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.

10 to See: Women’s History Online

This month, learn about trailblazing photographers, pioneering creatives and activists fighting for change. Browse our digital round up.

Dreamlike Horizons

Judith Sayrach finds inspiration when out alone in nature, creating hazy images of solitary spaces: seascapes, lone trees, sunsets and open skies.

New Dimensions

Geometric shapes bend and interlock. Arcs, circles and straight lines pile up on top of each other. These are multi-dimensional works by Wyatt Kahn.

Creativity and Resilience

A woman stretches upwards, face tipped back, arms reaching towards the sky, her entire form shimmering silver. This is photography by Lee Miller.

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.

Suspended Moments

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

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.

Aesthetica Art Prize:
Light Installations

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

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.