Issue 127
Nov - Dec 2009

In the Nov / Dec issue of frieze: Bertolt Brecht, Douglas Coupland, Marcel Duchamp, Matias Faldbakken, Harun Farocki, Ydessa Hendeles, Jonathan Horowitz, Mary Reid Kelley, Melancholy in video games, Jim O’Rourke and Erick Morse in conversation with Peter Sloterdijk.

Plus, a specially commissioned work by Mick Peter, and Dorothy Iannone answers the ‘Questionnaire’.

Reviews from: the UK, USA, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Switzerland and Turkey.

From this issue

Extravagant, experimental and often improvised: the spirit of young artists in British film

BY Michael Bracewell |

Novelist and artist Douglas Coupland’s pop-modern second residence in West Vancouver

BY Shumon Basar |

Mining the politics of imagery through the works of the late German filmmaker

BY Coco Fusco |

Norwegian artist and novelist Matias Faldbakken responds to socio-political sore points with ambivalence and provocation

BY Dominic Eichler |

American artist Jonathan Horowitz employs contemporary culture as his medium

Peter Sloterdijk talks about the phenomena of chemical warfare, designer ventilation and high-density urban living

BY Erik Morse |

History and the future; East and West; community and isolation

BY Nicola Harvey |

Mute, restrained objects and photographs; eloquent but evasive literary references

BY Christy Lange |

Various venues, Istanbul, Turkey

BY Tirdad Zolghadr |

Hauser & Wirth, New York Marble Cemetery, Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA

BY Dan Fox |

Milton Keynes Gallery, UK

BY Jonathan Griffin |

Role-playing and cultural identity; a maharaja, a dandy, a queen and a hairy ‘native’

BY Zehra Jumabhoy |

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

BY Kirsty Bell |

The Drawing Center, New York, USA

BY Morgan Falconer |

Q: What should change? A: Can we banish greed?

White Cube, London, UK

BY Martin Herbert |

Serendipity, politics and the timely return of Bertolt Brecht

BY Jennifer Higgie |

Various venues, Athens, Greece

BY Adam Jasper |

Looking for art that reflects these troubled times

BY Robert Storr |

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Germany

BY Anna Altman |

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

BY Nicola Harvey |

Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles, USA

BY Natalie Haddad |

The successful deployment of melancholy as a marketing tool to sell war-based video games

BY Christopher Bedford |

Spike Island, Bristol, UK

BY Michael Bracewell |

How free online media is affecting our offline expectations

BY Michael Sayeau |

Francois Ghebaly/Chung King Project, Los Angeles, USA

BY Andrew Berardini |

Karma International, Zurich, Switzerland

BY Quinn Latimer |

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

Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France

BY Devika Singh |

Broadway 1602, New York, USA

BY Kristin M. Jones |

Gagosian Gallery, London, UK

BY Natasha Degen |

A new exhibition and publication examine the evolution of Marcel Duchamp’s most enigmatic work

BY Thomas Girst |

Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK

BY Colin Perry |

Daiwa Press Viewing Room, Hiroshima, Japan

BY Andrew Maerkle |

Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto, Canada

BY Dan Adler |

David Bennewith (ed.) (Clouds, Jan van Eyck Academie and Colophon, Auckland and Maastricht, 2009)

BY Tim Abrahams |

Jim O’Rourke (Drag City, 2009)

BY Daniel Trilling |

Evangelista (Constellation, 2009)

BY Frances Morgan |

David Sylvian (Samadhisound, 2009)

BY Mark Fisher |

Stills, Edinburgh, UK

BY Kate Forde |

Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA

BY Graham T. Beck |

Simon Preston Gallery, New York, USA

BY Katie Sonnenborn |

City Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

BY Petr Fischer |

Metropole Alliance, Brussels, Belgium

BY Esperanza Rosales |

The shows curated by one Toronto-based collector are so good that others pale in comparison

BY Jennifer Allen |

(Faber & Faber, London, 2009)

BY Craig Burnett |