The LAPADA (The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers) Art and Antiques Fair, one of London’s most prestigious annual art and antiques events, returns to the historic heart of London, staged within the leafy surroundings of Mayfair’s Berkeley Square. Over the past six years, the LAPADA Fair has become known as a “one stop shop” for the most sought after works from trusted LAPADA members. Prices of artworks range from £500 to £500,000 and above, so the Fair’s annual 20,000 visitors can include first time buyers as well as the most discerning of collectors.
There is still time to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, which welcomes submissions from artists at all levels working across media from photography to painting, installation to sculpture and performance to artists’ film. A celebration of excellence in contemporary art, the Aesthetica Art Prize supports and nurtures rising talent from across the world and prizes include group exhibition, editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine and £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox.
Cultural identity and the constructed systems of belief within society are questioned in the practice of Yael Bartana (b. 1970). Born in Israel, the artist blends fact and fiction in her photography, film and installation work. Bartana’s Inferno appears at the São Paulo Biennial 6 September – 7 December. She speaks to Aesthetica about the importance of video art and her term “historical pre-enactment”.
To mark its 10th anniversary, Istanbul Modern is home to the first ever group exhibition to explore the interaction between visual arts, sound and music in Turkey from the late Ottoman period to the present.
Elke Finkenauer featured in the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2014 with her selected piece Draw A Line Somewhere. This work is a reflection upon the many facets of human nature. No-one who achieves huge success does so alone. Whereas a monument commemorates only heroic qualities, the piece can be considered as an “anti-monument” which instead celebrates the mundane reality of the “everyperson.” It reveals a certain softness, fluidity, brightness and darkness, all compressed into one whole.
Designer, painter, educator, mentor and social campaigner, Peggy Angus (1904 -1993) could be considered one of the 20th century’s most overlooked creative practitioners. Peggy Angus: Designer, Teacher, Painter presents Angus’ artistic and industrial practice in the context of Furlongs, her Sussex home which was once described as “the matrix of much strange and inventive creation”.
There is one week left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, an annual award which celebrates excellence in contemporary art. Entries are welcome from artists at all stages in their career and working in any medium. We present a selection of longlisted artists from the latest edition of the award in anticipation of the call for entries deadline.
Sylvia Adams is the winner of the latest edition of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award with her poem Hands, A Choice. Adams is the author of the novel This Weather of Hangmen, and the writer of award-winning chapbook Mondrian’s Elephant, (Cranberry Tree Press). Titles to her name also include Dinner at the Dog Pound and Sleeping on the Moon, which was the runner-up for the 2006 Lampman Award. We present the winning poem.
Unprinted at Paul Stolper gallery, London, is an extensive overview of the art of YBA Angus Fairhurst (1966-2008). Running until 30 August, the exhibition brings together his printed works from 1992 to 2006, including silkscreens and etchings. Founder and Director of the gallery, Paul Stolper speaks to Aesthetica about the unique elements of Fairhurst’s practice and the ideas behind the current exhibition.
Aesthetica Art Prize longlisted artist Tamara Dean, born in 1976, is a photographer whose practice extends from New York to Australia. Dean’s work explores the relationship between humans and nature, and her works are exhibited internationally. Her new series The Edge opened in 2014 at Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney, Australia.
This weekend seize the opportunity to experience the innovative and ground-breaking in contemporary art. From Polish artist Pawel Althamer’s first exhibition in China at Ullens Contemporary Art Centre to Henri Matisse’s “cut-outs” at the Tate Modern , there is something for everyone on offer in the world’s leading galleries. Read on to see our five recommended shows.
Counterpoint showcases works by eight contemporary Scottish artists as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival and GENERATION a major nationwide survey of some of Scotland’s most prominent artists from the last 25 years. The show presents works by artists crossing boundaries between philosophy, technology, science fiction and the aesthetics and politics of everyday life. And features a recurring theme that questioning notions of authority and autonomy.
Pamela Bowden is a fine artist with a background in archaeology and ethnography. Her experience as an ethnoarchaeological ceramicist led her to explore concepts of time, fragility and the impermanent nature of life. She has participated in group shows as well as two solo exhibitions, and is currently undertaking research at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.
In the Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica we celebrate the emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice in The Next Generation. We have partnered with the London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars and showcase their fresh ideas and new concepts. In 2012 Jordi Ruiz Cirera won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize for the portrait he shot when he spent time with the Menonites, a closed community in Bolivia. Ruiz Cirera tells us about what draws him to take a photo and the impact of awards on his career.
