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5 to See: This Weekend

Seminal female artists, powerful social themes and the next generation of talent come together in this weekend’s top international exhibitions.

Objects as Alchemy

Tom Baker offers a playful glimpse at the shifting role of materials. Taking the role of the alchemist, he attempts to purify and transform the elements.

Looking for America

In the 1930s, the US was struggling through the Great Depression. The Art Institute of Chicago explore the era’s artwork and photography.

The Observing Eye

Magnum Streetwise, a new Thames & Hudson volume, features more than 300 examples of street photography pulled from the archives.

5 to Read: This Month

Aesthetica selects top art and photography publications for November. These books look at activism, belonging and pre-digital visual culture.

ING Discerning Eye: Evolving Spaces

Art exhibitions are constantly evolving. The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition offers a new approach to curation, featuring 450 small works.

The Story of Architecture

A new book chronicles the evolution of building, from the pyramids of ancient Egypt to the most contemporary sustainable constructions.

Radical Photomontage

Dora Maar’s photographs are icons of surrealism. They play with the unusual, creating uncanny combinations of objects, textures and forms.

Overcoming Adversity

For its eighth cycle, the Prix Pictet award in photography and sustainability turns its lens on the theme of “hope.” 12 artists respond.

ING Discerning Eye: Expanding Perceptions

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition returns to Mall Galleries, London, this month. Aesthetica speaks to artist Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf.

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.