When Forms Come Alive:
5 Must-See Sculptures

When Forms Come Alive, a show at the Hayward Gallery displays over 60 years of sculpture trends.
We select five significant objects from the exhibition.

Exploring Light with Squidsoup

Light Festival returns to Battersea Power Station to illuminate London’s riverside. Aesthetica talks to Antony Rowe, from art collective Squidsoup, about their glistening installations.

Highlights from the Sony
World Photography Awards 2024

We look at our favourite images from Sony World Photography’s Regional and National Winners, spanning landscape pictures and portraiture.

5 To Know:
Installation Shows

Aesthetica presents a list of installation shows. These site-specific pieces evoke spatial awareness and reflect on humanity’s relationship with nature.

Journeys After Dark

Daniel Grizelj draws inspiration from classical paintings. Focused light is essential – whether it appears from under branches, rocks or snowy peaks.

Curator Interview:
Humanity & Nature

We interview the curator of Fotografiska New York’s current exhibition, “Human/Nature”, to learn more about the key ideas behind the show.

10 Questions With…
Yannis Davy Guibinga

Yannis Davy Guibinga is passionately committed to rewriting outdated narratives about Africa, showing how myths and folklore have a global resonance.

Black History Month: 5 to See

In honour of Black History Month in the USA, we spotlight five key exhibitions that use creative expression to remember forgotten histories.

LGBTQ+ History Month:
10 to See, Read and Discover

For LGBTQ+ History Month we highlight a list of exhibitions, festivals and books that focus on topics of gender liberation, activism and representation.

Photography at India Art Fair

The fifteenth edition of IAF returns, showcasing the best of South Asian art. Here, we highlight image-makers to know, including Gauri Gill and Güler Ates.

Eye-Opening Statements

Barbara Kruger returns to Serpentine after 20 years, with her iconic work printed on walls, broadcast on screens and transmitted through soundscapes.

Hidden Structures

Duo Kaya & Blank draw attention to concealed markers of industry across southern California: telephone masts camouflaged as real life trees.

Energetic Innovations

What’s the place of analogue in an increasingly digital world? Jonathan Knowles’ machines are fun, and achieve mundane tasks through play.

A Joyous Destination

Tropico Photo is a studio dedicated to making work transporting us to idyllic locations: places filled with bright painted buildings and clear skies.

Objects Transform

A major London show looks at six decades of contemporary sculptures, spotlighting large works that move, shapeshift and transfigure.

Pictures from Above

Tom Hegen flies us over the Palouse region in the American northwest, producing satisfying aerial shots akin to the folds of moss-coloured fabrics.

Parallel Landscapes

Through bold light and shadow, Ibai Acevedo stages compelling, hyperreal and cinematic scenes that seem to belong to an odd world not quite our own.

Flux in Memories

This year’s Foam Talent spotlights fresh voices and innovators at the cutting edge of lens-based media. Cristóbal Ascencio focuses on remembrance.

Visual Histories

African proverbs are at the heart of Ghanaian photographer Derrick Ofosu Boateng’s work, bursting with bright colours and a sense of joy.

Into the Woodland

Photographs by Neil Burnell trace the sensory experience of being outdoors, capturing hidden vegetation, green thickets and secluded clearings.

Moments in Dialogue

Huxley-Parlour hosts an exhibition of renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz. The gallery pairs together work from the artist’s 50-year oeuvre.

Boundless Innovation

As part of its Season of Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery showcases the largest retrospective to date of the renowned artistic duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Future Now Symposium:
2024 Programme Announced

The 10th edition of Future Now returns, bringing together award-winning artists for talks that engage with themes from our rapidly changing world.

Sony World Photography:
Student & Youth Awards

Resilience, compassion and nuance. These are just some of the highlighted themes in this years annual awards from young photographers across the world.

Contemplation:
The February / March Issue

Throughout history, art has influenced societies, challenged norms and prompted new perspectives. This issue of Aesthetica recognises agents of change.

