New Art West Midlands 2015: Shortlist of Emerging Artists

New Art West Midlands 2015: Shortlist of Emerging Artists

Four of the UK’s leading galleries will host new works by 30 emerging artists as part of the New Art West Midlands 2015 fair. Artists presented have graduated from one of the region’s degree courses.

Pronoia: Paranoia In reverse

Pronoia: Paranoia In reverse

Pronoia: Paranoia In reverse, an exhibition curated by Sophie Nibbs, provoked the audience to consider the pressure to constantly pursue happiness.

Interview with Marianna Simnett, Jerwood/FVU Award

Interview with Marianna Simnett, Jerwood/FVU Award

This March artists Marianna Simnett and Lucy Clout, winners of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2015, premiere new moving-image works at Jerwood Visual Arts. We speak to Simnett about her work Blood.

Maggi Hambling: War Requiem & Aftermath

Maggi Hambling: War Requiem & Aftermath

Encompassing film, painting, sculpture and installation, War Requiem explores victimhood and the imagination through thick impasto paintings which transform before the eyes into nameless portraits.

Interview: Sarah Al-Derham

Interview: Sarah Al-Derham

To mark International Women’s Day today, we celebrate women in film with an interview with Qatari Filmmaker Sarah Al-Derham. At just 22-years-old, Al-Derham has already directed six films.

Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 Interview: Artist Matt Parker

Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 Interview: Artist Matt Parker

Inspired by soundscape artist R. Murray Schafer, shortlisted artist Matt Parker’s research investigates the ways in which sound and space influence both our individual and collective experiences.

Desiree Akhavan: Appropriate Behaviour in Cinemas

Desiree Akhavan: Appropriate Behaviour in Cinemas

Former student of Ira Sachs and previously known for her cult web series, The Slope, and short film, Nose Job, writer and director Desiree Akhavan is set to be one of the emerging stars of 2015.

Grace Schwindt, Site Gallery

Grace Schwindt, Site Gallery

Grace Schwindt’s Only a free individual can create a free society is a captivating feature-length film installation currently in place at Site Gallery, Sheffield and running until 28 February.

5 To See This Weekend

5 To See This Weekend

Belgian designer Dries van Noten invites visitors to explore his creative inspirations at the MoMu in Antwerp. Meanwhile, the work of Georges Noël is on display at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris.

The Tell-Tale Heart, Chi Art Space, Hong Kong

The Tell-Tale Heart, Chi Art Space, Hong Kong

The Tell-Tale Heart, a group exhibition curated by Pilar Corrias (London), Leo Xu Projects (Shanghai) and K11 Art Foundation, will open on 13 March to coincide with Art Basel’s Hong Kong fair.

Mariano Pensotti: Cineastas

Mariano Pensotti: Cineastas

Argentine author and director, Mariano Pensotti, is best known for creating theatre that explores the tension between fiction and reality. The director is heralded as an important creative in Argentina.

History Is Now: 7 Artists Take On Britain, Hayward Gallery

History Is Now: 7 Artists Take On Britain, Hayward Gallery

Hayward Gallery has put on a brave set of displays curated by seven artists, who each look at elements of British history from 1945 to the present day. The central part of the exhibition is deeply political.

5 To See This Weekend

5 To See This Weekend

This weekend’s 5 To See reflects on photography. Tate St Ives presents its largest display of the art form, whilst Iveta Vaivode connects with her family home on a personal journey at CAM Houston.

Encounters, Art Basel

Encounters, Art Basel

A sector of Art Basel’s Hong Kong show, this year’s edition of Encounters will present 20 large-scale projects by artists from a wide selection of countries including Indonesia, Germany and the U.S.

Review of Mimmo Rotella, Robilant + Voena, London

Review of Mimmo Rotella, Robilant + Voena, London

In a career spanning more than 50 years, Mimmo Rotella experimented with a number of different working methods, trying to overcome traditional languages of expression and representation.

Embracing Collaboration

Embracing Collaboration

Seventeen film directors, choreographers, actors, animators and visual artists collaborate to transform Australia’s bestselling novel into a kaleidoscopic piece of filmic theatre.

Solitude Abandoned

Solitude Abandoned

Italian filmmaker Uberto Pasolini researches the social lives of others by way of fish and chip shops and funeral parlours to reflect upon the life of a man who works for the dead.

Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas

Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas

In Nottingham Contemporary’s latest exhibition, 20 international artists reflect upon the ecological, economic, political, and cultural crises of our modern world.

