Issue 110
October 2007

The October issue of frieze looks at the slapstick method in visual art. Brian Dillon traces the history of slapstick comedy, from Laurel and Hardy to Itchy and Scratchy, and from Bruce Nauman to Phil Collins.

Jörg Heiser looks back over the career of Sigmar Polke, whose iconoclastic and innovative work is frequently comical, while Christy Lange explores the darkly humourous work of Nedko Solakov.

Jennifer Allen examines the installations and sculptures of Rachel Harrison, and Jan Verwoert enjoys Cezary Bodzianowski’s acts of everyday absurdity.

From this issue

Tanz im August, Various venues, Berlin

Southern Exposure, San Francisco, USA

BY Julian Myers |

Nine theses on slapstick

BY Brian Dillon |

With his acts of everyday absurdism, Polish artist Cezary Bodzianowski holds up a mirror to an institutionalized world

Nedko Solakov's darkly humorous work expresses a scepticism of authority and power

The Barcelona-based Cuban artist was the winner of the Cartier Award 2008 by Max Andrews

Designs for life: new takes on public furniture

Spinning tall tales: autobiography and politics in concocted histories

Sigmar Polke’s body of work since the mid-1960s has been consistently iconoclastic, enigmatic and technically innovative

Elegant and minimal in form yet charged with menace, Micol Assaël’s installations articulate the fear of violence and the terrible potency of technology

Sculpture and anthropology from the school of hard knocks

Modernity, violence, narrative, repetition: slapstick shares as much with contemporary art as it does comedy

Pádraig Timoney's visual language privileges diversity over uniformity

Keren Cytter's videos celebrate the role of cinematic cliche in our daily lives

Jeffrey Vallance is an artist, writer, curator, explorer, paranormal researcher, Visiting Assistant Professor in New Genres at UCLA and Special Correspondent for Fortean Times. He lives in Los Angeles.

Art and the importance of the slapstick method

Has technocracy replaced vision in top museum jobs?

Pro wrestling grapples with reality

Rachel Harrison's installations and sculptures explore hierarchies of display and cultural value

Politics and entropy in an exhibition about duration

BY Nancy Spector |

Do the record prices being fetched at auction for design mean it should now be considered art?

An archive of BBC films and a new documentary about Gilbert & George record the changing social fabric of London's East End

Whether designing schools or customized housing, architects drMM find freedom in the limits of materials and processes

BY Stephen Beasley |

The Cologne-based artist selects the films that have had the biggest impact on her

Shumon Basar, Antonia Carver and Markus Miessen (eds.), (Bidoun and Moutamarat, Dubai, 2007)

BY Max Andrews |

Miranda July (Canongate, Edinburgh, 2007)

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London, UK

Robert Wyatt (Domino, 2007)

Shape of Broad Minds (Lex Records, 2007)

Marnie Stern (Kill Rock Stars, 2007)

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London, UK

Brian O’Doherty (FORuM Projects/Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University Press, New York, 2007)