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Aesthetica Art Prize:
Light Installations

Light is fundamental to art. Discover the trailblazing contemporary artists who are working to create luminous, radiant installations.

Outside the Box

Rippling tennis courts. Bright red rooms. Portals into open, cloud-filled skies. Artist and designer Akama Paul pushes the boundaries of reality.

Aesthetica Archives:
Highways at Dusk

Endless roads, street lights and motel signs. Take a deep dive into our archives and discover image-makers capturing life on the road.

Sense of Belonging

New York-based photographer Stacy Mehrfar’s new book reflects upon the loss of roots and search for belonging in the wake of immigration.

Suspended Moments

La Prairie, the Swiss skincare brand, continues its commitment to the arts world with a collaboration between Nobuhiro Nakanishi and Max Richter.

Embracing Customisation

“We give creatives the chance to have their art pieces made wearable.” SCAFOS translates photographs and paintings into unique garments.

In the Present Moment

Lindy Lee creates energetic and transformative artworks. She flings molten bronze, burns paper and allows rain to transform surfaces.

Reflection and Resilience

In the wake of last year, global photography award Portrait of Humanity returns with a vast and moving exploration of what it means to be human.

Nomadic Practice

Not Vital is driven by exploration. The artist presents minimalism at its most surreal and intriguing, drawing inspiration from across the globe.

5 to See: Women Artists Online

In this round-up, Aesthetica marks 50 years since Linda Nochlin’s seminal work, ‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?’, was published.

Visual Inspiration: Art as Fragments

Ruins and traces of the ancient world have fascinated artists for centuries. Discover contemporary names exploring history and decay.

A Moment of Reflection

“If we come together, we can create a kinder world.” Max Richter and Yulia Mahr premiere a meditative video about regeneration and change.

Black Contemporary Art Online

Aesthetica teams up with ISE-DA – a trailblazing platform promoting Black visual arts culture – to highlight the 10 digital resources to explore now.

Aesthetica Archives: Set Design

In 1992, French anthropologist Marc Augé explored the idea of anonymous “Non-Places.” Today, artists are constructing their own worlds.

10 to See: LGBTQ+ History Month

This February, discover must-see online shows, publications and videos – featuring powerful and inspiring artwork from across the globe.

Lights in the Sky

Maria Lax’s otherworldly images of Northern Finland are full of intrigue, pulling viewers in to a world of myth, rumour and speculation.

Portraits of a Generation

Alys Tomlinson discusses her Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize-win – capturing school leavers dressed for cancelled proms.

Aesthetica Art Prize:
5 to Know

Learn more about our alumni. These are key contemporary artists paving the way for installation, sculpture, photography and video.

Trailblazers: The February / March Edition

Trailblazers, the February / March edition of Aesthetica, is available now. This issue showcases artists and curators building their own platforms.

Design for a Changing World

The winners are announced for Architizer’s inaugural A+Firm Awards – a prize spotlighting the designers behind groundbreaking architecture.

Moments of Uneasiness

Brooke DiDonato’s work sits within a contemporary reading of The Uncanny in photography, making unsettling and alluring images.

Updating the Records

MoMA dismantles the narrative of photographic history, focusing on an understudied chapter from the heart of São Paulo in the mid-20th century.

Concealed Topographies

Auckland sits on an active volcanic field; ancient networks have been formed by lava. Chirag Jindal’s images examine these hidden landscapes.

Picturing America

Mark Power has been documenting the US since 2012. His ongoing series of books explores the nation’s shifting cultural and physical landscape.

Under Moonlight

The moon has been a consistent source of wonder for humanity. Alexis Pichot’s spectral images revel in a sense of stillness, with milk-white rockfaces.

Evocative Storytelling

“Even if I had the means, I would still shoot on iPhone.” Malick Kebe is one of Abidjan’s rising talents, with a strong understanding of colour.

Images with Intent

Evan Sheehan’s work is at once spontaneous and choreographed – calling upon eye-popping primary colours and dynamic environments.

Visual Harmony

Barcelona-based Salva López loves architecture. His images provide a personal take on recognisable buildings, published by gestalten.

Building Communities

Beazley Designs of the Year’s groundbreaking projects show how architects are approaches the world’s major social and environmental issues.

Laying the Foundations

Gulnara Samoilova is determined to spotlight women photographers, from IG to the gallery, and now, with a groundbreaking publication.

Playful Variations

Parisian photographer Laura Bonnefous makes experiments – where colour can be a source of abstraction, inspiration and calm simultaneously.

Seeing and Believing

Through atmospheric landscapes and still lifes, Belgian photographer Philippe Braquenier explores “Flat Earth” conspiracies in a digital world.

Resilient Architecture

In collaboration with Aesthetica, the 2021 edition of the A+Awards opens for entries, celebrating innovative architecture across the globe.

Discover the Aesthetica Art Prize Jury 2021

This year’s judging panel comprises influential art figures from Magnum Photos, Serpentine Galleries, Leica, Apollo Magazine and many more.

5 New Art Videos to Watch

Aesthetica rounds up the latest interviews and films from across the art world – from exclusive studio visits to must-see online Q&As.

Building a Better Future

The shortlist for the Sony World Photography Awards Student competition has been announced, judged by Aesthetica’s Associate Editor.

Cosmic Installation

“A lie can also be art.” Iván Navarro uses lighting and illusion to explore power and control. A new series draws on vivid colour to navigate the stars.

1-54: Photography to See

1-54 is a destination to discover contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora. Discover bold, colourful images and striking studio portraits.

Dreamlike Iconography

“My motivation is rooted in the westernisation of my home country in the 1990s.” Photographer Dino Kužnik captures pastel-toned American landscapes.

Aesthetica Art Prize:
Connecting to Nature

It’s more important than ever to consider our relationship with the environment. Art is one way to do so. 5 artists turn their attention to the climate.

Top Picks: London Art Fair 2021

London Art Fair 2021 launches online. Discover stand-out contemporary artworks across photography, painting and sculpture.

New Architecture Books to Read

Get a dose of architectural inspiration with these new and upcoming publications. Top five titles look at how buildings are evolving into the future.

Ethereal Still Life

Throughout the pandemic, Cornelia Parker has been working on a new body of work. Objects, flowers and glassware transform into shadows.

5 Online Photography Shows

This selection of digital shows provides respite and inspiration: embracing home, exploring our relationship with nature and reflecting inwards.

Illumination Through Design

The first electric light was invented in the early 1800s. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, surveys more than a century of innovative lighting solutions.

Creative Writing Award: Winner’s Interview

Tamsin Hopkins is the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020 Poetry Winner. We caught up with her to discuss the winning work, if you’re being followed…

Creative Writing Award: Winner’s Interview

Hazel Allan is the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020 Fiction Winner. We caught up with her to discuss the winning work, Daft Cow (A True Story). A…

Memory and Transformation

Chila Kumari Singh Burman is celebrated internationally for her radical feminist practice. The artist has transformed Tate Britain’s facade.

10 Quotes About Creativity

Be inspired by global artists and photographers. Read powerful statements from Ai Weiwei, Kara Walker, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alexander Calder and more.

Aesthetica Art Prize: 5 Painters

Be inspired by these artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize. Discover a range of approaches to the time-honoured medium, from realism to abstraction.

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