Issue 143
Nov - Dec 2011

In the Nov / Dec issue of frieze associate editor Christy Lange describes how ‘a photograph—for all its apparent or intrinsic stillness, two-dimensionality and documentary properties—can also give still things life.’

Elad Lassry discusses his sculptures that ‘happen to be photographs’ with curator Mark Godfrey, articulating the relationship between objects, the importance of the frame and the potential of ‘nervous pictures’.

Artist, writer and curator Chris Wiley looks at new approaches to photography in the work of a number of US-based artists, including Michele Abeles, Lucas Blalock, Talia Cherit, Liz Deschenes and Sam Falls, emphasizing process, digital manipulation and the physical support. Plus writer and curator David Campany traces the intertwining of art and commercial photography in the genre of still life.

From this issue

Q. What is art for? A. Nietzsche said that life without music would be a mistake. A life without art would be unlivable. Art is life.

BY Alfredo Jaar | 01 NOV 11

Photography and the restless still life

BY Christy Lange | 01 NOV 11

An excerpt from the forthcoming treatise on photography by Jean-Philippe Obu-Stevenson: Snappy Snaps: Irrigating the Re-Un-De-Framed Conceptual Contextual Medium Mediation of the Imaged Photographic Picture (Editions Obu-Stevenson, Schipol Airport, 2012)

A new book on the writing of Diane Arbus prompts a deeper understanding of her photographs

BY Lynne Tillman | 01 NOV 11

Narcissism is back in fashion

BY Jennifer Allen | 01 NOV 11

Does digital media spell the end for portrait photographers in Africa?

BY Sean O’Toole | 01 NOV 11

The contradictions of a youth-obsessed art world

BY Graham T. Beck | 01 NOV 11

Erik Morse on the translation into English of a 52-part French TV programme featuring philosopher Gilles Deleuze

BY Erik Morse | 01 NOV 11

From the Ottoman diaspora to the musical influence of the Eastern Mediterranean, the early days of the record industry in New York

BY Sam Thorne | 01 NOV 11

From the failures of Roland Barthes to the joys of sustained looking, four new publications on photography

BY Brian Dillon | 01 NOV 11

Recently, several US-based artists have taken a approach to photography, emphasizing process, digital manipulation and the physical support

BY Chris Wiley | 01 NOV 11

Elad Lassry makes sculptures that, in his words, ‘happen to be photographs’

BY Mark Godfrey | 01 NOV 11

The intertwining of art and commercial photography is nowhere more evident than in the genre of still life

BY David Campany | 01 NOV 11

Symmetry, distance and intimacy; poetry, concrete and grass

BY Paul Teasdale | 01 NOV 11

Luxury consumption and low-cost production; labour, exchange, weight and money

BY Barbara Casavecchia | 01 NOV 11

The land and the sea; the mapping of clandestine journeys; the intertwining of personal stories and politics

BY Kaelen Wilson-Goldie | 01 NOV 11

The first of an occasional series in which frieze invites an artist, curator or writer to discuss the images that have influenced them

BY Chris Killip | 01 NOV 11

A digital approach to sculpture and installation; physical comedy and the very recent past

BY Jörg Heiser | 01 NOV 11

Artist Anthony Pearson talks to Barbara Kasten about theatricality, her photographic approach and ‘thinking like a painter’

BY Anthony Pearson | 01 NOV 11

The legacy of the late Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri

BY Christy Lange | 01 NOV 11