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. 


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.


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.


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.


Dr. Harold Edgerton, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

The inventive and intelligent mind of Dr. Harold Edgerton is responsible for some of the world’s most pioneering photographic devices and techniques. A scientist first and foremost, Edgerton worked with the famous marine biologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau to develop underwater photographic equipment and side-scan sonar devices to map the ocean floor.


London Festival of Architecture, 1 – 30 June

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) takes place throughout June, presenting a city-wide celebration of the capital’s extraordinary buildings and landmarks. 2014 is the 10th year of the festival, and its role has consistently developed to include transforming public perception of architecture from a niche interest to a recognition of it as a vital element of the UK’s cultural, economic, social and financial framework.


Aesthetica Issue 59 June/July Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 59 is now available to purchase online and in stores internationally. The new edition explores the idea of the unexpected and the notion that what actually happens is different from what was originally planned. Inside this issue, we start with Barbara Kruger’s new major site-specific installation at Modern Art Oxford, alongside her iconic 1980s paste-ups that continue to critique our consumerist culture.


Free Range 2014, The Old Truman Brewery, London

The creative hub of East London, the Old Truman Brewery arts and media quarter on Brick Lane, plays host once again to Europe’s largest graduate art, design and fashion show, Free Range. The exhibition showcases the breadth of work being produced by the UK’s army of young creatives – both to the public and to the creative industries on the look-out to spot rising new talents.


SohoCreate, 4-6 June, London

SohoCreate opens next week, 4-6 June, for its inaugural creative festival. With an outstanding line-up of guests, including Rob Ryan, Michael Craig-Martin and Yinka Shonibare, the event runs panel sessions with some industry experts. SohoCreate offers a rare opportunity to hear from the UK’s leading creatives in panels crossing a variety of genres. Audiences will also have the chance to be privy to a number of conversations between experts, such as world-renowned architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Frieze Art Founder Matthew Slotover and celebrated artist Yinka Shonibare as they discuss how our imagination is what makes us human and how essential creativity is to our future.

10 Degree Shows To See

Degree Show season is upon us once more and art students up and down the UK are in the process of preparing their final projects for examination. The concluding exhibitions offer a public audience an insight into the brightest new talents at work in the art industry. From Edinburgh to Plymouth, London to Norwich, Aesthetica takes a look at the best emerging artists.

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Clifford Owens, Better the Rebel You Know, Cornerhouse, Manchester

This summer Cornerhouse in Manchester will host the first major European show by American conceptual artist Clifford Owens, across all three of its galleries. Owens’ work explores the intersection of photography, video, text and performance. His practice seeks to challenge the boundaries of performance, and the possibilities of interaction between artist and audience.


Aesthetica Art Prize Talks: Cherie Federico, Editor of Aesthetica Magazine

Cherie Federico is the Editor of Aesthetica Magazine, and judge for the Aesthetica Art Prize. She will be leading the fourth talk in the series held at York St Mary’s as part of the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition – a dynamic and innovative display of outstanding contemporary art from around the world, running until 22 June.

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GENERATION: Toby Paterson Exhibition, Kirkcaldy Galleries

GENERATION is an ongoing nationwide series of exhibitions celebrating 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland. Toby Paterson’s show, organised by FCA&C with the Scottish Touring Exhibitions Consortium, is one of the first exhibitions to have opened as part of the project, which sees over 100 artists exhibiting works in more than 60 venues across Scotland throughout 2014.


The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Continues for One More Month

Today there is one month left to visit the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. Featuring eight artists working in media from photography to film and painting to installation, the show represents the breadth and quality of work being produced today in the UK and internationally. The finalists hail from New Zealand, Chile, Germany, Italy and Britain; and the works of a further 92 international artists is displayed on monitors with the gallery. To celebrate this landmark exhibition in contemporary international art, we highlight works within the Video, Installation and Performance category, which can all be viewed here via YouTube and Vimeo.


