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Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Countdown: Artist Anyes Galleani

With the Aesthetica Art Prize call for entries deadline on 31 August 2014, we look in depth at the work of longlisted artists from the latest edition. Anyes Galleani is an Italian-born, Los Angeles based visual artist that uses photo montage and collage to create unique images and paintings.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Countdown: Artist Marie Brenneis

In the countdown to the Aesthetica Art Prize call for submissions deadline on 31 August 2014, we look in focus at artists from the latest award. Conceptual artist Marie Brenneis was featured in the Video, Installation & Performance category with Deliberate Digression an installation that incorporates wearable sculptures exploring themes of fantasy and conformity.

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Review of PHotoEspaña 2014, Madrid

What has, for the last 16 years, been an ambitious programme of photography exhibitions throughout Madrid has shifted course. Diverging from its tradition of engaging one international curator to organize different thematic programming as was the case for the last three years, this year PHotoEspaña’s “Official” programme presents exclusively Spanish photography, organised “in house” with participating venues. This creative strategy was, at least in part, a response to the challenge that all arts organisations are facing, and particularly in austerity-challenged Spain, with significant declines in private and public funding. The silver lining, is that for the first time Spanish photography, from the medium’s earliest days to the present, is finally receiving full attention.

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Interview with Kyler Zeleny: Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted Artist

Kyler Zeleny’s work focuses on the family album and found Polaroids. His current interests relate to rural mythology, in which he using photography to explore cultures. Zeleny was longlisted in the 2014 Aesthetica Art Prize with his piece Broken Road from his current Out West project.

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Summertime Salon, Robin Rice Gallery, New York

Every year Robin Rice curates Summertime Salon, a showcase to exhibit the best of her collected artists’ strengths and aesthetics. Representing 56 artists, one of the most exciting parts of the Summertime Salon is the introduction of new artists and of new work by established practitioners.

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Review of Looking Out From The CCCS, Vivid Projects, Birmingham

From 1964 until 2002, a unique blend of teaching, student engagement and documentation that took place at Birmingham’s Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS). Founded at the University of Birmingham by sociologist Richard Hoggart in 1964, it was one of the first academic bodies to examine the impact of popular culture, particularly in Britain, from music and television programmes to fashion trends. In 2002 the CCCS was dramatically closed due to a restructuring at the university with hundreds of students being placed into new departments. Now, in 2014, the 50th anniversary of its establishment, a series of events and exhibitions, of which one is Vivid Project’s Looking Out From The CCCS, celebrate its legacy.

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Folkestone Triennial 2014, Citywide, Folkestone

One of the UK’s most ambitious art exhibitions, the third edition of Folkestone Triennial commissions a number of internationally recognised artists to create a collection of new artworks that will be exhibited in Folkestone’s public spaces under the title, Lookout. Among the artists included in this year’s Triennial are Yoko Ono, Andy Goldsworthy, Pablo Bronstein, Tim Etchells and Sarah Staton.

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Guido Guidi, Veramente, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Huis Marseille showcases the first ever retrospective of Guido Guidi (b.1941). Spanning a 40 year career, Guidi’s work in photography highlights his early interest in architecture and explores the environment around him in a unique way. After studying architecture in Venice, Guidi’s interests moved towards photography until he devoted himself fully to the medium in the mid-1960s.

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One & Other: Aesthetica Art Prize Announces £5,000 Main Prize

The Aesthetica Art Prize is an opportunity to advance your profile on the international art scene and is open to all artists worldwide. We welcome entries from all age ranges and experience levels, from upcoming talents to established practitioners. One & Other highlight the opportunities presented by the 2015 Aesthetica Art Prize awards.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology – Top 100 Emerging Artists

Inside the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, works from exciting new and emerging artists from around the world are displayed with an accompanying biography and artist’s statement. There are 100 practitioners included and they span across all media from sculpture and installation to video and performance.

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Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair, 3-6 July

In conjunction with the opening of the Liverpool Biennial this weekend, Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair launches at World Museum today. Running until 6 July, the event is Britain’s newest international art fair, showcasing work by emerging and established artists from over 50 leading national and international galleries. Part of the the cultural programme for the UK’s International Festival for Business, the inaugural edition of the fair opens with a VIP launch and preview opening night on 3 July.

