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Ashley Bickerton, Art Stage Singapore, Gajah Gallery, Singapore

Bali-based American artist, Ashley Bickerton returns to Singapore after his successful show Junk Anthropologies, with new stitched-canvas works which appertain to his signature philosophical funk style. These remarkable works are decked with bold colours, and are largely inspired by his wife. Bickerton has garnered much attention for his depiction of females in the nude and here he emulates a skill for portraying feminine beauty, completing his narratives by incorporating typography and objects as well as ostensibly creating frames with a variant of materials to complement his paintings.

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London Fashion Week: International Fashion Showcase, Brewer Street Car Park, London

For the fourth year in a row 130 emerging designers from 30 countries will come together in the largest public fashion exhibition of its kind and the only British Council and British Fashion Council initiative which is open to the public for free during London Fashion Week.

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Self: Image and identity – self-portraiture from Van Dyck to Louise Bourgeois, Turner Contemporary

Artists have been recreating their own image for centuries, from self-advertisement and preserving legacy, to figurative studies, political commentary and biographical exploration, self-representation via portraiture has shaped Western art. In more than 100 artist self-portraits from the 16th century to the present day, from Sir Anthony van Dyck and JMW Turner to recent work by Louise Bourgeois and Yinka Shonibare, this exhibition explores the diverse ways in which artists have chosen to represent their identities. These works give an expansive look at the self-portraiture genre by covering mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture and even film, and derive from institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery as well as public and private international collections.

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Sotto Voce, Dominique Lévy Gallery, London

The second show at Dominique Lévy’s new London space will map the progression of the abstract white relief geographically and through time, with a focus on the 1930s to 1970s. Alongside the earliest unfolding of figuration by Henri Laurens produced in Paris to the harmonious constructions of the Brazilian Sergio Camargo, the exhibition will feature works by Jean Arp, Ben Nicholson, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Enrico Castellani, Agosto Bonalumi, Fausto Melotti, Günther Uecker, Luis Tomasello, Mira Schendel, and Sol LeWitt, amongst others.

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Richard Long: The Spike Island Tapes, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

For his first solo exhibition at the Alan Cristea Gallery, Turner Prize winner and Royal Academician Richard Long will exhibit a series of new, monumental carborundum relief prints. This is the first time that Long has worked in this medium, allowing him to create his largest prints and most colourful works to date: The Spike Island Tapes comprising 17 works created from twelve colossal 4 x 8 foot aluminium plates.

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5 To See This Weekend

Discover the best in contemporary art exhibitions from across the world in our 5 to See. This week, we have compiled a fantastic list of shows to see over the weekend, throughout the rest of January and beyond. Bringing you into 2015 is Parafin‘s showcase of British artist Tim Head’s latest innovations in print. In Australia, Carriageworks‘ colossal Zhang Huan installation challenges the viewer’s thoughts on life cycles, whilst in the U.S., MMoCA presents the first installation of Narayan Mahon’s photographic exploration of living in unrecognised countries. Over the weekend, don’t forget to check out an Aesthetica Subscription – yours to own for as little as £12 a year.

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HISTORY IS NOW: 7 Artists Take On Britain, Hayward Gallery, London

In the run up to the 2015 General Election, History Is Now will look at the last 70 years of British history to offer a new way of thinking about how we got to where we are today, considering everything from the Cold War and post-Thatcherite society, feminism and protest movements, to ‘mad cow disease’ and celebrity culture. Seven UK based artists – John Akomfrah, Simon Fujiwara, Roger Hiorns, Hannah Starkey, Richard Wentworth, and Jane and Louise Wilson – will curate sections of the exhibition, looking at particular periods dating back to 1945.

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Ori Gersht: Don’t Look Back, Towner, Eastbourne

The practice of photographer and film maker Ori Gersht addresses post war trauma by documenting the landscapes that have witnessed it. Don’t Look Back revisits three bodies of work that capture landscapes that have been the scene of atrocities; their their beauty and serenity sitting in juxtaposition with these previous horrors.

