This extensive exhibition explores the versatility of light as a sculptural medium through 20 installations from international artists working throughout the second half of the twentieth century to the present day, as well as site-specific works re-created specially for the exhibition. In conjunction with Light Show is Luminous which will take over other spaces in the MCA with images from Australian artists: shooting star spirits and geometric patterns of light dancing upon gallery walls, infinity windows and atmospheric environments carved into the architecture.
Fresh from New York, The Still House Group brought its brand of ever-evolving DIY art to London for the first time in Testing Ground: Still House Group. The exhibition, which took place at the Zabludowicz Collection, saw the group – founded in New York in 2007 by Isaac Brest and Alex Perweiler as an online platform – exercising the multi-disciplinary, artist-led, curatorial platform that it has rapidly matured and developed in to.
FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, is one of the UK’s leading media arts centre whose forward-thinking, all-inclusive programme of exhibitions, film and participant-led art projects intends to inspire and enrich. For 2015, its four annual exhibitions includes a selection of international new-media art, beginning with Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age.
Mythopoeia: Mequitta Ahuja, Kapwani Kiwanga, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum and Alida Rodrigues, Tiwani Contemporary, London
Tiwani Contemporary, London, gathers together four international artists for its latest group exhibition, Mythopoeia. Drawn from the Greek muthopoios and meaning composer of fiction, the exhibition title highlights the age-old role of storytelling in rationalising the unknown. Featured artists, Mequitta Ahuja, Kapwani Kiwanga, Alida Rodrigues and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, work across a variety of media in order to craft their own, new mythologies. Mythopoeia suggests that contemporary art can offer an opportunity to re-interpret the world.
Founder of the Japanese Mono-ha and Korean Dansaekhwa Modern art groups of the 1960s-1970s, painter, sculptor, writer and philosopher Lee Ufan presents new work which arrives from a practice dominated by minimalism.
Cuban art collective, Los Carpinteros is formed of duo Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez who create humorous installations and sculptures which point towards whimsy yet really probe into politics, conveying their own political viewpoints. In alluding to playful comedy, the two are able to criticise without intimidating audiences or alienating the viewer – creating an accessible platform from which they can be heard.
Jason Covert was longlisted in the Aesthetica Art Prize with his work Excavation, an ultra-personal journey through one man’s fears. Spanning media including film, photography and sculpture, Covert is a multimedia artist based in New York. Solo exhibitions include Excavation (2014) and The Bridge (2012) at Hionas Gallery, New York; and group shows at Ann Street Gallery, SCOPE pavilion and LACDA Gallery, while his work is also held in numerous private collections. We speak to Jason about his practice, inspirations and upcoming projects.
This weekend’s exhibition round-up traverses the divide between art and politics, appearance and reality to explore fresh perspectives of history and human experience and to challenge the narratives which shape our lives, our sense of self, and our perceptions of the world around us according to these paradigms. From New York to London, Madrid to Dublin, we reflect on some of this season’s most innovative and enticing displays taking place across the world. Beginning with 20th century post-war photography in The Modern Eye at Edwynn Houk Gallery and moving onto fascinations with the American South at ICA Boston, our 5 to See features a fantastic selection of exhibitions to discover.
Art Brussels returns for its 33rd year this April. As in previous years, galleries will be presented in different sections, with the addition of DISCOVERY, which will feature 14 galleries who represent lesser-known and emerging artists that have yet to find exposure in Europe. Ahead of the opening, we speak to artistic director Katerina Gregos about her favourite parts of this year’s fair and her work with not-for-profit spaces.
A river runs through it: Olafur Eliasson’s immersive installation, Riverbed, took over the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, for the museum’s first solo exhibition of his impressive oeuvre in 2014. In Issue 61, Aesthetica explored the recent survey of the artist’s experimental practice.
