The bank holiday weekend gives most of us two extra days to get out and see some fantastic art. Works from Modern art giant, Henri Matisse, are on display at Tate Modern, while Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photography can be seen at Centre Pompidou. Camilla Grimaldi Gallery has salvaged portraits from an art studio in Uganda and brought them over to London and Scotland’s National Gallery is hosting an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ haunting work. Read on to find out more about Aesthetica‘s recommended exhibitions this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
What does “science fiction” mean in the 21st century? A traditional definition is that it is writing, or other artistic works, that presuppose a technology, or an effect of technology, such as humanity has not yet experienced. However, over the years, the genre has come to be represented by distinctive tropes and visual hallmarks, even when they are more closely associated with eras of the past – think of the monochrome screens in the film Alien from 1979, or how The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, due to the TV adaptation of 1981, is more synonymous with flared trousers than intergalactic space travel.
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.
This year at the Art Paris Art Fair there was a dizzyingly fascinating gathering of art galleries from around the world. China was the guest of honour, after Russia last year. In front of the Grand Palais entrance to the art fair lay a rusting metal fist larger than a man: its tantalisingly paradoxical political image suggested both oppressive power and the severing of that power from the arm that propels it.
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.
“I was born at the same time as video” – a viewer reads a memo in a dark labyrinth of the first retrospective of American video artist Bill Viola. Recently opened at the Grand Palais until 21 July, it shows off twenty works and is the first video art exhibition at the National Galleries. The retrospective revolves around three open philosophical questions: Who am I? Where am I? Where am I going? The experience of going to the exhibition visit is conceived as a journey, however, the artworks, as precious artifacts, are not called to give the answers, but to pose the questions.
This April there are a number of outstanding art exhibitions on display across the world, and we take a look at the best shows open this weekend. Munich’s Haus der Kunst focuses on the wide-ranging works of Ellen Gallagher, while the city gates open in Glasgow for the start of the sixth international festival. Catch the first weekend of the Saatchi Gallery’s re-joining of Africa and Latin America in Pangaea, or follow the themes of social unrest with Welcome to Iraq at South London Gallery, and across the Atlantic there’s SFMOMA’s Public Intimacy, a revelation of the politics entwined in the everyday of South Africa.
German artist Sybille Neumeyer was announced as the winner of the Main Prize for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 at the exhibition preview last night. Her stunning light installation Song for the Last Queen (2013) is comprised of 7,614 bees – one eighth of the colony – that were collected from a naturally collapsed bee hive and placed as a rhythm of black spots in honey creating a silent score.
The Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 launches today with a preview and will be open to the public tomorrow, running from 4 April to 22 June. In anticipation of tonight’s opening, we speak to last year’s winner Damien O’Mara who took home the Main Prize award with his photographic piece Trespasser Series.