Issue 119
Nov - Dec 2008

On the occasion of his first London show in 16 years, Richard Serra talks to Adrian Searle about the evolution of his ideas and his plans for the future. Jennifer Higgie reflects on Matthew Brannon‘s paintings and sculptures, whose elegant aesthetic belies a witty, acerbic take on the human condition. Glaswegian novelist and artist Alasdair Gray responds to questions from frieze about art, life and literature. Jörg Heiser, Mario Cordognato and Padraig Timoney find that despite it’s problems, the city of Naples offers much in the way of a thriving art scene, breathtaking architecture and extraordinary food.

From this issue

How to stop worrying and love the ‘content crunch’

BY Dan Fox |

The author has paid frieze an undisclosed sum to publish the following exclusive extract

The first India Art Summit prompted timely debates about artistic freedom on the subcontinent

BY Robert Storr |

Keeping fit, autonomy, disappointment and art criticism

BY Tirdad Zolghadr |

Are reproductions of art works helpful, or do they confuse our experience of the real thing?

BY Jennifer Allen |

On the death of David Foster Wallace, a writer who reflected upon the joys and complications of language and living

BY Jerome Boyd-Maunsell |

A re-print of General Idea’s radical, now defunct FILE Magazine celebrates its idiosyncratic brilliance

BY Maria Fusco |

How Western pop music is being used as ‘touchless torture’ by the American military

BY Andrew Hultkrans |

Various venues, Shanghai, China

BY Carol Yinghua Lu |

Various venues, Liverpool, UK

BY Martin Herbert |

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA

BY Steven Stern |

September Gallery, Berlin, Germany

BY Dominic Eichler |

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK

BY Jonathan Griffin |

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, USA

BY Christopher Bedford |

Guandong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

BY Saskia Draxler |

Various venues, Copenhagen, Denmark

BY Lars Bang Larsen |

Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico

BY Jessica Berlanga Taylor |

City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand / Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

BY Nicola Harvey |

Parasol Unit, London, UK

BY Chris Fite-Wassilak |

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

BY Daniel Miller |

White Cube, London, UK

BY Martin Herbert |

Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India

BY Devika Singh |

ZieherSmith, New York, USA

BY Morgan Falconer |

BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

BY Douglas Heingartner |

Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, USA

BY Sarah-Neel Smith |

doggerfisher, Edinburgh, UK

BY Kate Forde |

Gasworks, London, UK

BY Ian Hunt |

Elizabeth Dee, New York, USA

BY Graham T. Beck |

The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

BY Benjamin Carlson |

UBS Art Gallery, New York, USA

BY Anne Wehr |

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

BY Simon Rees |

The Glaswegian novelist and artist answers questions about his approach to art, life and literature

BY Alasdair Gray |

eds. Daniel Birnbaum and Isabelle Graw (Sternberg Press, Berlin and New York, 2008)

Conlon Nancarrow (Other Minds, 2008)

BY Paul Kildea |

Magazine (Virgin/EMI, 2008)

BY Mark Fisher |

John Waters, Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK

BY Sally O'Reilly |

Basic Channel (Basic Channel, 2008)

BY Dan Fox |

Tim Etchells (Heinemann, London, 2008)

BY Tim Robey |

Radiohole, The Kitchen, New York, USA

BY Natalie Haddad |

In an ongoing series frieze asks curators, artists and writers to list the books that have influenced them

Deyan Sudjic (Penguin, London, 2008)

Videos, hoods, a ‘period eye’; surrealism and surveillance

BY Christopher Bedford |

Political engagement in art from the USA and Silvia Kolbowski’s ambitious new work

BY Christopher Bedford |

What do you like the look of? My son’s beauty sleep

Richard Serra talks about the evolution of his ideas and his plans for the future

Begonias, the lure of travel, endless writing and an unfinished book

BY Sean O'Toole |

In an ongoing series, frieze asks artists and filmmakers to list the movies that have influenced their practice

Ambiguity, concealment and eroticism lurk in the shadows of Victor Man’s paintings and installations

BY Tom Morton |

From participatory projects to socially mindful curating,Harrell Fletcher explores the role art plays in human relations

BY Jens Hoffmann |

Artist Daria Martin on the evolution of an artwork

The elegant aesthetic of Matthew Brannon’s pictures and sculptures belies a witty, acerbic take on the human condition

BY Jennifer Higgie |

Sound and form: grasshoppers, vocal canons and communicating with the dead

BY Sam Thorne |

Melik Ohanian’s aim to ‘question the operative mode of the exhibition’ is apparent in his complex, multimedia project

Institutional critique and collective authorship; money, fruit and Robbie Williams

BY Luca Cerizza |

Despite problems, the city offers a thriving contemporary art scene, breathtaking architecture and extraordinary food