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5 to See: This Weekend

5 to See: This Weekend

This week, Aesthetica selects five new shows from across the world – digital objects, innovative designs and introspective photography make sense of life in the 21st century.

Hannah Starkey, Paris mirrors, September 2016.

Hannah Starkey, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

Blurring the lines between portraiture, documentary and mediated reality, Starkey’s body of work represents the experiences of women today. Moments of interior life are explored alongside images from the 2017 Women’s March in London. Until 9 February.

Marc Newson, Extruded Table.

Marc Newson, Gagosian, New York

“For me, design is a great opportunity to improve on what is already out there, to simplify, to beautify, to technologically improve.” Showcasing new works by designer Newson, Gagosian’s exhibition surveys a variety of sculptural, minimal and functional objects. Until 20 February

Julia Fullerton-Batten, Fern from In Between, 2008.

Faces, Camara Oscura Galeria de Arte, Madrid

Positioning 19th century photography alongside contemporary works by the likes of Elina Brotherus, Julia Fullerton-Batten and Ellen Kooi, Faces draws an intriguing study of portraiture. The collection taps into ideas of authenticity and identity. Until 16 March.

Grace Wales Bonner, Spirituals II.

Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London

Designer Wales Bonner uses fashion to explore self-expression. Bringing together literary, musical and visual references, Serpentine’s show articulates cultural narratives – themes of mysticism and ritual are unpacked in an immersive experience. Opens 19 January.

Dan Holdsworth, Continuous Topography.

Dan Holdsworth: Spatial Objects, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

Holdsworth’s Spatial Objects are intriguing portraits of individual pixels – the building blocks of vision in the digital age. Offering a 21st century interpretation of the landscape genre, the works draw attention to the omnipresence of screens. Until 17 March.

Lead image: Grace Wales Bonner AW 15 collection Ebonics. Photography by Harley Weir.