Art History Revisited

Here are six artists from the Aesthetica archives who draw on art history: destroying, reinventing and updating the records for 21st century audiences.

Life Between Islands

Tate Britain’s current exhibition spans Caribbean-British Art from the 1950s to today. It is the first display of its kind in a major national museum.

Beyond Categorisation

London Art Fair responds to themes of ecology, migration and political nationalism through the work of 14 contemporary British photographers.

Points of Departure

The ethics of representation have never been more important, or more closely scrutinised. Whose stories can we tell, how and why?

Painting with Video

Japanese video artist Shigeko Kubota once commented that: “in video’s reality, infinite variation becomes possible.” MoMA showcases her oeuvre.

The Playful Everyday

Lauretta Suter’s characters interact with environments in unexpected ways – standing on chairs, hiding behind cushions or diving into boxes.

5 Images for Winter

Snow covered fields. Icy lakes. Glowing lights. These five lens-based artists create works full of intrigue and atmosphere – evoking winter’s chill.

Creativity Under Constraint

Art in the Plague Year is a testament to photography as a record, and also as an act of recovery. The online show presents 55 artists.

Charting the Storm

German artist Benedikt Partenheimer uses concept-led photography and subtle optical tricks to reveal the invisible effects of climate change.

Photographs for the Festive Season

Bright crimson balloons. Colourful gifts, tied with bows. Red velvet curtains and bright orange cocktails. Drawn from the Aesthetica Archives.

10 from 2021: Top Digital Articles

What have you been reading this year? Aesthetica rounds up its most-read online articles of 2021, from emerging artists to the latest book reviews.

Communal Experience

In 2020, far from her own family in England, Laura Stevens observed an extended French family learning to live together amidst the pandemic.

Worlds of Possibility

“The freedom lets you create anything you can imagine.” Tobi Schnorpfeil’s 3D world is a place where the sun is always setting – full of potential.

A Century in Focus

A new retrospective of work by photographer Imogen Cunningham explores her extraordinary range: from botanical studies to portraits.

Uncanny Happenings

LA-based Hugh Kretschmer’s characters inhabit altered realities, where everyday objects appear off-kilter and things are slightly askew.

Images and Activism

Photography plays a significant role in highlighting environmental damage, which can be difficult to see, much less identify.

A Year in Covers

This year, Aesthetica marked its 100th issue. To celebrate, we’re looking back at 2021 through the lens of our most recent cover photographers.

Lighting up Space

“My ambition is, in a sense, to make you see a little bit more tomorrow than you saw today.” A new show brings the minimalist spirit of Robert Irwin to Berlin.

Between Analogue and Virtual

BIENALSUR – the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of the South – creates a network of associative collaboration around the globe.

Playing with Perception

Thomas Demand’s work may, at first glance, appear to show empty, mundane interiors. These are, in fact, highly politically charged locations.