Issue 56 December / January Out Now

Issue 56 December / January of Aesthetica is in shops now! In this edition we consider the importance of reflecting upon the things you have done, as well as those you didn’t do and will go on to do in the future. We start with Hello, my name is Paul Smith, which is on now at the Design Museum, London, and looks at the art, fashion and creative ingenuity of one of Britain’s leading designers. We also examine The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945 at MOCAK in Krakow, Poland. At MoMA in New York, European art is also being showcased: Isa Genzken’s installations and sculptures are the subject of a massive retrospective, which surveys the layers of her work.

Philippe Parreno takes over the Palais de Toyko, Paris, with his immersive video art, touching upon nearly every aspect of popular culture. In photography, we present an overview of Jim Dow’s Americana, while Cally Whitham’s images of dwellings in New Zealand take a subtle approach to understanding identity. Vivian Maier’s striking street photography was only discovered two years before her death, and with over 100,000 negatives her work defines decades. Maroesjka Lavigne takes us on a journey through Iceland with snowy landscapes. Finally, Marcelo Benfield interrogates location through a bold and daring colour palette.

In film, we speak with Atiq Rahimi about The Patience Stone. Set in Afghanistan, it is an honest portrait of a woman’s need to speak about her past, struggles, fears and dreams in unusual circumstances. We also take a look at ASFF 2013 and offer you an overview of this year’s film festival, as well as access to some of this year’s Official Selection. In music, we look at the power of the music biopic. In performance, we speak with the creators of Blink, which highlights the success new British writers are experiencing. Finally, the last words go to Cornelia Parker about her latest exhibition, which uses glass as its starting point.

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1. Image courtesy of Aesthetica and Marcelo Benfield.


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