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Looking Up

When we walk through city centres, how often do we look up? Katharina Klopfer is interested in the graphic details of urban environments.

Imagined Cityscapes

LA-based photographer George Byrne is known for his abstracted, pasted-drenched Californian landscapes. His new series takes a fresh approach.

Existential Questions

Ladders leading to nowhere. Figures scrambling walls. Folded bodies and dancing silhouettes. This is the surreal world of Dimitris Papaioannou.

A Cultural Shift

Diffusion is Wales’ international photography festival. This year’s theme is Turning Point, highlighting the power of creativity in times of crisis.

In The Street

Helen Levitt was a pioneer of spontaneous documentary photography, bringing the streets of New York to life across an 80 year career.

Waste Age

“This is not just an exhibition, it is a campaign.” Design Museum explores creative approaches to tackling the problem of throwaway culture.

Trailblazing Designers

Here We Are! Women in Design 1900 – Today presents a galaxy of objects, embodying the achievements of women across 120 years.

Art and the Ocean

“The sea and its ecosystems encompass us all.” Art appears across South Korea’s beaches, questioning our relationships with the non-human world.

Art Fairs in a New World

2021 has seen the return of some of the world’s most popular art fairs. But what do these creative gatherings look like in a post-lockdown world?

Forms of Reconciliation

A distinctive project is taking place in Rwanda. Photographer Paul Seawright captures a unique collaboration between humans and other animals.

5 to See: Frieze Week 2021

Frieze returns to London with three concurrent fairs, offering new perspectives on conflict, desire, pollution and how to reshape the canon.

Visibility and Expression

Female in Focus celebrates the diverse visual perspectives of women and non-binary photographers. It announces the 2021 winners.

Modes of Display

The idea of “institutional critique” first blossomed in the late 1960s. But what does it look like today? How are contemporary artists exploring the field?

Intriguing Locations

In May 2020, Audrey Marquis bought her first camera. Lockdown made it difficult to photograph people – so she decided to shoot houses instead.

10 to See: Black History Month 2021

The Black History Month 2021 theme is Proud to Be. Here are 10 key arts exhibitions, online resources and events to explore this month and beyond.

Geometry of Space

Architectural photographer Hélène Binet might be best known for her long-standing relationship with Zaha Hadid. A new retrospective opens at the RA.

Beneath the Surface

A new exhibition in New York presents five artists using their iPhones professionally to explore the nature of identity in innovative ways.

Climatic Traces

Paleoclimatology is the study of ancient climates. Noémie Goudal responds to this research, reflecting landscapes past and future.

Across the Dunes

Brad Walls’ latest aerial series is inspired by 1940s fashion photography. It also taps into feelings of isolation from the past 18 months.

Networks from Above

Andreas Gefeller’s aerial photographs highlight shapes and patterns of infrastructure, from the sprawling and asymmetrical to the small and neat.

Art as Provocation

What role do images play in the way we understand crises? Thomas Wrede’s glacier photographs combat anthropocentrism in 2021.

Modes of Expression

How does style equate to a sense of belonging? What are the semantics of fashion? These are some of the questions asked by Casey Orr.

Textual Intervention

Sophie Holden is the 2021 recipient of the Aesthetica / London College of Communication Next Generation Award – a rising star.

A Life Re-enacted

In the Santa Barbara series, Diana Markosian draws on autobiography, mixing fantasy and reality. But what motivates such work? Who is it for?

Dynamic Self-Portraits

Crescent moons, bending branches, manicured garlands and grouped balloons: these are the colourful portraits of photographer Fares Micue.

Planes of Existence

Kevin Cooley’s latest series reveal the struggles – both practically and psychologically – of inhabiting a planet we, as a species, are slowly destroying.

Terms of Engagement

African art has complex ties to the rest of the world. What, then, is the most effective way to survey its varied set of traditions, cultures and movements?

Abstract Formations

In the baking Berlin summer, in direct sunlight, German-American photographer Jessica Backhaus arranged a number of transparent paper cut outs.

Creating Atmosphere

These carefully constructed images by Ellen Kooi echo the work of Flemish painters, with a sense of tension – psychologically and geographically.

Worlds of Disconnect

Markus Guschelbauer’s colourful, closely cropped photographs speak to a world of disconnect, in which roughly a third of all trees have been cut down.

State of Mind:
The October / November Issue

What does it mean to be engaged? What does it mean to be bold? What does it mean to be different? These questions underpin Issue 103.

Stories Untold

Figures stand in rivers and lakes. Headlights pierce through tree trunks. Martin Stranka’s compositions are full of suspense and mystery.

Time to Slow Down

Amy Widdowson spins and weaves fabrics by hand, reviving traditional crafting methods whilst exploring the history of computing and automation.

Tessellated Architecture

Osman Yousefzada transforms Birmingham’s Selfridges department store the by wrapping it in a giant installation: the world’s largest canvas.

The Magic of Neon

Human beings have always been fascinated by light: from the sun, stars and moon to twinkling LEDs, glowing signage and even UFOs.

Mirrored Environments

“What if nature looked at itself? What would it see?” Loreal Prystaj places herself in wild places – physically holding up mirrors to the environment.

Composite Portraits

Jeff Sonhouse is an American artist creating stylised portraits of Black male figures. His works challenge the conventions of figurative painting.

Real Lives

An exhibition follows the UK’s contemporary youth through trials of labour, alienation and oppression. Humanity emerges from hardship.

Digital Ecologies

Berlin is built on reclaimed wetlands. These swamps are where Jakob Kudsk Steensen found inspiration for an immersive audio-visual installation.

Immersed in the Detail

Two in every five people across the world are gamers. What techniques are involved in creating a compelling virtual world? Harry Taylor explains.

Approaches to Nature

Ugo Rondinone is perhaps best known for his towers of rainbow boulders stacked high in the Nevada desert. But where did the idea come from?

In Her Footsteps

When she was seven years old, Diana Markosian moved to California with her mother and brother. Now, she’s created a photographic retelling.

An Interconnected World

The 15th Getxophoto International Image Festival explores definitions of sharing in a globalised, digitised world. Here are 5 artists to watch.

Intimacy with Nature

Mimi Cherono Ng’ok shows an interest in botanical cultures, from the glossy green foliage of tropical plants to floral patterns on a bedsheet.

A Conscious Future

China’s most recently completed architectural works are challenging traditional notions of sustainability. MoMA surveys this new generation.

Natural Wonders

The history of botanical illustration stretches back millennia. This month, Saatchi Gallery presents the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show.

Ties to the Earth

Human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented ways. A new exhibition in Sheffield explores ideas of “the earth” through art.

Vanishing Sublime

What does it mean for an artwork to be ‘sublime’? Siemon Scamell-Katz creates paintings inspired by natural landscapes in Europe and the USA.

In a Digital World

Our relationship to the material world is changing. Ben Cullen Williams creates works reflecting on what it means to be human today.

Polemic Graphics

Barbara Kruger’s work, as relevant as ever, continues to question consumerism and consumption – inspiring a new generation.

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