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Technological Vanitas

Electronics have become the world’s fastest-growing waste stream. What becomes of old tech? Jeanette May explores this through still life.

Lights, Sounds, Air

The word “photosynthesis” translates as “a putting together of light.” Roosmarijn Pallandt’s COP26 sound sculpture delves into this phenomenon.

Beyond the Window

From children to newlyweds, families to those living alone, photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten takes the temperature of a nation adapting to crisis.

Fashion as Canvas

What happens when art and fashion collide? Arthena Maxx Lukmann’s creations rewrite the narrative of unwanted fast fashion garments.

Healing and Togetherness

British Art Show 9 is travelling across the UK, exploring themes of healing and reparative history through new works by contemporary artists.

Enduring Light

The Light and Space movement continues to offer absorbing and mind-expanding spectacles 50 years after its emergence from California.

Contemporary Photography:
What to See in 2022

2022 is set to be filled with exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions. This is our snapshot of what to look out for over the next six months.

Reimagined Spaces

Thomas Witzke is a German painter, photographer and digital artist. He focuses on the narrative aspect of colour; this is perhaps best expressed in the L’art pour L’art series, in which the viewer is invited to explore rooms in museums and artists’ studios.

Human Family

A new exhibition seeks to display Mary Ellen Mark’s significant contribution to the history of American documentary photography.

Art History Revisited

Here are six artists from the Aesthetica archives who draw on art history: destroying, reinventing and updating the records for 21st century audiences.

Life Between Islands

Tate Britain’s current exhibition spans Caribbean-British Art from the 1950s to today. It is the first display of its kind in a major national museum.

Beyond Categorisation

London Art Fair responds to themes of ecology, migration and political nationalism through the work of 14 contemporary British photographers.

Points of Departure

The ethics of representation have never been more important, or more closely scrutinised. Whose stories can we tell, how and why?

Painting with Video

Japanese video artist Shigeko Kubota once commented that: “in video’s reality, infinite variation becomes possible.” MoMA showcases her oeuvre.

The Playful Everyday

Lauretta Suter’s characters interact with environments in unexpected ways – standing on chairs, hiding behind cushions or diving into boxes.

5 Images for Winter

Snow covered fields. Icy lakes. Glowing lights. These five lens-based artists create works full of intrigue and atmosphere – evoking winter’s chill.

Creativity Under Constraint

Art in the Plague Year is a testament to photography as a record, and also as an act of recovery. The online show presents 55 artists.

Charting the Storm

German artist Benedikt Partenheimer uses concept-led photography and subtle optical tricks to reveal the invisible effects of climate change.

Photographs for the Festive Season

Bright crimson balloons. Colourful gifts, tied with bows. Red velvet curtains and bright orange cocktails. Drawn from the Aesthetica Archives.

10 from 2021: Top Digital Articles

What have you been reading this year? Aesthetica rounds up its most-read online articles of 2021, from emerging artists to the latest book reviews.

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