Tekla Severin
Aesthetica / The Power to Unite
August / September 2022
Aesthetica
International

Aesthetica is approaching 20 years old. It’s hard to believe that so much time has passed. I was recently asked how I’ve continued for so long. It’s easy. I love the fact that we can innovate, pivot and push ourselves in new directions all the time. This is a place where ideas are born. The magazine is a way for readers to convene, imagine and make sense of the present moment, at this critical juncture in history.

Art has the power to unite. It is transformative. It takes us to new places, and introduces us to new cultures, but most importantly, it reminds us of our humanity. Much of this issue is about ever-changing landscapes: in both physical and virtual realms…

We foreground Alec Soth, a photographer that has become synonymous with the American landscape. His images unite people and places, focusing on commonalities rather than difference.

In photography, we experiment with form, function and intervention, from curious still lifes to gripping environmental imagery. We feature Gjert Rognli, Erik Johansson, Alexander Grombach, Maciek Jasik and Borja Alegre. Our cover photographer, Tekla Severin, demonstrates a palpable understanding of color.

Finally, we speak with Emeric Lhuisset about a powerful series of portraits he shot in Ukraine in March 2022, depicting citizens turned resistance soldiers. For this project, on at Musée des beaux-arts du Locle, he conceals the sitters’ faces, waiting to reveal their identities when the country regains sovereignty.

  • Anselm Kiefer
    Artist
    Featured Profile

    Anselm Kiefer was born in 1945, in Donaueschingen in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. After taking courses in law at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg from 1965 to 1966, he studied art there under Peter Dreher. He continued his studies with Horst Antes at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe in 1969 before transferring the following year (more…)

  • Mary Heilmann / Daydream Nation
    May 2 – Jul 26, 2024
    Hauser & Wirth
    New York, USA

    “A body of work starts by daydreaming…” –Mary Heilmann

    On May 2nd, we will open ‘Daydream Nation’ at its 22nd Street gallery, exploring Mary Heilmann’s ongoing interest in drawing as a form of transcribing memory. Curated by artist Gary Simmons, Heilmann’s friend and former student and colleague at New York’s School of Visual Arts, the exhibition celebrates her talent for distilling complex images and ideas into deceptively simple geometric forms and abstract gestural marks. (more…)

  • Liu Xiaohui: Flowers of Hong Kong 
    Mar 23 – Jun 22, 2024
    Kiang Malingue
    Hong Kong

    Kiang Malingue is pleased to present Flowers of Hong Kong, Liu Xiaohui’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, showcasing twenty sets of oil and tempera paintings. A number of the artworks in the exhibition were created when Liu was the artist-in-residence at Kiang Malingue in 2023. The recent paintings in various sizes combine the artist’s newly found interest in flowers; long-term fascination with the human body in action (more…)

  • Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Cloud
    Jun 4 – Aug 4, 2024
    Art Sonje Center
    Seoul, South Korea

    Art Sonje Center is delighted to present Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Cloud, a comprehensive solo exhibition showcasing the artistic journey of Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen. Spanning two decades of his practice, this expansive exhibition explores complex layers of modernity in the postcolonial contemporary Asia. Ho’s exploration transcends geographical boundaries, delving into social, cultural, political, and economic realms across Southeast Asia and beyond. (more…)

  • How Not to Be Seen
    May 10 – Sep 8, 2024
    Remai Modern
    Saskatoon, Canada

    We may not always be aware of it, but we live in an era of continuous scrutiny. Modern technology captures, distributes, and analyzes images and data at ever-increasing rates. We are all subjects of tracking, not only by cameras employed purportedly as a deterrent for crime but also by digital tools used by corporations and governments alike to monitor and evaluate our actions, needs, and desires. (more…)

  • Bastardie
    Jun 7–30, 2024
    KADIST
    Paris, France

    How can speech practices that trouble official languages disrupt the established social order and open up other configurations? Do they have the potential to impact the way we look or act? Its title pays tribute to Alice Becker-ho, a linguist associated with the Situationist International, known for her interest in the lexicons of gypsies and Roma. (more…)

  • Silke Schönfeld: No More Butter Scenes
    Jun 27–30, 2024
    Kunsthalle Münster
    Münster, Germany

    The video installation No More Butter Scenes (2024) examines the relationship between consent and intimacy in the context of the acting profession. In 2007, around 35 years after the premiere of Tango in Paris (1972), actress Maria Schneider spoke for the first time about the sexual abuse she experienced during the shooting of the infamous butter scene. Director Bernardo Bertolucci argued that it was only by not informing his leading actress in advance of how the scene with co-star Marlon Brando would take place that he was able to capture her authentic frustration and anger. (more…)

  • Ernest Cole: A Lens in Exile
    Jun 13 – Oct 12, 2024
    Autograph
    London, UK

    Offering a rare and reflective insight into the seminal South African photographer Ernest Cole, A Lens in Exile is the first exhibition of his photographs documenting New York City during the height of the civil rights movement in America. Best known for his radical images documenting the violence of apartheid, Cole fled South Africa in 1966 and was officially made stateless in 1968. (more…)

  • Mary Frey: My Mother, My Son.
    Publication
    TBW Books
    International

    Using the title of her 2004 photograph, My Mother, My Son, as an inspirational and creative starting point, Mary Frey pulls from her vast archive of photographs to create a pictorial story collapsing linear time. Frey intimately and masterfully captures subjects at ease in environments that feel, at once, wholly familiar yet unmoored from their own reality. (more…)

  • 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…)

  • Prisma Art Prize 2024
    Deadline Aug 3, 2024
    Prisma Art Prize
    International

    Prisma Art Prize is an art contest born to promote emerging painters and visual artists. As our name and logo suggests, we want to be a prism that refracts all the possible outcomes of the painting process. What we want is to answer a fundamental question in the current artistic context: what does painting mean today? At the base of our project, there is the constant and inclusive research and enhancement of artists from different cultural and educational backgrounds. (more…)

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