The December / January Issue

This issue of Aesthetica, ‘Listen and Respond’, invites you to engage with our times. Featured: Doug Aitken, Dawoud Bey, Eddo Hartmann and Tales of Us.

Expressions of Youth

Faces appear from a crown of palm leaves. Bodies collide and make shapes. Butterflies scatter in minimal portraits. This is work by Ren Hang.

Aquatic Memory

Ghana-born British filmmaker John Akomfrah’s ‘Vertigo Sea’ looks at humanity’s complex relationship with water throughout history.

Life in the Metropolis

Michael Wolf was a chronicler of life in cities. Across a career of over 40 years, he photographed expansive buildings from Paris to Hong Kong.

5 to See: This Weekend

The climate crisis, community and the nature of reality are examined in these shows – recommended picks for the end of November.

Fashioning Identity

Truth, myth and the spaces in-between. A new show at The Civic, Barnsley, explores the way the North of England is depicted and constructed.

A Poignant Rediscovery

“To make a long story short, I’m not a very organised person.” So opens Bruce Gilden’s new monograph – New York negatives from 40 years ago.

Seeing Sound

Physics, shamanism, artificial intelligence and astrology are listed among Haroon Mirza’s inspirations. A new show examines waveforms.

Digital Light

A neon pink ladder rises towards the sky. Mysterious fog spreads across a river. Giant clouds hover above a crowd. Lumiere festival returns.

Deutsche Börse: Collective Experience

The shortlist for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020 is announced. Four artists interpret and respond to key global questions.

5 to See: This Weekend

Seminal female artists, powerful social themes and the next generation of talent come together in this weekend’s top international exhibitions.

Objects as Alchemy

Tom Baker offers a playful glimpse at the shifting role of materials. Taking the role of the alchemist, he attempts to purify and transform the elements.

The Observing Eye

Magnum Streetwise, a new Thames & Hudson volume, features more than 300 examples of street photography pulled from the archives.

5 to Read: This Month

Aesthetica selects top art and photography publications for November. These books look at activism, belonging and pre-digital visual culture.

ING Discerning Eye: Evolving Spaces

Art exhibitions are constantly evolving. The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition offers a new approach to curation, featuring 450 small works.

Overcoming Adversity

For its eighth cycle, the Prix Pictet award in photography and sustainability turns its lens on the theme of “hope.” 12 artists respond.

ING Discerning Eye: Expanding Perceptions

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition returns to Mall Galleries, London, this month. Aesthetica speaks to artist Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf.

5 to See: This Weekend

Aesthetica selects must-see shows for early November. Each exhibition reflects the human condition in today’s changing world.

Visions of Paradise

Referencing the famous 15th century painter Hieronymus Bosch, ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ is based around the metaphor of the garden.

Coastal Uncertainty

Miami-based Anastasia Samoylova’s FloodZone is a series responding to the problem of rising sea levels. It is an account on the climatic knife-edge.