Documenting Youth Culture

During lockdown, London’s Museum of Youth Culture encouraged the public to delve through old shoeboxes, look in attics and flick through albums.

Lush Still Life

Margriet Smulders’ contemporary vanitas depict petals, berries and leaves floating on water – causing ripples and washes of colour to bleed and blend.

Collective Reflections

Mónica de Miranda explores the island as a visual metaphor for the wider Afrodiasporic experience alongside Europe’s complex colonialist histories.

Design as Experience

Jason Bruges Studio has become pioneering in the field of interactive art, paving the way for a new genre of interdisciplinarity and collaboration.

Playing with Tension

Omar Torres’ images symbolise an attempt to reach equilibrium. Everyday objects are arranged in balancing acts, held on the brink of collapse.

Spatial Investigation

Forensic Architecture comprises artists, lawyers, journalists, filmmakers and coders, harnessing design to uncover global human rights violations.

Where Do Ideas Come From?
The October/November Issue

Sometimes we have that eureka moment ; we think about something in a completely new way. This issue foregrounds artists who play with form and subject.

Curious Arrangement

Andoni Beristain’s bold still lifes inject a sense of narrative into the everyday, finding moments of comedy, satire and beauty within familiar items.

Beyond Storytelling

Nhu Xuan Hua’s images move beyond fashion editorials, transforming the body into something less individualistic – and much more sculptural.

Urban Backdrops

Anna Devís and Daniel Rueda’s images redefine the conventions of structural photography whilst tapping into the pillars of architectural tourism.

Fleeting Moments

Neal Grundy’s Transient Sculptures series focuses on the concept of impermanence, depicting the beauty of fabric forms billowing in “mid-flight.”

Ethereal Illumination

Reuben Wu produces temporary geometries, or “aeroglyphs”, in remote locations. Glowing halos and lines are created with light-carrying drones.

Visual Composite

Anastasia Samoylova searched through online image libraries with various buzz words: desert, glacier, tropic, storm, forest, waterfall, mountain.

A Sense of Kinship

Human touch, and all its wonder, pervade D’Angelo Lovell Williams’ photographs, showing the inherent, complicated beauty of intimate relationships.

The Korean Wave

A design and technology exhibition at V&A positions South Korea as “a leading cultural powerhouse in the era of social media and digital culture today.”

Digital Legacies

Artists and technologists Harry Yeff and Trung Bao generate dazzling gemstone artworks from influential human and endangered animal voices.

Interventions in the Landscape

A new, richly illustrated monograph paints the picture of Ugo Rondinone: an artist unafraid to push the boundaries of public art influenced by the land.

Beyond the Visible

To look at infrared photography is to look at the invisible world. The human eye can see wavelengths from 400nm – 720nm. Infrared sits beyond 720nm.

Visual Composition

Trung Bao compares the image-making process to that of music, with the ultimate goal of evoking feelings that are often hard to put into words.

British Art Now

British Art Fair has acted as an annual launchpad for myriad household names over the past three decades – from post-war artists to the YBAs.

Open for Submissions:
Changing Rooms Commission 2022

We’ve teamed up with StreetLife Project for a new commission, inviting artists to create a dynamic contemporary artwork to show in the heart of York.

Art Escapes

There is a sense of awe that comes with discovering art outside the confines of a gallery. This intake of breath is what Gestalten reproduces in their book.

A Painter’s Lens

Georgia O’Keeffe created over 2,000 paintings across the course of her career. Denver Art Museum takes a closer look at the artist’s photography.

5 Installations to See:
London Design Festival 2022

Over the last two decades, society has witnessed an array of landmark design moments. Here are five new innovations from LDF’s 20th anniversary edition.

Texture, Colour, Form

Scraps of paper, plants, canvases, salvaged objects. Photographic artist Anaïs Boileau is deeply intrigued by materials and the Mediterranean climate.