Multichromatic History

The exhibition Mexichrome unearths the history of colour photography in Mexico through 180 captivating prints from the past eight decades.

American Glitch

Artistic duo Orejarena & Stein’s new exhibition interrogate the boundary between fact and fiction in photographs that probe an American landscape.

Photography Shows: 5 To See

Our list of shows brings together the work of photographers who focus on issues like globalism, equality and industrial processes’ effect on nature.

Artist Interview:
Gail Albert Halaban

Gail Albert Halaban shares the inspiration for her projects, the cultural differences between cities and the story behind her shot of The Dorilton.

Portrait of Britain

Diversity, empathy and authenticity. These are the key values that unite British Journal of Photography’s latest project and publication.

Aesthetica Art Prize 2024

Our award is one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes. Here, we provide a first-look at the artists who are redefining the parameters of contemporary art.

Identity and Survival

The Lumbee tribe is a Native American population centred in North Carolina. Maria Sturm’s ‘You Don’t Look Native to Me’ celebrates identity and visibility.

London Art Fair: 5 To See

This year, the 36th London Art Fair introduces over 120 galleries from the UK and beyond. Here’s Aesthetica’s highlights from the event.

Colourful Cityscapes

Here, we present a list of photographic images and digital prints from our Award that highlight the vivid and playful world of colour that exists around us.

Psychological Landscapes

Siân Davey’s work, now on display in Soho Photography Quarter, invites us into a tranquil space of defiance, joy and interconnectedness.

Aesthetica Art Prize:
Hyperreal Painting

Hyperrealism emerged in the late 1960s. Here’s five artists from the AAP who depict everyday objects, landscapes and the human body in such manner.

Inspiring Reflection

These artists consider the relationship between nature and the human-made, question imperialist ideologies in film and create portals for reflection.

Working in Nature

Simone Nieweg’s retrospective at Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, explores the aesthetics of gardens, unplanned space and alternative allotments.

Alone, Together

For Rala Choi, the most important element in constructing a scene is to communicate his characters’ innermost thoughts and feelings.

Splendorous Colour

This exhibition of Werner Bischof’s captivating work focuses on his colour pieces, highlighting an important but overlooked part of his practice.

10 Questions With… Todd Hido

The message of Todd Hido’s latest photography exhibition is one of foreboding, anxiety and fear – all tinged with glimmers of hope for the future.

A Look Ahead:
Big Shows in 2024

Aesthetica selects five must-see exhibitions for 2024 in Europe, America and Asia, spanning photography, installation, architecture and more.

Beauty in the Mundane

Aesthetica reviews Thames & Hudson’s book ‘The Centennial Retrospective’ of Saul Leiter, bringing together 60 years’ work of the street photographer.

Aesthetica Art Prize:
Surreal Photography

Visual escapism, whimsy and play. We bring you works from previous Art Prize artists that test the boundaries of reality, symbolism and composition.

Space, Rhythm & Light

In the most comprehensive exhibition to date, Hepworth Wakefield brings together four decades of Kim Lim’s sculpture, photography and prints.

Slices in Time

Cal Cole photographs various locations – from cityscapes to electricity pylons – over a period of 60 minutes between sunset and nightfall.

Tokyo Unseen

Since the eighteenth century, Tokyo has been one of the world’s most densely populated cities. Lukasz Palka explores more in this photobook with teNeues.

Life in a Different Resolution

Experimental studio Random International exhibits a monumental and immersive retrospective at Nxt Museum, Amsterdam, exploring digital technologies.

The Cult of Beauty

Ideals of beauty have existed in every culture and era. The Wellcome Collection brings together a show that explores the concept throughout history.

Beneath the Surface

Can a snapshot conceal as much as it reveals? Joel Sternfeld’s seminal series subtly highlights pervasive social inequalities in late 1970s USA.