Review of Freedom Has No Script at Iniva, Rivington Place, London

In November 2013 Iniva announced that the first recipient of its Commissions and Exhibitions Fund would be Turkish artist Burak Delier, whose work strives to provide a critique of capitalism through contemporary art. An expansive exhibition of Delier’s recent ingenious work curated by Iniva’s pioneering Chief Executive Officer Tessa Jackson is now on display at Rivington Place. Each and every work included in the exhibition exclaims Freedom Has No Script, in a manner befitting the conditions presented to us by a world of fake and fabricated freedoms.


Interview with Nave8 Artist Jehan Legac

Jehan Legac’s exotic and provocative artwork is on display at Nave8, Ibiza. Legac is a well-known fashion photographer and he also works in oil painting to capture the female form. The artist started producing his large format oil paintings on canvas in Ibiza because the light is particularly bright and fresh. He speaks to Aesthetica about his approach to his practice and his interest in the feminine body.


Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010 at MoMA

Running until August 3, 2014 at Moma this retrospective is the first to encompass the eclectic range of mediums that Polke worked in during his five-decade career, including painting, photography, film, sculpture, drawings, prints, television, performance, and stained glass. Inside the gallery, four spaces on MoMA’s second floor are dedicated to the exhibition, more than 250 works are showcased and this makes the exhibition one of the largest ever organized at MoMA.


Art Monaco, 24 – 27 April

Art Monaco is celebrating its fifth year as the fastest growing contemporary and modern art fair in the French Riviera. Opening this week and running 24-27 April, the fair is dedicated to promoting contemporary and modern art in an elegant environment. Attracting art and culture enthusiasts from all over the world, visitors will find themselves in a world of exclusive art works in the Grimaldi Forum of Monaco.


Review of Art:i:curate: Restate, London

As New Yorkers know from experience, artists are the shock troops of gentrification. As a Londoner this is taken more like an axiom than a principle but still seems to hold true. This can seem like an odd afterlife to the avant-garde dream of art rejuvenating a place to make it personal, aesthetic, humane, which makes Neo-Bankside both an exciting and risqué choice for a venue: a hi-rise development of £1.25–6 million flats offering views over Tate Modern and St. Pauls, with an empty bottom floor just big enough for Restate to occupy before they cover the concrete pillars, pipes and roof insulation with something more polished. The exhibition, which ran throughout April, featured five emerging artists who looked at how art can transform or chronicle somewhere, and how humans interact with that somewhere.


No Country for Young Men: Contemporary Greek Art in Times of Crisis, Centre for Fine Art, Brussels.

BOZAR presents this new and exciting exhibition which brings together the work of 32 contemporary Greek artists. Running until 3 August, every artists work explores the impact of the economic crisis and how it has effect their country. A new, insiders look on what is happening in Greece today.


Tauba Auerbach: The New Ambidextrous Universe, ICA, London

There is only one work hung on the wall in Tauba Auerbach’s exhibition in the Lower Gallery of London’s Institute of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is the New York-based artist’s first solo show in the UK and the work in question is a C-Type print, which, taken at a distance, presents as a plane of fluctuating, greyish blue tones.


5 To See This Bank Holiday Weekend

The bank holiday weekend gives most of us two extra days to get out and see some fantastic art. Works from Modern art giant, Henri Matisse, are on display at Tate Modern, while Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photography can be seen at Centre Pompidou. Camilla Grimaldi Gallery has salvaged portraits from an art studio in Uganda and brought them over to London and Scotland’s National Gallery is hosting an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ haunting work. Read on to find out more about Aesthetica‘s recommended exhibitions this weekend.

Shiver Me Timbers! – Nick Jeffrey Exhibition at Hannah Barry Gallery, London

Comical suggestion or playful interaction? Shiver Me Timbers! – the title of Nick Jeffrey’s solo exhibition at Hannah Barry Gallery, London – presented a matrix of dry existential humour courted by an ambiguous collision of materials. Modified canvases question space and form again and again until all that’s left is traces of the artist’s body and mind. The title, Shiver Me Timbers!, is used frequently in fiction, where, in heavy seas, ships would be lifted up and pounded down so hard as to ‘shiver’ the ship’s timbers and startle the sailors. Thus, the exclamation was meant to convey a feeling of fear and awe. Nick Jeffrey deployed this to evoke his own anxieties regarding his presentation of the results of experimental voyages through space, form and application.

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This Easter Visit the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition

Showcasing outstanding and innovative artworks, the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition features shortlisted pieces from artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance.


Bill Viola: Passions, Kunstmuseum Bern

American artist Bill Viola is one of the leading international artists working in video art. For more than 30 years, Viola has been experimenting with video tapes, video installations, sound environments, electronic-music performances and TV productions. In both 1995 and 2007, the artist appeared at the Venice Biennial to much acclaim. However, since his first solo exhibition in 1993 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Lausanne, his work has only been shown in group exhibitions in Switzerland. This April an extensive overview of his practice, Passions, appears at Kunstmuseum Bern and runs until 20 July. 


The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s

Taking place in Belfast 16 October to 1 November, this 17 day festival will see a high number of international premieres taking place in Northern Ireland for the first time. The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s is Ireland’s biggest festival seeing over 60, 000 people attend from all over the world. Running for over 50 years this mix of music, dance, drama, poetry, literature, comedy and visual arts has attracted some of the most famous names in the arts including Laurence Olivier and Jimi Hendrix.