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Heinz Mack: ZERO & MORE, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

Formed by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, the ZERO movement rejected the gestural language of abstract expressionism and instead sought for an artistic purity in the wake of the trauma of the Second World War. Admired by artists such as Gerhard Richter, Robert Smithson and James Turrell and characterised by a minimalist, monochromatic aesthetic and a reverence for the power of light, Mack described the movement as “the adventure of seeking out and discovering the still-white spaces on the map of art”.

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KAIROS, In Conjunction with Playtime exhibition, Cornerhouse, Manchester

Group exhibition, Playtime, is the final Cornerhouse group exhibition before they make their move into HOME in May 2015. The show sees a selection of artists including Rosa Barba, Niklas Goldbach, Andy Graydon, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Gabriel Lester, Naomi Kashiwagi, Shannon Plumb, Humberto Vélez and Jan St Werner create new commissions which take inspiration from Cornerhouse’s iconic brick structure and director Jacques Tati’s 1967 comedic masterpiece Playtime.

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Review of Julie Verhoeven: Whiskers Between My Legs, ICA, London

Described as a “grotto of visual excess” Julie Verhoeven’s exploration of gender identity past and present is a disturbing explosion of vulgar kitsch and womanhood. Invited to take over the Fox Reading Room at the ICA, the fashion designer has combined film, illustration and mixed media sculpture to create a surreal installation that is both disconcerting yet provocative.

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Theatre of Light, Julio Le Parc in Aesthetica Magazine

A pioneer of “Op” and kinetic art, artist  Julio Le Parc’s ongoing contribution to contemporary art is currently being celebrated at the Serpentine Galleries in London. In Issue 52, Aesthetica looked at a landmark exhibition of Le Parc’s work at Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

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Henry Moore, Back to a Land, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton

From 7 March, Yorkshire Sculpture Park will reunite an expansive selection of work by British sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) with the park’s vast and rolling landscape. In a major exhibition of over 120 iconic works, YSP, in partnership with The Henry Moore Foundation, will highlight Moore’s steadfast relationship with the land in Yorkshire and his unwavering exploration of the interplay between internal and external spaces of the human body and the earth.

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Transmitting Andy Warhol, Tate Liverpool

Transmitting Andy Warhol is a dazzling exhibition which enables the viewer to discover more about the Pop Art pioneer and founder of the influential Studio 54 movement, whose radical designs transformed the modern art world.

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Tunga: From “La Voie Humide”, Pilar Corrias London

The enigmatic, almost totemic, structures currently on view at Pilar Corrias in London, are the new body of work by Brazilian artist Tunga. Entitled From “La Voie Humide” (translated The Humid Way), this is his second solo show at the gallery. Encompassing six mixed media sculptures and six works on paper and linen, the exhibition spans across the ground floor and lower ground floor areas.

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A Sensory Experience: Ernesto Neto, in Aesthetica Magazine

The organic sculptures and magical universe of Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto take over the gallery at Guggenheim Bilbao, allowing audiences to engage with art using their senses. Neto’s practice combines an interest with the biological form, as with Anthropodino, as well as the traditional artisanal culture of his upbringing.

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In Conversation with Charles Fishman, Poetry Winner in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The winner of the Poetry category for the 2014 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Charles Fishman, an award-winning writer whose accolades include the 2012 New Millennium Award for Poetry, the Paterson Award for Excellence in Literature (four times), the 1989 American Library Association Outstanding Book of the Year recognition for The Death Mazurka, which was also nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, and the 1987 Gertrude B. Claytor Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.  Fishman’s poem Snow Is the Poem Without Flags was selected out of thousands of entries, and published in the current Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. We talk to Fishman about his inspiration behind his winning poem and what future projects he has lined up.

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Robert Filliou: “Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense” With The Company Of James Coleman – Barry Flanagan – John Latham – Tony Morgan

One of the most innovative artists of the second half of the 20th century is given his first solo exhibition in London at Richard Saltoun Gallery. Filliou’s work challenged the role of art in everyday life through conceptual strategies and innovative techniques, based on performance, chance, wit and play. The process-based approach of Filliou, united with his pursuit for an anti-individualistic art that could happen at any time and place, brought him close to George Maciunas and the other members of Fluxus.

