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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.

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5 To See This Weekend

There is plenty of  contemporary art on display this weekend across the globe, so make sure you find time to pop in to a gallery wherever you are. Edmund de Waal’s installation in Margate and Karina Bisch’s work in Paris both employ the gallery’s window in their works. Joana Vasconcelos, meanwhile, has employed all aspects of Manchester Art Gallery in her exhibition, invading the walls, walkways and display cases with her textile works. In San Diego, Lyn G. Fayman uses a range of media in his exploration of image and process. Liang Yuanwei’s paintings, currently on display in London, also investigate the very process of creating art – here in her meticulous, pressure-fuelled oil paintings. Take a look at our recommended exhibitions over the next couple of days.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition: People’s Choice Award

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition brings dynamic, contemporary art to a medieval setting in the heart of York. From thousands who entered, eight artists have been selected for exhibition in the categories of Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance.

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Art Monaco, 24 – 27 April

Art Monaco is celebrating its fifth year as the fastest growing contemporary and modern art fair in the French Riviera. Opening this week and running 24-27 April, the fair is dedicated to promoting contemporary and modern art in an elegant environment. Attracting art and culture enthusiasts from all over the world, visitors will find themselves in a world of exclusive art works in the Grimaldi Forum of Monaco.

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York Art Gallery’s Contemporary Art Walk

York Art Gallery’s next Contemporary Art Walk takes place on 23 April from 5.30pm, starting with the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition at York St Mary’s. Led by a York Art Gallery Curator, and with an introduction from the Aesthetica Art Prize Director, this event leads audiences on a unique tour around contemporary art exhibitions and outdoor spaces in York, UK, offering an insight into new art projects in the city. We list some of the locations in the run up to the event.

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RSA Annual Exhibition , Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

The RSA Annual Exhibition is a focal point of the Royal Scottish Academy’s programme, showcasing work from RSA Academicians the length and breadth of Scotland. Now in its 188th year, it continues to provide a platform for contemporary paintings, sculpture, film, printmaking, photography and installation alongside work by some of the country’s leading architects.

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Review of Ian Kiaer: Tooth House, Henry Moore Institute

In Tooth House, Ian Kiaer responds specifically to the physical context of Galleries 1, 2 and 3 at the Henry Moore Institute. His overall intention is to find alternative purposes for debris. The pieces of debris employed are arranged and titled with the aim of raising questions about the value and form of each. The resulting works act as speculative props or proposals for the perception of objects in the space.

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5 To See This Bank Holiday Weekend

The bank holiday weekend gives most of us two extra days to get out and see some fantastic art. Works from Modern art giant, Henri Matisse, are on display at Tate Modern, while Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photography can be seen at Centre Pompidou. Camilla Grimaldi Gallery has salvaged portraits from an art studio in Uganda and brought them over to London and Scotland’s National Gallery is hosting an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ haunting work. Read on to find out more about Aesthetica‘s recommended exhibitions this weekend.

Shiver Me Timbers! – Nick Jeffrey Exhibition at Hannah Barry Gallery, London

Comical suggestion or playful interaction? Shiver Me Timbers! – the title of Nick Jeffrey’s solo exhibition at Hannah Barry Gallery, London – presented a matrix of dry existential humour courted by an ambiguous collision of materials. Modified canvases question space and form again and again until all that’s left is traces of the artist’s body and mind. The title, Shiver Me Timbers!, is used frequently in fiction, where, in heavy seas, ships would be lifted up and pounded down so hard as to ‘shiver’ the ship’s timbers and startle the sailors. Thus, the exclamation was meant to convey a feeling of fear and awe. Nick Jeffrey deployed this to evoke his own anxieties regarding his presentation of the results of experimental voyages through space, form and application.

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Apocalypse Postponed: Nadim Abbas at Art Basel Hong Kong

The opening of Art Basel Hong Kong on 15 May sees the return of the popular Absolut Art Bar, a collateral project that for the 4 days of the fair turns a cocktail bar into an art installation and vice versa. This year, Absolut is collaborating with Hong Kong artist Nadim Abbas, whose installations often combine the kitsch and the scholarly to create immersive works that challenge commonalities of perception and cultural narrative.