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Review of Bow Arts Open Studios

During the evening of Friday 27 June and the following Saturday afternoon, the artists of Bow Road Studios opened their private working spaces and courtyard – bustling with performance artists, educational workshops, stalls, bars, and DJ beats – to the public. Housing 150 artists, Bow Road Studios consist of a renovated Nunnery (now also a gallery space); its surrounding four-storey buildings, and the recently converted biscuit factory, P1 Studios.

Memory Lane at la galerie du jour agnès b, Paris

The collective exhibition Memory Lane explicitly prompts memories as a result of reconstructed history through the means of art. Right at the entrance, it’s the series of photographs, Tito in War (1992-1995), by Milomir Kovačević, that commemorates Tito’s portrait in after-war public spaces. Covered with blood, protected by broken glass, hanging on a half-demolished wall, these 33 photographs of photographs enact the symbolism of the leader’s portrait presence and legitimises the space.

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Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 People’s Choice Award Winner: Sybille Neumeyer

Votes have been counted for the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award, and we are delighted to announce that Sybille Neumeyer is the winner. Visitors voted for their favourite artwork in the group show between 4 April and 22 June, which presented the finalists from the Aesthetica Art Prize along with a further 92 artworks from the longlist displayed on monitors within the gallery.

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Interview with Lizzie Cawthray, Director of Needle

Lizzie Cawthray is challenging the outdated notions of knitwear with her fresh, stylish and playful company, Needle. Cawthray aims to produce luxurious pieces that make her customers feel fantastic. After working as the knitwear product developer at LK Bennet for a number of years, Cawthray decided to focus her attentions fully on the versatile material and Needle was born. She speaks to Aesthetica about her future plans and the designers who inspire her.

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Interview with Virginia Damtsa, Co-Founder of Riflemaker

Born in Athens, Virginia Damtsa is a contemporary art dealer and the Co-Founder of Riflemaker gallery in London. Moving to Paris when she was selected by the Opera National de Paris schools to train for a career in dance, she studied in Paris, Belgium, New York and Cambridge, England before moving to London in 1990 to continue her studies in the arts whilst working on private sales including Monet and Picasso. In 2004, she co-founded Riflemaker with Tot Taylor. Damtsa speaks to Aesthetica about her thoughts on contemporary art and her inspirations.

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Made in Mexico, Fashion and Textile Museum, London

Mexico has had a long and tumultuous history that has contributed to the making of it as such an iconic country. From ancient pre-hispanic people to the urban modernity of its contemporaries, the vast array of influences that have been adopted by its citizens has created a uniquely Mexican worldview and way of life. Now placed as an ‘emerging power,’ the country’s enduring recognition of its traditions, alongside a simultaneous ability to embrace the future, makes for an intriguing society.

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The Press: Aesthetica Art Prize Raised to £5,000

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.

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5 To See This Weekend

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.

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PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin

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.

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The Photographic Object, 1970, Hauser & Wirth, New York

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.

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Danny Lyon, The Bikeriders, ATLAS Gallery, London

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.

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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.

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5 To See This Weekend

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.

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Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014, Royal Geographical Society, London.

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.

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Interview with Anya Oderyakova and Olya Korsun, Directors of Synesthesia

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. 

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Review of Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014, The Photographer’s Gallery, London

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.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Announces £5,000 for the Main Prize Winner

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.

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Final Week to Visit the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition

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.

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5 To See at Art Basel

Art Basel brings together contemporary works in its expansive art fair with 300 participating galleries from across the globe. Running 19-22 June, the event includes the highest quality of art in a wide range of forms, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography and video. Every year Art Basel attracts tens of thousands of visitors, entertaining everyone from art enthusiasts to collectors. We take a look at five of the galleries participating and the artists represented on their stands this year.

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Cast Your Vote in the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award

Aesthetica is inviting visitors to cast their vote for the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award. The exhibition, housed at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, runs until 22 June and presents the work of eight shortlisted artists. Following on from the official announcement of the winners of the Main Prize and Student Prize Awards, Sybille Neumeyer and Harriet Lewars respectively, Aesthetica is giving audiences 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.