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Temporal Measures: Futo Akiyoshi, Kouichi Tabata and Takahiro Ueda, White Rainbow Gallery, London

Berlin-based Japanese artists Futo Akiyoshi, Kouichi Tabata and Takahiro Ueda hold the first group show to take place within White Rainbow gallery. Each artist used their own signature medium to create works surrounding the themes of time, space and psychology: Futo Akiyoshi with minimal images of spaces; Kouichi Tabata through motion paintings; and Takahiro Ueda utilises naturally occurring phenomena with a series of constructions built around quartz crystals.

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Refraction. The image of Sense, Blain | Southern, London

This group show curated by Peter J. Amdam brings together artists who accentuate how art operates in an era of new media, and in a world which is both human and non-human at the same time. The exhibition looks at the way in which the internet stores, directs and administers our memories, dreams, affections, desires and beliefs; how it organises the same matter that art has attempted to explore and catalogue for centuries.

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Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson: Song for Coal, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Looking at human-induced climate change and exploring apocalyptic fears, Song for Coal considers the Industrial Revolution as an ongoing process. The project coincides with the end of the 30-year anniversary of the UK miners’ strike and an ongoing collaboration with the National Coal Mining Museum to give a poetic and historical response to an industry which still figures large in the cultural memory of the region. The work is ideally sited at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an institution that has grown from the Bretton Estate which is situated on the Yorkshire Coalfield and drew its wealth from the commodity.

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Who Do We Think We Are, Impressions Gallery, Bradford

In the culmination of the Hidden Schools Tour, an innovative two-year project working with young people across Bradford, pupils from 12 schools take over Impressions Gallery with photographic tableaux re-imagining the past, and playful contemporary portraits which explore history and social identity.

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Ponte City: Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Featuring the work of South African photographer Mikhael Subotzky and British artist Patrick Waterhouse, this photographic project documents five years in the lives of the inhabitants of Ponte City: an iconic Johannesburg landmark and the tallest residential skyscraper in Africa.

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Bonalumi Sculptures, Mazzoleni, London

Curated by Francesca Pola, this exhibition features a selection of significant sculptural works exemplifying the influential six decade career of Italian artist Agostino Bonalumi (1935-2013). The bold sculptures and inventive canvases of this pivotal figure of Post-War Italian Art helped to shape the course of Abstract Art, alongside artists such as Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani who sought to blur the boundaries between the two and three dimensional.

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The Plot Thickens, 35th Anniversary Exhibition, Fraenkel gallery, San Francisco

Comprised of 100 photographs acquired and assembled over the last five years, The Plot Thickens celebrates the 35th anniversary of Fraenkel gallery. The exhibition revels in the richness of the photographic medium through works by its greatest masters interwoven with prints by the unknown, the majority of which are being exhibited for the first time.

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Jonathan Monk: I ♥ 1984, Lisson Gallery, London

British artist Jonathan Monk replays, revises and re-examines works of Conceptual and Minimal art by acts of witty, ingenious and irreverent appropriation.Through wall paintings, monochromes, ephemeral sculpture and photography he pays homage to leading figures of the art world such as Sol LeWitt, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman and Lawrence Weiner, reflects on the tendency of contemporary art to devour references and asks of it “what next?”

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Maria Friberg: Communicate Over Vast Distances, Pi Artworks, London

For Maria Friberg’s first solo exhibition with Pi Artworks, the gallery has curated a selection of photographic and video works that span the last 10 years. Friberg belongs to a generation of Scandinavian artists often referred to as the Nordic Miracle, a name coined in the late 90’s after a seminal survey exhibition at the Musee d’art Moderne, Paris.

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Interview with Corinne Demas, Short Fiction Winner in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Corinne Demas is an award-winning author with 30 books to her name, including five novels, two short story collections, a memoir, a collection of poetry, and numerous books for children, as well as two plays. Her short story Thanksgiving inspired by the return of adult siblings to their childhood home for Thanksgiving is the winning entry for the 2014 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. We speak to Demas about her writing projects, past and future.

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Manual Cinema: Mementos Mori, MCA Chicago

Manual Cinema‘s Mementos Mori is a feature-length cinematic shadow play that combines overhead projectors, intricate paper puppets, sound effects, a live onstage chamber ensemble, and live actors to discuss digital culture and our relationship with death and dying. The piece weaves together three intersecting narratives: an elderly film projectionist finding romance with a mysterious stranger; a bike messenger exploring the afterlife using her iPhone; and a seven-year-old discovering her own mortality.