Referencing influences as diverse as pharmaceuticals, cult sci-fi and Kafka, Abbas’ site-specific art bar Apocalypse Postponed will explore the grey zone between peace and war.

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An Insight into About Time at Maddox Arts, London

Six practices, wildly diverse in culture, generation and medium, are united in their subject: our varying perceptions and measurements of time in the exhibition About Time, currently showing at Maddox Arts until 31 May.

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Bill Viola: Passions, Kunstmuseum Bern

American artist Bill Viola is one of the leading international artists working in video art. For more than 30 years, Viola has been experimenting with video tapes, video installations, sound environments, electronic-music performances and TV productions. In both 1995 and 2007, the artist appeared at the Venice Biennial to much acclaim. However, since his first solo exhibition in 1993 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Lausanne, his work has only been shown in group exhibitions in Switzerland. This April an extensive overview of his practice, Passions, appears at Kunstmuseum Bern and runs until 20 July. 

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YIA Art Fair Open for Registration

YIA Art Fair runs in Paris 23 – 26 October during FIAC. Founded in 2010 the event supports the emerging contemporary art scene. The fair seeks out unique venues to allow visitors to experience special spaces and this year the participants take over Carreau du Temple. The juxtaposition between the young artists and the historic environment makes for an event that unites classic and contemporary art.

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Review of Tim Shaw: Black Smoke Rising, mac Birmingham

Almost a decade after the publication of the infamous Abu Ghraib-tortured prisoner images taken during the Iraq war, mac Birmingham will this month be exhibiting a first major solo show from newly elected Royal Academician Tim Shaw (RA). Black Smoke Rising will include some of his most seminal works, on display until 8 June.

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Review of Mark Titchner, CGP London

About a decade ago, it seemed Mark Titchner was popping up in every high-profile group show in London, and this exposure naturally led to his Turner Prize nomination in 2006. He didn’t win, but his popularity remains high, bolstered by UK and international shows.

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Mark Manders: Cose in corso, Collezione Maramotti

Mark Manders’ Cose in corso is currently on display at Collezione Maramotti until 28 September. Bringing together found, reconstructed and reinvented objects, the exhibition is a kaleidoscopic series of organic constellations. The different elements within the work juxtapose and creative a narrative, like the pages of a diary in a very personal artistic development. The artist often leaves sculptures and objects to settle for long periods of time in his studio, letting them naturally transform over time. 

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In conversation with Jurgen Winkler, Longlisted Artist for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013

Having been selected from thousands of entrants to be part of the 100 longlist for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013, Jurgen Winkler is a contemporary artist who experiments with form and sculpture to visualise human behaviour. Alienation and intimacy, power and impotence are recurring themes in his work. With the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 now accepting entries (until 31 August) we speak to Winkler about taking part in international art competition and what inspires him.

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5 To See This Weekend

In addition to Aesthetica’s very own Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s, York, there’s a number of wonderful art shows on display this weekend. If you’re near York, you can catch some of the most exciting emerging talents and trends in contemporary art today and if you’re elsewhere, you can be bewildered by Tobias Rehberger’s overwhelming installations in Frankfurt. At London’s Thomas Dane Gallery, Abraham Cruzvillegas destroys entire movements, while in Sheffield Wu Chi-Tsung creates entire cities from mere shadows. Wherever you are, make sure you see something this weekend.

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Science Fiction: New Death at FACT, Liverpool

What does “science fiction” mean in the 21st century? A traditional definition is that it is writing, or other artistic works, that presuppose a technology, or an effect of technology, such as humanity has not yet experienced. However, over the years, the genre has come to be represented by distinctive tropes and visual hallmarks, even when they are more closely associated with eras of the past – think of the monochrome screens in the film Alien from 1979, or how The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, due to the TV adaptation of 1981, is more synonymous with flared trousers than intergalactic space travel.

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Review of Art Paris Art Fair 2014

This year at the Art Paris Art Fair there was a dizzyingly fascinating gathering of art galleries from around the world. China was the guest of honour, after Russia last year. In front of the Grand Palais entrance to the art fair lay a rusting metal fist larger than a man: its tantalisingly paradoxical political image suggested both oppressive power and the severing of that power from the arm that propels it.

