5 to See: This Weekend

Aesthetica selects must-see shows for early November. Each exhibition reflects the human condition in today’s changing world.

Visions of Paradise

Referencing the famous 15th century painter Hieronymus Bosch, ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ is based around the metaphor of the garden.

Coastal Uncertainty

Miami-based Anastasia Samoylova’s FloodZone is a series responding to the problem of rising sea levels. It is an account on the climatic knife-edge.

Embroidered Portraits

A rainbow of geometric shapes obscures the faces of Julie Cockburn’s found photographs. Bright colours transform vintage studio portraits.

Urban Jungle

Tom Spach’s book is aesthetically compelling, leaving readers to re-assess their emotions about intertwining concrete and plantlike.

ING Discerning Eye: Innovative Curation

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, which showcases both emerging and established artists, returns to Mall Galleries, London, this November.

Classical Influences

The passage of time – from Ancient Greece to the present – is the inspiration behind surrealist artworks from Turkish artist Uğur Çakı.

5 to See: This Weekend

Groundbreaking photography. Expansive natural landscapes. Cultural exploration. Top shows use the lens to ask key questions about identity.

Nocturnal Culture

People in the UK check their smartphones every 12 minutes. There is an inability to switch off. This new state of being is explored at Somerset House.

Symbolic Infrastructure

The new publication ‘Model City Pyongyang’ is a photographic journey through the architecture of North Korea’s ‘model’ utopia.

10 to See: Paris Photo

Paris Photo returns to the historic Grand Palais in November. The 23rd edition surveys compelling photography over nearly two centuries,

Human Community

Aperture and Dawoud Bey collaborate on a new workshop publication that distils approaches, teachings and insights about photography.

Conscious Architecture

Long before setting the cornerstone of any new building, Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao studies the geographical and social landscape.

5 to See: This Weekend

Sound installation, street photography and visionary design. Recommended shows move from 20th century history to future civilisations.

New Contemporaries

Bloomberg New Contemporaries returns for 2019, highlighting the next generation of contemporary visual artists in an expansive show.

Ethereal Construction

Junya Ishigami turns fairytales into reality. For the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion, he has created a sloping slate canopy that emerges organically.

Media Pioneer

Korean-born artist Nam June Paik originated the phrase ‘electronic superhighway.’ Tate’s new show opens at a time when screens are everywhere.

Dark Metropolis

The Walled City of Kowloon in Hong Kong was demolished in 1994. Greg Girard and Ian Lambot captured the locale, which existed for 50 years.

Material Possibility

The permanence of masonry – withstanding natural disasters, fires and floods – is only part of the story. Stone could be the material of the future.

Coastal Exploration

The sea serves as an eloquent reminder of just how vast and profound nature can be. Four photographers respond to MKdW’s collection.

City Lights

Eric Cheng is a documenter of urban landscapes. Through pastel filters and neon glow, he captures the wash of lights and colours within the city.

5 to See: This Weekend

Recommended shows for mid-October highlight the Bauhaus centenary, emerging female artists and contemporary practice across Asia.

Light and Darkness

Step into Alfredo Jaar’s ‘The Garden of Good and Evil’ and you’ll get a jolt. Dreamy visions suddenly give way to a concealed steel cell, and another.

5 to Read: This Month

Aesthetica selects new publications for October. Photography, architecture, fashion and art come together in a printed celebration of culture.

Global Response

“We have to see humanity as one.” Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most recognised contemporary voices. A new show opens in the USA.

Clean Lines

Lina Benouhoud’s works – documenting real-life locations – feature subtle changes in perspective on contemporary buildings and still lifes.

Conceptual Connections

Montréal-based Anne-Marie Giroux seeks to create a correlation between body, material and movement, “drifting” from shape to colour with fluidity.

Visible Tension

Interlinked arms. Tense bodily postures. An anonymous embrace. These are the scenes described by Polish artist Joanna Piotrowska.

Expansive Worlds

Every other year, the renowned Turner Prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. This year it’s held at TC Margate.

An Enduring Collection

Viewpoints: Photographs from the Howard Greenberg Collection is a testament to visual, collective memory and the physical print.

Future Craftsmanship

The Loewe Foundation Craft Prize is an international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship. It is open for the 2020 edition.

5 to See: This Weekend

In this week’s must-see exhibitions, artists from Africa, Asia, Europe and the West Indies visualise everyday realities through photography.

Beyond Definition

Vibrant colours. Abstracted figures. Enclosed spaces. Christina Quarles creates bright and complex paintings loaded with meaning.

Magical Realism

In her first USA solo museum exhibition, Cig Harvey teases out the senses through dreamy montages that focus on the changing everyday.

Illuminated Architecture

The iconic architecture of York Minster is transformed by ‘Northern Lights’ – a sound and light installation that unites past and present.

Portraits Reinvented

Rolling waves, handheld mirrors and animated paintstrokes. These images are seemingly simplistic yet awash with sensory and visual information.

Dynamic Storytelling

Los Angeles-based director, photographer and designer Jimmy Marble returns with a publication of colourful images from effervescent worlds.

Breaking New Ground

The work of Judith Chafee established a sense of stewardship with the land. Her buildings continue to inspire in an age of climate emergency.

Radical Transformation

Antwaun Sargent’s bold publication addresses a history of exclusion, provoking dialogues about representation, sexuality, gender and identity.

Tranquil Environments

Six N. Five’s Co-Existe series is a collaborative project fuelled by a shared love of finding tranquil moments in an otherwise chaotic world.

Paired Direction

Immaculate green lawns. Clean white stripes. Blanket blue skies. Benedict Adu’s images are a concoction of creativity and dynamic energy.

Growing Awareness

A new series and collaborative project highlights the effects of the anthropocene, a geological age defined by humanity’s impact on the planet.

Graphic Suburbia

For Linda McPhee, composition is crucial – through her images she explores the place where light, form and colour combine to elevate the commonplace.

Aesthetica Issue 91: Available Now

The October / November edition is about rejecting the divisions that are being brought about by certain global leaders. We must stand together.

Playing with Light

Wrapping cord around silk, inserting pins into fruit and elevating the status of quail eggs, Daniel Forero’s set designs are taut, balanced and, at times, comedic.

Polished Arrangements

There’s a Hopper-like sense of mystery to Roderick Vos’ work; paper planes fly through portal-like windows; mist descends onto a dinner table.

Glacial Topographies

Greg White’s featured images present the icy territories of Arjeplog, Sweden, ruminating around frosted car grills, intricate branches and driveways.

Beyond Borderlands

Shirin Neshat studies individual and cultural gestures, representing some of the most unstable, charged and conflicted moments of recent history.

Mirroring Today

Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park for 2019. Aesthetica navigates this year’s expansive programme, selecting must-attend events.

Despondent Narratives

Simon Kerola is a Swedish photographer inspired by the films of Terence Hill and Bud Spencer. He “explores the romance in melancholia.”