Inquisitive Photography

Lydia Whitmore is a master of still-life photography, producing bright, seamless commissions and clean-cut editorials for a range of clients.

Decoding the Metropolis

Connecting to changing cities through the lens of gentrification, Vishal Marapon’s images are both aesthetically pleasing and intensely hyperreal.

Complex Sequences

Clemens Ascher has a distinct style. His photographs are graphically reduced, with soft, pleasing colours that act like sweets in a window.

Beyond Expectations

The legendary agency, Magnum Photos, is breaking the boundaries of genre, taking fashion out of the studio and into the real world.

Playful Abstraction

Refraction and reflection have long been a source of interest for artists. Sonnenberg touches upon these, bringing them into the contemporary sphere.

Layered Portraiture

Muted settings enhance the purity and simplicity of Torres Balaguer’s compositions; figures emerge from the darkness through clean, silvery light.


A Reflective Gaze

Cindy Sherman is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. A major retrospective opens at National Portrait Gallery.

Aesthetica Director to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Cherie Federico, Co-founder of Aesthetica, will receive an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts London, London College of Communication.

Revolutionary Tales

Over seventy photographers pay homage to half a century of change with Urban Impulses: Latin American photography from 1959 to 2016.

New Representations

From intimate documentary to surreal staging, Aesthetica selects five female-led exhibitions to see during the Rencontres d’Arles festival.

Human Flow

Properly implemented bus routes, congestion zones, inner-city parks and bike lanes are unlocking huge benefits for local communities.

Subliminal Messages

‘Ultra: Art for the Women’s World Cup’, explores the joy, sorrow and excess of professional football through multimedia works and colour theory.

Endless Summer

Silhouettes jump into open pools. Palm trees line unblemished beaches. These are the scenes shown in Bildhalle’s latest exhibition.

Neon Commutes

Andrew Albright’s compositions contain dreamy shifts in light and colour. They revel in high exposure to reveal neon palettes in the everyday.

Adolescent Experiences

Turner Prize artist Mark Leckey returns to Tate Britain, London, with ‘O’ Magic Power of Bleakness’.

Parallel Identities

In my dream I was in Kuwait challenges political injustices, cultural identity and mental health through photography, painting and sculpture.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend’s must-see shows reflect on the present, exploring powerful stories of migration and humanity’s impact on the environment.

Civil Blues

With ‘Civil Rights & The Memphis Blues’ social historian Ernest C. Withers charts the struggle and soul of Memphis, Tennessee, in profound detail.

10 to See: Yorkshire Sculpture International

Aesthetica selects 10 artists and talks to see during Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019, the UK’s largest dedicated sculpture festival.

Complex Messages

Welcoming speakers and invited guests from Magnum’s ‘The Medium is the Message’ symposium will explore four themes that define life in 2019.

Compelling Narratives

Ole Marius Joergensen creates scenes based around mystery and the landscape. The latest series taps into the influence of David Lynch.

10 to See: UK Summer Shows

Aesthetica collates 10 of the best exhibitions to see this summer, featuring the latest in digital technology and renowned self-portraiture.

Spaces for Expression

Nightclubs are epicentres of contemporary culture, providing arenas for experimentation. An exhibition explores their global development.

Anthropological Programming

Yorkshire Sculpture International explores how making objects – whether for aesthetic, functional, or spiritual purposes – is a human act.

Visual Authenticity

Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken was widely recognised for realist depictions of life in cities, capturing spontaneous images of the everyday.

An Evocative Landscape

“The past haunted me from what seemed like the far side of time.” Sally Mann has dedicated over forty years to photographing the southern US.

5 to See: This Weekend

Recommended shows for 15-16 June navigate changing cultural and social landscapes, including conceptual approaches to post-truth.

Tourism of a Nation

New Artists: Nathan Cyprys’ Neighbour State series explores the American landscape with the curiosity of a young Canadian perspective.

5 to See: This Weekend

Must-see photography exhibitions for early June record shifting landscapes in Europe, offering new visual languages for articulating the world.

Multiple Voices

This season Somerset House presents two landmark shows, each celebrating the multiplicity of perspectives that form modern Britain.

5 to See: Pride Month 2019

Museums, galleries and publishers across the UK and US mark this year’s Pride Month and 50 years since the Stonewall Riots in New York.

Shades of Summer

New Artists: A plane overhead. Dramatic sunlight. Pastel styling. Thomas Bertie Taylor invites us into a softened world of blues, pinks and yellows.

5 to Read: This Month

June’s photobooks reveal deep connections between communities around the world, looking at science, contemporary culture and myth.

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