Issue 126
October 2009

In the October issue of frieze, Benjamin Weissman presents an homage to, meditation on, conversation with and analysis of the 50-year career of John Baldessari.

Also, the artist Barbara Bloom responds to the work of Baldessari – her friend and former teacher.

Plus: Jennifer Bornstein, Tacita Dean, Lara Favaretto, Dan Fox on pretentiousness, the Polyphonic Voices of Georgia, Fritz Haeg, Tehching Hsieh, Michelangelo and Paulina Olowska.

Also featuring: novelist A.M. Homes‘ short story inspired by the work of British photographer Paul Graham.

From this issue

An homage to, meditation on, conversation with and analysis of the multi-faceted, 50-year career of John Baldessari

BY Benjamin Weissman |

John Baldessari by Barbara Bloom

BY Barbara Bloom |

Fascinated by accounts of seemingly mysterious perceptual experiences, the artist relates her findings and how they impacted her work

BY Jennifer Bornstein |

What do we mean when we call someone, or something, pretentious?

BY Dan Fox |

Employing media as diverse as a suspended caravan and a levitating donkey, Lara Favaretto unearths the romance and possibility buried in futility

BY Tom Morton |

Quiet afternoons and meditations on the malleability of time

BY Jennifer Higgie |

Cultural and subjective mobility; biography, fantasy, myth and rumour

BY Jonathan Griffin |

Abstractions of sound and image; the meeting of purity and distortion

BY Michael Wilson |

Over-determining the function of an art practice can limit its power to transform, illuminate or respond to a given situation

BY Fritz Haeg |

This year has seen a resurgence of interest in the remarkable performances of Tehching Hsieh, who has been making art for more than 35 years

BY Barry Schwabsky |

What is art for? For art is what

How do you write a catalogue essay for a show that hasn’t yet opened?

BY Jennifer Allen |

Domestic and social dynamics within the parentless homestead in the films of John Hughes

BY George Pendle |

At frieze we receive hundreds of emails every day from artists, galleries and public relations companies around the world

Bernard Szajner (LTM Recordings, 2009)

BY Mark Fisher |

Michelangelo’s first painting goes on show in New York

BY Robert Storr |

Shortlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize, author and artist Tom McCarthy list the books that have influenced him

BY Tom McCarthy |

Recent developments in humanoid robot technology

BY Karl Iagnemma |

How do we visualize the economic crisis?

BY Nina Power AND Michael Sayeau |

frieze asks artists and filmmakers to list the movies that have influenced their practise

BY Tacita Dean |

Sophie Richard (Ridinghouse, London, 2009)

BY Mark Godfrey |

Paul Smith (University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2009)

BY Jennifer Allen |

David Leatherbarrow (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009)

BY Morgan Falconer |

Susan Stenger (Forma Productions, 2009)

BY Frances Morgan |

Anchiskhati Choir (Soul Jazz Records/World Audio Foundation, 2009)

BY Sam Thorne |

Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

BY Quinn Latimer |

Governors Island, New York, USA

BY George Pendle |

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

BY Isobel Harbison |

Kunstmuseet KUBE, Ålesund, Norway

BY Katie Kitamura |

Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, USA

BY Kristin M. Jones |

Tate Britain, London, UK

BY Jonathan Griffin |

Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France

BY Ara H. Merjian |

Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK

BY Stephen Beasley |

Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK

BY Sam Thorne |

MUMOK, Vienna, Austria

BY Helen Chang |

Musée d'art contemporain, Montreal, Canada

BY James D. Campbell |

LAXART, Los Angeles, USA

BY Andrew Berardini |

Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

BY Catrin Lorch |

Galleria Continua, Beijing, China

BY Carol Yinghua Lu |

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

BY Dan Fox |

Cheim & Read, New York, USA

BY Katie Kitamura |

Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

BY Douglas Heingartner |

Frith Street Gallery, London, UK

BY Kathy Noble |

Carl Freedman Gallery, London, UK

BY Colin Perry |

Team Gallery, New York, USA

BY Graham T. Beck |

Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, USA

BY Jason Foumberg |

Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid, Spain

BY Christy Lange |

Modern Art, London, UK

BY Conor Carville |

Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin, Germany

BY Mark Prince |

Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration, Paris, France

BY Miriam Rosen |

SPACE, London, UK

BY Frances Morgan |

The myriad uses of art and artists

BY Dominic Eichler |