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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.

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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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Apocalypse Postponed: Nadim Abbas at Art Basel Hong Kong

The opening of Art Basel Hong Kong on 15 May sees the return of the popular Absolut Art Bar, a collateral project that for the 4 days of the fair turns a cocktail bar into an art installation and vice versa. This year, Absolut is collaborating with Hong Kong artist Nadim Abbas, whose installations often combine the kitsch and the scholarly to create immersive works that challenge commonalities of perception and cultural narrative.

Referencing influences as diverse as pharmaceuticals, cult sci-fi and Kafka, Abbas’ site-specific art bar Apocalypse Postponed will explore the grey zone between peace and war.

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An Insight into About Time at Maddox Arts, London

Six practices, wildly diverse in culture, generation and medium, are united in their subject: our varying perceptions and measurements of time in the exhibition About Time, currently showing at Maddox Arts until 31 May.

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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. 

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YIA Art Fair Open for Registration

YIA Art Fair runs in Paris 23 – 26 October during FIAC. Founded in 2010 the event supports the emerging contemporary art scene. The fair seeks out unique venues to allow visitors to experience special spaces and this year the participants take over Carreau du Temple. The juxtaposition between the young artists and the historic environment makes for an event that unites classic and contemporary art.

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Review of Tim Shaw: Black Smoke Rising, mac Birmingham

Almost a decade after the publication of the infamous Abu Ghraib-tortured prisoner images taken during the Iraq war, mac Birmingham will this month be exhibiting a first major solo show from newly elected Royal Academician Tim Shaw (RA). Black Smoke Rising will include some of his most seminal works, on display until 8 June.

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Review of Mark Titchner, CGP London

About a decade ago, it seemed Mark Titchner was popping up in every high-profile group show in London, and this exposure naturally led to his Turner Prize nomination in 2006. He didn’t win, but his popularity remains high, bolstered by UK and international shows.

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Mark Manders: Cose in corso, Collezione Maramotti

Mark Manders’ Cose in corso is currently on display at Collezione Maramotti until 28 September. Bringing together found, reconstructed and reinvented objects, the exhibition is a kaleidoscopic series of organic constellations. The different elements within the work juxtapose and creative a narrative, like the pages of a diary in a very personal artistic development. The artist often leaves sculptures and objects to settle for long periods of time in his studio, letting them naturally transform over time. 

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In conversation with Jurgen Winkler, Longlisted Artist for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013

Having been selected from thousands of entrants to be part of the 100 longlist for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013, Jurgen Winkler is a contemporary artist who experiments with form and sculpture to visualise human behaviour. Alienation and intimacy, power and impotence are recurring themes in his work. With the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 now accepting entries (until 31 August) we speak to Winkler about taking part in international art competition and what inspires him.

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5 To See This Weekend

In addition to Aesthetica’s very own Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s, York, there’s a number of wonderful art shows on display this weekend. If you’re near York, you can catch some of the most exciting emerging talents and trends in contemporary art today and if you’re elsewhere, you can be bewildered by Tobias Rehberger’s overwhelming installations in Frankfurt. At London’s Thomas Dane Gallery, Abraham Cruzvillegas destroys entire movements, while in Sheffield Wu Chi-Tsung creates entire cities from mere shadows. Wherever you are, make sure you see something this weekend.