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 frieze.com.

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

03 MAR 08
News

performa07, New York City, USA

BY Kristin M. Jones | 02 MAR 08

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

02 MAR 08

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

02 MAR 08
BY Bettina Brunner | 02 MAR 08
BY Silas Martí | 02 MAR 08
BY Lars Bang Larsen | 02 MAR 08
BY Mia Jankowicz | 02 MAR 08

White Columns, New York, USA

BY Joanna Kleinberg | 02 MAR 08
BY Frank Boehm | 02 MAR 08
BY Michael Bracewell | 02 MAR 08
BY Morgan Falconer | 02 MAR 08
BY Catrin Lorch | 02 MAR 08
BY Jerome Boyd-Maunsell | 02 MAR 08
BY Kit Wise | 02 MAR 08
BY Aaron Schuster | 02 MAR 08
BY Jeffrey Ryan | 02 MAR 08
BY Natalie Haddad | 02 MAR 08

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

02 MAR 08

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 | 02 MAR 08

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

02 MAR 08

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

02 MAR 08

Revolutions, radical women and the shifting function of objects

02 MAR 08

Sculpture, impoverished objects and dislocation

01 MAR 08

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

01 MAR 08

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

01 MAR 08

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.

01 MAR 08

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

01 MAR 08

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

01 MAR 08
Article

Yeasayer (We Are Free, 2007)

01 MAR 08

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

01 MAR 08
Article

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

01 MAR 08

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

01 MAR 08

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

01 MAR 08

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 | 01 MAR 08
Article

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

BY Jennifer Doyle | 01 MAR 08
Article

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

01 MAR 08
Article

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

01 MAR 08

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

01 MAR 08
Article

Devine & Griffiths (Anhrefn Records, 2007)

01 MAR 08
News

Various venues, New York, USA

BY Katie Sonnenborn | 01 MAR 08

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

BY Jörg Heiser | 01 MAR 08

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 | 01 MAR 08
BY Nicole Scheyerer | 01 MAR 08
BY Jennifer Doyle | 01 MAR 08
BY Mark Godfrey | 01 MAR 08
BY Katie Sonnenborn | 01 MAR 08
BY Katie Kitamura | 01 MAR 08
BY Brian Curtin | 01 MAR 08
BY Dominic Eichler | 01 MAR 08

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

09 FEB 08