Love’s ability to sink its intractable teeth into the soul resonated through the Hayward’s new Project Space show What’s Love Got To Do With It. The exhibition is part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love and provides a contemplative counterpoint to the Human Factor show downstairs in the Hayward’s main space. It feels apt that the subject of love has been elevated to this higher level, above the corporeal wrenching of the Human Factor’s often grizzled sculptures.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries until 31 August, presenting a fantastic opportunity for short fiction and poetry writers to showcase their work to a wider audience. Judges include Arifa Akbar, Literary Editor at The Independent and i newspapers and Professor Oz Hardwick, Writer, Photographer and Musician. The Award invites submissions from writers at any stage in their career. Prizes include publication for shortlisted writers, and a consultation with Christine Green Authors’ Agent and Apples and Snakes for the poetry and fiction winners respectively. Previous finalists include Lesley Quayle, Sharon Black, Lauren K. Alleyne and Christina Lloyd.
What are the boundaries between musical instruments and artistic practice? How can one define the properties and influence of sound over our senses? Fondazione Prada’s exhibition at the magnificent neoclassical palace of Ca’ Corner della Regina in Venice takes us on a remarkable journey of art and sound.
Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize, Deb Covell exhibited a selection of pieces from her series Black and White Paintings throughout spring and summer 2014 in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 group show at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. In the run up to the current call for entries close on 31 August, we look at Covell’s practice as a source of inspiration and as a dynamic contribution to the contemporary art scene – intriguingly crossing the boundaries between painting and sculpture.
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers” said Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, in 1943, proving again that in the realm of technology it is very dangerous to make any prediction at all. So although the Barbican’s Digital Revolution is an exhibition of 30-ish years of digital art, computers, websites, CGI, music videos and games rather than a manifesto, there is still some slight hubris-in-the-making at work in its putting games made in the 1990s alongside examples of contemporary technology and artwork. You feel the future looking over your shoulder throughout, and the future has a tendency to assume we were all quaint. So the Barbican is to be admired and not envied: it has curated a show that will end up being discovered as what 2014 thought of itself.
MANIFESTA 10, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Manifesta originated in the post-communist period in the 1990s with the aim of balancing the information gap between the East and West, North and South. Offering audiences an opportunity to exchange knowledge and rethink the platforms and influences of art and its expressions, Manifesta considers both the poetic and political nature of art and contextualises the contemporary with the historical. Operating within contested areas allows the biennial to demonstrate the way in which art can aid understanding within this complex world and Manifesta encourages a critical dialogue.
There are two weeks left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, a celebration of excellence in contemporary art from around the world. Previous longlisted artists include Philip Gurrey whose abstract painting After Goya #2 – a contemporary re-working of Francisco Goya’s Crucified Christ – was selected in the Painting and Drawing category.
Taking our appetite for sugar as a starting point to create images of a corrupted globalisation, James Ostrer takes over the glass façade and ground floor of the Gazelli Art House, as part of its Window Project, to present the unsavoury side of our addiction to the sweet stuff. Ostrer’s photographs of human subjects covered in layers of sweets and foodstuffs have a cartoon-like absurdity while exploring self-destructive behaviours and drawing attention to the volumes of sugar that flow through our bodies and our dietary culture.
Australian artist Patricia Casey works with photography and embroidery to make complex images that explore inner worlds with her series, Little Secrets. Casey believes that we all have an inner core that we do not reveal to even those with whom we are closest. Little secrets that we keep to ourselves. Interior landscapes inaccessible to others. A flow of energy gently vibrates from the surface of each artwork, enticing the viewer to imagine a secret world beneath these dreamlike images. Casey’s work is highly collectible and is currently available for viewing at Stephanie Hoppen Gallery in London and NG Art Gallery in Sydney.
David Ricci is an American photographer whose large-scale images explore the underlying rhythms and patterns that emerge from chaotic scenes. His latest ongoing project is a major departure from his earlier bodies of work. He takes photographs of peculiar, intriguing scenes whose meaning is a bit ambiguous and accompanies the images with text. The final piece becomes an entry in an evolving image-based reference that merges his photographs with words from unwitting online collaborators.
Short fiction writer Keren Heenan is one of a number of selected writers shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Award and published in the Annual. The Award is open for entries until 31 August, and is accepting works from writers at all stages of their career and on any topic. We present an extract from Heenan’s short story, Lament.
The Natural History Museum of London is a space of gargantuan proportions. The main entrance leads to a cavernous hall that comfortably houses the skeletal frame of a Diplodocus. Several feet away, on the landing of a pronged staircase, sits an oversized, marble statue of Charles Darwin. This is the scene that served as the backdrop to my initial encounter with vocalist, bassist, producer and actress Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes fame. She descended the staircase to deliver a bombastic show for a private, formal event that made the massive fossil and the historical giant she was sandwiched in between look like mere toys in her presence.
The Aesthetica Art Prize invites submissions from artists at all stages in the career, working in any medium and celebrates innovation and excellence in technical skill. Entries are open until 31 August 2014. Selected works for the latest edition of the Prize, spanning film, photography, sculpture and painting are presented here as demonstrations of the breadth and quality of works being produced today; and we highlight the longlisted artists’ achievements since the award. These include Henry Iddon, Ana Catarina Pereira, Wycliffe Stutchbury and Wilson-Eflerová (Kye Wilson and Helena Eflerová).
