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 | 01 NOV 09

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

BY Shumon Basar | 01 NOV 09

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

BY Coco Fusco | 01 NOV 09

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

BY Dominic Eichler | 01 NOV 09

American artist Jonathan Horowitz employs contemporary culture as his medium

01 NOV 09

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

BY Erik Morse | 01 NOV 09

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

BY Nicola Harvey | 01 NOV 09

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

BY Christy Lange | 01 NOV 09

Various venues, Istanbul, Turkey

BY Tirdad Zolghadr | 01 NOV 09

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

BY Dan Fox | 01 NOV 09

Milton Keynes Gallery, UK

BY Jonathan Griffin | 01 NOV 09

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

BY Zehra Jumabhoy | 01 NOV 09

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

BY Kirsty Bell | 01 NOV 09

The Drawing Center, New York, USA

BY Morgan Falconer | 01 NOV 09

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

01 NOV 09

White Cube, London, UK

BY Martin Herbert | 01 NOV 09

Serendipity, politics and the timely return of Bertolt Brecht

BY Jennifer Higgie | 01 NOV 09

Various venues, Athens, Greece

BY Adam Jasper | 01 NOV 09

Looking for art that reflects these troubled times

BY Robert Storr | 01 NOV 09

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Germany

BY Anna Altman | 01 NOV 09

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

BY Nicola Harvey | 01 NOV 09

Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles, USA

BY Natalie Haddad | 01 NOV 09
Article

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

BY Christopher Bedford | 01 NOV 09

Spike Island, Bristol, UK

BY Michael Bracewell | 01 NOV 09

How free online media is affecting our offline expectations

BY Michael Sayeau | 01 NOV 09

Francois Ghebaly/Chung King Project, Los Angeles, USA

BY Andrew Berardini | 01 NOV 09

Karma International, Zurich, Switzerland

BY Quinn Latimer | 01 NOV 09

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

01 NOV 09

Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France

BY Devika Singh | 01 NOV 09

Broadway 1602, New York, USA

BY Kristin M. Jones | 01 NOV 09

Gagosian Gallery, London, UK

BY Natasha Degen | 01 NOV 09

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

BY Thomas Girst | 01 NOV 09

Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK

BY Colin Perry | 01 NOV 09

Daiwa Press Viewing Room, Hiroshima, Japan

BY Andrew Maerkle | 01 NOV 09

Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto, Canada

BY Dan Adler | 01 NOV 09
Culture Digest

Charlotte Klonk (Yale University Press, 2009)

BY Brian Sholis | 01 NOV 09
Culture Digest

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

BY Tim Abrahams | 01 NOV 09
Culture Digest

Jim O’Rourke (Drag City, 2009)

BY Daniel Trilling | 01 NOV 09
Culture Digest

Evangelista (Constellation, 2009)

BY Frances Morgan | 01 NOV 09
Article

David Sylvian (Samadhisound, 2009)

BY Mark Fisher | 01 NOV 09

Stills, Edinburgh, UK

BY Kate Forde | 01 NOV 09

Various venues, Biel, Switzerland

BY Burkhard Meltzer | 01 NOV 09

Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA

BY Graham T. Beck | 01 NOV 09

Simon Preston Gallery, New York, USA

BY Katie Sonnenborn | 01 NOV 09

City Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

BY Petr Fischer | 01 NOV 09

Metropole Alliance, Brussels, Belgium

BY Esperanza Rosales | 01 NOV 09

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

BY Jennifer Allen | 22 OCT 09
Article

(Faber & Faber, London, 2009)

BY Craig Burnett | 22 OCT 09