Jeremy Hutchison’s i- is heavily invested in the processes and psychology behind consumer culture. Playing with audience expectations and the limits of commercial advertising, i- features professional hand models unexpectedly holding lumps of distorted clay. Until 27 April the project will be exhibited at Rurart in Rouillé, France, before moving to Art Brussels 25 – 27 April.
Fashion house, Bottega Veneta, has joined forces with South African photographer, Pieter Hugo, to shoot the Spring /Summer campaign. Every season the new collection is conceived and captured by an exceptional photographer in conjunction within Creative Director Tomas Maier. Other artists to have worked for the house include Alex Prager, Nan Goldin, Sam Taylor-Wood and many more. The Art of Collaboration is a series of films documenting Maier and Hugo’s vision, unifying fashion and art in a stylish and creative film.
Questioning the potential of the landscape to hold memory and provide a place for meditation are two solo exhibitions at ffotogallery, Cardiff. Until 8 March, Paul Gaffney’s We Make the Path by Walking and Michal Iwanowski’s Clear of People will engage with the idea of journeys as both artists document their personal expeditions across the land. The simple yet atmospheric photos in both exhibitions create a narrative of discovery as the depopulated scenes depict the path ahead. For both photographers, the act of long distance walking is integral to their artistic creation. Long and demanding walks across multiple countries and terrains provide the backbone to their photographic stories as the artists reflect on the world outside the comforts of home.
“In the Middle East ramshackle cities grow without stopping, while prestige building projects are constructed on an inhuman scale as displays of power.” These are the words found below Modern Times: A history of the machine (2010-2012), an animated piece by Mounir Fatmi – one of the ten shortlisted artists showing at the V&A as part of the Jameel Prize exhibition. Fatmi’s observation is strikingly accurate. Within a presentation formed to celebrate Islamic creativity, he acknowledges the prevalence of a tawdry creative world often lacking in depth.
In this exclusively online exhibition, the second of its kind for Hamiltons, waterscapes and nudes come together to blend two bodies of Tomio Seike’s work in a selection of black and white small format images. His meditative work balances between the abstract and traditional and provide a beautiful reflective alternative to the bold brash styles most prominent in photographic practice. Running until 4 March, the images are emotional and captivating.
Infinite City is a group exhibition featuring works from two private collections: the Zabludowicz Collection (located in London, New York, and Sarvisalo, Finland) and Kadist Art Foundation (located in San Francisco and Paris). Running 27 February until 11 May, the exhibition takes a look at the city as material, responding to it as a site and situation for the contemporary lived experience. The featured artists are: Michel Auder, Slater Bradley, Martin Boyce, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, John Menick, Enrique Metinides, Yelena Popova, Amie Siegel and Kelley Walker.
Saudi Arabian artist Faisal Samra’s first solo exhibition in the UK opens at Ayyam Gallery, London on 13 February. C.D.R – Construction, Destruction & Reconstruction is a response to Samra’s interest in the process of creation. He began by considering the role of construction in everyday life, even during sleeping, and then went on to explore destruction and reconstruction in relation to the Middle East, the concept of the ego, and the human body.
Tate Britain’s transhistorical Ruin Lust will reveal the importance of ruins in art from the 17th century to the present day, detailing the evolution of the subject over 400 years. From 4 March to 18 May, the gallery will showcase the work of artists such as JMW Turner, Eduardo Paolozzi, Tacita Dean and many others in the widest ranging exhibition on this subject to date. Engaging with multiple forms of media across over 100 pieces, the exhibition guides audiences through the myriad of representations of the destroyed and abandoned, and questions how these spaces will be used in the future.
Rankin, artist Johny Dar and model and actress, Tuuli Shipster, have teamed up to produce the stunning calendar, Tuuli by DAR. Inspired by the artist’s art series, DAR the BOOK, Dar hand-painted his designs directly onto Tuuli’s body, transforming her into twelve different forms that were captured by Rankin. Dar cast his beautiful designs across Tuuli’s bare skin, tailoring every brush stroke to her body, and to her emotional response to each colour and pattern. Aesthetica speaks to the artist about his approach to this unique project and his plans for the future.
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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.
AISTHESIS – All’origine delle sensazioni: Robert Irwin and James Turrell, FAI Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese, Italy
Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) join forces until November 2014 in AISTHESIS, an exhibition supported by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and the Panza Archive in Mendrisio, to document the work and the research of two leading figures of Environmental Art, Robert Irwin and James Turrell.