Marco Sanges, Von Hagen by Sanges, Kleine Olympiahalle, Munich

Gunther von Hagens is best known for his controversial Body Worlds exhibitions, which he has showcased across the globe. In Body Worlds, von Hagens presents a series of human bodies, embalmed and preserved in plastic, dissected and staged in lifelike poses to show various structures and systems of human anatomy. The exhibitions have met with both curiosity and controversy from the public, something difficult to avoid with such a daring creation. The method and technique of preserving the biological tissue specimens that is demonstrated through Body Worlds was invented by Gunther von Hagens and is called plastination. He also founded the Institute of Plastination in Heidelberg in 1993.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Talks: James Boaden, Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York

The third in the series of free lunchtime talks taking place as part of the Aesthetica Art Prize is led by University of York Lecturer and Art Historian, James Boaden. From 12.30pm to approximately 1pm on Wednesday 21 May, join Boaden at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, as he talks about the evolution of artists’ film, drawing upon the works in the exhibition.


Bruno Barbey and Ian Berry, Spring Revolutions, 1968 – A Tale of Two Cities, Atlas Gallery, London

In May and August of 1968 two very different uprisings took place on the streets of two European cities, photographed by two very different photographers. This exhibition showcases the work of Ian Berry and Bruno Barbey, both Magnum photographers. Bruno Barbey, a French photographer, captured the uprisings in Paris, whilst Berry immortalised the Czech resistance.


Review of Andreas Gursky, White Cube, Bermondsey

A new solo exhibition of Andreas Gursky’s photography is now open at the White Cube, Bermondsey. His first solo show in London in seven years, it encompasses both past projects and new works, continuing his often disorienting examinations of landscape and human impact on our surroundings.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted Artist: Alec Von Bargen

Alec Von Bargen is one of 100 contemporary artists longlisted in this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize, an annual celebration of outstanding contemporary art from around the world. The award attracted thousands of entries out of which eight finalists were selected for exhibition, on show until 22 June 2014 at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space in the centre of York, UK.


James Welling Prints available with Light Work Subscription Programme 2014

Limited edition prints by James Welling, John Chervinsky, Lucas Foglia, Irina Rozovsky and signed copies of Peter Mitchell’s Strangely Familiar are available through Light Work’s 2014 Subscription Programme. Running for over 40 years, Light Work is an artist-run, not-for-profit organisation, providing direct support to artists through residencies, publications, exhibitions, and a community-access digital lab facility. Every year the Subscription Programme includes four limited-edition prints, one signed book and a subscription to Contact Sheet, one of the longest-running photography magazines in the world. All of the proceeds go directly back to the supporting photographers.

Review of Araki by Araki, Taschen

Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki (b. 1940) has spent the entirety of his life capturing the female form. With his wife as his central muse, the artist has shot over 250 books of women, flowers and city landscapes. Unconcerned with taking photographs for a commercial purpose, Araki is content to just show his final works to friends and he prefers to aim his lens at the things he loves and the places he is familiar with. However, his art is due to be appreciated by many more people as an overview of his provocative practice is now documented in Taschen’s Araki by Araki. 


Bowlarama: California Bowling Architecture 1954-1964, A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles

The A+D Architecture and Design Museum in southern California is focused exclusively on progressive architecture, design and urbanism. Their current exhibition, Bowlarama: California Bowling Architecture 1954-1964, brings a new insight into the art of the recreation centre, exploring the architecture and technology that created a new version of this in the 1950s and reinvented the sport of bowling.


5 To See This Weekend

There’s some great art to be found in cities the world over this weekend and we select a list of the top five exhibitions. In Paris, Bill Voila’s video work engulfs the Grand Palais, while photography is the concern in London, as artists look to the medium for formal experimentation as well as political debate. In New York, iconic furniture design is displayed next to a selection of fine art, creating yet another intriguing and innovative discussion within the white space of an art gallery. Make sure you pop in and join the conversation.


Contemporary Fine Art Presents: pART3/3, The Crypt, London

pART3/3 is a group show due to open at The Crypt, London. Contemporary Fine Art Presents is a collective of 15 emerging artists from University of Portsmouth’s BA course. Their work will go on display for one week in June, adding to the atmospheric venue with innovative and varied artworks. The art work covers numerous media, including performance, photography, sculpture and printing. George Michels, from the curation team said “I am very excited to be pulling together all our work in this special venue – it’s the culmination of three years of creativity, and it will be an honour to bring our show to London.”


