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Transforming Objects

A mask made of mirrors. Shoes formed from pots and pans. A giant ring of car wheels. Joana Vasconcelos’ sculptures are on view at YSP.

Future Greats: Andres Orozco

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition returns for 2020. Andres Orozco’s photographs define a new relationship between humans and urban spaces

5 to See: This Weekend

Trailblazing female photographers. Pioneering light artists. Conversations about the climate crisis. Aesthetica collates must-see exhibitions.

Cinematic Surrealism

Alex Prager marries cinematic tradition with staged scenarios – creating staged photographs reminiscent of Hollywood glamour.

New Viewpoints

A house designed for watching the sunset. Mirrored structures standing tall in the landscape. These are works by Swiss artist Not Vital.

Autonomous Technology

Over 61% of the global population owns a mobile phone. Karina Smigla-Bobinski reflects on the origins of interactive software.

Mirrored Realities

Stan Douglas’ ‘Doppelgänger’ is rife with motifs of mirrors, binaries, parallels and doubles, diving into where the “other” sits in society today.

5 to See: COLLECTIBLE Design Fair

Collectible Design Fair returns for 2020, presenting a curated environment for visitors to encounter contemporary objects and interiors.

Experiencing Architecture

We live, work and sleep surrounded by buildings. So how does architecture shape our experience? This question is central to Adelaide International.

Sony World Photography Awards 2020

Sony World Photography Awards introduces a new environment category, responding to the climate crisis and a changing world.

Interconnected Realities

Sandra Zanetti is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work explores humanity’s relationship with reality by examining the shift of the human condition in relation to technological advances.

5 to See: This Weekend

Aesthetica selects this weekend’s must-see shows – featuring the new Steve McQueen retrospective at Tate Modern and prize-winning portraits.

Modern Mythscapes

Brussels-based artist and composer Bob Vanderbob explores the interaction of art, science and science fiction to conjure up Artificial Mythology, conveying a poetic vision of the techno-human condition.

Representing Communities

What does it mean to be American? Dawoud Bey considers African American experiences to examine identity and acceptance.

A Wider Conversation

Dhaka Art Summit explores how creativity can encourage social, environmental and political progression.

Creative Energy

Grayson Perry is a chronicler of contemporary life. The Holburne Museum presents an exhibition of the artist’s early work from 1982-1994.

Scottish Dreams

Over the course of 25 years and countless expeditions, documentary photographer Martin Parr has developed a love affair with Scotland.

Brandt and Moore

A new publication investigates the relationship between Henry Moore and Bill Brandt, standing together in the face of adversity.

Reconnecting with Nature

New Geographies examines the impact of art on mental health, inviting contemporary artists to place work in unconventional places.

5 to Read: This Month

Aesthetica selects five new art books to explore for February. Globalisation, perception and automation are key themes across these titles.

Reflective Locations

Salomé-Charlotte Camors questions our individual responsibility for environmental and social issues. Undertaking extensive research, she then utilises conceptual photography to go beyond an image.

Translating History

Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen’s ‘Venus & Mercury’ is inspired by accounts of the French royal court in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Digital Acceleration

We are living at a time of fast-paced technological development. Cao Fei creates surreal, dystopian digital landscapes using Virtual Reality and film.

Spirit of the Land

Brendan George Ko’s images have been inspired by the notion of home – the idea that a place somehow defines us, like an intimate relationship.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend’s picks feature renowned 20th century artists, pioneering women in photography and a closer look at plastic pollution.

Colourful Direction

Joelle Grace Taylor combines a love of retro styling and creative direction, producing dream-like images full of energy, colour and depth.

Slices of Time

Emmanuelle Moureaux’s new Design Commission for NOW Gallery encourages audiences to reflect on the here and now in a fast-paced world.

Framing Nature

Trees play an essential role in our lives. In a world where around 36 football fields’ worth are lost every minute, what can we do to make change?

Endless Imagery

In an age of pictorial saturation, Jeu de Paume’s ‘The Supermarket of Images’ questions the value of space in an increasingly cluttered world.

Discovering the Self

Lottie Davies recreates the fictional tale of loss and grief, questioning how contemplation can bring new purpose to life.

The February / March Issue

Issue 94, the February / March edition, is now available. This issue is about developing a new narrative and disrupting the status quo.

5 to See: This Weekend

Aesthetica collates shows for early February. Installations push the boundaries of perception and photographers merge art and activism.

Visual Inspiration

Jamal Nxedlana’s images are rooted in an Afro-Surrealist style, “creating an alternative image repertoire to tackle biased views of Africa.”

Building the Future

How do designers shape the way we understand the world around us, as we tackle the climate emergency, political tensions and digital ethics?

Cutting and Pasting

Expanding the dimensions of traditional photography, Haser uses paper-folding techniques, collage and mixed media to blur distinctions.

Layers of Complexity

Data plays a huge role in our lives today. Emmanuelle Moureaux’s immersive installation assesses how numbers are related to memory.

Towards Preservation

After half of Claudia Andujar’s family were killed in WWII, she dedicated five decades to photographing and raising awareness of the Yanomami people.

Stepping into Dreams

Alex Fruehmann’s dramatic and expansive photographs immerse the viewer in the hyperreal, inviting them to revel in the negative space.

Dramatic Portraiture

The portrait has never been so prevalent. Faces have become quantifiable as data and selfies are ubiquitous. Woudt takes a classical approach.

Chronicling Humanity

Diane Arbus revolutionised portraiture, producing distinctive, direct images that celebrated diversity and humanity. A new show opens at AGO.

Seeing in Double

Mirror images. Checker-board clothing. Identical models. Twins is an immersion into the eccentric and playful world of photographic duo LM Chabot.

Intelligent Composition

Olga Urbanek’s photographs are clever and considered juxtapositions of form, colour and texture, placing individuals in unexpected scenarios.

Reactive Installations

Cornelia Parker has spent the last 40 years making installations that make sense of the volatile, violent and precarious world in which we live.

Altered Perspective

Aleksander Małachowski works at the intersection of photography, geometry and symmetry. His minimal images focus on the spaces that we inhabit.

Revealing Concealed Stories

This year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize highlights how imagery can be used to question ideas of truth in the information era.

Translating Objects

Cerith Wyn Evans’ bold, linear neon sculptures utilise light and shadow to explore truth in a climate of fake news and digital misinformation.

Aesthetica Art Prize Shortlist 2020

The Aesthetica Art Prize returns with artworks making sense of our changing world, responding to digital identities and global constructs.

Video Profile: Yara El Turk

Yara El Turk is a Lebanese interior designer whose art series Metamorphosis of Reality focuses on mystery by using different materials, which emanates the idea of a persistent mutation of thoughts and emotions.

The Revival of Raw Materials

Amidst a climate emergency, The Art of Earth Architecture questions how natural materials can contribute to a sustainable future.

Spaces for Reflection

James Turrell’s latest colour-changing light works, on view at London’s Pace Gallery, offer a moment of quiet in a fast-paced world.

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