Wales is presenting its first solo exhibition by a female artist at the Venice Biennale this year. The Arts Council of Wales has selected Helen Sear to represent Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice at the 56th International Art Exhibition. Curated by Ffotogallery, …the rest is smoke will feature works which connect the local landscapes of Wales to the context of the Biennale. Sear is widely regarded as one of Wales’ most significant contemporary artists, having lived and worked there since 1984. Her body of work explores the crossing of boundaries between photography and fine art, and she was joint winner of the visual art prize at the National Eisteddfod in 2011.
For the second talk in the series that runs alongside the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, we hear from Dr Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield who will discuss “what we talk about when we talk about art”. During this talk at 12.30pm on 16 April, visitors to York St Mary’s will be able to learn more about current approaches to contemporary art in an interactive and engaging session. Ahead of the event, we speak with Sam Lackey about her role at The Hepworth Wakefield.
Our 5 To See This Weekend features some of the top exhibitions currently on display around the world. From The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, which celebrates more than 30 international artists redefining “the image of woman” during that period, to Magda Biernat’s tranquil Adrift photography series on display at the Robert Klein Gallery in Boston. Our 5 To See This Weekend is our guide to the best exhibitions on offer right now.
This year Art Paris Art Fair showcased Asian art, once again demonstrating how inventive and abundant the art scene in Asia still is. Of all the artists represented, Korean artists were the most eye-catching. Galerie Géraldine Banier hosted artists like the Korean Jung Min Choi whose wire sculptures added a delicate note of poetry. With its wire spider hanging above orange-tipped wire flowers, his Hommage à Louise is intended as a miniature, non-macabre nod to Louise Bourgeois.
Armenity: Contemporary Artists from the Armenian Diaspora, The National Pavilion for the Republic of Armenia, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
The National Pavilion for the Republic of Armenia opens at the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale on 6 May. This year, Armenia will focus on the curatorial concept of Armenity, a complex theme which reflects heavily on the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. As part of the country’s commemorations, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia has dedicated its pavilion to contemporary artists from the Armenian diaspora. Works selected for the exhibition will encompass the notions of displacement and territory, justice and reconciliation, and ethos and resilience.
HOME is an international centre for contemporary visual arts, theatre and film, whose opening programme features new commissions and international collaborations as well as off-site and interdisciplinary productions that represent a new and dynamic force in the UK’s arts scene and beyond.
Will Shannon (b.1980) describes himself as: “designer, maker, artist, architect, prototyper, workplace designer, maybe”. The son of a cabinetmaker, he did a Fine Art degree at Chelsea College of Arts and then returned to his more practical roots with a Design Products MA at the Royal College of Art. His exhibition at mac Birmingham, curated by Craftspace, suggests that if art and craft and design are separate camps, he is on the road between them.
Creating artworks and performances that traverse genres and mediums, Bruce Nauman defies classification and stands as one of the most influential contemporary artists working today. A selection of multimedia installations, audio-visual pieces, and sculptures are on view at the Fondation Cartier – chosen as together they represent the artist’s multifaceted and ever-evolving practice.
This spring, a series of free lunchtime talks from leading art figures including curators and artists will run alongside the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s, presenting an unique opportunity to hear directly from industry leaders. Speakers include John Keane, Winner of the Main Prize, who will begin the series on 9 April with a discussion of his practice and, specifically, the four paintings from the Fear series selected for this exhibition. Other speakers include Dr Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield; Sarah Perks, Artistic Director (Visual Art) HOME; and Marcus Lyon, Aesthetica Art Prize shortlisted artist.
The future can only be imagined by looking back towards the past. In Aesthetica Issue 64 we look for a frame of reference to start from, to unpick, to tease out and then create something entirely new. For example, there would be no digital without analogue and certainly no progress without retrospection. We truly believe that you have to experiment and gather a wide range of influences in order to innovate.
