Anton Smit is an established South African sculptor, widely known for his overwhelming heads and monumental sculptures. His body of work comprises human figures, heads, masks, speed figures and abstracts, using mostly steel, metal, sand casting, fiberglass and also bronze. His graceful statues have been shown and sold overseas – in Singapore, New York, Amsterdam, California, Bonn, Hamburg, Greece, Dubai and Koln in Germany. Anton forms his own language through sculpture, the manifestation of his passion for expression and his profound faith. His work aims to discover miracles and thus focuses on the interruption of regularity, on those moments that are deeply irregular, the moments that stand out.
Lisson Gallery is widely known as one of the most influential and longest-running international contemporary art galleries in the world. Its two exhibition spaces in London champion the careers of pioneering artists and continue to support the wide-ranging potential of emerging and new talents. We provide insights into the upcoming exhibitions Nostalgic For The Future and Florian Pumhösl.
Tradition and modernity in Afghanistan come into dialogue with one another in this Leighton House Museum exhibition, running from 15 November until 23 February. Uniting historic artifacts on loan from the Museum of Islamic Art with contemporary works, thoughtfully created by Afghan craftsmen in response to some of the greatest examples of Islamic art in the world, Ferozkoh examines how art of the past can inspire the future as well as engendering real social change.
Since 2002, Art Basel in Miami Beach has become the premiere winter destination for the international art world. This year’s show brings together 258 galleries, from 31 countries, presenting artworks ranging from Modern masters to the latest contemporary works. Long-time exhibitors are joined by first-time participants such as Pace/MacGill Gallery, one of the leading international photography galleries, as well as a number of younger galleries.
This Autumn The Hepworth Wakefield has welcomed a new Chief Curator, Andrew Bonacina. He will play a key role in programming of the main gallery and The Calder, the new contemporary art space. He will also contribute to the development of The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, which plays a major part in the region’s ambition to become a new world capital for sculpture. Aesthetica speaks to Bonacina about his interest in Barbara Hepworth’s practice and his plans for the gallery.
Last night saw the closing ceremony of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival. It was a fantastic affair, with guests joining us from all across the world. Seara Jin, director of Konnichiwa Brick Lane made a special effort to fly from Tokyo for the festival and some came from as far as Los Angeles and Canada. Other talent joined us from closer to home, with York filmmaker Jack Lawrence’s comedy The Painter and the Thief winning lots of laughs at its screening in King’s Manor.
From 14-17 November Paris Photo will be hosting 135 galleries at the Grand Palais, including 27 newly selected participants and 27 publishers specializing in photography books. Attracting artists galleries, collectors, professionals, enthusiasts and inquisitive minds, the event is accessible to all. The selection of galleries and images makes for a highly ambitious programme, showcasing the very best of those currently working in the photography world.
It was fantastic to see so many of you at our Meet the Filmmakers event at ASFF last night! Tony Earnshaw, film critic for the Yorkshire Post and BBC Radio Leeds led the discussion and the evening was a sparkling display of talent, with filmmakers from all corners of the globe talking about their films and the process of creating a short. The directors included were Curt Apduhan of Anniversary, Saera Jin of Konnichiwa Brick Lane, Prano Bailey-Bond of Man Vs Sand and Fran Peterson of Laura Jean: Mechanical Friends.
Celebrating a career that spans over four decades through 65 photographs, Sprüth Magers presents American artist, Stephen Shore’s, first solo show in London for over six years, from 26 November to 11 January. Taking its title from composer-philosopher John Cage’s Lecture on Something and Lecture on Nothing, concerned with the artist’s quest for beauty in the everyday, this exhibition draws together vintage works from the seminal series American Surfaces (1972-3) and Uncommon Places (1973-9), alongside the more recent Abu Dhabi (2009), Israel (2010) and the never before exhibited series Ukraine (2012).
Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion, is an exhibition of nearly 100 dresses, skirts, gowns and suits that celebrate the innovation of contemporary Japanese fashion designers. The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, will present this stunning collection of clothes from 16 November until 26 January. For decades, designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto have directed both couture and popular fashion, launching a revolution that marks the first time a non-Western culture has significantly transformed the global fashion world.
Text and image meet, clash and play off each other in this new exhibition of the work of pioneering conceptual artist Victor Burgin (b.1941) at the Richard Saltoun Gallery, from 1 November- 6 December. Burgin’s first solo exhibition at a private gallery in London since 1986, this new show races back to the early days and paper-based works of the 1960s and his breakthrough to prominence as an originator of Conceptual Art, through the 1970s and 1980s, up to today.
Family Politics is the newest Jerwood Encounters exhibition and presents new commissions and existing work by six early career photographers relating to the theme of family relationships. Running until 8 December, the show is curated by Photoworks and will be launched in conjunction with the first issue of the Photoworks Annual.