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.


Presence in Absence

Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota is best known for immersive installations of interwoven threads. The largest solo show to date opens in Tokyo.

Beyond the Horizon

Anouk van Kalmthout’s works have become well-known for communicating a sense of the surreal – opening doors beyond perception.

5 to See: This Weekend

From key 20th century events to dialogues between painting and photography, these shows demonstrate the importance of images in history.

Atmospheric Memory

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive art environment offers audiences the opportunity to see, hear and touch sounds in the atmosphere.

Digital Isolation

Coco Amardeil’s ‘Hello, It’s Me series’ is a searing portrait of adolescence – seen through the cold white glow from phone screens.

Conscious Minimalism

Sustainable fashion label Port Zienna returns with a new collection. Inspired by the natural world, it evokes the bright notes of summer.

Citywide Design

The London Design Festival is an epicentre of global design, covering London with exhibitions, installations, bold architectural design and art.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend’s top picks navigate digital realms, homelands and expansive vistas. Each show is tied to a specific sense of place and time.

Transcending Walkways

1,905 meters above sea level is the Path of Perspectives, ten structural vantage points built from local materials stretching 2.8-kilometers.

Symbols of Idealism

To live in a cabin is somewhat synonymous with the idea of returning back to nature. A new publication looks at examples around the world.

Brutalist Restorations

Ernő Goldfinger was integral to British architecture and design, and is commemorated in a forthcoming publication from Historic England.

Expanding Perceptions

Olafur Eliasson returns to Tate with ‘In Real Life’, an expansive retrospective spanning three decades and responding to the climate crisis.

Language of Commerce

Neon letters. Coca-Cola adverts. Road signs. Since the early 1960s, photographer Lee Friedlander has recorded this urban vernacular.

Neon Evolution

Tokyo-Yokosuka: 1976-1983 is an artefact from the Japanese economic boom, taken while the capital was in technological overdrive.

ING Discerning Eye: Cultural Pioneers

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition returns for 2019, offering emerging artists a key platform to take their practice to the next level.

Global Status

Jodrell Bank, the astronomical observation site, has received World Heritage status due to its “tremendous scientific endeavours.”

Pushing Forward

Twelve names have been selected for the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the photography and sustainability this year themed around Hope.

5 to See: This Weekend

Selected shows look at new technologies in photography, science and medicine, documenting economic and environmental realities.

Rays of Light

Anthony McCall’s creations go beyond the familiar boundaries between sculpture, cinema, and drawing to create imaginative, dream-like experiences.

A Theatrical Summer

Dean West’s ‘2015-2020’ series contains a system of signs, visual clues and deeply embedded narratives. The images ruminate cloudless skies in Palm Springs.

Photography as Reinvention

The 22nd edition of PHotoESPAÑA is arranged around key principles: nationhood, the environment and the next generation of talent.

10 to See: MIF

MIF takes residence in Manchester. Aesthetica whittles down 10 must-see events at the festival of contemporary music, arts and performance.

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.

5 to See: This Weekend

Top picks for the end of June include architectural structures, a celebration of female photographers and a call-to-action on the climate crisis.

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.

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.

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