This year’s edition of the Venice Biennale is fast-approaching. To celebrate the forthcoming Biennale, we take a look at our feature on Alfredo Jaar, who, in 2013, represented Chile at the esteemed event. In Issue 53, we spoke to curator Madeleine Grynsztejn about Latin American art and Jaar’s installation Venezia, Venezia.
Our 5 To See This Weekend features not to be missed exhibitions around the world, reflecting on personal and national narratives. The Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation presents Pieter Hugo’s latest photography collection for the first time in France, while in London at the Serpentine Galleries, Pascale Marthine Tayou presents his first solo show in the capital.In a retrospective of the multifaceted work of Björk, the Museum of Modern Art exhibition draws on over 20 years of daring innovation of the internationally-acclaimed singer, composer and musician. The Site Gallery, Sheffield, showcases Rory Pilgrim’s work that explores the potential that words have as the relationship between people, technology and language develops. Finally, Liu Wei’s Colors features a constellation of new works by the internationally renowned artist at Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing.
The Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition is open to the public. On display at York St Mary’s until 31 May, the Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in contemporary art from across the world. Championing and supporting the work of both established and emerging artists, it is an important opportunity for practitioners to showcase innovative concepts and pioneering designs to a wider audience. The annual award, now in its eight year, is currently accepting submissions in a wide range of disciplines.
John Keane was announced as the winner of the Main Prize for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 at the exhibition preview at York St Mary’s yesterday evening. Keane rose to national prominence in 1991 when he was appointed as the official British war artist during the Gulf War, and has continued to investigate the most pressing political questions of our time while producing portraits of notable individuals such as Mo Mowlam, John Snow and Kofi Annan.
Contemporary chair design exhibition, Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth, brings forth the private collection of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, which includes work commissioned from leading artists and new makers dating back to the the 17th century. These pieces will be showcased alongside furniture by innovative designers such as Thomas Heatherwick and Amanda Levete, Marc Newson, Tokujin Yoshioka, Piet Hein Eek and Moritz Waldemeyer.
Today marks the exhibition preview of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015, with the show opening to the public from 10am tomorrow. Taking place in the historic setting of York St Mary’s, the exhibition champions excellence in contemporary art from around the world. The eight artists selected for exhibition hail from Japan, Germany, Australia and the UK, and were chosen from over 3,500 submissions from 60 countries worldwide.
In 2011 Kunsthalle Mannheim celebrated Bruce Nauman’s 70th birthday with a retrospective examining the artist’s fascinating body of work. Now, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris presents Nauman’s first major solo show in France in over 15 years. To coincide with this new exhibition, Aesthetica delves into its archive and reflects on a feature article from Issue 41.
This year’s Aesthetica Art Prize sees a stunning collection of contemporary artworks grace the medieval interior of York St Mary’s. One of eight finalists presenting work in the 2015 exhibition, Owen Waterhouse will be showcasing his sculpture Möbius 1.00. A commission from Galvanize Sheffield and Outokumpu, the piece marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of stainless steel in Sheffield by Harry Brearley.
140 galleries from 20 countries will converge at Paris’ colossal Grand Palais for an art fair focusing on new discoveries, including a plethora of modern and contemporary art forms as well as design, photography and art books.
Our 5 To See This Weekend reveals fascinating insights into the creative world. Nick Waplington’s backstage photographs from Alexander McQueen’s final show reveal the couturier’s raw energy as he finalised designs on Horn of Plenty (2009), and MACBA presents the previously unseen collage collection of writer Osvaldo Lamborghini. A series of artists at ICA Philadelphia consider the margins of history in Traces in the Dark, and Paul Seawright’s latest series of photographs highlights the lack of mobility in the USA which lies beneath the American Dream.
Four of the UK’s leading galleries will host new works by 30 of the most talented emerging artists as part of the New Art West Midlands 2015 fair. All of the artists presented at the event have graduated from one of the region’s fine art degree courses in the past three years. A collaboration of five universities and four galleries, NAWM is the largest partnership of its kind in the country and the exhibition offers the exciting opportunity for postgraduate artists to exhibit their work alongside collections of national significance.
