Aesthetica’s October-November issue examines the prelude to the recession through Tate Modern’s concentration on the business of art in Pop Life: Art in the Material World, and Martin Parr’s irreverent Luxury, while Julian Stallabrass discusses the role of art in our post-consumer culture. Counteracting this socio-political focus, Daniela da Prato argues for de-contextualising works of Middle Eastern artists with Golden Gates, and Alex Box relocates the fashion shoot into the realm of fine art.
Jacques Martineau’s Born in ’68 mythologizes the French student riots as a genesis of a new society and explores the fall out of free love, and Sadler’s Wells remembers the innovation of Sergei Diaghilev 100 years on with provocative collaborations across the worlds of dance, music and design. Looking forward, This CD Doesn’t Sell speculates on the future of live and recorded music and Aesthetica launches a new search for the best short filmmakers.
New work from Attica Locke is published with an excerpt of Black Water Rising while Keith Donohue discusses the role of human hope and heartache in his new novel Angels of Destruction. With all the best exhibitions, productions, music and writing releases of the coming months, Aesthetica reconsiders the consequences of significant events in the cultural memory.
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