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.


Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition: People’s Choice Award

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition brings dynamic, contemporary art to a medieval setting in the heart of York. From thousands who entered, eight artists have been selected for exhibition in the categories of Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance.


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.

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York Art Gallery’s Contemporary Art Walk

York Art Gallery’s next Contemporary Art Walk takes place on 23 April from 5.30pm, starting with the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition at York St Mary’s. Led by a York Art Gallery Curator, and with an introduction from the Aesthetica Art Prize Director, this event leads audiences on a unique tour around contemporary art exhibitions and outdoor spaces in York, UK, offering an insight into new art projects in the city. We list some of the locations in the run up to the event.


Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Talks: Artist and Finalist Deb Covell

Join leading contemporary artist and Aesthetica Art Prize finalist Deb Covell at the first in a series of talks that will discuss and debate developments in the art world. Starting on 23 April, the talks run on Wednesdays from 12.30 – 1pm at York St Mary’s and are open to the public and free to attend.


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.


RSA Annual Exhibition , Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

The RSA Annual Exhibition is a focal point of the Royal Scottish Academy’s programme, showcasing work from RSA Academicians the length and breadth of Scotland. Now in its 188th year, it continues to provide a platform for contemporary paintings, sculpture, film, printmaking, photography and installation alongside work by some of the country’s leading architects.


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.


Review of Ian Kiaer: Tooth House, Henry Moore Institute

In Tooth House, Ian Kiaer responds specifically to the physical context of Galleries 1, 2 and 3 at the Henry Moore Institute. His overall intention is to find alternative purposes for debris. The pieces of debris employed are arranged and titled with the aim of raising questions about the value and form of each. The resulting works act as speculative props or proposals for the perception of objects in the space.


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.