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Cast Your Vote in the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award

Aesthetica is inviting visitors to cast their vote for the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award. The exhibition, housed at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, runs until 22 June and presents the work of eight shortlisted artists. Following on from the official announcement of the winners of the Main Prize and Student Prize Awards, Sybille Neumeyer and Harriet Lewars respectively, Aesthetica is giving audiences 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.

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Review of The Strange City, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at The Monumenta, Grand Palais, Paris

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov had set their Strange City under the glass-and-steel passages of Grand Palais. Commissioned by the Monumenta, the exhibition proposes a double total installation: these are already known to Kabakov’s viewers and are situated in featureless pavilions of a total city installation formed under the cupola of the Grand Palais. It is explicitly echoed in the forms of The Dome, positioned at the entrance of the city. Inspiration for this soaring colour-changing installation takes its roots from the theory of the Russian musician, Alexander Scriabin, who created a colour organ, “‪clavier à lumières”, appropriated the synesthetic system, and who was influenced by Newton’s Opticks and theosophical theories of Jean Delville and Helena Blavatsky.

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Serpentine Park Nights 2014. Serpentine Pavilion, Kensington Gardens

Throughout the summer and autumn, the Serpentine Galleries will once again present Park Nights, an annual series of live art events, incorporating poetry, music, film, literature and performance. It takes place on selected Friday evenings in the Serpentine Pavilion 2014, which has been designed by architect Smiljan Radic.

Review of Lynn Chadwick: Retrospectives, Blain|Southern

The works of a familiar face from the recent past are paying London a visit to mark the centenary anniversary of their creator’s birth. Despite his initial training as an architectural draughtsman, Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) is widely known today as a sculptor and began to participate in several exhibitions (such as those at Gimpel Fils gallery) in the late 1940s and 1950s. His work is now on display at Blain|Southern, London, until 28 June.

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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.

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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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Review of Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo, MCA Chicago

Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, running until 5 October, illuminates how the ideas at the heart of Mexican Surrealist Frida Kahlo’s paintings still resonate with contemporary artists around the world. The exhibit juxtaposes two of Kahlo’s works with sculptures, video, paintings, photographs and drawings which explore the many facets of identity.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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Ai Weiwei in the Chapel, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Ai Weiwei in the Chapel marks the world famous artist’s first exhibition in a British public gallery since Sunflower Seeds at Tate Modern in 2010. On display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, until 2 November, the show is found in the park’s newly refurbished 18th century chapel following a £500,000 restoration. The presentation is  accompanied by poetry readings from the works of celebrated poet Ai Qing, Ai Weiwei’s father.

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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.

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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.

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Interview with ICA Curator, Juliette Desorgues on Walerian Borowczyk

A retrospective of the work of Walerian Borowczyk (1923-2006) is due to go on display at the ICA, London, this week. The Listening Eye highlights the artist’s extensive work in filmmaking, painting and sculpture. Primarily know from his erotic films such as Immoral Tales (1974) and The Beast (1975), Borowczyk also produced a number of animations,  including Les Jeux des Anges (1964), Le Dictionnaire de Joachim (1965) and Le Théatre de Monsieur & Madame Kabal (1967). We speak to Associate Curator at the ICA, Juliette Desorgues, about what audiences can expect from the exhibition and their partnership with the BFI.

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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.

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5 To See This Weekend

Numerous galleries are throwing open their doors this weekend, after lying dormant for the winter months, and there’s some wonderful, fresh exhibitions to be seen. Tate St Ives looks back at its own history in its first show this year and Jupiter Artland explodes in to the season with three shows in its Edinburgh location. The politically charged works of Judy Chicago in New York, and Neal Fox in Paris, address important issues in their own innovative styles, while Rob Tucker’s playful paintings glorify the prosaic. Read on to find out more about our recommended exhibitions for the next two days. 

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Ai Weiwei, Lisson Gallery, London 23 May-12 July

Ai Weiwei is one of the leading cultural figures of his generation and consistently displays great courage in placing himself at risk to affect social change through art. His work often challenges the political systems in place in China and he was secretly detained in 2011, spending 81 days accompanied only by his interrogators and the scant furnishings of his cell.

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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.

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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.”

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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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Review of Bruce Nauman, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

Given The Harris’s Grade I listed neo-classical exterior, many people often simply associate the gallery with Victorian paintings and historical collections, and although this assumption isn’t entirely wrong, The Harris is rapidly building a reputation for its strong and innovative contemporary arts programme. As part of this programme and in collaboration with ARTIST ROOMS On Tour, The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is thrilled to be hosting a carefully curated snippet of works by influential American artist, Bruce Nauman.

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As Exciting As We Can Make It: Ikon in the 1980s, Ikon, Birmingham

Exciting As We Can Make It: Ikon in the 1980s is the highlight of Ikon’s 50th anniversary year, taking place between 2 July and 31 August. Featuring  a variety of pieces, the exhibition is a survey of Ikon’s program from 1979 to 1989. This selection of paintings, sculpture, installation, film and photography, much previously shown at Ikon, reveals one of the most iconic decades in England.

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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.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted Artist Kathy Hinde

Piano Migrations by Kathy Hinde features in the Aesthetica Art Prize longlist of 100 artists from around the world. Her work, part of the Video, Installation & Performance category, unites the two practices of visual art and music composing.

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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.

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Haim Steinbach: once again the world is flat. Serpentine Gallery, London

In once again the world is flat., Steinbach investigates the hierarchy of the art object. Within the installation a household object sits next to an artefact from a museum collection and both are given equal stature. Steinbach explores the universality of acquiring and arranging things, looking at the ritual of this practice through the arrangement of found and made objects.

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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.

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GAST: Dale Fearnley and Laura Mahony, Lincoln

Home is where the heart is, and artists Dale Fearnley and Laura Mahony have opened theirs to the outside world. A collaborative project with Ian Malicom, GAST is a unique exhibition situated inside the couple’s home and includes film, sculpture, installation and most interestingly, live performance.

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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.