Issue 113 March 2008


Nathalie Djurberg, Carolee Schneemann and Aïda Ruilova

performa07, New York City, USA by Kristin M. Jones

State of the Art

Public Relations

Three artists exemplify new strategies in the production, distribution and dispersal of meaning in contemporary art by Polly Staple

View from the Bridge

Vital Statistics

Attendance by a huge cross-section of visitors was up by 20 percent on previous years at the 2007 Venice Biennale – one of the many facts that critics chose to ignore


All Hour Cymbals

Yeasayer (We Are Free, 2007) by Sam Thorne

Laughter, Tears and Rage

Something Covered in Fur

A new collection of stories by Donald Barthelme serves as a reminder of the novelist’s playful and audacious raid on the Modernist canon by Brian Dillon


Warhol’s Dream

Saul Anton (JRP | Ringier & Les Presses du Réel, Zurich and Dijon, 2007) by Brian Dillon

Life in Film

Life in Film: Peter Doig

In ‘Life in Film’, an ongoing series, frieze asks artists and filmmakers to list the movies that have influenced their practice.


The Beautiful Science

A new German translation of the 18th-century book that invented aesthetics highlights its relevance to contemporary practice by Jennifer Allen

Art History

So Different, So Appealing

Michael Bracewell’s new book on Roxy Music is more than the story of a band – it’s the tale of a particularly English social and intellectual milieu by Peter York


Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures

ed. Kobena Mercer (MIT Press, London and Cambridge, MA, 2007) by Jennifer Doyle


Walter Benjamin The Archive: Images, Texts, Signs

eds. Ursula Marx et al. (Verso, London and New York, 2007) by Ross Wilson


Music for Shopping Malls

Support Structure/Various artists (British Council/KwanYin Records, 2007) by Dan Fox


Wheels To Get To Heaven

Devine & Griffiths (Anhrefn Records, 2007) by Michael Bracewell



Various venues, New York, USA by Katie Sonnenborn

More Than A Feeling


Lower, middle or upper? Working, bourgeois or ruling? Dare we speak its name? by Tirdad Zolghadr


Annette Kelm

Photographs, repetition, time and misalignment by Kirsty Bell


Finding the Right Darkness

Zoe Leonard’s photographs and sculptures meditate on wonder and loss by Jenni Sorkin


Jirí Kovanda

Born in 1972, Ján Mancuska is a conceptual artist who explores the materiality of language and film. Here he interviews Jirí Kovanda about his pioneering work of the 1970s – an encounter between two generations of artists


Kiss and Tell

From waiting for a telephone to ring to making eye contact with strangers, for over 30 years the ‘actions’ of Czech artist Jirí Kovanda have explored the limits – and joys – of what freedom might mean by Noemi Smolik


Thinking Space

For almost 40 years, Michael Asher has encouraged museums and art galleries to question the logic of their organizational and architectural structures by James Rondeau


I Am An Image

Exploring the currency of categories such as still life, portraiture and landscape, Shirana Shahbazi has had her photographs replicated by sign painters, woven into rugs by Iranian carpet weavers and turned into posters by Christy Lange


Here’s Looking at You

From Andy Warhol to Memphis furniture and Photorealism, Simon Martin questions art’s relationship to its context by Dan Fox


Mai-Thu Perret

Revolutions, radical women and the shifting function of objects by Andrew Bonacina


Gedi Sibony

Sculpture, impoverished objects and dislocation by Claire Gilman


Scott Myles

The play between awareness and image; photographs, objects, paintings and performance by Sarah Lowndes


Strange Flowers

Martin Westwood creates images and objects that speak of how the language of exchange bleeds into other, more frangible realms of human experience by Tom Morton


Matthew Brannon

Matthew Brannon is an artist based in New York. His work is included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial (6 March – 1 June), and a comprehensive monograph of his work, To say the very least, will be published in May 2008 by the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, with a text by Philip Monk.

Art History

Private Lives, Public Gestures 2

Exploring how art and politics have employed the medium of gesture, from The Last Supper through Albert Speer’s ‘Cathedral of Light’ to Frances Stark’s collages by Jan Verwoert

Art History

Private Lives, Public Gestures

Pitting Marcel Duchamp against Rocky Balboa in a silent struggle over the Statue of Liberty and the American Dream by Jörg Heiser

Michael Krebber

Maureen Paley, London, UK

By Bettina Brunner

Valeska Soares

Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Sao Paulo, Brazil

By Silas Martí

Forms of Resistance

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

By Lars Bang Larsen

Fusion Now!

Rokeby Gallery, London, UK

By Mia Jankowicz

Jennifer West

White Columns, New York, USA

By Joanna Kleinberg

Florian Slotawa

Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan, Italy

By Frank Boehm

Ged Quinn

Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK

By Michael Bracewell

Uta Barth

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA

By Morgan Falconer

Blinky Palermo

Kunsthalle Dusseldorf and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany

By Catrin Lorch

Andrei Tarkovsky

White Space Gallery, London, UK

By Jerome Boyd-Maunsell

Philip Brophy

Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia

By Kit Wise

Gabriel Orozco

Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

By Aaron Schuster

Simon Evans

Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

By Jeffrey Ryan

Tommy Grace and Kate Owens

Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

By Neil Mulholland

Emory Douglas

Museum of Contemporary Art Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, USA

By Natalie Haddad

Lawrence Weiner

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

By Steven Stern

Strange Events…

Camden Arts Centre, London, UK

By Tom Morton

Anna Oppermann

Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria

By Nicole Scheyerer

Santiago Sierra

Lisson Gallery, London, UK

By Jennifer Doyle

Beginning with a Bang

Americas Society Art Gallery, New York, USA

By Eve Meltzer

André Cadere

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden Baden, Germany

By Mark Godfrey

Makers and Modellers

Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA

By Katie Sonnenborn


Mala Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

By Katie Kitamura

Nalini Malani

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

By Brian Curtin

Kirsten Pieroth

Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany

By Dominic Eichler

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