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10 Questions with Sarah Allen

Ahead of this year’s event, we ask 10 questions to Sarah Allen – Assistant Curator of International Art at Tate Modern.

A Sense of Nostalgia

Lauren Tepfer’s photographs reflect on being a teenager living in suburbia: a place of endless nights, warm summers and, often, mystery.

10 Questions with Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

Leica Galleries’ Karin Rehn-Kaufmann answers 10 questions ahead of Future Now 2021 – exploring the pandemic’s impact on her role.

Future Now 2021:
Building an Inclusive Sector

Conversations about representation and inclusivity are vital. Leading artists and curators discuss how we can decolonise the industry.

Meaning in Emptiness

Photographer Tomoko Yoneda has spent the last few decades travelling to locations across the world which are saturated with cultural memory.

Revolution in Bloom

It’s hard to think of a symbol more prevalent in cultural history than a flower. This theme runs through The Earth Issue’s latest online exhibition.

The Power of Storytelling

“A great artwork tells a story, makes a statement or can make you think. It can move you.” UP & COMING ART is a new digital gallery championing new voices.

Manifesting Desires

Themes of destiny, vision and aspiration run throughout Oye Diran’s portraits and still lifes, fusing pops of colour with detailed motifs.

Evolving Experimentations

Toronto-based artist Joan Andal Romano questions public and private domains – what to share with the world and what to keep as hers alone. Vulnerability is at the core of her practice. She reads magazines from back to front and also views people in this way; when her mindset is free and heart is open, strangers become friends and indifference to encompassment.

5 Must-Attend Photography Events

French inventor Nicéphore Niépce took the first photo in 1827. Today, they are everywhere. What makes a great image? Learn more at Future Now.

Perceptive Observations

Martin Veigl is an award-winning Austrian artist. His compositions offer collaged portraits with an intuitive blend of colours and forms; a complementary colour palette draws attention to anonymous figures as they are caught in states of transition. Veigl has exhibited widely and his solo show is at Schnitzler Lindsberger Galerie, Graz until 10 April.

The Makings of Modernity

Museum of Modern Art launches a new chronological survey of Alexander Calder’s work: from wire sculptures to kinetic constructions.

Looking Forward

Miroslavo is a Czech painter based in Barcelona. A varied background drives him to explore new techniques, colour combinations and tools in the creation of highly expressive canvasses, each offering a bold point of view.

Aesthetica Archives:
Images for Spring

Get inspired with dreamlike visuals. 10 photographers capture optimistic shots of sun-drenched fields, lakes and oceans.

Headline Speakers:
Future Now 2021

This year’s outstanding lineup of headline speakers includes Turner Prize nominees, Magnum Photographers and Silver Lion winners.

Obscure Portraiture

Alma Haser’s puzzle-piece portraits negotiate the boundaries between the real and the manufactured; they are intriguing and unsettling.

Symbiotic Architecture

Four billion people live in urban areas, a figure set only to increase. The only way forward is to welcome the environment into the blueprints.

Playful Geometry

Michael Oliver Love lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. His style is centred on an interest in organic lines and fluidity in nature.

Identities Transposed

Kriss Munsya was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and raised in Brussels. The Eraser series is a story of change and transformation.

The Story of Aesthetica

Aesthetica is one of the key voices for contemporary visual culture. Hear from one of the founders, Cherie Federico, about setting it up.

Pivotal Illumination

Seminal designs chart the evolution of international lighting as a catalyst for global technological, functional and artistic expression.

10 Questions with Skinder Hundal

We pose 10 questions to our Future Now Symposium key speakers. British Council’s Skinder Hundal discusses his role.

Spatial Minimalism

Japanese design studio, Nendo, is known for a prolific output and playful style. We unpack its appeal in an age of pared-back aesthetics.

Fleeting Moments

Alex Mitchell is a photographer from Toronto, whose work explores Surrealism using an everyday lens. He transforms the mundane.

