Issue 120
Jan - Feb 2009

In its annual roundup, frieze asks 18 critics and curators what, and who, they feel to be the most significant shows and artists from 2008, and what they’re looking forward to in 2009. Steven Stern reports from Prospect.1, New Orleans’ ambitious new biennial. Nicolas Bourriaud reveals his plans for the Tate Triennial 2009, and Daniel Birnbaum talks about his role as the next director of the Venice Biennale. Dominic Eichler reflects on censorship, sexuality, creativity and economic meltdown. Carol Yinghua Lu suggests that the popularity of gigantic sculptures amongst Chinese artists has little to do with good ideas.

From this issue

Fierce jeremiads, ‘pseudomodernism’, the positive effects of the financial crisis, nostalgia and the tallest structure in the world

BY Owen Hatherley AND Shumon Basar |

The popularity of enormous sculptures created by Chinese artists has little to do with a rigorous engagement with ideas or materials

BY Carol Yinghua Lu |

Virginie Sélavy and Katja Nicodemus reflect on the cinematic highlights of 2008

A biography of George Plimpton and Frederick Seidel’s collected poems celebrate two suave writers

BY George Pendle |

The best of 2008, from the Olympics to Obama, Macguffins, museum shows and new coins

BY Alice Twemlow |

The home of John Latham, one of Britain’s most radical artists, has opened to the public two years after his death

BY Martin Herbert |

A recent exhibition of designer and architect Greta Magnusson Grossman highlights the extraordinary career of an overlooked radical

Curator Nicolas Bourriaud talks botany, modernity, time, class and exhibition-making

BY Tom Morton |

The best releases of 2008 and the year’s most compelling work in the field of extreme music

BY Daniel Trilling AND Frances Morgan |

18 critics and curators choose what they felt to be the most significant solo shows of 2008

During economic crises, sobriety is not what art needs most

BY Jörg Heiser |

18 critics and curators choose what they felt to be the most significant biennials and survey shows of 2008

On 20th January, George W. Bush’s disastrous reign will be over, but the hard work will be just beginning

BY Robert Storr |

The ambitious new biennial has helped to revitalize a city still suffering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina

BY Steven Stern |

Q. What do you wish you knew? A. How to spell would be useful

BY Marvin Gaye Chetwynd |

18 critics and curators choose what they felt to be the most significant group shows of 2008

18 critics and curators choose who they felt to be the most significant emerging artists of 2008

18 critics and curators on what they’re looking forward to in 2009

Literary highlights of 2008 included a biography of Theodor Adorno, a new novel by Philip Roth and short stories by Ali Smith

What am I looking forward to in 2009?

BY Sean Landers |

The history of racial segregation in American art galleries and contemporary identity politics

BY Jennifer Allen |

How designers are adopting the strategies of Conceptual art

BY Ronald Jones |

Censorship, sexuality, creativity and the economic meltdown. Featuring a specially commissioned collage by Cerith Wyn Evans

Daniel Birnbaum talks about curating the Turin Triennial and his role as Director of the 53rd Venice Biennale

Various Venues, Yokohama, Japan

BY Jennifer Higgie |

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

BY Benjamin Carlson |

Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris, France

Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, Brazil

BY Jens Hoffmann |

New Museum, New York, USA

BY Anne Wehr |

Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK

BY Sarah Lowndes |

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany

BY Burkhard Meltzer |

Various Venues, Taipei, Taiwan

BY Simon Rees |

greengrassi, London, UK

BY Colin Perry |

International Center for Photography, New York, USA

BY Jenni Sorkin |

Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

BY Sarah E. James |

LA Louver, Los Angeles, USA

BY Jeffrey Ryan |

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

BY Michelle Cotton |

Francesca Minini Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy

BY Frank Boehm |

Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, USA

BY Katie Sonnenborn |

Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China

BY Angie Baecker |

The Drawing Room, London, UK

BY Chris Fite-Wassilak |

Van Abbemuseum / Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

BY Douglas Heingartner |

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, USA

BY Christopher Bedford |

T1-2 Gallery, London, UK

BY Peter Suchin |

Loraini Alimantiri Gazonrouge, Athens, Greece

BY Despina Zefkili |

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

BY Jeannie Kim |

The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK

BY Brian Dillon |

Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary

BY Nicole Scheyerer |

MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, USA

BY Natalie Haddad |

Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool, UK

BY Michael Bracewell |