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The Other Art Fair, London

The UK’s leading artist-led fair returns to Ambika P3 this April for its sixth edition. The Other Art Fair runs 24 – 27 April and will feature work by 100 of the best, unrepresented artists coupled with a dynamic program of talks, workshops and events. With a growing number of art fairs in London, The Other Art Fair stands as a unique  but inclusive experience which appeals to both art experts and novices. The event allows visitors to interact directly with the artists, learning about their practice and the thoughts behind the works.

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Interview with Joon Park, Longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013

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.

Ursula von Rydingsvard, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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. 

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Miroslaw Balka: DIE TRAUMDEUTUNG 25,31m AMSL, White Cube Gallery, Mason’s Yard

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.

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5 To See This Weekend

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.

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Winners of the Aesthetica Art Prize Announced

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.

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Shortlisted Artists

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.

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Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May Out Now

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.

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Review of Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain, MIMA

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.

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Review of Cevdet Erek: Alt: Üst, Spike Island, Bristol

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.

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5 To See This Weekend

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.

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In Conversation with Elke Finkenauer, Shortlisted Artist for the Aesthetica Art Prize

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.

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Art Paris Art Fair, 27 – 30 March

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.

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Joyce Pensato: Joyceland at the Lisson Gallery

Joyce Pensato: Joyceland at the Lisson Gallery, London until 10 May has brought some of the world’s best known icons of popular culture and transformed the space into an impression of her Brooklyn studio (which she refers to as ‘Joyceland’) in London.

Interview with Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director of The Jewish Museum New York

Other Primary Structures is an exhibition of important sculptural work at The Jewish Museum, New York. The works are drawn from around the world and were produced between 1960 and 1970. Building upon the seminal 1966 exhibition Primary Structures, which set up Minimalism as an art class, the exhibition revisits the theme of 20th-century geometric abstraction from a global, rather than strictly Western or Northern, perspective. The first component, Others 1, runs 14 March until 18 May and presents work from 1960 to 1967. Others 2, on view 25 May until 3 August, displays work from 1967 through 1970 and includes pieces directly influenced by the 1966 Primary Structures exhibition. Aesthetica speaks to Deputy Director, Jens Hoffmann, about Minimalism and the construction of an exhibition.

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An Insight into the Work of Deb Covell, Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014

Organised by Aesthetica Magazine, in partnership with York Museums Trust, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in contemporary art from across the world, supporting and bringing compelling new works to a wider audience. From thousands who entered, eight have been selected for exhibition. The final eight includes Deb Covell, whose bold and invigorating use of acrylic paint draws out the sculptural potential of the medium. We speak to Covell about her method.

Sydney Biennale: You Imagine What You Desire

You Imagine What You Desire is a fitting title for Sydney’s 19th Biennale running until 9 June. Spread across five venues – which span the width of the city and includes an island in the middle of Sydney Harbour – the programme forces audiences to slowly absorb the ideas, beauty and creative energy of each venue’s work. This year’s Biennale doesn’t have a didactic theme but simply aims to activate audiences’ desires.

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Review of Tom Price, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Tom Price, who was born in London in 1981, studied at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art Sculpture School. In 2009 he was featured on BBC Four television documentary, Where is Modern Art Now? He was awarded the Arts Council England Helen Chadwick Fellowship. In 2010 he featured on BBC Four’s, How to Get A Head in Sculpture. He was also included in 10 Magazine’s Ten Sculptors You Should Meet. His statues, which are currently on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, trace the evolution of Price’s approach to the male figure.

Review of Yoko Ono: Half-a-Wind Show, Guggenheim Bilbao

Described by John Lennon as the world’s most famous unknown artist, Yoko Ono has spent a lifetime living in the shadow of her famous marriage and her revered late husband. Half-A-Wind Show, an epic retrospective visiting the Guggenheim Bilbao, is the chance to allow her the recognition she deserves…

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition: 4 April – 22 June 2014, York

The Aesthetica Art Prize returns this spring with new and inspiring artworks that discuss some of the most poignant issues of our times. Critically acclaimed by the art world and loved by visitors in 2013, the Aesthetica Art Prize is set to become one of the key events in the UK for engaging with new talent.