Issue 121
March 2009

Dan Fox asks what it means to be a professional artist, and Jan Verwoert reflects on the best ways to negotiate the uneven line in the art world between work and private life. Steven Stern looks back at the career of David Hammons – a successful artist who has worked for decades without gallery representation. Renowned philosopher Boris Groys discusses the contemporary predicament of art criticism with Brian Dillon, and Sidney Smith traces the history of art’s uneasy relationship to television. The influential Swiss artist and designer Janette Laverrière, who turns 100 this year, talks to Vivian Rehberg in Paris about politics, gender and her recent collaborations with artist Nairy Baghramian. 

From this issue

How art can weave into life and vice versa

BY Carol Yinghua Lu | 12 MAR 09

A specially commissioned project

BY Olivia Plender | 12 MAR 09

The many ways of owning an image

BY Robert Storr | 12 MAR 09

Sometimes no art is better than more art

BY Tirdad Zolghadr | 12 MAR 09

What happens when images float free from the text they illustrate?

BY Jennifer Allen | 12 MAR 09
Culture Digest

An Australian photography festival highlights the relevance of photojournalism at a time when the medium is in crisis

BY Mark Mordue | 12 MAR 09

Despite their contributions, female gallerists have historically been under-recognised. A new book seeks to make amends

BY Martin Herbert | 12 MAR 09

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

12 MAR 09
Culture Digest

Bruce Altshuler et al. (eds.) (Phaidon, London and New York, 2008)

BY Alex Farquharson | 12 MAR 09
Culture Digest

Michael Fried (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2008)

BY Mark Bolland | 12 MAR 09
Culture Digest

Geoff Dyer (Canongate, Edinburgh, 2009)

BY Jennifer Higgie | 12 MAR 09
Culture Digest

Antony and the Johnsons (Rough Trade, 2009)

BY Sam Thorne | 12 MAR 09
Culture Digest

Paavoharju (Fonal, 2008)

BY Jace Clayton | 12 MAR 09
Culture Digest

(RCA Legacy, 2008)

BY Klaus Walter (Translated by Nicholas Grindell) | 12 MAR 09

What does it mean to be a professional artist?

BY Dan Fox | 12 MAR 09

For the past 40 years, the elusive artist David Hammons has explored race, creativity and politics – without gallery representation

BY Steven Stern | 12 MAR 09
Article

Working in the field of art makes it very difficult to draw a line between a professional and private life. What’s the best way forward?

BY Jan Verwoert | 12 MAR 09

Boris Groys in conversation with Brian Dillon

BY Brian Dillon | 12 MAR 09

Sedimentation and submersion; the effects of images on the past, the present and the future

BY Kirsty Bell | 12 MAR 09

Dreams, songbirds and slimming; the imaginative and temporal possibilities of reduction

BY Amanda Coulson | 12 MAR 09

Blood, thread and cow dung; gender politics, myth and mysticism

BY Zehra Jumbahoy | 12 MAR 09
Article

What are the reasons for television’s uneasy relationship to art?

BY Sidney Smith | 12 MAR 09

Janette Laverrière on politics, being a woman, utility, mirrors and her collaborations with artist Nairy Baghramian

BY Vivian Sky Rehberg | 12 MAR 09

Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

BY Devika Singh | 12 MAR 09

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain

BY Max Andrews | 12 MAR 09

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA

BY Andrew Berardini | 12 MAR 09

Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK

BY Dan Fox | 12 MAR 09

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA

BY Natalie Haddad | 12 MAR 09

Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway

BY Martin Herbert | 12 MAR 09

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

BY Justin Paton | 12 MAR 09

LUX, London, UK

BY Melissa Gronlund | 12 MAR 09

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany; Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland

BY Catrin Lorch | 12 MAR 09

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA

BY Ara H. Merjian | 12 MAR 09

Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK

BY Conor Carville | 12 MAR 09

Iasi, Romania

BY Alina Şerban | 12 MAR 09

Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, USA

BY Benjamin Carlson | 12 MAR 09

Nottingham Contemporary, UK

BY Jonathan Griffin | 12 MAR 09

Galerie STAMPA, Basel Switzerland

BY Yvonne Volkart | 12 MAR 09

Parsons The New School of Art and Design, New York, USA

BY Jenni Sorkin | 12 MAR 09

Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland

BY Burkhard Meltzer | 12 MAR 09

Picture This, Bristol, UK

BY Mia Jankowicz | 12 MAR 09

Ballroom Marfa, USA

BY Emily Liebert | 12 MAR 09

Peter Blum and Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, USA

BY Melissa Ragona | 12 MAR 09

Raucci/Santamaria, Naples, Italy

BY Alessandro Rabottini | 12 MAR 09

Americas Society, New York, USA

BY Morgan Falconer | 12 MAR 09

Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium

BY Doreen Mende | 12 MAR 09

Mother's Tankstation, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

BY Tim Stott | 12 MAR 09

Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

BY Kirsty Bell | 12 MAR 09

Lombard-Fried Projects, New York, USA

BY Christopher Bedford | 12 MAR 09

The Crypt, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, UK

BY Brian Dillon | 12 MAR 09

Franz Ackermann is an artist living and working in Berlin and Karlsruhe in Germany. He is currently participating in the Tate Triennial in London and will have a solo show at Kunstmuseum Bonn in December 2009.

12 MAR 09