Issue 138
April 2011

The April issue of frieze asks, what can design accomplish right now? In a roundtable on the largely unresolved relationship between design and social responsibility, frieze‘s design editor Eugenia Bell talks to six designers and critics about the politics and pitfalls of designing with a sense of cultural, ecological or economic responsibility. 

Emily King traces the intertwined legacies of two legendary Milanese magazines, Domus and Abitare; and Nick Sowers outlines the challenge posed by the preservation of former battlefields and fortresses.

Plus, special artist projects from Barbara Bloom and Nick Relph.

From this issue

Q. What’s your favourite ritual? A. Morning cups of tea.

01 APR 11

M.C. Escher and the enduring influence of Roger Penrose

01 APR 11

Newly published translations of the work of two overlooked design prophets

01 APR 11

The histories of two legendary Milanese magazines, Domus and Abitare, are intertwined with the extraordinary generation of Italian designers who burst onto the scene 50 years ago

01 APR 11

21-hour days, eight-day weeks; ‘aesthetics acts’ and Polaroids

01 APR 11

Equilibrium and tension; nature and vegetables

01 APR 11

Since the 1970s Barbara Bloom has used photography, installation, film and books as a means of looking at issues of collecting, museology, design, taste and our investment in the objects with which we surround ourselves. In this project for frieze, created together with writer Susan Tallman, Bloom – who is referred to throughout as ‘BB’ – presents selections from her 2008 installation and book The Collections of Barbara Bloom, a work about ‘the way things carry ideas’

BY Susan Tallman | 01 APR 11

For his final column for frieze, Robert Storr reflects on what it takes to be an art writer

01 APR 11

What we talk about when we talk about design

01 APR 11

A roundtable discussion between six designers and critics, led by Eugenia Bell, debating the largely unresolved relationship between design and social responsibility – one that is constrained by politics and fraught with pitfalls

01 APR 11
BY Simon Rees | 01 APR 11

At Succession, Vienna, the artist presents a series of works that capture the US government’s satellites, reconnaissance jets and spacecraft 

BY Helen Chang | 01 APR 11
BY Max Andrews | 01 APR 11
BY Quinn Latimer | 01 APR 11

Urban agriculture, post-industrial food and the legacy of the artist-led initiatives of 1970s downtown New York

01 APR 11

In an ongoing series, frieze asks an artist, curator or writer to list the books that have influenced them

01 APR 11

A roundup of recent design publications, from the history of a pioneering design shop to the fashioning of the first space suit

01 APR 11

How car advertising borrows from contemporary art

BY Christopher Bedford | 01 APR 11
BY Belinda Bowring | 01 APR 11
BY George Barber | 01 APR 11

Taikang Space, Beijing, China

BY Carol Yinghua Lu | 01 APR 11

The highs and lows of mass housing in the UK

01 APR 11
BY Gitanjali Dang | 01 APR 11

The often fraught relationship between art and design

01 APR 11
BY Nicola Harvey | 01 APR 11
BY Amelia Groom | 01 APR 11
BY Rose Bouthillier | 01 APR 11
BY Nick Aikens | 01 APR 11
BY Charles Reeve | 01 APR 11
BY Christopher Bedford | 01 APR 11
BY Martin Herbert | 01 APR 11
BY Marina Cashdan | 01 APR 11
BY Katie Kitamura | 01 APR 11
BY Colin Perry | 01 APR 11
BY Matthew Israel | 01 APR 11
BY Anna Gritz | 01 APR 11
BY Katie Kitamura | 01 APR 11
BY Ian Chang | 01 APR 11
BY Ara H. Merjian | 01 APR 11
BY Erik Morse | 01 APR 11
BY Jonathan Griffin | 01 APR 11
BY William Corwin | 01 APR 11
BY Amanda Coulson | 01 APR 11
BY Barbara Casavecchia | 01 APR 11
BY Moosje Goosen | 01 APR 11
BY Agnieszka Gratza | 01 APR 11
BY Julie Cirelli | 01 APR 11