Inside the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology works from exciting new and emerging artists from around the world are represented in stunning colour images, with accompanying artists’ statements and biographies. There are 100 practitioners included and they span across all media from sculpture and installation, painting and drawing, to video and performance.
The longlisted artworks were selected from over 3,000 entries in the Aesthetica Art Prize and have been chosen for their ability to speak out to the viewer about something that is new and relevant today. Modern concerns explored by these artists include playing with form; our responsibility to the environment, and what it means to document a journey through an artistic medium. The artists included hail from all corners of the world including Chile, New Zealand, the USA, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Denmark, Mexico, Canada and across the UK among other locations.
Shortlisted artists in the Art Prize are currently exhibiting in an international group show at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space until 22 June. The exhibiting works by these artists are also included in the anthology, providing the opportunity to experience the quality and breadth of work being produced today. The judges for this year’s Art Prize included Cherie Federico, Editor of Aesthetica Magazine; Laura Turner, Curator at York Art Gallery; Frances Guy, Head of Collections at The Hepworth Wakefield and Stuart Semple, internationally renowned artist.
A foreword by Cherie Federico and four critically engaging essays precede the artists’ listings, offering an opportunity to gain insight into the selection process for the Art Prize as well as learn about the changing face of contemporary art across media from leading industry figures. The essays come from Pavel Pyś, Curator at the Henry Moore Institute; Helen Trompeteler, Assistant Curator at the National Portrait Gallery; Julia Vogl, leading artist and Stuart Semple, renowned British painter.
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The Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries. Deadline to enter is 31 August 2014. For more information and to submit visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize.
1. Amy Moffat, Lunatus. Painting & Drawing
2. Megan Kellythorn, Portrait III. Photographic & Digital