Transcending Conceptuality

Transcending Conceptuality

Within the digital domain, art is given the ability to transcend physical and conceptual boundaries, to break free from the frame.

The 11th Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

The 11th Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

Internationally renowned, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries for its 11th year, inviting both emerging and established writers.

Responses to Globalisation

Responses to Globalisation

Japanese artist Tamao Narukawa takes a poetic approach, using metaphors and parables, creating a juxtaposition of humour and seriousness.

The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize: Now Open for Entries

The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize: Now Open for Entries

The 11th award is now open for entries, until 31 August, offering two separate accolades: the Main Art Prize and the Emerging Art Prize.

Subaquatic Sculpture

Subaquatic Sculpture

Located off the coast of Lanzarote, Europe’s first underwater museum lies in wait beneath the waves, the Museo Atlántico took two years to complete.

5 To See

5 To See

The exhibitions in this week’s 5 To See combine mediums to create intense multidisciplinary compositions which muse on contemporary events.

Paradoxical Spaces

Paradoxical Spaces

The idea of “negative space” is essential to British artist Oliver Beer, who confronts the audience with what is not there and highlights the emotional value of objects.

Contemporary Riot Grrrls

Contemporary Riot Grrrls

Riot Grrrls celebrates a plethora of loud and adventurous paintings by female artists. The exhibition responds to the sexism that pervades the creative world.

Metropolitan Camouflage

Metropolitan Camouflage

The highly artistic vision of Hong-Kong based Nadim Abbas is surveyed in Camoufleur, a site-specific installation combing camouflage and the public gaze.

Dehumanised Perspective

Dehumanised Perspective

At a time of mass displacement, Richard Mosse depicts migrants through a weapons-grade camera that enters the eye of a missile.

Rejecting Aesthetics

Rejecting Aesthetics

Whitechapel Gallery is looking back and assessing Eduardo Paolozzi’s (1924-2005) spectrum of work across collage, sculpture and print.

The Power of Cover Art

The Power of Cover Art

With renowned album art from bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and David Bowie, the power of cover art is something to be marvelled at.

Louise Nevelson: Sculpted Consciousness

Louise Nevelson: Sculpted Consciousness

Cortesi Gallery, Lugano, plays host to a selection of 29 pieces from the late Louise Nevelson, spanning two decades from the 1960s to 1980s.

Keith Sonnier: Neon Innovation

Keith Sonnier: Neon Innovation

Pace Gallery traces the artistic legacy of Keith Sonnier, exploring his career from early pieces in neon and mixed media, to a vibrant new series Ebo River.

Kasten: Spatial Materiality

Barbara Kasten’s restless innovation and unique artistic vision comes to the fore of Intervals, an exhibition that encompasses both historic and recent work.

Bold Assemblages

Bold Assemblages

Figurative Geometry, placed within Collezione Maramotti’s headquarters, represents a balance between stillness and provocation.

Conflict and Regeneration

Conflict and Regeneration

FORMAT17 is centred around the concept of habitat, with work by more than 200 international artists who document the world around them.

Tate: David Hockney

Tate: David Hockney

Widely regarded as one of the most recognised artists of our time, David Hockney’s continuing cultural relevance is shown in an retrospective opening at Tate.

An Inspiring Collection of New Writing

An Inspiring Collection of New Writing

The recently published Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2017 unites 60 international writers, both established an emerging, in an inspiring collection.

Monica Bonvicini: Charged Structures

Monica Bonvicini: Charged Structures

At the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Bonvicini undermines the relationship between architecture and sexuality.

Communicative Spaces

Communicative Spaces

French Canadian artist Micheline Robinson seek to challenge our perceptions and notions of beauty whilst playing with our sense of light and space.

London Art Fair 2017

London Art Fair 2017

The London Art Fair returns this January for its 29th edition. The UK’s premiere festival for contemporary art showcases the best in contemporary practice.

5 To See This Weekened

5 To See This Weekened

This week’s 5-to-see has an inherent interest in juxtaposition, in the contrasts founds between past and present, the real and the fictional.

Environmental Consciousness

Environmental Consciousness

The 2016 Syngenta Photography award shortlisted artists consider the idea of Grow-Conserve, responding to a climbing demand in resources.

Psychedelic Experimentation

Psychedelic Experimentation

The psychedelic and experimental spirit of Yayoi Kusama is celebrated in a recent exhibition. Infinity Mirrors is an examination of her lasting legacy.

Fighting for Peace

Fighting for Peace

The Imperial War Museum, London, illustrates the evolution of the anti-war movement, ranging from the activism of WW1 to the present day.

Transitional Environments

Transitional Environments

ShanghART Gallery marked its 20th anniversary with the opening of Holzwege, taking its title from the philosopher Martin Heidegger.

Modernist Personas

Modernist Personas

Georgia O’Keeffe returns to the Brooklyn Museum 90 years following her first solo exhibition at the gallery in 1927, offering new perspectives her legacy.

Roger Ballen: Theatrical Mechanics

Roger Ballen: Theatrical Mechanics

Roger Ballen aims to capture the full creative scope of a figure known for his investigations into the human unconscious.

Idris Khan: Monument and Memory

Idris Khan: Monument and Memory

Following a competition held in early 2016, British-born Idris Khan was selected as the chosen designer of both the Memorial and the Pavilion of Honor.

Cultural Revolution

Cultural Revolution

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70 investigates the social and cultural significance of the decade through atmospheric installations.

Harold Feinstein: Contagious Optimism

Harold Feinstein: Contagious Optimism

Harold Feinstein, The Early Years (1940s-1950s): Contagious Optimism is part of a retrospective series looking back at his immeasurable talent and legacy.

Nick Cave: Social Installations

Nick Cave: Social Installations

Social injustice is a common theme in the works of Nick Cave; this installation stems from the deaths of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown in police hands.

Liz West: Sensory Experiences

Liz West: Sensory Experiences

Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 finalist Liz West returns to her hometown of Barnsley in a retrospective at The Civic depicting a vivid approach to light and colour.

Northern Influence

Northern Influence

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, delves into the cultural tapestry of North England, highlighting its profound influence on fashion, visual arts, culture and music.

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Ai Weiwei: One and the Multitude

Ai Weiwei: One and the Multitude

A series of installations at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by renowned activist and artist Ai Weiwei explores the individual’s relationship to social culture.

Virtual Identities

Virtual Identities

Are you really my friend? at MASS MoCA reaches into the deeper questions of contemporary society: how our very existence is changing due to technology.

Revisiting Revolution

Revisiting Revolution

The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution from the Calvert 22 Foundation reflects on the nature of social transformation and of writing history itself.

Social Kaleidoscopes

Social Kaleidoscopes

Gillian Wearing’s Rock ‘n’ Roll 70 at the ICA, Boston, consists of digitally enhanced portraits in an investigation of technology and modern day society.