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Tallulah Rendall: The Banshee And The Moon, Rebecca Hossack Gallery

Tallulah Rendall is not a woman for half-measures. Having shed her six-piece band, the prolific songstress stands feet astride, juggling acrobatic vocals, loop pedals and guitars in a tumult of folk fury that defies her “female singer-songwriter” label to stride into unchartered terrain. Over two years in the making, Rendall’s ambitious third album The Banshee And The Moon seeks to open a dialogue between art, poetry and music. Her expectant audience huddles in the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, lined with the wistful black-and-white portraits Rendall commissioned to accompany each track, and in the corner lies a stack of hardback books brimming with the project’s poetry and artwork.

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Serpentine Park Nights 2014. Serpentine Pavilion, Kensington Gardens

Throughout the summer and autumn, the Serpentine Galleries will once again present Park Nights, an annual series of live art events, incorporating poetry, music, film, literature and performance. It takes place on selected Friday evenings in the Serpentine Pavilion 2014, which has been designed by architect Smiljan Radic.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Mary’s

The Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition is a dynamic display of innovative artworks from artists all over the world, spanning genres from painting to drawing, video to installation and three dimensional design to sculpture. Running until 22 June, the Art Prize exhibition presents an opportunity to engage with today’s leading contemporary artists in a major group show.

Interview with Photographer Uldus Bakhtiozina

Born in USSR in 1986 in Leningrad city (Saint-Petersburg), photographer Uldus Bakhtiozina has long been impacted by her Russian heritage. Working on a new book that explores the fairy tales of pagan Russia, Bakhtiozina looks for the stories behind the image. The artist studied photography at Central Saint Martins, London, where she lived for a number of years before returning to Moscow. Currently specialising in photo-based-art, fashion photoshoots and music videos, she has been published in Vogue Italy, exhibited work internationally and was the first Russian speaker at TED. She speaks to Aesthetica about her favourite locations and her frustrations with the current trends in photography. 

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START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London

START is a focused art fair, limited to 44 young galleries showcasing new artists from around the world. The aim is to give young galleries a global platform to display their artists’ work at an important stage in their development and to bring them to the attention of a culturally engaged audience. This year the international line-up includes exhibitors from Australia, Turkey, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, India, Italy, Myanmar, the UK and the USA.

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Aesthetica Art Prize: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Art Prize, which is now open for entries, is an annual award given by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, distinguished by its dynamic content, merging compelling critical debate and stunning images, to engage with all aspects of visual art and culture. The Aesthetica Art Prize celebrates excellence in art from across the world and offers both budding artists and established practitioners the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world.

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PHotoEspaña, various locations, Spain

This year PHotoEspaña will focus on Spanish photography, highlighting the rich energy and diversity offered by photographers across the generations. Now in its 17th edition, the festival is an extensive affair, showcasing 440 artists across 108 exhibitions along with workshops, portfolio viewings, guided tours, screenings, a photobook fair and two competitions. Last year the festival was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts, a tribute that marks the end of one era for PHotoEspaña and the beginning of another: for the next three years the festival will focus on specific geographical areas to ensure a broad survey of local developments in photography is captured and to offer a different perspective and more multifacted view of photography.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Talks: Mark Doyle, Head of Collector Development North for the Contemporary Art Society

The series of contemporary art talks at the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition concludes with a discussion led by Mark Doyle, Head of Collector Development North for the Contemporary Art Society. Topics discussed include the Contemporary Art Society’s aim to widen the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art. Join Doyle on Wednesday 4 June at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space in the setting of the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, from 12.30pm. The talk is free to attend and open to all.

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Review of George Chakravarthi: Thirteen, Impressions Gallery

Born in New Delhi in 1969, George Chakravarthi moved to the UK at the age of 10. It is therefore a reasonable expectation that the theme of identity is one explored in his work. In Thirteen, currently housed within Impressions Gallery, Bradford, the manipulation of gender and identity is keenly explored. The vehicle by which he examines these ideas is through Shakespearean character. This exhibition was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The fictional individuals selected have in common a topical conclusion: self-slaughter.