The Decisive Moment

“I am interested in that strange magic that occurs when things come together.” Harry Gruyaert’s painterly images of Ireland burst with colour.

Cycles in Nature

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is home to a plant collection comprising over 13,500 species. Artists respond with powerful botanical works.

IAAC 7: Contemporary Arts Criticism

The International Awards for Art Criticism are open for entries. Recent winner Nadim Samman reflects on contemporary art writing today.

Narratives of Hope

Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator of Photography at NGV Australia explores the 2020 Triennial, including themes of isolation, representation and cataclysm.

Recognising Innovation

Building on the success of its A+Awards programme, the Architizer A+Firm Awards celebrates its inaugural edition.

Human Journeys

IWM London explores a century of refugee experiences. It looks at the devastating impact of conflict, putting human stories at the centre.

5 to See: Photo London Digital

Photo London Digital is the first international photography fair to take place online. Aesthetica selects must-see emerging galleries for 2020.

Vibrant Abstraction

Can a photograph be an abstraction? This is the question Barbara Kasten has been asking for over 40 years. The artist moves into video and sculpture.

Mystery in the Everyday

Michael McCluskey’s cinematic photobook is full of compelling images taken under nightfall. It leaves viewers to plot the beginning, middle and end.

Environmental Concepts

“The way to heaven out of all places is of length and distance.” Stefano Giacomello renders landscapes that offer a sense of freedom and visual serenity.

A Global Discussion

The 2020 edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is a hybrid model with both physical and
digital components, welcoming 35 exhibitors.

Arctic Stories

Evgenia Arbugaeva’s documentary photographs record remote landscapes and communities of the Russian Arctic through magical realism.

The October / November Edition

We are living in a precarious moment where the very idea of democracy is being threatened. Issue 97, Rebirth and Renewal, looks to a better future.

Fantasy in Reality

Julie Blackmon’s works are intricately composed, with busy details and hectic scenarios. In these images, accidents are just a stone’s throw away.

An Oasis for the Eyes

Brad Walls provides an alternative perspective of swimming pools, using drone technology and aerial footage to capture the shapes and colours.

Towards Remembrance

Phaidon’s Editor-in-Chief Spencer Bailey asks questions about the art of the memorial in an age defined by division, disconnect and isolation.

Physical Intervention

Ulrich Hartmann is a fashion photographer who’s pushing boundaries with an Alice in Wonderland– esque imagination and avid attention to detail.

Abstract Metropolis

George Byrne transforms cities through reduction and collage, rendering Californian streets with geometric minimalism and pastel palettes.

Objects in Disarray

Pia Kintrup’s horror vacui series speaks to the fear of empty space. Plastic bags and packaging are paired with onion skins and pistachio shells.

Virtual Blueprints

Mary & Davit Jilavyan spent the last few months of lockdown developing an imaginary village
in Mexico filled with rainbow-coloured houses.

Striking Composition

Jackie Black reproduces last meals of those who have been subjected to capital punishment. The photographer draws attention to social injustice.

Symbols from Nature

In the context of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Maïmouna Guerresi addresses the importance of humans connecting with the organic world.

Alluring Portraiture

Zhong Lin is a Malaysian Chinese photographer whose works are categorised by strong, seductive visuals that redefine the very notion of style.

Visual Harmony

As a lover of architecture, Salva López’s images build on abstraction, forms and lines, and looking for what he defines as “global visual harmony.”

Botanical Inspiration

Explore work by artists from the Aesthetica Archives who engage with flowers and plants, reflecting on themes of memory and renewal.

A Hybrid Approach

Ekow Eshun curates documentary and portrait photography from Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia for King’s Cross Tunnel.

Exhibitions to See: This Month

Discover photography exhibitions – both physical and online – to explore this October, featuring powerful portraiture and documentary images.

Journey and Nostalgia

Patrick Clelland is a Sydney-based photographer whose work explores the atmospheres of urban environments constantly in flux.

Objects as Characters

Nicolas Polli plays with domestic still lifes, imagining a world – like many of us have throughout lockdown – in which objects are characters.

Aesthetica Archives: Illusory Worlds

In an increasingly digital landscape, it can be hard to decipher the lines between reality and fiction. Discover artists encouraging us to look twice.

5 New Art Books

This month’s round-up of new releases spans street photography, futuristic architecture and surf culture, offering visual inspiration and global perspectives.

A New Digital Platform

The way we share art has changed dramatically in the information age. HUAWEI Themes is a new outlet for digital makers, adapting work for mobile.

Top Picks: ArtVilnius 2020

ArtVilnius’20 opens this week. The fair, which has been postponed twice, returns for its 11th edition with a focus on photography and performance.

Redefining Production

This autumn, the MAST Foundation presents the sixth edition of the MAST Photography Grant on Industry and Work, dedicated to emerging talent.

Visual Languages

Bruce Nauman looks at the languages – and aesthetics – of entertainment and advertising, creating works that explore human perception.

The Botanical Mind

There has never been a more important time to consider our relationship with the environment. Camden Art Centre looks at plants in art history.

Making Art Accessible

No single word wholly describes Smith & Partner: an advisory, dealership and gallery all at once. The organisation opened its doors on 15 September.

Individuality and Acceptance

Namsa Leuba’s latest series explores gender dysphoria, myth and reality. Boogie Wall Gallery, London, explores the themes in detail.

Art and Introspection

Alias Trate’s most recent works were made during lockdown. The paintings are rooted in the human condition, exploring a new normal and way of being.

The Future of Architecture

The Architizer A+Awards highlights designers who are transforming society and the built environment for generations to come.

Lost and Found

Kao Saephan is a photographer and writer who’s interested in the cinematic nature of smaller, often forgotten towns in California.

Connection and Identity

Bloomberg New Contemporaries returns for 2020 with a new digital platform. Kirsty Sim’s images explore the effects of mass media on culture.

Intrigue in the Everyday

Manchester based photographer Robert John Watson captures unnoticed spaces in the urban landscape. A new show draws attention to the city.

5 Live Streams to Watch

Since lockdown, museums around the world have been hosting Q&As online, making art more accessible than before. Discover five top picks.

Connecting Through Culture

Learning a new language can open up a wealth of opportunities in the arts. Goethe-Institut are leading the way, encouraging the study of German.

Floral Imagination

Flowers have had a significant presence in throughout art history, from painting to digital renders. A new book examines their enduring appeal.

5 to See:
Vienna Contemporary

From seminal photography to abstraction and installation, the 2020 programme highlights global established and emerging artists.

Humanity and the Land

Paul Hart captures the melancholy beauty of farmland. The images move beyond traditional landscape photography, taking a critical approach.

Computer Vision

Trevor Paglen is an artist examining the systems and technologies that shape our world. He reveals the underpinnings of the digital landscape.

ING Discerning Eye: New Platforms

The annual exhibition is now calling for entries for a brand-new online edition in 2020, giving creatives the opportunity to showcase virtually.