Austrian artist Franz West (1947 – 2012) was a pioneer in viewer participation. He achieved worldwide fame with his furniture and sculpture for exterior and interior spaces, and his Passstucke (Adaptives). The Hepworth Wakefield currently hosts a loosely chronological course of his work, distinct for an impression of charisma born of modesty. The impression of modesty comes from light-hearted good humour in the general invitation to visitors to participate and seek dialogue with the work. The charisma that crowns this exhibition emanates from the scale of the works, and the knowledge that their conceit was grounded in involved philosophical consideration.
The Zabludowicz Collection – which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year – is presenting four solo exhibitions of sculpture, taking place simultaneously at its North London home in a former Methodist chapel. They combine new site-specific works with pieces selected from the 3,000 works spanning 40 years of modern art which are held by the Collection. Each of the artists contributing engages in a distinctive way with the question of how to make sculpture today, while at the same time a number of threads can be seen which link their approaches. A central concern is an evocation of the human body and its fragile, messy nature, as well as the passing of time.
Becca Pelly-Fry is Director of Griffin Gallery and Global Artist Outreach Programme Manager for ColArt. Based in London, Griffin Gallery supports emerging artists through its diverse programme of exhibitions and its annual art prize, Griffin Art Prize. Above the gallery space are two fully equipped artists’ studios available for short and long term residencies, and adjoining the studios is the Innovation and Development Laboratory where new artists’ materials are developed for Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, Conté á Paris and more. Pelly-Fry speaks to Aesthetica about her interest in new artists and the hurdles they have to overcome to succeed.
This summer The Hepworth Wakefield presents the first reinvention of Allan Kaprow’s Yard to be realised in the UK. First installed outside the Martha Jackson Gallery back in 1961, Kaprow’s seminal “Environment”, or “Happening” will be hosted by The Calder, The Hepworth’s latest contemporary art space. Set across 600 square metres on the ground floor of a former 19th century textiles mill in the gallery garden, the project will comprise of thousands of tyres, which visitors are encouraged to play with, rearrange and rediscover.
This new exhibition at the Marian Goodman Gallery presents a selection of artists curated by other artists. Bringing together 23 artists of different ages and from various countries including Cuba, England, Holland, Kosovo, Albania and Taiwan, Some Artists’ Artists showcases a multitude of voices in which resonances and dissonances emerge.
Following its unveiling at the Venice Art Biennale last year, Ron Arad’s Last Train project makes its way to London. Ron Arad (b.1951) opens his Camden studio to showcase the large-scale diamond engravings created by a range of artistic collaborations.
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.
London-based artist, Tom Price (b. 1973), heads across the ocean for his first solo exhibition in the USA. Debuting new work at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, his show explores the notions of presence and absence and the idea that these two states are dependent on one another whilst at the same time appear conflicting. Emphasising the notion of contrast, he utilises natural coal and synthetic resin in his work which features hollow bodies and voids of coal alongside large columns of internally-fractured resin.
Hollie Mackenzie explores the notion of the impossible Utopia by creating her own version of a dystopian landscape in the form of melting sculptures. Longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2013 with her piece Downfall (2012), Mackenzie has been awarded a Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) Bursary Award. A further nine sculptors received these awards, selected from over 300 applications.
Recently, Londoners and visitors might have found themselves sitting on concrete benches, which resemble half open books. Benches not only look like a book, they are fully dressed up by different depictions that resemble and celebrate the literary heritage of London. For the Summer 2014 the National Literary Trust and Wild in Art are the promoters of the project Books about Town whose purpose isn’t just limited to the celebration of the rich literary background that London offers, as it aims to engage the public through the joy of reading, via art.
The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture (RSA) has unveiled the latest details of its £200,000 programme of support for artists working across the whole spectrum of the visual arts in Scotland. The organisation has a proud tradition of promoting excellence in contemporary art and architecture. As well as the three main monetary awards, their programme offers funding opportunities for artists to undertake residencies at venues across Scotland, as well as scholarships which allow undergraduates to spend time studying in Florence, Italy.
A group of six artists have collaborated to create a unique site-specific exhibition and performance piece on the island of Vardø at the extreme north-eastern part of Norway. Taking place in such a secluded location, only a few knew about the project and made a pilgrimage North from Oslo to experience the work on Vardø – also the site of Norway’s most sever witch trials that saw 91 individuals executed in trials spanning 92 years.
The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag presents ZomerExpo 2014 Light, the largest national sales exhibition held at the museum showcasing a selection of artworks from an open call registration. The annual event is a fantastic display of artworks spanning all genres, representing the breadth of work being produced today.
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.
Phyllida Barlow is one of those artists who came under the spot light after a long career, endless experimentations and efforts. During the last decade her body of work has rapidly emerged and been showcased across the UK, Europe and the USA. As a teacher at the Slade School of Fine Art from where she stopped working in 2009 to focus solely on her own projects, her students included, amongst others, Turner Prize-winners Rachel Whiteread (1993) and Douglas Gordon (1996) as well as Turner Prize nominees Tacita Dean (1998), Steven Pippin (1999) and Angela de la Cruz (2010).
