Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May is now available online and in stores. We are at a particularly good time for artistic output. It’s not a coincidence that this reflects the extraordinary things that are happening in the world. The first 14 years of this millennium have progressed so exponentially, it’s simply staggering. It’s a moment of reflection, but also one of anticipation; the artists of today are helping us to make sense of it all.

Inside this issue, we start with an overview of Ernesto Neto’s latest exhibition, The Body That Carries Me, which is currently at Guggenheim Bilbao. Tobias Rehberger. Home and Away and Outside is on at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and presents that artist’s fascination with media and subject. Experimental photography and 1960s Los Angeles are surveyed in Robert Heinecken’s Object Matter, which is now at MoMA. The first major European retrospective of the architect and theorist Bernard Tschumi opens at the Pompidou Centre. We also examine the works of the shortlisted artists of the Aesthetica Art Prize who span media from painting to installation. In photography, we present Gianni Berengo Gardin’s iconic post-war images of Italy. Phil Bergerson shows the hidden sides of America and finds beauty in the everyday. Nadia Lee Cohen is one of the UK’s rising stars; we showcase an extract from her portfolio. Kourtney Roy’s practice is explored through breathtaking images that captivate the imagination.

In music, we discuss traditional perceptions of opera and observe how younger audiences are becoming interested in this form of musical experience. In film, Richard Ayoade speaks about his latest project The Double and what it means to have a doppelganger. Biyi Bandele tells us about his new release Half of a Yellow Sun, which portrays the struggle for Nigerian independence in the late 1960s. In performance, we expose the unique approach that Sean Gandini brings to juggling and the new found resurgence of circus arts with Smashed. Finally, the Last Words go to Sarah McCrory as she discusses the highlights at this year’s Glasgow International festival. Enjoy the issue.

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1. Image courtesy of Aesthetica and photograph by Kourtney Roy.

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