Art Reviews with Substance
We’re celebrating the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi for a world-record $450,312,500 (including fees, etc.) at Christie’s (NYC) on 15 November, 2017, by examining the contemporary art world through its ten most expensive paintings.

the art world through its ten costliest paintings


Art Aesthetics Magazine began life on Instagram in 2015. We've since grown to encompass an online magazine with reviews, articles, and exclusive interviews on established, emerging, and yet unknown artists from across the world. Our mainstay remains criticism, specifically of an academic bent.  

Fragmented Memories through Novel Experiences: The Art of Christian Hook

Do I see the monkeys? Yes, Christian, I see the monkeys on your rooftop. Where on earth are you?

“Oh, I am in Ubud, Bali.”

Editor's Picks

See below three of my favourite picks from our editorial so far. I've greatly enjoyed working with the artist and our writes on these pieces and they're definitely ones to watch! 


The Figurative Communication of Denis Sarazhin

Denis Sarazhin’s Pantomime Series (2016-) forecloses ‘language’ in returning to the painterly and figural. He focusses our attention on the body by cleverly frustrating the viewer’s instinctive glance toward the subject’s face. In this way, the artist challenges us to reconsider the communicative potential of the body. 


Sally West: The Bird of Song with Claws of Paint

West relies for her aesthetic effects on heavy impasto and on her brilliant command of colour, juxtaposing strong, almost screaming, flakes of pigment to broad shores of muted shade. In these paintings people and objects become patterns, and through repetition these shapes and forms acquire a wondrous touch.


Interesting Artworks: Lake O'Hara by Clyde Aspevig

As a composer in paint, Aspevig uses an understanding of fractal geometry and dynamic symmetry in his work. One of the principles of fractal geometry is self-similarity. In particular, when you study the shapes of the trees and rocks in Aspevig’s work, there are similarities to the primary, secondary, and tertiary shapes: the larger shapes are divided and then subdivided into smaller unequal intervals.


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