Lost Worlds

Italian photographer Paolo Di Paolo drew a bold portrait of a country emerging from WWII. Unseen works are on view in a show at MAXXI.

Making Connections

Contemporary artists, designers and architects at Art Beijing 2019 question what it means to be human in the 21st century’s digital landscape.

Shattering Illusions

Erwin Olaf: I Am presents the first comprehensive survey of the photographer’s work, from early images in black-and-white to iconic colour series.

Panoramic Views

Massimo Vitali is recognised for large-scale images of beaches and mass leisure events, awash with colour and a sense of optimism.

A Geological Record

A fascination with defunct elements of society is at the heart of Dane Mitchell’s installation at this year’s Venice Biennale.

Evanescent Portraits

New Artists: Isabelle Chapuis’ series, Anitya, creates a dialogue between skin and sand, delving into the idea of impermanence.

5 to See: This Weekend

Landscape photography, archive imagery and sculpture come together in this week’s latest shows, surveying the history of visual culture.

Emerging Voices

PhotoIreland Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary. 2019’s New Irish Works engages with history, migration and the digital age.

Interior Horizons

Patty Maher’s latest series, Imagined Landscapes, explores understandings of place, pointing viewers towards compelling inner journeys.

Variegated Designs

Based in the USA, Xiaojie Liu is a Chinese illustrator whose work addresses changing emotions towards living in an ethnic autonomous prefecture in China.

Technological Identities

FACT Liverpool’s new programme features two artists using technology and fairytale tropes. Lesley Taker, Exhibitions Manager, discusses the show.

Technology and Craft

COS presents the structurally intriguing Conifera at Salone del Mobile. The large-scale, 3D printed installation is made from renewable resources.

Milan Design Week 2019

Aesthetica collates highlights from Milan Design Week 2019. Top picks engage with and provide solutions to key questions facing the industry.

Bauhaus Celebrations

Zurich-based Nicolas Vionnet’s sculptural works play with perspective and space – referencing everyday processes and materials.

Tender Portrayals

New Artists: Draped curtains, golden light, shadowed concrete. Zach Fernandez seeks subject matter that juxtaposes vibrancy with tenderness.

10 UK Shows: This Season

Read about our must-see shows for April and May 2019. Immersive installations, digital works and photography feature from north to south.

Kinetic Reflections

Fascinated by the distortions occurring in the movement of water, Peter Goodhall is challenged to capture fleeting moments in oil on canvas.

5 to See: This Weekend

International photography shows opening in early April document youth culture and life in the city through black-and-white and vibrant colour.

Personal Sentiments

The Photography Show, New York, returns, presenting work which tap into themes of family, longing and existence in today’s globalised world.

Alternative Paths

We catch up with Sydney-based collage artist Harriet Moutsopoulos (aka Lexicon Love), who tells us about the new approach to her art practice.

Articulating the Earth

Mark Cheetham’s new title, Landscape into Eco Art, seeks to broaden our understanding of what “contemporary eco art” is by opening up dialogues.

Reclaimed Architecture

Abandoned, forgotten and derelict buildings are at the centre of Ruin and Redemption in Architecture, a new publication from Phaidon.

Film as Mechanism

The 2019 Aesthetica Art Prize winners, Jenn Nkiru and Maryam Tafakory, are trailblazing new talents creating a space for a more inclusive society.

Questioning the System

Isaac Julien’s moving-image installation Playtime considers the impact of economic structures on communities through the lens of the art world.

5 to Read: This Month

Aesthetica selects five must-read publications for April. This month’s books look to women in the arts, notions of home and evocative narratives.

Intimate Abstraction

Set against the raw mystic backdrop of the Californian desert, the latest series by Mona Kuhn takes new steps into abstraction.

New Territories

New Artists: Olga Urbanek is self-taught, living and working in Iceland. Her images question the idea of “blending in” to new environments.

The April / May Issue

This issue is a celebration of the human spirit. Entitled ‘Time for Change’ it focuses on a moment of hope within the chaos of today’s world.

An Expanding Platform

Leading open-air gallery Yorkshire Sculpture Park opens The Weston, a new, light-filled visitor centre and exhibition space by Feilden Fowles.

Land of Shadows

Born and based in the American Midwest, Michael McCluskey considers truth in unexplored places, uncovering concealed layers of meaning.

Forging Connections

The Cardiff-based festival returns for its fourth edition, looking at how, in contemporary visual culture, images come together with sound.

Lighting for Tomorrow

Cutting-edge lighting brands engage with a number of innovative trends; low-impact and responsibly-sourced collections play with audience perception.

Colourful Movements

Tropico Photo unites the minds of Forrest Aguar and Michelle Norris, photographers who create works with bold shapes and compelling colours.

5 to See: This Weekend

Must-see shows document traces of human activity on the planet. Photographers examine climate change, space exploration and urban life.

Rendering New Worlds

Fleshed out with warm, earthy tones, each of Christophe Barneau’s pictures casts a warm filter over virtual interiors and their items.

A Sense of Opulence

Pulled together by a deep green background, LM Chabot’s images demonstrate indulgence and finesse – from large concepts to minute details.

A Global Awakening

Evidence for climate change is overwhelming, from shrinking ice sheets to rising temperatures. Desert X places art at the centre of these discussions.

Enticing Compositions

Charlotte Lapalus is eager to connect to audiences through warm, inviting images, often working to bring the female experience to the foreground.

Utopian Framework

Massimo Colonna’s compositions offer a journey into a pastel utopia. Balls, balloons, plastic bags and paper planes are transfixed in moments of stillness.

Hidden Narratives

Nadine Rovner’s carefully staged, richly textured series No Vacancy tows a line between expectation and reality, creating a sense of unease.

Beyond Categorisation

California’s largest city has earned a reputation as a design epicentre, offering ecologically responsible buildings that are a test bed for the future.

Connection In Motion

The innovative TAO Dance Theatre is recognised for a minimalist approach to performance. The inventive studio returns to Sadler’s Wells.

Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist 2019

Shortlisted works for the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards interpret the modern world through responsive and thoughtful image-making.

Historic Recollection

Romain Veillon’s new series is a celebration of art, discovery and the passing of time, recording abandoned frescoes and paintings across Europe.

Between Worlds

Aesthetica Art Prize alumna Alexandra Vacaroiu explores the subconscious mind, bridging the gap between reality and imagined environments.

Timeless Narrative

Gillian Hyland’s photographs are steeped in narrative. Frozen in time, the images enter into subjects’ memories, visualising human moments.

A Painterly Aesthetic

Letizia Le Fur’s works are nourished by a sense of wanderlust – moving round spaces with a sensitive gaze. The images are laden with sensory markers.

5 to See: This Weekend

This week’s new exhibitions and must-see photography festivals navigate environmental, avant-garde and intimate photography.

Creative Regeneration

Public artworks offer opportunities for cultural engagement and social exchange. Folkestone Artworks offers 15 new installations for 2019.

Hidden Details

The genres of fashion, portrait, art and landscape photography collide in an exhibition of Erik Madigan Heck at Staley-Wise Gallery.