5 To See This Weekend

5 To See This Weekend

There’s plenty to get involved with this weekend. Ronchini Gallery, London, is home to the UK’s first solo exhibition of Pier Paolo Calzolari, an influential figure in the Arte Povera movement.

We Never Dream Alone, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery

We Never Dream Alone, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery

In We Never Dream Alone, works by Sidsel Christensen, Andrew Leventis and Lisa Slominski see the borders between real and unreal, fact and fiction, virtual and visceral, and blurred and explored.

Highlights of London Art Fair, 21 – 25 January, 2015

Highlights of London Art Fair, 21 – 25 January, 2015

The UK’s premier fair for Modern and contemporary British art opens for its private view today. Situated in the Business Design Centre, Islington, the 27th edition of the London Art Fair will be on view to the public 21-25 January.

Nástio Mosquito: Daily Lovemaking, Ikon Gallery

Nástio Mosquito: Daily Lovemaking, Ikon Gallery

Exciting, contemporary and devoid of delineation, Nástio Mosquito defies categorisation and points towards a new culture of art that combines pop, performance, fine art and politics.

Kevin Cooley: A Thousand Miles an Hour, Ryan Lee Gallery, New York

Kevin Cooley: A Thousand Miles an Hour, Ryan Lee Gallery, New York

Kevin Cooley considers our evolving relationship with technology, nature, and ultimately each other. The underlying conceptual framework of his work is how these forces contend with each other.

FutureEverything Festival, 25-28 February, Manchester

FutureEverything Festival, 25-28 February, Manchester

FutureEverything is not staging a retrospective, but a platform for a global community to collaboratively reflect on the bleeding edges of art, academia, design and business.

Highlights from the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

Highlights from the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

During December 2014, the small fishing town of Kochi in South India’s state of Kerala, was besieged by the international art crowd as the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 (KMB) opened its second edition.

London Fashion Week: International Fashion Showcase, London

London Fashion Week: International Fashion Showcase, 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 kitsch and womanhood.

Refraction. The image of Sense, Blain | Southern

Refraction. The image of Sense, Blain | Southern

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.

Manual Cinema: Mementos Mori, MCA Chicago

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.

Penelope Umbrico: Sun/Screen, TPG, London

Penelope Umbrico: Sun/Screen, TPG, London

For Sun/Screen, Penelope Umbrico used an iPhone to re-photograph images cropped from thousands of sunset images shared online, this process of capturing images directly from the computer screen creates a moiré pattern.

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

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

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.

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva: Papagaio, Camden Arts Centre

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva: Papagaio, Camden Arts Centre

Portuguese artists João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva will present a magical, immersive film installation. Their kaleidoscopic world created by 27 16mm films and two camera obscura works, takes viewers on an imaginative journey into science, philosophy and religion.

Sophie Calle’s First Solo Exhibition in China, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong

Sophie Calle’s First Solo Exhibition in China, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong

For Sophie Calle’s first solo exhibition in China, the artist has covered an entire wall with images from her Cash Machine project. The piece first originated in 1988 and was extended 15 years later.

Pipilotti Rist: Worry Will Vanish Horizon, Hauser & Wirth, London

Pipilotti Rist: Worry Will Vanish Horizon, Hauser & Wirth, London

Hauser & Wirth’s gallery on Savile Row is a space that has been transformed in many possible ways, but this time the micro environment created for Pipilotti Rist’s show emerged as an unexpected -nevertheless pleasant- surprise.

London Short Film Festival Announces 2015 Programme

London Short Film Festival Announces 2015 Programme

For the 12th year, London Short Film Festival returns with an outstanding programme of short films. Running 9 – 18 January, the festival aims to prove that the UK is truly a hotbed of film creativity.

Playtime, Cornerhouse, Manchester

Playtime, Cornerhouse, Manchester

Moving sites in spring 2015, Manchester-based cross art form organisation, Cornerhouse, closes its current space with nine artists, filmmakers and musicians celebrating the iconic venue: Rosa Barba, Niklas Goldbach and more.

Artist Filmmaker Ursula Mayer Wins the 2014 Film London Jarman Award

Artist Filmmaker Ursula Mayer Wins the 2014 Film London Jarman Award

Film London has announced Ursula Mayer as winner of the 2014 Jarman Award. The Austrian-born filmmaker was selected from a shortlist of 10 visionary and boundary-crossing visual artists working in the UK. An annual celebration of experimentation, the award recognises artist filmmakers whose creative practice defies conventional classification.

Frederick Wiseman: National Gallery UK Release Jan 2015

Frederick Wiseman: National Gallery UK Release Jan 2015

Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution and into the heart of a museum inhabited by pieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. National Gallery is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world.