Aesthetica Magazine – The Power to Unite:The August/September Issue

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. Much of this issue is about ever-changing landscapes: in both physical and virtual realms. Here is a preview: … Read more

Aesthetica Magazine – The Power of Illumination

At its peak, Battersea Power Station produced a fifth of London’s power. It supplied electricity to some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks from the 1930s to 1980s, including the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Its world-famous chimneys – framed by over six million bricks – can be found throughout popular culture: perhaps most … Read more

‘Feminine Power’ at the British Museum, reviewed

The British Museum’s exhibition ‘Feminine Power: the Divine to the Demonic’ broaches a prickly subject that is hard to define. Recent years have seen the rise of the #girlboss – a label borrowed from the 2014 memoir of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso denoting a woman who is able to compete in a corporate environment … Read more

Artist Paula Rego, Who Focalized Women’s Power and Suffering, Dies at 87

Portuguese-born British artist Paula Rego, whose figurative art focalized both the power and suffering of women, died on the morning of Wednesday, June 8 in her home in north London after a short illness, Victoria Miro Gallery announced. She was 87. Born in 1935, Rego drew as a child to “entertain herself,” and by the … Read more

Leather, Minerals, Chains, and a Jaguar Power Yeni Mao’s Campeche Show –

Yeni Mao’s best-known works were surprisingly absent from his first solo show in Mexico City. His freestanding sculptures created from rigid industrial materials adorned with leather, minerals, chains, ceramics, and spikes have been shown in many pop-up shows and, last year, in a group exhibition at Museo Tamayo. Those pieces usually feature bright colors and … Read more

Stephanie Syjuco Probes Power Dynamics in Museum Archives at Ryan Lee –

The centerpiece of “Latent Images,” Stephanie Syjuco’s recent exhibition at Ryan Lee in New York, was a 2021– work called Partial Anarchival Index (Working Platform). It comprises a modular configuration of low wooden tables, strewn with pictures printed on paper at a variety of scales and clustered into evidently methodical (if not immediately meaningful) groupings. … Read more

Laetitia Ky’s Hair Sculptures Celebrate Black Beauty and Power

Laetitia Ky, an artist and fashion designer based in the Ivory Coast, has been using hair as a creative means of expression since childhood. In her forthcoming book, Love and Justice with Princeton Architectural Press, she recounts how as a girl she refashioned the white Barbie dolls that were available to her by cutting their … Read more

Mis/Communication Highlights Artists Examining the Intersection of Language and Power

STONY BROOK, New York — Mis/Communication: Language and Power in Contemporary Art, an exhibition at Stony Brook University’s Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, examines the double bind of language: We need language to connect us, but at the same time language can make us feel isolated, fractured, or unheard. Curator Amy Kahng brings together artists a … Read more