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New Art Fair in Hong Kong: Art Central

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Art Central is Hong Kong’s exciting new art fair, showcasing the next generation of talent alongside some of the most established contemporary galleries and art spaces from across the globe. Launched by the founders of ART HK, Art Central debuts 14-16 March 2015 (VIP Preview 13 March 2015) to coincide with Art Basel’s Hong Kong edition.

Leading American fashion photographer, Herb Ritts in Boston

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Herb Ritts (1952–2002) was a leading American fashion photographer of the 1980s and 1990s, known for his beautifully printed, formally bold, and sensual black-and-white images of supermodels such as Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. This new exhibition of the photographer’s work revisits the artist, whose groundbreaking 1996 retrospective, “Herb Ritts: WORK,” remains one of the most popular exhibitions in MFA history. The Ritts Foundation has given the Museum a print of every image in the 1996 exhibition, and in 2007, supported the MFA’s first gallery dedicated solely to photography. The Museum’s Herb Ritts and Clementine Brown galleries host the new exhibition, featuring an array of Ritts’s photographs celebrating the human body and embracing the carefree California lifestyle.

Bill Viola at the Adelaide Festival

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One of the world’s most important living artists, Bill Viola has been instrumental in establishing video as a vital form of contemporary art. In this exclusive exhibition, the Art Gallery of South Australia, St Peter’s Cathedral and the Queen’s Theatre are transformed into magnificent screening houses for Viola’s work. From the sheer scale of Fire Woman and Tristan’s Ascension to the moving intimacy of Three Women, seven astonishing installations across the three sites envelop the viewer in total image and sound environments that cast Viola’s distinctive light on themes of birth, death, love, anger, ecstasy, suffering and fear.

3 Art Fairs to catch sight of this January

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Los Angeles Contemporary, The Outsider & Artgenève are the Art Fairs to catch sight of this January. Start the year with an introduction of strong contemporary art in the US and Europe. Inspire yourself at the ‘Art Los Angeles Contemporary’, an international contemporary art fair now in it’s sixth year. The show focuses on blue chip & emerging galleries from around the world offering an informed cross section of what is happening now in contemporary art making. For the East coast head to the ‘Outsider Art Fair’ in Manhattan which is bringing 50 international galleries of folk, self- taught ‘outsider art’ to centre 548 for four days in. In Switzerland take notice of the artgenève, an art exhibition whose aim is to establish an artistic platform in the Suisse Romande – at the very forefront of contemporary art, modern art and design – which pays homage to the requirements of the Lake Geneva region’s many collectors and art-lovers.

The ‘Burning Man’ of Russia in Cambodia

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Kazantip Republic originally began has a windsurfing competition coupled with an underground party held in an abandoned nuclear reactor in Popovka, Crimea. Last year it outgrew its home and moved to the idyllic beachfront in Anaklia, Georgia (boarding Turkey), attracting over 100,000 ravers to the Idyllic Black Sea coast. This year, the Kazantip Republic moves yet again to the tropical jungle beaches of Cambodia.

The concept behind the Kazantip Republic, is to create not simply a festival, but a ‘moment-in-time’ party that has it’s own has its own constitution, religion, and rules. This party bought to life in a former Soviet satellite will now take place on a Cambodian beach and run for 24 hours a day for around two weeks. Kazantip Republic combines eastern european energy, creative freedom & South-east Asia seas…

Desert festival in the golden city, Jaisalmer

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So far this year we have bought you content from the bustling streets of Mumbai, the art scene in Delhi & palaces in Rajasthan. It’s time to now discover the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, an annual event each February held in the glowing golden desert city of Jaisalmer in the state of Rajasthan, India.

Jaisalmer exudes immense charm and the the perfect time to visit the golden city is during this quirky Indian festival which showcases the cultural wonders of Rajasthan from performing arts of the region on the stretching sands, camel races, turban tying, and the longest mustache competitions.

EyeSkate, London

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London’s magical ice skating locations are the very picture of festive fun for the holiday season. No matter your skating skills, a trip to the South Bank to skate beneath the London Eye is sure delight.
Eyeskate is the open air run situated in the Jubilee Gardens, in the shadow of the London Eye.

