Aesthetica Issue 54 August/September Out Now

This issue pays homage to artists who are pushing the boundaries and doing things in new and exciting ways. The pages within are a celebration of creativity in its many forms. It’s the desire to lead, not to follow, which shouts loudly throughout this edition. Inside we start with the Jason Rhoades, Four Roads  retrospective, which opens at ICA Philadelphia and surveys the work of this extraordinary artist. The Rediscovery of the World  is the latest exhibition to open at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, showcasing a new wave of contemporary Dutch photographers. James Turrell opens three shows simultaneously, each examining the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of light, colour and space.

At the moment of being heard  is currently on at South London Gallery and presents works and performances by a group of international artists and composers who are questioning modes of listening. In photography, we look at highlights from Only in England, which juxtaposes the work of Martin Parr and previously unseen pieces by Tony Ray-Jones. We also present a series of works from Joel Sternfeld, who is known for large-format documentary images. Finally, we introduce the talents of Julie Blackmon and Gail Albert Halaban along with a series from Jean-François Lepage.

In film, we speak with Oscar winning director Fernando Trueba about his latest feature The Artist and the Model, which explores the relationship between an artist and his muse. We also chat with Laurent Cantet about his new film Foxfire, set in 1950s America, in which five teenage girls set up a gang to interrogate patriarchal society. In music, we look at the rebirth of headphones as an essential fashion accessory, while Local Natives talk about the release of their second album, Hummingbird, which combines beautiful melodies and Americana. On stage, Punchdrunk’s latest immersive production, The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, has audiences enamoured with their signature experiential work. Finally, Sorcha Carey, Director of the Edinburgh Art Festival, has the last words, speaking about this year’s event. Enjoy!

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1. Image by Jean-François Lepage, courtesy of the artist and Aesthetica.

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