Aesthetica Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Aesthetica selects 10 gift ideas for art and culture lovers this season. Our 2020 list offers a variety of inspiration – from memberships to artworks.

Graphic Distortion

Niall Staines turns serene landscapes into surreal dreamscapes, pulling waves downwards as if the lines were a solid cross section in the earth.

Strength and Awareness

Cameroon-born photographer Angèle Etoundi Essamba creates powerful black and white portraits, now on display as part of ART x Lagos.

Discovery and Documentation

‘Unearthed’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, looks at the relationship between human beings and nature, as told through the lens.

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Surreal Presentation

Fine Art. Surrealism. Fantasy. These are the pillars of Kate Theo’s practice, featuring graphic yellow suns, black crescent moons and folded curtains.

Archive and Montage

Suzanne Moxhay’s photography is reminiscent of empty sets, uniting the exterior and the interior, drawing from collected material and ambiguity.

Focusing on the Detail

Eugenia Falqui breaks away from TripAdvisor- worthy compositions of Bangkok, shooting the surreal and often humorous sides of the city.

Searching for Intimacy

Ismail Zaidy’s alluring compositions play with proximity and distance, featuring siblings as symbols of both connection and estrangement.

Altering the Blueprint

Today’s architects aren’t just designing buildings. They’re working across multiple disciplines to tackle ecological responsibility and social justice.

Dynamic Framework

Los Angeles fashion photographer Natasha Wilson has a passion for art and travel; she taps into the culture of locations whilst shooting.

Playing with Tradition

Hassan Hajjaj blends North African culture with western iconographies. Framed images subvert and democratise fashion logos and brands.

Organic Assemblage

Markus Guschelbauer creates pastel-coloured installations that represent our desire to organise and control our interactions with nature.

Modes of Representation

The 2020 NGV Triennial explores portraiture
as a vehicle for expressing both personal and global identities across continents and cultures.

Cultural Examination

Alia Ali’s photographs use cloth and fabric to hide identities, asking questions about how we define and separate through what we can or can’t see

A Pioneer of Performance

The largest ever retrospective of Ulay opens in Amsterdam, highlighting trailblazing Polaroids and a 12-year collaboration with Marina Abramović.

Art Recreating the Weather

These artists and photographers reflect on our relationship with the elements, bringing clouds down to earth and filling rooms with mist and fog.

A Lens on Sustainability

Are cities sustainable? Are we losing accountability for our actions to the planet? Prix Pictet launches a new podcast focused on the climate.

Personal Ecologies

Vanja Bučan explores humanity’s juxtaposing relationship with nature – between ambivalence, control and, paradoxically, romanticisation.

A Sense of Escapism

Hollie Fernando creates dreamlike, youthful images inspired by classical painting. The result is a bright fantasy world without limits.