Turner Prize 2014 Shortlist Announced

The four artists nominated for the Turner Prize 2014 have now been announced. Those shortlisted for the award are: Duncan Campbell, Ciara Phillips, James Richards and Tris Vonna-Michell. Founded in 1984, this year marks the 30th year of the Turner Prize. The competition was launched to promote discussion of new developments in contemporary British art. The variety of media used by the four shortlisted artists this year reflects the diversity of work being made in the UK today, often exhibited globally, from film and video to performance, collaborative working and installation. The art within the shortlist  includes work that manipulates and appropriates found film footage and online imagery, reflecting the impact of the internet, cinema, TV and mobile technologies 

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National Portrait Gallery: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

The National Portrait Gallery, London, is now accepting entries to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014, a major international photographic competition and an important platform for portrait photographers.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Reviewed In The Northern Echo

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition is on show at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space until 22 June, presenting the works of eight shortlisted artists spanning media from painting and photography to installation and performance. Winning artist Sybille Neumeyer talks to Steve Pratt from The Northern Echo about her light installation, which was inspired by her desire to save the world’s bees. Read Pratt’s full interview here.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Talks: Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield

Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield, Sam Lackey will lead the second talk in the series, running alongside the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s. Join Lackey at the gallery on 7 May, as she discusses the challenges of curating in the post-medium age.


Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film, Parasol Unit

Parasol Unit plays host to the solo show of London based artist, Shezad Dawood. Spanning the gallery’s ground floor and first floor levels, it comprises several sculptures, including some neon light works, five large scale paintings on textile and two videos. A Mystery Play (2010) is the title of the 15 minute black and white video showing upstairs, whereas Towards the Possible Film (2014) is the cornerstone 20 minute colour film that lends its title to the entire exhibition.


5 To See This Weekend

This bank holiday heralds the northern hemisphere’s beginning of summer, and affords us another chance to explore even more art. There’s the politically themed work of Christian Holstad in London and Khaled Hourani in Glasgow, and also the visual trickery of Patrick Hughes’ paintings in New York and Peter Fischli and David Weiss’ Berlin exhibition. Explore the labyrinths that Mike Nelson has soldered together in Toronto and lose yourself in this extended three-day weekend.


30 Americans. Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana.

30 Americans at Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (CAC), running until 15 June, explores identity through the eyes of some of the most important African American artists of the last thirty years. Through the use of mixed media, real-life objects, lighting, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, video and collage, many of the artists deal with the struggle to disregard stereotypes in order to create their own images.


Angus McBean at Glyndebourne 2014

Glyndebourne Festival returns for its 80th year and to celebrate the momentous anniversary the opera house will be exhibiting rare images of Glyndebourne in the 1940s and 1950s from surrealist photographer Angus McBean.Visual art and sculpture have always played an important role at Glyndebourne, which runs between 17 May and 24 August in the stunning Sussex Downs.


Interview with Fashion Designer Isabel Wong

Bringing together simplicity, contemporary design and experimental form, Isabel Wong is a luxury womenswear designer based in London. Interested in translating  conceptualism into wearable products, Wong is often inspired by paradox and enigma. She is also concerned with innovation and sustainability and often utilises unusual materials in her pieces. Aesthetica speaks to Wong about her design process and British fashion.


Vote in the Aesthetica Art Prize and Win an Exclusive Evening in York

Aesthetica is inviting the people of Yorkshire to cast their vote for the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award this spring. Following on from the initial success of the exhibition, Aesthetica is giving visitors 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.


BlackBox: Photography Festival, Nottingham

BlackBox, the creative community of photographers, is hosting the 18th NTU Photography Degree Show this year, which will run between 26 May and 6 June. The two-week exhibition is the culmination of 85 students’ three years of study. Those involved in the course work across different fields of media, such as still photography, moving image and also installation. The Festival not only features works from the students at Nottingham Trent University, but it is also organised and planned by them as well.


NOISE Festival Open for Entries

NOISE Festival is now open for entries. The award-winning national arts charity has announced an outstanding line up of Curators to handpick online entries for the 2014 event, including fashion designer Giles Deacon, games legend Ian Livingstone CBE (Tomb Raider), architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (Eden Project), pioneering musician Brian Eno, acclaimed cartoonist Gerald Scarfe CBE (Pink Floyd’s The Wall), cult horror film writer Clive Barker, photographer Elaine Constantine, and arts broadcaster Tim Marlow (White Cube Gallery) and more.

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Join Lunchtime Talks at the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition

Over the coming weeks, a series of lunchtime talks will run in conjunction with the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. With leading artists and professionals in the art world presenting these discussions, there is an opportunity to gain significant insight into the latest developments in the practice and curation of art.