RIBA: The World’s Best Building

RIBA: The World’s Best Building

Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) by Grafton Architects has been announced as the first winners of the RIBA Prize for the world’s best building.

Colour as Symbol

Colour as Symbol

British painter Laurence Wood is currently living and working in Hong Kong. Aesthetica discuss with him the notion of influence and cultural awareness.

Celebrating Indigenous Female Art

Celebrating Indigenous Female Art

Who’s Afraid of Colour? at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, brings together over 200 creations from 118 indigenous Australian women.

Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings

Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings

In Zaha Hadid’s early paintings and drawings, at Serpentine Galleries, London, viewers see her looking beyond the utopianist forbears.

Cultural Development

Cultural Development

The Faena Forum was revealed during Art Basel Miami Beach at the start of December, heralded as a pivotal landmark in the new cultural district.

Making Africa

Making Africa

Making Africa is a collaboration of over 120 artists who aim to provide a new insight into contemporary African design, celebrating its impact upon the art world.

Traditional Methods

Traditional Methods

In discussion with Aesthetica, George Samual Bothamley highlights the place for traditional art within the contemporary industry.

Miles Aldridge: Analogous Compositions

Miles Aldridge: Analogous Compositions

Please Return Polaroid shares a rare insight into the technical processes of shoots: from storyboarding and initial ideas to the finished composition.

5 To See

5 To See

This week’s 5 to see takes a closer look at contemporary society, including Whitechapel Gallery, London and The Met, New York.

Digital Manipulations

Digital Manipulations

In conversation with Aesthetica, Anne Hoerter discusses the development of a practice based upon the intersection between still life painting and technology.

Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitecture

Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitecture

Celebrated in a major exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, the first in over two decades, Matta-Clark is showcased as a 1970s avant-garde legend.

Private and Collective Memory

Private and Collective Memory

The Donata Pizzi Collection is now revealing one of the widest representation of Italian women photographers ever exhibited in the last 20 years.

Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide

With art, film, and fashion ideas, Aesthetica’s 10 suggestions will spark the imagination and provide cultural opportunities all the way through into 2017.

V&A: Undressed

V&A: Undressed

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear tells the story of garment design, considering the practical, personal and sensory roles it plays in protecting and enhancing the body.

Representations of the Self

Representations of the Self

Stephanie Pfriender Stylander discusses the tensions between Eastern and Western culture and fragments of personal histories in her compositions.

Narratives of History

Narratives of History

FIELD WORK from Tiwani Contemporary brings together eight contemporary artists whose creative practice has foundations in the analysis of the mechanics of history.

Manipulated Dimensions

Manipulated Dimensions

Cherish Marshall’s manipulated canvasses explore vulnerability, both in how it effects the sufferer and observer. The artist discusses human performance in society.

Leeds College of Art: Colour Wheel

Leeds College of Art: Colour Wheel

In 2016 Leeds College of Art celebrated 170 years of delivering art education. A final alumni exhibition brings the anniversary commemoration to a close.

Photofairs: Cutting-Edge Photography

Photofairs: Cutting-Edge Photography

The inaugural edition of Photofairs San Francisco launches this January, expanding upon the photography showcased in the Shanghai fair.

Reflective Disillusionment

Reflective Disillusionment

American Painting in the 1930s: The Age of Anxiety, at the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, feels topical in a year characterised – for many people – by uncertainty.

Abstracted Functionality

Abstracted Functionality

In conversation with Aesthetica, Dénesh Ghyczy discusses the nature of realism set against a digital world and embedded perspectives within compositions.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology 2017

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology 2017

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology returns with a selection of extraordinary short fiction and poetry to spark the literary imagination.

5 To See This Weekend

5 To See This Weekend

This week’s 5 To See looks at the transformation of the familiar. Roger Hiorns romanticises the everyday while Hannah Perry questions society.

Commercialism and Fine Art

Commercialism and Fine Art

In conversation with Aesthetica, Austria-born Clemens Ascher discusses his newest series, The Red Drink, which uses symbolism to critique advertising.

Helen Marten: Turner Prize 2016

Helen Marten: Turner Prize 2016

Helen Marten has been awarded the 2016 Turner Prize, as announced at Tate Britain earlier this week, one of the best-known projects for the visual arts in the world.

Art Stage Singapore 2017

Art Stage Singapore 2017

Art Stage Singapore returns for a seventh time in January, kick-starting the season and bringing together work from 108 exhibitors and 26 countries.

Ai Weiwei: Semantics of the Medium

Ai Weiwei: Semantics of the Medium

Fondation, previously exhibited at the Louvre and as part of a group show at Baalbek archaeological site in Lebanon, is close to a Duchampian ready-made.

PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco

PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco

PHOTOFAIRS, The World Photography Organisation’s international art fair, comes to San Francisco for its first US edition, dedicated to presenting fine art photography.

The Griffin Art Prize: Supporting Graduates

The Griffin Art Prize: Supporting Graduates

The Griffin Art Prize is designed “to have a meaningful impact” on the career of one recent art school graduate, boosting the ambitions of an emerging painter.

Michał Siarek: New East Photo Prize 2016

Michał Siarek: New East Photo Prize 2016

Calvert 22 Foundation, London, announce Michał Siarek as the winner of the New East Photo Prize, an inaugural award for perspectives of countries of the New East.

Art Kaohsiung: Eliminating Borders

Art Kaohsiung: Eliminating Borders

Art Kaohsiung launches its fourth edition. Attracting innovative practitioners, it converges the boundaries of South-eastern and North-eastern Asian art.

Intentional Decomposition

Intentional Decomposition

Alex Hartley questions the conventional qualities of the present and the expectations that construct contemporary life at Victoria Miro gallery, London.

Retracing Portuguese Colonialism

Retracing Portuguese Colonialism

Délio Jasse’s previously unseen body of work comes together in a solo exhibition, The Lost Chapter: Nampula, 1963 at London’s Tiwani Contemporary.

Gift Inspiration: Aesthetica Magazine

Gift Inspiration: Aesthetica Magazine

Treat someone special to a subscription and get their new year off to an inspirational start. Gift wrap, a personal message and access to films are included.

Zaha Hadid: Foundation of Art

Zaha Hadid: Foundation of Art

A new exhibition of renowned architect Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) showcases not only a practice as a structural designer, but also reveals her work created as an artist.

J.W. Anderson’s Disobedient Bodies

J.W. Anderson’s Disobedient Bodies

Jonathan Anderson considers ways in which the human form has been reconceived by artists and designers from at the Hepworth Wakefield, this Autumn.

Aesthetica Issue 74 Available Now

Aesthetica Issue 74 Available Now

The December / January issue is available now. Seven diverse practitioners offer works that explore urban landscapes, fine art, fashion and portraiture.

Figurative Illumination

Figurative Illumination

Iván Navarro opens a new exhibition in New York in which layers of social and political depth are identified through sculpted silence.

Changing Philosophies

Changing Philosophies

Thames & Hudson’s encyclopaedic volume surveys the innovations of inspired practitioners from the 19th century up until the present day.

Not Vital: Innerworld and Outerworlds

Not Vital: Innerworld and Outerworlds

Published alongside the exhibition at YSP, and in association with Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, a new catalogue contextualises the figure.