National Literary Trust & Wild in Art: Books about Town, London

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.

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Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture: RSA Awards and Artist Opportunities

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.

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Review of Fire From the North, Vardø, Norway

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.

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ZomerExpo 2014 Light, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

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.

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Folkestone Triennial 2014, Citywide, Folkestone

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: dock 2014, Tate Britain

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).

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Idris Khan, Yayoi Kusama and Conrad Shawcross, Schloss Sihlberg, Zurich.

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.

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Laurent Grasso, Galeries Perrotin and Valentin, Paris and Sean Kelly, New York

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.

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Review of Marina Abramovic: 512 Hours, Serpentine Galleries

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.

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Last Seen Entering The Biltmore, South London Gallery.

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.

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One & Other: Aesthetica Art Prize Announces £5,000 Main Prize

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.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology – Top 100 Emerging Artists

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.

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Magnus Quaife, Like a Child Running a Stick Along a Fence, Works | Projects

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.

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Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair, 3-6 July

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.

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Review of Bow Arts Open Studios

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.

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Interview with London Design Festival Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert

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.

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Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 People’s Choice Award Winner: Sybille Neumeyer

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.

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The Press: Aesthetica Art Prize Raised to £5,000

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.

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PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin

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.

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Arik Levy, Uncontrolled Nature, Louise Alexander Gallery, Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

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.

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The Photographic Object, 1970, Hauser & Wirth, New York

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.

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The Human Factor: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture, Hayward Gallery, London

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.

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Review of Spencer Finch: The Skies can’t keep their secret

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.

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Genius Loci: Spirit of Place, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, Italy

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.

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Shelagh Wakely, Camden Arts Centre, London

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.

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Review of Ai Weiwei: According to What? Brooklyn Museum

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.

Interview with Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 Winner Sybille Neumeyer

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.

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Narrating Objects: Unlocking the Stories of Sculpture, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds

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.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Announces £5,000 for the Main Prize Winner

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.

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Final Week to Visit the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition

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.

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5 To See at Art Basel

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.

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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.