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Katy Moran, Parasol Unit Foundation For Contemporary Art, London

In her first major solo presentation in a public London institution, UK-based painter Katy Moran presents a survey of her work from the past 10 years of her practice, curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder/Director of Parasol unit. Although Moran’s gestural and highly evocative paintings appear to be abstract, the artist is invariably concerned with the figurative. Her ideas arise out of the process of painting as she works with the paint, consciously and subconsciously preserving and rejecting marks until she sees they are alive with the energy that she considers right.

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Penelope Umbrico: Sun/Screen, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

This new work by award-winning New York based artist Penelope Umbrico continues her exploration into the consumption of photographs online, particularly focusing on the persistence of sunset imagery.

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Jerwood Encounters: The Grantchester Pottery Paints the Stage

The next exhibition in the Jerwood Visual Arts’ Encounters series will be curated by The Grantchester Pottery, an artist collaboration between sculptor Giles Round and painter Phil Root that takes the structural framework of an artist’s decorative arts studio, itself drawing on the historical precedent of Roger Fry’s Omega Workshops. Its manifesto, is to substitute the directly expressive quality of the artist’s handling for the deadness of mechanical reproduction.

Abstract Impressionism and the Flower Power Art Collection- The Work of Sirenes

Sirenes is a Norway based artists that in 2011 had her first solo exhibition in Oslo. Now four years on, who has been exhibited around the world and in various publications. She has always been fascinated by colours and draws inspiration from flowers, clothes and cosmetics to form the basis of her colour combinations. She is inspired to paint through silence and peace and expresses her inner feelings in her my work. She paints directly onto the canvas, always barefoot, often through finger-painting to make each painting absolutely unique.

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Unrivalled Iconography, Hello, my Name is Paul Smith in Aesthetica Magazine

With his trademark stripes, printed shirts, slim-cut suits and quirky trims, Paul Smith has created an inimitable style that transcends each season’s trends and flippancies, always with quality at its core, always with humour in its design. Hello, my name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum, London, celebrates Paul Smith as a company and a creative mastermind. Looking at the impressive scale of its global operation today, the exhibition draws on Paul Smith’s personal archive, from the company’s beginnings to its international prominence today. The show explores how Paul Smith’s intuitive take on design, together with an understanding of the roles of designer and retailer, have laid the foundations for the company’s lasting success and offer a unique insight into the magnificent mind of Paul Smith.

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Nicolás Muller: Traces of exile, Château De Tours, France

Organised by Jeu de Paume in collaboration with the City of Tours, and curated by Chema Conesa, this is the first show in France dedicated exclusively to Hungarian photographer Nicolás Muller; bringing together a hundred images and documents from the archives kept by his daughter Ana Muller.

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Jean Desmet’s Dream Factory: The Adventurous Years of Film (1907- 1916), EYE, Amsterdam

The beginning of the 20th century was an era of new technology, artistic ingenuity and creative entrepreneurship — comparable to today’s world where developments in the field of digital imagery succeed one another rapidly. This winter EYE highlights one of the most interesting periods in film history, through the collection of one of the biggest Dutch names in the field of theatrical film screening and distribution, Jean Desmet (1875-1956).

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Murray Fredericks: Recent Works, Hamiltons Galleries, London

For his latest series Australian photographer, Murray Fredericks, travelled alone with a bicycle and trailer, carrying his large format camera and supplies to capture a vast area of Southern Australia in severe weather conditions; taking both a physical and mental toll in order to capture the perfect frames.

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Olafur Eliasson: Contact Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Designed by Frank Gehry and having opened to the public in October 2014, Fondation Louis Vuitton is now launching the second phase of its inaugural programme with an expansive exhibition of work by artist and inventor of Little Sun, Olafur Eliasson.

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Mapping the City, Somerset House, London

Mapping the City is an innovative exhibition of works by over 50 rising stars and internationally recognised artists from the street and graffiti art scenes who seek to inspire their audience to re-evaluate their own relationship to the cities in which they live. Curated in collaboration with A(by)P, the display will be complemented by a diverse programme of events including a series of film and music evenings, artists talks, performances and interactive workshops.