Artangel Open is inviting artists working in all media across the UK to submit bold, site-specific proposals that will transform and enrich the UK’s cultural landscape. Championing innovation and creativity is at the heart of this project; a £1 million initiative running in alliance with BBC Radio 4. Deadline for submissions is 28 February 2014.
In a new section of Art Projects, a pivotal component of the annual London Art Fair, a series of collaborations between emerging UK and international galleries is to take place. Curated by MOSTYN Wales‘ Adam Carr and entitled Dialogues, this new initiative on display at the Fair from 15-19 January sees galleries and artists join forces, promising a unique exhibition of critical conversations, awash with the excitement of shared ideas and common visuals. Aesthetica partners with the London Art Fair and exclusive copies of the magazine will be available for guests.
In recent years the cinematic narratives of Daniel Crooks have gained international recognition for their mesmerising visions of time and space. This is Australia’s first survey of the young New Zealand born multi-media artist. It presents several of his most renowned projects in relation to a new site specific commission installed in the main gallery space.
Eloise Govier is a British artist who divides her time between her studios in Wales and London. She is a painter who uses bold colour combinations to create sculptural canvases rich in texture and movement. Her paintings capture solitary men in cafés, dancers, swans, lakes and fields, and her pieces have been exhibited in the Far East and across Europe. Govier’s work can also be found in private collections across Europe and America. Despite her clear love of the early 1900s Expressionist painters, her distinctive style and innovative palette has led to her work being described as ‘edgy contemporary’, with respect for her work growing, the painter is making a significant contribution to the British art scene. Aesthetica spoke to Eloise to find out more about her colourful palettes.
There is still plenty of time to get some last minute shopping in and we’ve got lots of ideas to help you out. Whoever you’re buying for we’ve got a multitude of suggestions that are bound to enhance the following year and offer new cultural opportunities. From membership cards to books, subscriptions to jewellery, we’ve got it covered. Read our top 10 suggestions for gifts this Christmas from top institutions, independent and established companies.
Running into the mid-point of December and with just days to go until the all-important business of Christmas truly begins, this weekend is unquestionably the one to take a breather from the festivities to revel in the best exhibitions still on offer at galleries around the world. From stylish fashion illustration to prize-winning portraits, a cobbled road in Bradford to the streets of Italy, there’s plenty going on this Saturday and Sunday to drag you away from the mince pies and Christmas shopping. Here’s five of the best.
Walking down Piccadilly, one might not so easily spot Ely House on Dover Street, just across from the Ritz. However, within that magnificent building there is an oasis of great beauty: Mallett, one of the oldest antiques dealers in the world. Opening the Shutters, an unexpected collaboration between Jules Wright, founder of the Wapping Project Bankside, and Mallett, brings together the work of seven high-brow photographers such as Paolo Roversi, Mitra Tabrizian, Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Edgar Martins, Elina Brotherus, Peter Marlow, and Jacqueline Hassink.
Small islands of furniture and stylish arrangements of space form Italian designer, Martino Gamper’s (b.1971), first presentation in Scotland, running at The Modern Institute until 25 January. Infused with spontaneity and an ease of crafting multiple materials and process, Tu Casa Mi Casa encompasses “one-off” pieces, industrially produced design and works for both social and exhibition contexts, all shot through with a faithfulness to the history of Italian design.
Installed in one and a half days, Calder Shadows at Venus Over Manhattan is a remarkable experiment. Eleven Alexander Calder mobiles and stabiles occupy a darkened and otherwise empty exhibition space. Each piece is uniquely illumined with basic exhibition lighting fixtures and bulbs to emphasise its shadows’ qualities. The one exception is a wire subjective portrait exhibited alone in a separate room. It is lit by a small fibre optic bulb providing shadow with an electric crispness which supersedes traditional lighting techniques.
Sotheby’s Sǀ2 Gallery is currently playing host to an impressive collection of photographs taken from the influential Düsseldorf School of Photography. A New Objectivity brings together some of the greatest practitioners at work today in a selling exhibition of important images. Running until 17 January, the show demonstrates the outstanding artists to come out of the institution.
Featuring key works from his short but prolific artistic career, Ronchini Gallery presents Paolo Scheggi’s (1940-1971) first solo exhibition in London for over 40 years from 11 December until 8 February. Crossing mediums, ideas and movements, this latest show offers a rare opportunity to explore and admire some of the artist’s most iconic pieces.
Jake and Dinos Chapman have a reputation as the bad boys of contemporary art with their anti-establishment rhetoric, searing critique of their peers and art which aims to offend every human being, living or dead, who comes into contact with it. But what have they possibly got left to shock us with? The answer is simply the fact that they are still good.