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Composed Minimalism

Swimming pool geometry translates into desolate landscapes reflecting human vulnerabilities in the work of acclaimed photographer Mária Švarbová.

Immersive Landscapes

Darkness is a constant presence in Liam Wong’s neon-noir photographs, which expose the quiet solitude of global nightlife and question reality.

Radical New Ground

Tyler Mitchell has pushed the boundary of fashion photography. His visions of Black utopia provide everyday moments of beauty and contemplation.

Into the Small Hours

Henri Prestes investigates the calm yet ominous presence of the twilight hours in remote locations, producing cinematic and considered landscapes.

World of Imagination

Suppen is a series of limitless creativity. Miguel Vallinas Prieto’s surreal compositions transform ordinary table settings into something magical.

Seamless Horizons

Alexis Pichot’s ethereal archipelagos provide a moment of reflection amidst the constant influx of digital news, images and information.

Crafting a Narrative

Duo Elsa Parra and Johanna Benaïnous blur the distinctions between the photographer and subject in reconstructions of family memories.

Surrealist Assemblage

Priscilla Ong uses assemblage in bold, colourful and often humorous displays of inanimate items, crafting new narratives from mundane materials.

The Future Reimagined

David Uzochukwu’s speculative portraits reflect human identities. He is one of 75 artists invited to examine complex Afrodiasporic experiences.

Visualising the Algorithm

Mónica Alcázar-Duarte exposes the derogatory stereotypes Mexican women are subjected to in real-world and online spaces in Second Nature.

The Aesthetica Awards:
Open for Entries

The Aesthetica Awards open for entries on 1 December, celebrating the best contemporary talent across art, photography, literature and film.

Embellished Landscapes

Scarlett Hooft Graafland documents remote geographies in surreal, choreographed scenes – using embroidery to enhance the narrative.

Gifts for Art & Culture Lovers

Aesthetica highlights 10 gift ideas perfect for arts and culture lovers this season – including photobooks, magazines and creative experiences.

A Surreal Universe

Dasha Pears is Helsinki-based artist using the instruments of surrealism, minimalism and colour to tell surprising visual stories with a twist.

Nancy Holt:
From Inside to Outside

For pathbreaking artist Nancy Holt, space and time were paramount to creation. A new book charts her creations, including the world-famous Sun Tunnels.

Pixelated Realities

Aziz + Cucher’s collaboration was sparked by the launch of digital imaging tools. 30 years on, a new show surveys their “post-photography” practice.

Layered Identities

Joanne Coates and Heather Agyepong – winners of the Jerwood/Photowords Award – reflect on regional identities and the authentic self.

The Impact of Images

The 2022 edition of PhotoVogue Festival reflects on the ethics and impact of our exposure to images in the digital age, offering new models for the future.

Innovation and Protection

Paper manufacturer Hahnemühle launches a series of environmental images – encouraging us to take a moment to reflect on the natural places we cherish.

Architecture and Design: 5 to See

Buildings inspired by metabolism. Surrealist objects. Lighting made from smartphones. These exhibitions are innovative, forward-thinking and surprising.

Home Reframed

Do Ho Suh crafts large-scale fabric sculptures that recreate the places in which he has lived and worked; the results are bright, playful and deeply emotive.

New Books for Winter

This season’s new art book releases are wide-reaching in scope: honing in on family stories whilst looking at renowned art movements with fresh eyes.

An Alternative View

A show at London’s NOW Gallery centres on the potential of satirical photography, asking questions about what it looks like, and what can it achieve.

Beyond the Mountain

Seattle Asian Art Museum foregrounds the work of contemporary Chinese artists, realised through both traditional and emerging materials and media.

New Directions

Bai Liu is an artist, designer, illustrator and writer based in China whose multidisciplinary work is shown throughout the world. 馍  / Mo was shown at the London Design Festival in September. Why Do We Love Cats?  launched on VRChat in August.

Urban Futures

A new book illustrates how densely populated urban centres “hold the key to our sustainable future on Earth,” using the city of London as a blueprint.

Vibrant Abstractions

Sebastiaan Knot’s illusory geometries are created without any digital manipulation. Crisply folded sheets of card pop out from orange and purple walls.

Varied Curation

“I felt I was looking at a great untold story of art-love in the UK today.” The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition returns with a diverse array of contemporary work.

Looking Inward

Dusky pink clouds. Olive green skies. Cracked white walls and peeling paint. These are surreal dreamscapes by photographer Alizé Jireh.

Oceanic Imagery

In 2022, the sea takes on a new dimension: it is now a fragile ecosystem threatened by major ecological collapse. A new book chronicles art and the ocean.

Witness to Deforestation

We speak to Richard Mosse about his latest film, which depicts the destruction of the Amazon, asking us to look anew at environmental and social disaster.

Anticipating the Surreal

Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London, provides an insight into Dora Maar’s early photographic practice, anticipating a later interest in the unconscious.

The Contemporary Lens

What makes a “good” portrait? The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 showcases more than 50 examples of contemporary portraiture.

Chris Killip:
A Documentary Legacy

Chris Killip is remembered as one of Britain’s most influential post-war documentarians, working across the north of England in the 1970s and 1980s.

New Dynamics

This year’s Foam Talents “look closely at both the world around us, and the one within,” addressing pressing issues of our times through photography.

Worlds Beyond View

The idea of hinterlands – the land away from the coast or the banks of a river – is at the core of BALTIC’s show, using art to bring us closer to nature.

Colour, Portraiture and Symbolism

Colour-blocking has been a huge source of inspiration for artists and designers since the early 20th century. Here are four contemporary examples.

Echoes in the Landscape

Paula Mahoney’s works are at once performative and surreal, drawing attention to the sense of loss and mourning that can be evoked by clothing.

Intimacy of Distance

An exhibition in Santa Monica highlights artists with diverse backgrounds – illustrating the central relationship between the humans and the land.

Image as Power

Since the late-1990s, Hannah Starkey has been dedicated to photographing women, exploring the ways they are, and have been depicted.

Contemporary Portraiture:
1-54 African Art Fair

Here are five trailblazing contemporary portraitists to know from London’s fair: lens-based artists who explore ideas of identity, belonging and place.

Neon Elements

On Earth, neon is rare, but across the universe, it is a commonly found cosmic element. Bruce Nauman has experimented with the medium for 50 years.

Mourning and Memory

Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña’s new ethereal Tate Turbine Hall installation is an elegy to disappearing traditions, environments and peoples.

Global Impact

“African fashion is the future.” London’s V&A surveys the “creativity, ingenuity and unstoppable global impact” of design from across the continent.

Cities Abstracted

Ash Camas’ vivid images – taken in Canada, France, Sweden and beyond – encourage us to look at cities anew: cropping, repositioning and flattening them.

Sharing, Connecting, Healing

Glenn Lutz’s landmark publication comes from the desire to “create a work in which Black men came together to open up and share their experiences.”

Documenting Youth Culture

During lockdown, London’s Museum of Youth Culture encouraged the public to delve through old shoeboxes, look in attics and flick through albums.

Lush Still Life

Margriet Smulders’ contemporary vanitas depict petals, berries and leaves floating on water – causing ripples and washes of colour to bleed and blend.

Collective Reflections

Mónica de Miranda explores the island as a visual metaphor for the wider Afrodiasporic experience alongside Europe’s complex colonialist histories.

Design as Experience

Jason Bruges Studio has become pioneering in the field of interactive art, paving the way for a new genre of interdisciplinarity and collaboration.

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