Forging New Pathways

China’s most forward-thinking architects are repurposing structures to offer a new landscape that is both culturally resonant and sustainable.

Breaking New Ground

Aesthetica Magazine looks for images that change the way we see the world. Discover some of our favourite photographers from over the years.

Charting the Course: Issue 100

This is a special edition of Aesthetica Magazine. We are 100 issues old, marking 18 years of the publication. Charting the Course is available now.

New Technologies at Future Now

4.6 billion people now use the internet. Leading artists Jakob Kudsk Steensen and Bill Posters consider digital worlds at Future Now 2021.

Concealment and Control

Photographer Jackie Nickerson wraps the human form in elaborate, unwieldy costumes made of waste plastic, exploring ecology and technology.

Interviews to Watch:
5 Lens-Based Artists

Leading photographers and filmmakers speak about their practice: Viviane Sassen, Nan Goldin, Isaac Julien, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Dawoud Bey.

10 Questions with Zoe Whitley

Ahead of the Future Now Symposium, we pose 10 questions to our key speakers. Zoe Whitley, Director, Chisenhale Gallery, tells us about her role.

Aesthetica Art Prize:
5 Women Sculptors

Sculpture is evolving. It’s moving beyond traditional definitions. Discover five contemporary artists exploring material and form.

Future Now 2021:
5 Events to Stream

Discover five more sessions to attend at this year’s digital Aesthetica Future Now Symposium, featuring women sculptors and environmental art.

Redefining Fashion

From Renaissance painting to Alice in Wonderland and contemporary music, VeryRare asks consumers to reconsider relationships with fashion.

Brutalist Architecture:
Buildings to Know

Brutalism is one of the most divisive architectural forms in history. We highlight 5 outstanding examples to know from across the globe.

Constructed Portraiture

Filipino artist Wawi Navarroza stages stylised, vibrantly coloured images that explore the “Tropical Gothic” and ask questions about selfhood.

Evoking the Senses

Kristina Varaksina’s psychologically-charged self-portrait series might be seen as a claustrophobic, 21st century take on classical painting.

Championing Innovation

Huxley-Parlour has been a pioneer of the art market for a decade. We highlight 10 iconic artists hosted by the gallery, one photograph for each year.

Building a History

Women in Architecture is a new book highlighting those responsible for some of the most dazzling features of our contemporary built environment.

5 Must-Attend Events:
Future Now Symposium 2021

4 Days. 30 Events. 100 Speakers. The Aesthetica Future Now Symposium 2021 goes online this year, bringing together key artists for live talks.

Enduring Legacies

The ninth edition of Artes Mundi launches online. This year’s shortlist takes a critical look at how historical injustices shape inequalities today.

Global Points of View

This year’s Foam Talent exhibition is available to view worldwide on a dedicated digital platform, highlighting work by the best new image-makers.

Bearing Witness

Chilean-born, New York-based Alfredo Jaar demonstrates the power of contemporary art to confront political realities through images and video.

Curating at Home

Classical arches. Geometric shapes. Abstract portraits. According to Desenio, these are the biggest visual trends for 2021. Read the interview.

New Talent Online

London College of Fashion launches a digital platform to showcase its latest cohort of creative talent. Aesthetica selects four projects to explore.

Aesthetica Art Prize:
Lights in the Darkness

Earth Hour asks us to embrace the night. We select 5 Aesthetica Art Prize alumni that explore the play of light in nocturnal environments.

The World Revisited

Is documentary photography is dead? A new show at New York’s International Center of Photography quietly captures the world as it is.

Art and Mourning

The latest exhibition at New York’s New Museum presents a searing cross-section of work by Black American artists, titled ‘Grief and Grievance.’

Championing Creativity:
Online with Bombay Sapphire

Katy Hessel launched @thegreatwomenartists in 2015. It has since grown into a major podcast. Hear her speak on International Women’s Day.

A Sense of Place

Five emerging artists at Circulation(s) festival explore the role of the camera lens in constructing narratives – and fantasies – of identity and place.

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