The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries, with a new prize of £5,000 for the Main Prize Winner in addition to group exhibition, publication in an anthology of 100 top emerging artists and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine. Artists in a significant point in their career have a unique opportunity to further their engagement in the international art world. The Press reports on the importance of this new award.
This weekend is full of fascinating exhibitions, utilising all sorts of media. Sebastian Errazuriz uses a 3D printer to create his sculptures, while Sonic Social in Sydney harnesses sound to create site-specific works and Stan Douglas’ Mise en scène blurs the line between photography, performance and film. Marina Abramović continues the 512 hours she’ll spend in the Serpentine this summer, using her body and her presence as media. In New York, Some Artists’ Artists brings together work in a variety of media, chosen by some of the most influential artists working today.
The theme for the fifth edition of PhotoIreland Festival is Truth, Fact, Fiction, Lies. Looking at how photography is used for storytelling, the festival presents 27 photographers exhibiting in various venues around the city centre.
Peter Bunnell’s 1970 MoMA show Photography Into Sculpture proved a landmark in photographic practise, through its presentation of photographic images arranged in a sculptural manner, and it also gave valuable national exposure to photography as a highly-innovative contemporary art discipline. As well as capturing the revolutionary mood of the times, by showcasing artists working at the vanguard of what was occurring socially, politically, and technologically, it was an exhibition whose legacy continues to exert an influence on photographic practice today.
For the first time in the UK, 40 modern prints from Danny Lyon’s The Bikeriders series will be showcased at ATLAS Gallery. Lyon (b.1942) immersed himself utterly into the lives and culture of the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club from 1963 to 1967 and these images are an iconic representation of that time, offering a raw and lively insight into the biker culture of the 1960s.
Document Scotland, Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland, Impressions Gallery, Bradford
The vote to decide whether Scotland becomes an independent nation takes place on 18 September 2014. Against the backdrop of the historic referendum on Scotland’s independence, four Scottish photographers are brought together to present their distinctive perspectives on a nation in the midst of intense debate about its future.
From Amsterdam to San Francisco, there are several inspirational exhibitions to explore this weekend. The presentation of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work at Fraenkel Gallery, and Master of Modern Indian Painting at the V&A are both relatively spiritual shows, exploring ideas that surround the notion of God. The ICA, Boston, runs Give More Than You Take, which looks at human identity and emotions through mixed media. Daisuke Yokota’s exhibition at Foam, Amsterdam, presents an unknown world, a mixture of colour and experiments with photography development. We count down the top five shows to see over the next two days.
This June, the Royal Geographical Society displays a gorgeous selection of contemporary, creative, resonant and original works by international photographers and filmmakers as part of the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year Award. Launched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and sponsored by Atkins, the exhibition is a leading showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film.
Synesthesia is a combination of interactive digital innovation and timeless fashion. Teaming up with Fred Perry for the Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, the website is an exploration of the phenomena of synesthesia, when one sensory response induces a sensation in another. The product of Olya Korsun, Anya Oderyakova and Poon Sap’s creative thinking, the team intend to both entertain and educate visitors to the website. We speak to Fashion Director, Anya Oderyakova, and Art Director, Olya Korsun, about the initiation of the project and how to match colours with sounds.
Shortlisted with Alberto García-Alix, Jochen Lempert and Lorna Simpson for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 was Irish photographer Richard Mosse, who deservingly took home this year’s prize. Mosse was nominated for his exhibition The Enclave at the 55th Venice Biennale commissioned for the Irish Pavillion, featuring a multi-channel video installation created in collaboration with cinematographer Trevor Tweeten and composer Ben Frost. To be experienced in a dark immersive chamber with ambient surround-sounds and seen on several screens, The Enclave is charged with a raw vibrancy and futuristic yet frightening imagery as the 40-minute film captures the “real” in a surreal light.
The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world. This year the Main Prize winner, as chosen by an impressive panel of judges including curators, artists and the Editor of Aesthetica Magazine, Cherie Federico, will be awarded £5,000 prize money courtesy of Hiscox – presenting career-boosting opportunities for the artist.
This spring and summer, the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition presents eight shortlisted artists contributing outstanding works to contemporary art and will continue to run until 22 June showcasing artistic talent from around the world in a ground-breaking group show.