This weekend is an opportunity to visit a range of diverse and extraordinary exhibitions. From foregrounding emerging Welsh photographers at Ffotogallery in Cardiff to a retrospective account of artist Oscar Muñoz’s forty year career at Jeu de Paume in Paris, galleries across the globe are showcasing the best of the art world, both past and present. Read on to see our five recommended shows.
At David Zwirner Gallery, London, iconic British painter Bridget Riley presented a fleetingly immersive survey of current and older works. Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings 1961 – 2014, in partnership with Karsten Schubert Gallery, culminating in 15 paintings and experimental studies on paper.
Over 150 leading authors and artists from more than 30 countries come together for South-East Asia’s most exciting literary event, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF). Sir VS Naipaul, Amitav Ghosh and Eimear McBride are some of the names to be taking part in this celebration of global issues, big ideas and extraordinary stories.
In the Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica we celebrate the emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice in The Next Generation. We have partnered with the London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars and showcase their fresh ideas and new concepts. Rosaline Shahnavaz has produced work for the likes of Dazed and Confused, AnOther and Art Review, she speaks to us about her interest in documentary photography and her future plans.
The world of popular culture and the devices and trends that govern it has long since been a topic explored and analysed by artists; from the screen prints of Andy Warhol to the sculptural paintings of Ken Lum. Yet Barbara Kruger, whose formative beginning in graphic design so poignantly aided in the design of her later artworks, during the 70’s and 80’s, has since gone on to become one of the most prolific and accessible artists working within this theme. Now, Modern Art Oxford pays homage to her career in a self-titled solo show, which also presents a colossal new site-specific installation in the upper galleries dressed in Kruger’s tell-tale signature aesthetic motif – scrutinising the ever evolving impact and paradoxes of the digital age.
Darren Nisbett is a photographer who has been exhibiting in group and solo shows for three years. His imagery explores the border zones between nostalgia and nature, and his piece Anesthetic was selected for the Aesthetica Art Prize Longlist of 100 artists. He experiments with different print media, including aluminium panels as well as traditional paper, and has exhibited at the 2013 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. We ask Nisbett about his approach to photography.
The word process crops up in art speak so often it can easily become detached from its literal meaning. This is not the case at Carroll / Fletcher who use the notion of an action set in motion to connect the notion of craft to the art of the information age. It is pretty rare to find net.artists, or post-internet artists, displaying much sympathy for the medium of drawing – a positively 19th century activity to most – however several artists here do re-connect the graphic to the algorithmic by dwelling on what the drawn line shares with technology – the power of process.
Pedro Reyes, Vasco Araújo and Akram Zaatari, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Part of the internationally-focused Harbourfront Centre, The Power Plant showcases the latest work from artists around the world. This summer it opens three exciting new exhibitions by Pedro Reyes (b. 1972), Vasco Araújo (b. 1975) and Akram Zaatari (b. 1966). Although hailing from very different backgrounds, these artists are united by their perspectives on the world and their exploration of ideas.
As the final month to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize is upon us, we catch up with last year’s longlisted artist Karl Singporewala to discover how being selected for the Prize has furthered his creative practice. Selected for his work Dial M for Monument, Singporewala now exhibits this piece in a group show for the HIX Award 2014, hosted by the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery in Shoreditch, London. Designed by Damien Hirst and judged by Tracey Emin among other leading art professionals, the prize presents a month long exhibition of the 20 finalists throughout August.
Johny Dar approaches his artistic practice from an innovative angle, painting directly onto his models’ bodies. Dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what is perceived as art, he works across fashion, bodypainting, books, art installations, multimedia and events. His project Dare blends clothing and paint, placing his models in a catwalk show that appeared at Berlin Fashion Week earlier this year. We speak to Dar about his interest in collaborative projects and his audience.
Widely considered one of the most important and influential photographers of his generation, American artist Larry Clark explores youth culture through his renowned and controversial projects. This summer Foam presents two of his earliest bodies of work, the series Tulsa (1971) and Teenage Lust (1983). Concerned with revealing a culture that was hidden to the greater public, Clark’s work offers a raw and unflinching look at the realities of young urban living in the 1970s and 1980s.
Graduate of Chelsea School of Art and London University, Day Bowman is a painter whose work lies on the axis of figuration and abstraction. In the past 15 years she has collaborated with filmmakers, composers and musicians to produce installations in sacred spaces, market squares and railway stations throughout the UK. The Urban Wastelands Project, a UK touring exhibition, (2011-12), highlighted issues concerning the wastelands and edgelands that surround our cities and ports.
As much as it might seem provincial that non-western art is categorised by geography and ethnicity, Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, New York, does justice to this grouping. Encompassing a vast territory of over 15 countries in the Middle East that include Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Palestine, UAE, and Morocco, the question of fetishising locality at the cost of undermining high standards of art is met head on. Here we see artistic productions by artists challenged by exile and war.