Issue 134
October 2010

This month, Christopher Williams talks to Willem de Rooij about conceptualism’s relationship to the image and how referentiality has become a mainstream convention. Following Williams’ major solo show at Kunsthalle Baden-Baden and De Rooij’s current exhibition at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie, they discuss their respective practices, previous collaborations and why the adoption of photography was once a political choice.

On the occasion of Lynda Benglis‘ major touring retrospective she discusses with Marina Cashdan her 40-year career. ‘When I came to New York I was part of a close circle of artists who were asking questions about where art was going and what art could be.’

In our Los Angeles City Report, Fritz Haeg asks what attracts artists to the city, whilst Jonathan Griffin maps LA’s powerhouse institutions, tiny project spaces, legendary art schools and artist-run initiatives.

From this issue

What can the past do for the present?

01 OCT 10

The dematerialization of the moving image

BY Jennifer Allen | 01 OCT 10

One man's crusade against 'woo-woo'

BY George Pendle | 01 OCT 10

New railway stations in Belgium and the UK reveal different approaches to utility and excess

BY Owen Hatherley | 01 OCT 10

The work of the late French artist and novelist Édouard Levé explores the ‘fiction of identity’

BY Hugo Wilcken | 01 OCT 10
Culture Digest

The rise of the ‘neuronovel’ and its implications

BY Michael Sayeau | 01 OCT 10

Is the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles the ideal art school?

BY Snowden Snowden | 01 OCT 10

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

01 OCT 10

The poetry, translation and fiction of Anne Carson and Lydia Davis

BY Emily Stokes | 01 OCT 10

A recent crop of new publications exlpore the lives and histories of people and communities through music 

BY Dan Fox | 01 OCT 10

Christopher Williams and Willem de Rooij discuss whether referentiality in art, if once polemical, has become an orthodoxy and if so, is there is a way out?

BY Jörg Heiser | 01 OCT 10

Imagination as a form of resistance in the work of Klaus Weber

BY Kirsty Bell | 01 OCT 10

What do the first art works and recent speculations about early man tell us about today?

BY Tom Morton | 01 OCT 10

Social histories and spectral fictions in the films of Elizabeth Price

BY Sam Thorne | 01 OCT 10

Portraits, abstraction and missing pieces; hobbits, systems and Syd Barrett

BY Natalie Haddad | 01 OCT 10

Whether re-making found furniture or organizing a makeshift ‘Trattoria’, Martino Gamper produces ad hoc solutions for living

BY Emily King | 01 OCT 10

Low-resolution images, installations and curated film programmes; desire, politics and poetry

BY Paul Teasdale | 01 OCT 10

On the occasion of a major touring retrospective, Lynda Benglis talks about her 40-year career

BY Marina Cashdan | 01 OCT 10
City Report

From powerhouse institutions to tiny project spaces, LA’s dispersed art scene is flourishing

BY Fritz Haeg | 01 OCT 10

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA

BY Mark Beasley | 01 OCT 10

Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

BY Amanda Coulson | 01 OCT 10

Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK

BY Colin Perry | 01 OCT 10

Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA

BY Leora Maltz-Leca | 01 OCT 10

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

BY Carol Yinghua Lu | 01 OCT 10

Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark

BY Chris Fite-Wassilak | 01 OCT 10

Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

BY Paul Teasdale | 01 OCT 10

MU, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

BY Daniel Miller | 01 OCT 10

Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany

BY Mitch Speed | 01 OCT 10

Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK

BY Melissa Gronlund | 01 OCT 10

David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

BY Jonathan Griffin | 01 OCT 10

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA

BY Dan Fox | 01 OCT 10

Hayward Gallery, London, UK

BY Kathy Noble | 01 OCT 10

Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg and Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany

BY Jörg Heiser | 01 OCT 10

Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada

BY Charles Reeve | 01 OCT 10

White Cube, London, UK

BY Isobel Harbison | 01 OCT 10

Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland

BY Quinn Latimer | 01 OCT 10

Cubitt, London, UK

BY Chris Fite-Wassilak | 01 OCT 10

SF Camerawork, San Francisco, USA

BY Aimee Le Duc | 01 OCT 10

ArtSway, New Forest, UK

BY David Trigg | 01 OCT 10

Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

BY Mark Prince | 01 OCT 10

Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland

BY Burkhard Meltzer | 01 OCT 10

Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, USA

BY Mike Powell | 01 OCT 10

Glasgow Print Studio, UK

BY Steven Cairns | 01 OCT 10

Derek Eller Gallery, New York, USA

BY Katie Kitamura | 01 OCT 10

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

BY Sam Thorne | 01 OCT 10

With his current show at the Royal Academy (until 13 December), Ai Weiwei’s answers to the frieze ‘Questionnaire’, from Issue 134, October 2010

01 OCT 10