Bold Social Commentary

Cape Town-based artist Tony Gum pushes the boundaries of selfie culture, exploring tradition and heritage as well as mass-commercialisation.

Designing with Optimism

Creativity is linked to positive mental and physical wellbeing. Yinka Illori enlivens urban spaces with public installations that ooze energy and happiness.

Breaking from Tradition:
Contemporary Istanbul 

We highlight four creatives to know at the 17th edition of Contemporary Istanbul, an art fair highlighting over 550 artists from across the globe.

Organic Architectures

Niccolo Casas’ scenes are dystopian: the stuff of science fiction. Leaves emerge from marble windows – reminiscent of giant scales or holes in a wasp’s nest.

New Visionaries:
Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2022

This year, we invite you to engage with themes from our rapidly changing world. These 20 pieces – both individually and collectively – disrupt the status quo.

Unseen Places

Inaccessible landscapes, sealed off zones and military exclusion areas; Gregor Sailer captures surreal architecture on the borders of civilisation.

Performing Reality

A new Marina Abramović exhibition in Oxford promises to be the “most minimal and the most radical conceptually” she has ever made.

Pioneering Ceramics

An exhibition illuminates the creative lineage of Black women ceramicists and artists from the last 70 years, celebrating their remarkable contributions.

A Species Between Worlds

A new exhibition in New York asks: how is our relationship with smartphones changing? In which spaces do we spend the most time – digital or real?

Into the Future: Frieze Seoul

Frieze opens its first art fair in Asia this September, featuring more than 110 global institutions. Here is Aesthetica’s run down of what to see.

Digital Mythologies

“In the world of web3, a week is like a year in the normal world. So much is developed at high speed.” Nxt Museum presents groundbreaking digital art.

Looking at Structures

Martine Hamilton Knight’s architectural photographs of Nottingham allow remarkable buildings the visual space to “speak” for themselves.

Photography to See: This Month

200 years since the advent of lens-based image-making, we’re sharing five exhibitions that use the format to take the temperature of society today.

Play and Creativity

“Each of my photos is like looking at a page from my diary.” Delfina Carmona’s process is defined by autobiography, experimentation and fun.

5 to Know: The Armory Show 2022

New York’s Armory Show, first launched in 1994, is considered by many to be a cornerstone of the art world calendar. Here are five artists to know.

Art, Photography, Commerce

LACMA explores how artists have adopted techniques from commercial photography ­– “the most powerful mainstream visual language.”

A Touch of Magic

Cig Harvey’s photographic work is defined by an acute awareness of nature and the passing of time – crafting scenes bursting with narrative potential.

Beyond the Surface

Belgian-Cameroonian photographer NJAHEUT is interested in the complexities of identity, breaking down stereotypes and celebrating shared humanity.

Staging our Reality

A group show at the Helmut Newton Photography Foundation, Berlin, explores the way that photographers have portrayed Hollywood.

Digital Resonance

John Gerrard is best known for creating “Land Art in the age of Google Earth”: eye-catching digital simulations examining timely global issues.

Body as Canvas

“For me, art happens everywhere.” Milena ZeVu creates wearable sculptures that transform the cityscape – combining performance and body art.

Exploring the Metropolis

Jens Liebchen creates “drive-by photography” – capturing the Los Angeles’ vast highways and boulevards as he moves through them at pace.

Vinnitte Chen: Video Profile

Vinitte Chen is a Shanghai-based artist whose multidisciplinary practice is influenced by an upbringing in two countries: China and Canada. Various natural landscapes, cultural norms and artistic edification shape her interactive pieces, many of which explore the complex dualities found
in nature and human relationships.

Art Outdoors

Here are five Aesthetica Art Prize finalists who construct temporary interventions from a variety of media: from paint to recycled objects.

Intricate Relationships

Tony Wang is a photographer and filmmaker currently studying for a Photography BFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His latest film projects involve a collaboration between the camera and the art of dance.