The Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition is now open to the public, showcasing innovative works that push the boundaries of media and engage with key issues relevant today. From the extinction of bees to playing with form, and questioning what makes a painting or drawing, are just some of the topics explored by this year’s artists. Last year’s inaugural Art Prize show set the bar high for the international art it represented; Joon Park was longlisted with his work Ceramics Field Array that draws upon the history of the Korean bowl. We speak to Joon about the meaning behind this art form.
The highly acclaimed American artist Ursula von Rydingsvard arrives at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, for her first large-scale survey in Europe. Running until 4 January 2015, the exhibition, which is the artist’s most extensive to date, features more than 40 works of drawing and sculpture made over the last two decades. Presented in YSP’s purpose-built Underground Gallery and the open air, the show represents the full scope of von Rydingsvard’s diverse practice.
Since the 10th Unilever Turbine Hall commission at Tate Modern back in 2009, this is Miroslaw Balka’s first solo show with new works in London and his fourth at White Cube gallery. Titled DIE TRAUMDEUTUNG 25,31m AMSL after Sigmund Freud’s book The Interpretation of Dreams (1899), the Mason’s Yard exhibition runs with another parallel exhibition of the Polish artist at the Freud Museum in Northwest London, DIE TRAUMDEUTUNG 75,32m AMSL. The accompanying numerals in both titles refer to the altitude (height above sea level) of each venue respectively.
This April there are a number of outstanding art exhibitions on display across the world, and we take a look at the best shows open this weekend. Munich’s Haus der Kunst focuses on the wide-ranging works of Ellen Gallagher, while the city gates open in Glasgow for the start of the sixth international festival. Catch the first weekend of the Saatchi Gallery’s re-joining of Africa and Latin America in Pangaea, or follow the themes of social unrest with Welcome to Iraq at South London Gallery, and across the Atlantic there’s SFMOMA’s Public Intimacy, a revelation of the politics entwined in the everyday of South Africa.
German artist Sybille Neumeyer was announced as the winner of the Main Prize for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 at the exhibition preview last night. Her stunning light installation Song for the Last Queen (2013) is comprised of 7,614 bees – one eighth of the colony – that were collected from a naturally collapsed bee hive and placed as a rhythm of black spots in honey creating a silent score.
The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition opens this week on 3 April at York St Mary’s, York. Celebrating innovative and outstanding artworks, the display features shortlisted pieces from artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance. The presentation highlights artistic talent from locations including Germany, New Zealand, Italy, Chile and the UK. We take a closer look at the eight selected individuals.
Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May is now available online and in stores. We are at a particularly good time for artistic output. It’s not a coincidence that this reflects the extraordinary things that are happening in the world. The first 14 years of this millennium have progressed so exponentially, it’s simply staggering. It’s a moment of reflection, but also one of anticipation; the artists of today are helping us to make sense of it all.
After the devastation caused by World War II Britain was in desperate need of hope, optimism and re-development. During the course of the war Britain suffered the tragic loss of 383,800 soldiers’ lives. The desire to raise Britain from rubble and ash and restore its former greatness found voice through the Festival of Britain organised by the labour government of Clement Atlee in the summer of 1951, exactly one hundred years after the Great Exhibition of Britain in 1851. The exhibition Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain temporarily on display at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art aims to do the same for contemporary Britain. Britain’s post-war period is reminded to visitors through a vast array of works of art, furniture, crockery and memorabilia.
Albert Einstein, when asked why time exists, answered “so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” Some Eastern cultures perceive time as a coil, travelling in cycles; others understand time as travelling through an eternal present, or as water from a spring: with the future underground, the present erupting, and the past all around us. In Western cultures time is invariably linear, and when visually documented, it almost always reads from left to right, such is the extent to which our understanding of the concept is intertwined with the language we use to describe it.
This weekend offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the best of contemporary art. The Biennale of Sydney and Art Paris Art Fair bring together fascinating and varied selections, while exhibitions at the Camden Arts Centre, Timothy Taylor Gallery and Ffotogallery showcase the impressive work of individual artists. The photography of Paul Reas and paintings of Alex Katz use bold colour to create striking images of their societies, while the delicate beauty of SIlke Otto-Knapp’s art creates a dreamy state inspired by dance and performance. Here is our selection of this weekend’s best exhibitions.
With the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition opening on 4 April, we speak to one of the finalists, who will be exhibiting in York St Mary’s along with seven other shortlisted artists. Elke Finkenauer was selected from thousands of entries for her piece Draw A Line Somewhere (2012-13) in the Painting and Drawing category. Her work explores languages of drawing, through engagement with surface, line, gesture and process. In Draw A Line Somewhere she has conflated drawing with soft sculpture techniques to produce a soft-drawing. The materiality of the work hints at 3D yet it exhibits characteristics of drawing, with a flat surface as a ground and line created through processes of cutting and stitching.
Art Paris Art Fair opens today at the Grand Palais in a celebration of contemporary and modern art. Running 27 – 30 March, the fair gathers 144 galleries from around 20 countries, offering guests the chance to revel in art that spans sculpture, photography, painting, design and art books. This year, China is the the guest of honour and the fair aims to uncover new art scenes and talents from the area. Young galleries are also highlighted in the Promises section, looking at the emerging art industry across the globe. A variety of strands join together to make a unique art fair, one that seeks to discover new visions of art.