Fine art photographer Anna Lilleengen was longlisted in last year’s Aesthetica Art Prize with her piece Sublime Forest. Based in Yorkshire and Sweden, Lilleengen uses a physical process and deteriorating camera to create sculptural pieces that explore transient states of being and materiality. We catch up with her a year on to find out where the prize has taken her after her work was published in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology. Developments include funding from Arts Council England and her first commissioned public art piece in Rothwell, near Leeds.
This solo show from Irish artist Sean Lynch takes as its focus the DeLorean car factory, which operated in Dunmurry, Belfast, for one year from 1981-1982. Lynch is part storyteller, part artist – often exploring forgotten histories and disregarded stories – and here he narrates a tale of dashed hopes, wrongful accusation and unlikely celebrity via a series of photographs and installations.
The 12th edition of the Sharjah Biennial, in the UAE, curated by Eungie Joo, opened on 5 March to a relatively small exhibition of 51 artists that were representative of the region and from across the globe. Its open-ended theme titled The past, the present, the possible, allowed for a wide selection of works that were the most persuasive when history and nostalgia served as important sources to inspire and empower a new generation of artists. Expressed in minimalist forms, the best works came together when the recollection of the past in the Middle East reclaimed what was once glorious, and provided sufficient grist to conjure recent political strife and the dismemberment of social and family life.
The exhibitions in our 5 To See This Weekend are not to be missed. The Royal Academy of Arts in London has brought together works by Ruben, Picasso and Van Dyck to show visitors the legacy of portraiture, and the BALTIC remembers the accessible and detailed work of Jason Rhoades. An exhibition of Alec Soth’s photography reveals a backstory of posing as a newspaper reporter, which he later detaches from a news-story context to generate stand-alone pieces. Meanwhile, Galerie des Galeries invites visitors to enter an immersive, theatrical space generated by painter Karina Bisch’s large-scale works on canvas.
A Möbius strip is a surface with only one side, it is non-orientable and can be easily emulated by taking a strip of paper, twisting it once and attaching the two ends. If an ant was to walk the length of a Mobius paper strip, back to its starting point, it could cover the entire length of the paper on both sides without walking over a paper edge. These forms are at the heart of a new physics theory – “ekpyrotic” or “cyclic” cosmology – which hypothesises that the universe did not begin from one singular “Big Bang.” Instead, our cosmos contains continuously repeating cycles of evolution, parallel universes and the ever-expanding creation of new galaxies and planets.
Encompassing painting, sculpture, installation and film, War Requiem explores victimhood, violence, and the imagination through thick impasto paintings which transform before the eyes into nameless portraits and the broad expanses of emptied battlefields. Hambling’s paintwork is turbulent and emotionally charged, Indian yellow pigment running through the series as bold fanfare, hints of gold and bursts of fire.
Art Fair Tokyo returns this spring, running 20-22 March. The event enters into its 10th year and to celebrate this milestone event graphic designer Masayoshi Kodaira has produced the visuals for the fair, creating a “window” to look at the future of Tokyo. With just five years until the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the design invites people to re-examine their perception of Tokyo in anticipation of this sporting and cultural event.
Cornelia Parker (b. 1956) is a British sculptor and installation artist who is interested in the potential of materials. In 2013, Aesthetica spoke to Parker about her involvement with Glasstress: White Light / White Heat, as one of 65 artists challenged to work with glass. The show ran at two different locations in London: London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery and The Wallace Collection. Now, the artist’s signature piece Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991) can be viewed at The Whitworth in Manchester.
With his first London show for 10 years, young British artist Hugo Wilson presents a broad spectrum of painting, sculpture, drawing and photography to explore faith and power via various systems of belief. Specifically, Wilson’s new works examine the way that art has been used throughout history to reinforce the power of certain ideologies.