Celebrating the 20th anniversary of frieze magazine
‘I hate to do any sort of best lists, but for tonight… Best cover: issue 22, but I also like #32 and #134. The one I love as the most ugly is #63. Best ten articles: this is quite a ridiculous task to ask for. My choices are a little random, since I didn’t want to choose the ones about, or by, friends of mine … of course I love all articles about my works, especially the first one back in issue #41. In the picture that appeared in the magazine I am wearing a leather coat that belonged to my mother and that got stolen in a Berlin’s club years ago. If I ever see a woman wearing it, I am not going to be nice to her. At all.’
Beyond Control by Stuart Morgan
Issue 23, June–August 1995
An interview with Susan Hiller. 'What a nice example of innocent arrogance.'
High Anxiety by Jerome Boyd-Maunsell
Issue 66, April 2002
Tripping through the history of narcotics. '"Tripping through the history of narcotics" is always fun.'
Molotov Cocktails by Michael Bracewell
Issue 87, November–December 2004
Tom Wolfe’s 1970 essay ‘Radical Chic’ explores the decadent relationship between wealth, glamour and extremist politics – and is as relevant today as it was 34 years ago. 'I actually not so much like the text but the title and the picture accompanying the article.'
Life Class by Chrissie Iles
Issue 100, June–August 2006
An interview with Yvonne Rainer, one of the most influential artists of the past 40 years. 'I love it: "… a score for screen door, flashlight and dancer.'"
Issue 116, June–August 2008
Ideal Syllabus. 'Just an example of how interesting this ongoing series can be. How insulated as well as cinemascope the answers can be.'
Allan Kaprow by Olivier Debroise
Issue 117, September 2008
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA. 'A good short text on a good artist.'
Music by Anwyn Crawford
Issue 133, September 2010
The evolution of the male falsetto. 'I had such fun reading this article!'
As We Speak by Jörg Heiser
Issue 134, October 2010
Christopher Williams and Willem de Rooij discuss whether referentiality in art, if once polemical, has become an orthodoxy and if so, is there is a way out? 'In this interview there is one of the best quotations of 2010, which I am not going to write down now.'
A Kind of Faith by Dan Fox
Issue 135, November–December 2010
Simon Critchley talks about community, collaboration, avant-garde rituals and being ‘religious without religion'. 'When I was in elementary school I refused to use the word "faith" and used "to believe" instead. My teacher was not happy at all and I had to write on the blackboard "faith" many times. Some years later in high school the German teacher order me to stay in class after the lesson to write 50 times the word "klein" (small) on the blackboard, which I could not remember during a quiz: my "nicht groß" (not big) was not enough for her… Somehow I like to think about "faith" and "klein" together and I can identify with the article. Though I do not trust the idea of truth.'
Barthes After Barthes by Sylvère Lotringer
Issue 136, January–February 2011
Mourning, fiction and love: the final thoughts of a great writer. 'Since 1991 I have been sort of wondering about Barthes’ relation to his mother, which I of course find kind of odd. It would have been better if he hadn’t have had a mother. Maybe.'
Issue 22, May 1995 – by Ricard J. Burbridge