This special presentation by Victoria Miro at Schloss Sihlberg in Switzerland considers the use of abstraction and repetition amongst the work of three artists: Conrad Shawcross, Yayoi Kusama and Idris Khan. Each of these artists works in series, exploring concepts through the repeated and rigorous demonstration of formal strategies.Yayoi Kusama’s ongoing series of Infinity Net paintings and her important large-scale accumulation sculpture Prisoner’s Door demonstrate gestural abstraction that provides a formal counterpoint to the geometric abstraction of Conrad Shawcross’ Perimeter Studies sequence and Plosion sculpture, which take theories of cosmic expansion and contraction as their starting point.
Laurent Grasso is an artist who divides his creative life between Paris and New York, so it is fitting that in September his work will take centre stage both at Paris’s Galerie Perrotin and at Sean Kelly in New York for solo shows. He will return to Paris in March 2015 for a third show at Galerie Valentin.
There’s nothing much to see at Marina Abramović’s durational performance piece at the Serpentine Galleries. It consists of the artist in a smallish, empty room filled with one or two simple objects, and members of the public who are permitted to stay with her as long as they want. She will inhabit the space, reliving the same simple experiences, six days a week for over two months.
With a title which references the infamous Black Dahlia murder in 1940s Hollywood, Last Seen Entering The Biltmore is a group exhibition which considers the idea of artifice and theatricality and particularly draws attention to the idea of the theatrical “backstage” as a threshold where transformation takes place. It also addresses the wider subject of the mediation of experience, whether by the theatre curtain or the computer screen.
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.
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.
Art history is replete with romantic mythologies, few more potent than the artist as obsessive maker, working round the clock in his studio or in the landscape, as was the case with one of modern art’s most famous obsessives, Paul Cezanne, around whom Magnus Quaife’s solo show, Like a Child Running a Stick Along a Fence at Works | Projects, is framed.
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.
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.
For the London Design Festival 2014, Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert has joined forces with Champagne Perrier-Jouët to create a unique glass piece called Human Nature to be installed at the Victoria & Albert. Born in Paris but raised on the west coast of Africa, Wintrebert draws on his experience of the world to produce delicate and beautiful glass works. Creating his works at a small factory in Waldsassen, Bavaria, the artist speaks to Aesthetica about his hopes to establish a permanent studio in France and his plans for the V&A.
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.
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.
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.
The Louise Alexander Gallery in Sardinia presents Arik Levy’s first solo show at the gallery. Uncontrolled Nature features a collection of new work in combination with older pieces and Levy showcases a wide range of sculptures that exist like a trail of landmarks alongside paintings and other artworks. Shown for the first time are RockTripleShift and RockTripleFusion Vertical, his ambitious new pieces displaying contrast between fusion and separation – a representation of both the horizontal and the vertical.
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.
Part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love, The Human Factor will bring together major works from 25 leading international artists across the last 25 years. The artists involved have all fashioned new ways of using the figure in contemporary sculpture and confront the question of human representation today. The exhibition focuses on sculpture that explores a variety of social, political, cultural and historical concerns and it incorporates diverse references from science fiction to war monuments.
Spencer Finch has on the wall of his studio a postcard of a watercolour by Turner. Impressed by its dynamic of figuration and abstraction, and the fluidity of the watercolour echoing the motions of the sea, Finch seems always to have had Turner in mind with his own manipulations of the elements. Taking as his starting point Turner’s A Wreck (possibly related to Longships Lighthouse, Land’s End) (1834-40), Finch has selected from the Tate collection works on paper by Turner of the Margate coast. Displayed in a dimly lit corridor before you enter the exhibition, these works are a window onto the very world that Finch employs – a world of ever-changing light.
This summer the Lisson Gallery collaborates with Berengo Studio to present an exhibition that coincides with the occasion of the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice. The show examines the complex spheres of the public realm and the built environment, existing beyond the walls of the museum or gallery space. In this manner public art can help define the landscape it inhabits, functioning either harmoniously or in dialogue with its environment.
This summer the Camden Arts Centre dedicates all of its galleries and gardens to a large-scale, major exhibition of work by Shelagh Wakely (b.1932 – d.2011). One of the UK’s most influential artists, the exhibition provides the rare opportunity to experience the ephemeral magic of Wakely’s work.
Ai Weiwei is a master craftsman. Over the years, some critics have suggested he is a great activist but not a good artist. However, Weiwei’s work in porcelain, marble and wood, in particular, is astonishingly complex and comparable in vision and execution to the design talents of Leonardo Da Vinci. Running at the Brooklyn Museum until 10 August, Ai Weiwei: According to What? surveys a wide selection of the artist’s work from 1983 to the present.
German artist Sybille Neumeyer stunned judges with her eloquent piece, Song for the Last Queen (2013) in the Aesthetica Art Prize, a beautiful light installation comprised of 7,614 bees collected from a naturally collapsed beehive framed within vials of natural honey. Captivating at first glance, the work also invites audiences to reflect upon global issues and imbalances in our ecosystem; at once appreciating the pure and natural beauty of raw materials while confronting the growing gap between consumption and food production, as bees face an ever-rising risk of decline. We speak to Neumeyer about her practice and what inspired her to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize.
Leeds Art Gallery presents its new sculpture collection, showcasing a number of recent acquisitions for the first time. The display is designed to explore the relationship between sculture and narrative, unlocking the stories that surround key works in the Leeds collection. All sculptures contain stories, whether they are the result of the artist’s thinking, the process of making, display or reception, or the context in which the works are experienced. Inevitably, these narratives influence the ways in which the art is perceived and, in turn, help to shape our understanding of the world.
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.
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.