To coincide with a major exhibition by Sam Taylor-Wood at the Hayward Gallery in London, Stella Santacatterina discusses the role of art at a time of spectacle and heightened aesthetisation of everyday life. She argues that artistic aura is no longer a quality embodied within the work of art, but is conferred by the context of its reception, the system of institutions - galleries, museums and collectors - which guarantee its success and survival.
Melanie Manchot's new series of photographs is based on the enigmatic painting of Gabrielle d'Estrées and the Duchess of Villars in their bath by an anonymous member of the School of Fontainebleau in 1594. Joanna Lowry discusses what is revealed about photography in the gesture of substitution for painting.
From his new series Twilight, we feature a number of Gregory Crewdson's large-scale tableaux, which focus on the iconography of science-fiction films in an exploration of the relationship between the domestic and the fantastical in the north American landscape.
Ori Gersht has pursued his interests in architecture through a series entitled Knowledge Factories, photographs of prefabricated schools built hastily in the 1950's, in the aftermath of war.
Manchot The Fontainebleau Series
Symbols of Ourselves
The Devil's Playground
Hellen van Meene, The Japan Series, 2001
Helen Sear, Grounded, 2001