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12 October 2013


Everyday Worries and Scenarios - Marise Maas

The latest exhibition from Dutch-born Australian-based artist Marise Maas explores the anxieties of modern living. In a series called “Everyday Worries and Scenarios”, Maas focuses on the banal events of everyday life that we often overlook – what she calls the “small stuff”. Maas tells the stories beneath the surface of day-to-day events in her personal life through the use of strong lines, a predominance of white and a bold-coloured palette.

MiCK, 44 Gurner Street, Paddington. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00–18.00; Sunday, 13.00–17.00. Until 27 October.


Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

This Wednesday saw the launch of the 42nd edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, screening more than 300 fresh films from around the world. Besides plenty of world-cinema premieres, on show across Montréal are the latest shorts, documentaries and full-length features by the brightest home-grown talent, including Tom à la Ferme by Xavier Dolan and Diego Star by Frédérick Pelletier. And if you're craving some good ol’ classics, head to the Quartier des Spectacles on Sunday for the screening of Sergio Leone's spaghetti western masterpiece The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Across Montréal, see website for details.


Marisa Merz

Bernier-Eliades Gallery in Athens welcomes Turin-born Marisa Merz's solo exhibition, featuring the paintings, sculptures and sketches of the Arte Povera movement's only female artist. Whatever form her art takes, Merz's signature is her embrace of unconventional materials to probe the potential of everyday life in abstract and fluid ways. For her contribution to art, Merz won the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award at this year's Venice Biennale.

11 Eptachalkou Street. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10.30–18.30; Saturday 12.00–16.00. Until 14 November.


Sam Irons at Tim Sheward Projects

Julien Dobbs-Higginson curates a selection of UK-born Sam Irons' photographs, on display at the Tim Sheward Projects gallery in London. The eclectic mix of photo subjects are mostly juxtaposed in pairs, ranging from a black silhouette and wooden planks to machinery and stalagmites. By eschewing any references to popular culture and opting to leave his works untitled, Irons offers viewers a glimpse into a world of contemplation free from external input – including his own.

Tim Sheward Projects, 52A Great Suffolk Street. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10.00–18.00. Until 2 November.


M+A: These Days

Italian duo M+A are Michele Ducci and Alessandro Degli Angioli from the city of Forli. The duo’s second album, These Days, is that rare thing: a pop record that sounds like it’s trying to be nothing more than simply a pop record. No silly half-boiled concepts here, no “fascinating” backstory of personal struggles – just 11 refreshingly fun songs that occasionally conjure memories of other masters of the genre, such as Beck and Phoenix, which is no bad thing. The unashamedly poppy sound of M+A is surely meant for far bigger things in future, so enjoy them before their egos inevitably catch up and they end up being a bit rubbish.

These Days is available to buy now.


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