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5 to See: This Weekend

Must-see exhibitions for the start of August look back to reflect upon the present. Portraiture and intriguing cityscapes document a world in flux.

5 to Read: This Month

Top titles for August 2019 span eco-conscious design, light installation and street photography – interpreting the modern world through creativity.

The August / September Issue

Issue 90, entitled ‘Living for Today’, is a response to our times, covering innovative upcycled plastic whilst questioning alternative truths in the media.

Why History Matters

Through three rooms of video installation, John Akomfrah’s new show at BALTIC is complex and ambitious, examining the borders of film.

All That Glitters

Photographed across four years, ‘The Canary & The Hammer’ by Lisa Barnard, shows how our dependence on gold was born.

Searching for Truth

“History is the art of highlighting whatever is hiding in plain sight.” Hito Steyerl’s installations reveal and question hidden power structures.

Constructing the Experimental

RIBA furthers its conversation on how architecture can influence arts, music, film and theatre with ‘The Architects Underground’.

Intimacy with Nature

Next Generation is an annual collaboration with London College of Communication, featuring seven new talents entering the photographic sphere.

Spatial Experiments

The renowned Dutch fair returns, providing a space for photographers that are testing uneven ground through bold, abstracted compositions.

Illusory Narratives

Examining the use of photography to question the nature of accepted truths and subjective realities, the images sit between fact and fiction.

Pockets of Colour

Picking up on small strips of colour within manufactured locations, Kyle Jeffers builds up textures through costume, props and layouts.

Unlimited Possibilities

Studio Brasch works across fine art and conceptual projects, as well as brand campaigns, visual communication and direction.

Changing Definitions

Sculpture’s new talents consider the boundaries of the medium and its environmental impact, working with data and electricity, metal and sound.

Forms of Recluse

Kyle Thompson produces photographs that depict feelings of solitude and loneliness in today’s hyper-digitised climate.

Looking Outwards

Rebecca Reeve’s series Marjory’s World comments upon our increasingly urban existence – a sense of disconnect from the natural world.

Social Documentary

The German Democratic Republic was a country ruled by surveillance and constant monitoring; these photographs provide a window into a past era.

Taking Responsibility

A non-profit organisation takes charge of ocean health through major collaborations with artists and designers, promoting plastic-free lifestyles.

Striking Depictions

Alessio Albi’s close-up portraits draw attention to finer bodily details – capturing them with mesmerising intensity and heightened colours.

Dramatic Architecture

Sebastian Weiss is an architectural photographer who sparks dialogues with buildings. Glass and concrete come together in fluid structures.

ING Discerning Eye: Art in the Digital Age

ING’s annual Discerning Eye exhibition is now open for entries. Illustrator Gill Button is one of 2019’s panel, translating emotions into artworks.