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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.

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.

Bold Ambiguity

Torbjørn Rødland is a Norwegian photographer making surreal, psychologically charged images. The works update art history for today’s audience.

Blurring the Lines

Ming Smith was the first female African-American photographer to have her work acquired by New York’s MoMA. A new book surveys her oeuvre.

Subverting Language

For almost half a century, the US-born text artist Barbara Kruger has been reworking the languages of advertising and consumer culture.

Image as Transformation

The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, presents a full career retrospective of Dawoud Bey – spanning a larger portfolio of work from the 1970s to 2010s.

Turning Inwards

Viktoria Sorochinki’s series of self-portraits, INsideOUTside, were shot entirely during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Atmospheric Landscapes

Scottish photographer Iain Stewart first became known as a portraitist and documenter of social realities. He now turns a lens to the natural world.

Aesthetica Art Prize:
5 Photographers

Be inspired by these five lens-based artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize. Discover a range of powerful portraits, scenarios and still lifes.

Photography in the Age of Sharing

A new exhibition asks: how has social media allowed artists to explore issues of identity, society, politics and the definition of art itself?

Planetary Themes

Sarah Sze is a sculptor and multi-media artist whose mesmerising works explore the influence of technology on human perception and memory.

Capturing the Street

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, celebrates seven decades of street photography, with images that turn the urban landscape into a giant canvas.

Aesthetica Art Prize: 5 Sculptures

Sculpture is evolving. It holds up a mirror to our increasingly digital world. 5 artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize demonstrate innovation in 3D.

Imaginary Lands

In Olivia Lavergne’s ‘Jungles’, the viewer is immersed in a tropical forest filled with a fascinating luxuriance beckoning to be explored.

On the Riverbanks

Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler toured Europe’s major rivers and streams, considering their social, ecological, political and economic significance.

Mixed Messages

“A lot of my work is about being in between cultures.” Discover the films of Rhea Storr, who won the 2020 Aesthetica Art Prize.

Beyond Appearances

Over the summers of 2001 and 2002, Mary Ellen Mark brought a large-format Polaroid camera to Twinsburg, Ohio, for the Twins Days Festival.

Artful Compositions

Hannah Whitaker’s images demonstrate a keen eye for colour and form – dramatic, artful compositions move from high-end accessories to stationery.

5 to See: This Festive Season

Aesthetica collates top things to do this holiday season, online and in person. Discover bright lights, glowing architecture and seasonal images.

Proximity and Vulnerability

Alec Soth is widely recognised as a chronicler of life on the margins. ‘I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating’, marks a change of direction.

5 to See: Digital Shows

From Taipei to Istanbul, these five online shows deal with themes of empathy, common perception and communication across borders.

Nature and Innovation

SHOHEI speaks about the importance of sustainable fashion in 2020. Their garments combine a minimal aesthetic with advanced and eco-friendly fabrics.

Celebrating Individuality

Justin Dingwall’s ‘A Seat at the Table’ series is centred around perception and individuality whilst reinterpreting everyday objects in new ways.

Human Nature

Art is a powerful way to start conversations about the climate. York Art Gallery, as part of York Mediale 2020, launches three digital installations.

Intrigue in the Everyday

These five artists, from Aesthetica’s New Talent Archive, capture the mystery and atmosphere of rural and suburban landscapes

States of Disillusion

Gregory Crewdson’s latest series, ‘An Eclipse of Moths’, comprises 16 images shot over the last two years, ruminating around empty streets.

Endangered Ecosystems

For seven years, National Geographic photographers and explorers Helle and Uri Løvevild-Golman have documented wild places.

Aesthetica Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Aesthetica selects 10 gift ideas for art and culture lovers this season. Our 2020 list offers a variety of inspiration – from memberships to artworks.

Graphic Distortion

Niall Staines turns serene landscapes into surreal dreamscapes, pulling waves downwards as if the lines were a solid cross section in the earth.

Strength and Awareness

Cameroon-born photographer Angèle Etoundi Essamba creates powerful black and white portraits, now on display as part of ART x Lagos.

Under Nightfall

Daniel Freeman is a UK-based photographer fascinated by the way the world appears at night. A new book chronicles empty US streets after dark.

Discovery and Documentation

‘Unearthed’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, looks at the relationship between human beings and nature, as told through the lens.

A New World: The December / January Issue

The December / January edition of Aesthetica reflects a sense of transition as we move into 2021. ‘A New World’ is available now.

Surreal Presentation

Fine Art. Surrealism. Fantasy. These are the pillars of Kate Theo’s practice, featuring graphic yellow suns, black crescent moons and folded curtains.

Archive and Montage

Suzanne Moxhay’s photography is reminiscent of empty sets, uniting the exterior and the interior, drawing from collected material and ambiguity.

Focusing on the Detail

Eugenia Falqui breaks away from TripAdvisor- worthy compositions of Bangkok, shooting the surreal and often humorous sides of the city.

Searching for Intimacy

Ismail Zaidy’s alluring compositions play with proximity and distance, featuring siblings as symbols of both connection and estrangement.

Altering the Blueprint

Today’s architects aren’t just designing buildings. They’re working across multiple disciplines to tackle ecological responsibility and social justice.

Dynamic Framework

Los Angeles fashion photographer Natasha Wilson has a passion for art and travel; she taps into the culture of locations whilst shooting.

Playing with Tradition

Hassan Hajjaj blends North African culture with western iconographies. Framed images subvert and democratise fashion logos and brands.

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