Issue 113
March 2008

Co-editor Jörg Heiser pits Marcel Duchamp against screen hero Rocky in a struggle over the American Dream and Jan Verwoert explores the history of gesture in art and politics. Rocky’s finer moments are relived on

Peter York remembers the artistic and intellectual milieu of Roxy Music’s early days as explored in Michael Bracewell’s new book on the band.

Curator James Rondeau surveys the career of Michael Asher, an artist who, for over 40 years, has critiqued the structures of major art insititutions.

Christy Lange considers the work of Tehran-born photographer Shirana Shahbazi, whose photographs play with ideas of genre and cliché. Jenni Sorkin reflects on the work of Zoe Leonard, whose artistic coming-of-age in 1980s New York inspired her exploration of wonder and loss. 

From this issue

Photographs, repetition, time and misalignment

Zoe Leonard’s photographs and sculptures meditate on wonder and loss

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

White Columns, New York, USA

BY Joanna Kleinberg |

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

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 |

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

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

Revolutions, radical women and the shifting function of objects

Sculpture, impoverished objects and dislocation

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

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

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.

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

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

Yeasayer (We Are Free, 2007)

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

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

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

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

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 |

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

BY Jennifer Doyle |

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

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

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

Devine & Griffiths (Anhrefn Records, 2007)

Various venues, New York, USA

BY Katie Sonnenborn |

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

BY Jörg Heiser |

Looking back over Lawrence Weiner's 40-year career, Steven Stern reviews the acclaimed artist’s first major retrospective in the USA

BY Steven Stern |

A retrospective of the artist’s work showed its radicality but paid respect to the classicism of its installations

BY Mark Godfrey |

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