The rink lies in the centre of London’s ‘Frostival’, a festive seasonal celebration featuring glorious ice sculptures, sparkling lights and live entertainment to brighten up winter. No need to book a flight on the Eye to skate the rink, but packages are offered for those who wish to do so. This year the Frost Guided Experience returns to the London Eye, transforming the Eye’s capsules to embody a frosty, wintery atmosphere. Visitors will hear the sounds of crackling ice and winds, smell familiar scents of Christmas, and see twinkling lights on icy structures. Expert guides will be on hand to provide insight on London’s frosty views, and packages including winter cocktails and Champagne are available to complete the experience on London’s most iconic landmark. The festival will run throughout the whole month of December, until January 4th, (excluding Christmas Day).

James Turrell: A Retrospective at the National Gallery of Art – Canberra

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James Turrell, an indisputable leader of global contemporary light art, uses light and colour as his materials to create magical and transforming installations. His work challenges and confronts our perceptions of art, light and space, offering a very personal experience. This exhibition surveys works from his 50-year career, following on from a wonderfully extensive and popular series of exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York and Houston last year. James Turrell was awarded the National Medal of Arts earlier this year. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the Perceptual cell, Bindu shards. A premium ticket buys an experience into this immersive installation that only allows one viewer every 15 minutes. Entering a large, spherical capsule, we experience a light cycle, a kaleidoscope of colour, described by the artist as ‘behind the eyes’ seeing. The Ganzfeld, Virtuality squared, is one of Turrell’s largest to date. Once inside, visitors are saturated in colour, uncertain of their surrounds as the space feels endless, with no visible edges or corners.

Young Australian woman wins coveted architecture prize

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Sacha Parkinson has won the coveted Architects Medallion for her proposal to redevelop Ash Island, a wetland rehabilitation site in the Hunter River estuary. In October, the 23-year-old architect was awarded a cheque for $5,000 at the opening of the Sydney Architecture Festival.

Since 1952 the Medallion has been awarded annually to a graduate of architecture in New South Wales as a way to pinpoint the future best and brightest in the industry. “It cements all the hard work you put in,” said Parkinson at the event in the Sydney Opera House. She will put her money towards the construction of her own home with her fiancé from a reclaimed industrial shed located in Clarence Town, 54km north of Newcastle. “This morning we were polishing our concrete floor before we got the train down,” she laughs.

Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks present ‘New Breed’

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Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks prepare to present the ‘New Breed’, a compilation showcasing 5 of Australia’s most cutting-edge choreographers on November 5-8. These exclusive contemporary works will be performed by the dancers of the Sydney Dance Company ensemble – the renowned group, appointed to present a rich diversity of choreographic ideas. ‘New Breed’ will feature the works of Juliette Barton, Cass Mortimer, Charmene Yap, and two independent choreographers: Lee Serle and Gabrielle Nankivell. These 5 pieces will allude to art, physicality, music, self exploration and humor, exposing raw talent that is not to be missed.

Win a copy of Al Brown’s latest cookbook ‘Depot’ 

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Our New Zealand food hero Al Brown has just launched his fourth fantastic cookbook ‘Depot : The Biography of a Restaurant’ We are giving away TWO copies of ‘DEPOT’. All you need to do is SHARE this on Social Media – tagging ‘A Magazine’ – for your chance to be in to win.

Plugin Istanbul

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Contemporary Istanbul (CI) will bring both local and international focus to the vibrant art scene of Turkey’s metropolis from November 13th-16th. For the second time it will feature Plugin Istanbul – the new media section of CI dedicated to video art and digital design. Plugin offers a niche for those seeking to delve further into the latest developments in contemporary art worldwide. The fair will also feature sound and light installations, works of generative art, interactive pieces and robotics designs. Participating galleries and artists include Galerie Akinci, Dam Gallery, Kasa Galeri, Simon Heijdens and Briggite Kowanz. Image credit: Jean-François Rauzier, “Istanbul Vedute”, 2014.