Pivotal Illumination
Aesthetica Magazine
Issue 100 / April–May 2021
Aesthetica
International

We are 100 issues old, marking 18 years of the publication. Inside this issue we are celebrating this momentous milestone. Inside the 100th issue of Aesthetica Magazine you’ll find a feature from how we set up this magazine in a small northern city in England – how it has grown to become one of the world’s leading voices in contemporary art. We also have a spread of some of our favorite photographs over the years, accompanied by text about what makes each image so successful.

The other features in this issue exemplify the spirit of independence. We speak with curators worldwide including Cindi Strauss, Curator of Decorative Arts, Crafts and Design at Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Sarah Schleuning, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Dallas Museum of Art, for the show Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting, which takes its starting point from the invention of the first electric light by British chemist Humphry Davy in 1808. Lighting technology has fascinated engineers, scientists, architects and designers globally, and has inspired periods of extensive creative expression.

Living in Nature, a new monograph published by Phaidon, considers the role that the organic world plays in contemporary architecture. Finally, be inspired with the photographers in Issue 100 – from fine art to experimental, there is a life-force of innovation and idea generation on each and every page.

  • Gregory Crewdson: Retrospective
    May 29 – Sep 8, 2024
    Albertina
    Wien, Austria

    Gregory Crewdson (*1962, Brooklyn) is one of the world’s most renowned photographers. Since the mid-1980s, Crewdson has been using the backdrop of small American towns and film sets to create, like a director, technically brilliant and colourfully seductive photographs that focus on human isolation and the abysses of society. The enigmatic scenes self-reflexively raise questions about the boundary between fact and fiction but can also be related to socio-political developments. (more…)

  • Eric Bachmann: The One-Man Water Cannon Test
    Publication
    Everyedition
    International

    Following several violent clashes between youths and city police in Switzerland’s largest city during the summer of 1968, the city council, in consultation with the state council, decided to purchase four modern water cannon vehicles, two each for the city and cantonal police. However, by doing so, the city council overstepped its authority and bypassed the municipal council. In the already politically heated atmosphere, the purchase immediately developed into a scandal (more…)

  • César Cuspoca
    Artist
    In Memoriam / 1987–2022

    César Cuspoca (1987–2022) is a Colombian artist whose artistic practice principally nourishes questions of perception, the duality between appearance and disappearance, and materialism and immaterialism. It is, however, more concretely the idea of experience which takes a central role in his approach and which allows him to structure his creative process. (more…)

  • Ana Cavagna Martinez
    Artist
    Featured Profile

    Ana Cavagna Martinez is an Argentinian artist, continuously inspired by nature, books and her philosophical studies. She has spent the last 20 years out of Buenos Aires, going through trips and moving all around the world.

    Her art is an abstract narration and sometimes depicting everything absorbed when going on walks. The scenery, the animals, the terrain, the books and her fine sensibility let her see and feel. (more…)

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