Maier, the American amateur street photographer of the 1950s-1970s whose work caused a sensation when it was discovered posthumously. In this complex oeuvre, curated by Moore to emphasise self-portraits and portraits of other women, we see not only a playful dialogue with urban life, but a deep dialogue with the self that presages the contemporary selfie, a fact that makes it less than objective. Kevin Moore speaks to Aesthetica about how Maier impacts our understanding of photo art in the context of history, and how poetic photography can point to visions of the future self.

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The Next Generation: Sadaf Chezari

In the Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica we celebrate the emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice in The Next Generation. We have partnered with the London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars and showcase their fresh ideas and new concepts. Iranian photographer Sadaf Chezari lives and works in London and began capturing images of her father after she felt intrigued by his apparent level of displacement in the UK. In 2013 she was awarded First Prize in the Michael Wilson Award and the Flowers Gallery Professional Mentorship Award. She speaks to Aesthetica about the way she considers space when shooting and her future plans.

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Turner Prize 2014 Tate Britain, London

The Turner Prize is an annual arts event never to be missed, and this year the shortlisted artists – Duncan Campbell, Ciara Phillips, James Richards and Tris Vonna-Michell – have the added prestige of appearing at Tate Britain alongside an exhibition showcasing the work of the great J.M.W. Turner himself.

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Fotofever, Photography Art Fair: An All-Encompassing Photography Platform

The Carrousel du Louvre welcomes the international photography fair for the fifth time. Founded by Cécile Schall, grand-daughter to Roger Schall, this is an inimitable Parisian event which presents the opportunity to view works from a young, creative generation, soaring in popularity amongst collectors. For fotofever’s 2014 edition, a selection of over 100 international galleries will take the limelight – over half of which specialise solely in photography – all exhibiting emerging artists of tomorrow.

Shinro Ohtake, Parasol Unit, London

The work of Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake appears in a solo exhibition at Parasol Unit, London, this autumn. Running 12 October – 12 December, the presentation showcases Ohtake’s extensive, diverse and innovative body of work. With a practice spanning 30 years, the artist has positioned himself as one of the most important creative forces in contemporary Japanese art. His expansive output is based primarily around the activity of cutting and pasting, but also includes drawing, pasted works, painting, sculpture and photography, as well as experimental music and videos.

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Review of Horst Photographer of Style, V&A, London

The work of fashion photographer Horst P. Horst, whose evocative images are some of the most well known of the 20th century, is showcased in a new exhibition at the V&A, London. The show features 250 photographs and describes the photographer’s collaborations with leading fashion icons such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel in Paris. Horst began his career as a society photographer in the 1930s and his groundbreaking style and innovative use of light and shadow helped him to create carefully structured shots of models. The perfect blend of light and shadow were used to startling effect in his work and in 1943 his editor at Vogue cited his subtle manipulation of lighting as one his key strengths. 

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Aesthetica Issue 61 October/November Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 61 is now available to purchase online and in stores internationally. The new edition considers progress and change. There are a few questions around this including how much time needs to pass before something needs to change, or is it simply the case that progress is continuous? The key element is to recognise developments, keeping your eyes and ears open. This is particularly important in the art world because when you start tracking artists and noticing trends, this is when things start to get exciting, especially when those trends are just under the radar.

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The Future: Artist Residency at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

Wysing Arts Centre celebrates its 25th birthday with a residency programme focusing upon ‘the future,’ exploring future potential through what we know of the past. In response to an open call, almost 300 artists applied to take part in the residency, The Future, and the final selection includes: Olivier Castel, Julia Crabtree and William Evans, Jesse Darling, and Alice Theobald.

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The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection Tate St Ives

The Modern Lens is the largest display of photographic works ever to be exhibited at Tate St Ives, looking at developments in international photography from the 1920s to the 1960s through the work of pioneering artists from across Europe, the Americas and Japan.

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Review of Francesca Woodman: ZigZag, Victoria Miro, London

The work of the late photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) is renowned for its distinct and innovative vision. Her black and white imagery exudes a unique sense of mystery and beauty that at once compels and disarms her audiences. With such a short career, it is always astounding to see how much Woodman managed to achieve in her practice and how important this work remains today.

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5 To See This Weekend

This weekend’s exhibitions take us down memory lane in the world of photography, as we look back at the life’s work of fashion photographer Horst and the evolution of colour photography throughout Russia in the 20th Century. We also explore new projects from current artists Andrew Kerr in Glasgow and Max Beckmann Hamburg and photographer Paul Graham in New York.

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The Next Generation: Juno Calypso

In the Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica we celebrate the emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice in The Next Generation. We have partnered with the London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars and showcase their fresh ideas and new concepts. Juno Calypso works with self-portraiture to explore the artificial construction of femininity. Her fictional character, Joyce, allows her to combine personal experience with critical studies into modern rituals of beauty and seduction.

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David Chancellor: Hunters, Impressions Gallery, Bradford

In 2010, David Chancellor won the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize with his iconic portrait of fourteen year old girl, Josie Slaughter, riding horseback with her trophy of a hunted dead buck. This image, Huntress with Buck, forms part of Hunters, the UK’s most comprehensive exhibition of Chancellor’s work to date and is due to go on display at Impressions Gallery, Bradford on 7 October.

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The Marseillaise(s) / fifteen years of collecting, Huis Marseille Museum voor fotografie, Amsterdam

The Marseillaise(s) / fifteen years of collecting focuses on the artistic growth and development of five photographers: Valérie Belin, Jacqueline Hassink, Naoya Hatakeyama, Sarah Jones and Rob Nypels. Each artist has curates a gallery of their choice, starting with their most recent works and moving to include older pieces of their own work which are held by the Huis Marseille collection. The result is five retrospectives, each artist illustrating their own personal and artistic development over the last fifteen years.

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Review Heather Phillipson: sub-fusc love-feast, Dundee Contemporary Arts

Within the cavernous space of Dundee Contemporary Arts, visitors eagerly clamber over contours of artificial green landmass, through a dense forest of cardboard cut-out animals and plantlife. At first, mistakable for an abandoned theatre set, this stock photography menagerie is artist and poet Heather Phillipson’s most recent “head-sick” into a gallery space, forming an immersive terrain of film, audio and sculptural works.

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Juul Kraijer The Wapping Project Bankside, London

Taking over the third floor of The Wapping Project Bankside’s second Mayfair location is a new, challenging exhibition programme, initiated by Jules Wright. This autumn the series kicks off with the first UK solo exhibition by Dutch photographer, Juul Kraijer.Not only working in photography, over her twenty year career, Juul Kraijer’s meticulous, exploratory methods have yielded a body of work of over four hundred drawings, as well as sculpture and video.

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Artes Mundi 6, National Museum Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and ffotogallery Penarth

Artes Mundi 6 is a major contemporary art prize based in the UK, taking place bi-annually to bring together through an exhibition some of the world’s most celebrated artists of today. This year, the event branches out beyond the National Museum Cardiff to include Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and ffotogallery, Penarth, with a programme of performance, music, site-specific installations, film, lectures and seminars.