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Louise Nevelson: Sculpted Consciousness

Louise Nevelson: Sculpted Consciousness

Cortesi Gallery, Lugano, plays host to a selection of 29 pieces from the late Louise Nevelson (1889-1988), 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

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.

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. The book celebrates the very best in contemporary poetry and short fiction and is available to order.

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

Whilst social injustice stands as a common theme, the drive for 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.

Year-Round Inspiration: Aesthetica Subscription

Year-Round Inspiration: Aesthetica Subscription

A subscription to Aesthetica magazine gives you 12 months of the latest news in contemporary art and culture, fueling your creativity with continuous inspiration.

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.

Visual Landscapes

Visual Landscapes

Copiously applied oil paint forms the thick, textural layers of Jason Martin’s new works at Lisson Gallery, London, pushing boundaries into sculpture.

Synthetic Environments

Synthetic Environments

NGV Melbourne have commissioned a dynamic reinvention of the suburban car wash built in the Grollo Equiset Garden this spring.

Transitional Compositions

Transitional Compositions

A major solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, showcases the work of Bill Henson, whose practice is characterised by powerful images.

Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective

Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective

Previously exhibited in New York and due to show in Dusseldorf mid next year, Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective is travelling across cultural art capitals to celebrate the career of the Belgian artist.

Defining Post-Internet Art

Defining Post-Internet Art

To celebrate the developing world of digitalisation, Kunsthal Rotterdam represent an impressive range of over 30 pieces from the Brown Family Collection.

Ritualised Gestures

Ritualised Gestures

To kick-start Camden Art Centre’s 2017 programme, Joachim Koester takes over three gallery spaces with an immersive installation of film, digital video, photography and audio, spanning a 12 year career.

Prix Marcel Duchamp 2016 : Juxtaposition and Harmony

Prix Marcel Duchamp 2016 : Juxtaposition and Harmony

The Prix Marcel Duchamp brings together the most innovative contemporary artists in France and to encourage new artistic forms at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Diagrammatic Expression

Diagrammatic Expression

Moich Abrahams discusses the dialogues between contemporary practice and the digital age, including spontaneity and the longevity of painting.

William Eggleston: Portraits

William Eggleston: Portraits

William Eggleston Portraits at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, surveys the career of the ground-breaking American artist who is regarded as a pioneer of colour photography.

Francis Alÿs: Spatial Justice

Francis Alÿs: Spatial Justice

Francis Alÿs is included in The Ruya Foundation’s National Pavilion of Iraq at the 57th Venice Biennale in May 2017, encompassing the notion of conflict.

Tong Cragg: Material Worlds

Tong Cragg: Material Worlds

The most extensive UK show to date from Tony Cragg is at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, this March. A Rare Category of Objects consists of pieces from up to five decades of the artist’s career.

Pipilotti Rist: Midnight Screenings

Pipilotti Rist: Midnight Screenings

Throughout January 2017 Pipilotti Rist’s Open My Glade (Flatten) 2000-2017 will be mounted across 60 synchronised electronic billboards in Times Square.

Photographic Dependence

Photographic Dependence

Fondazione Prada finally opens Osservatorio, a reconverted space dedicated to photography and visual languages.

Austere Structures

Austere Structures

The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, has recently revealed a unique architectural intervention perched atop the organisation’s campus.

Art Brussels 2017

Art Brussels 2017

2017 sees the 35th edition of Art Brussels, one of Europe’s most significant fairs. Since its inception, the festival has evolved into an influential event.

Possibilities of Realism

Possibilities of Realism

Hitoshi Tsuboyama tests a neutral approach to space, bringing together a Western three-dimensional style with an oriental planar style of painting.

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.

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