Issue 144
Jan - Feb 2012

The Jan / Feb issue of frieze looks back over the significant events and issues of 2011, with a series of dispatches from Beirut, Berlin, Cairo, London, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo.

As well as round-ups of the best films, architecture, design, music and publications of the year, these reports include Jennifer Higgie and Sam Thorne talk to Chris Dercon, the new director of Tate Modern and Dan Hancox revisits a year of unrest in the UK; Negar Azimi considers art’s conflicted relationship with the Arab Spring, while, from Beirut, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie looks at artistic autonomy in Lebanon; Stacey Allan and Sam Thorne report from ‘Pacific Standard Time’, an unprecedented survey of South Californian art between 1945 and 1980; Philip Brophy and Kyoji Maeda reflect upon Japan’s artistic psyche after the tsunami.

From this issue

From retro to repro, and beyond

BY Dominikus Müller AND Geeta Dayal |

Experimental magazines, absurdist writing and new fiction, the publishing highlights of 2011

BY David Senior AND Emily Stokes |

What two photographs taken by a Spanish judge in Baghdad reveal about the impossibility of untangling a moment in the past

BY Mario Garcia Torres |

Art’s conflicted relationship with the Arab Spring

BY Negar Azimi |

A survey of modern living in California, biennials in Asia and a new generation of design studios

The best movies and artists’ films of 2011

BY Thomas Beard AND Emilie Bickerton |

Jennifer Higgie and Sam Thorne talk to the new director of Tate Modern about the museum’s plans for the future

BY Jennifer Higgie AND Sam Thorne |

A year of unrest in the UK

BY Dan Hancox |

What can artists learn from writers?

BY Jennifer Allen |

The strange allure of amulets

BY George Pendle |

What a show in New York says about artistic freedom in Lebanon

BY Kaelen Wilson-Goldie |

From issue 144, January-February 2012: Kathy Noble talks to Tania Bruguera about the artist’s long-term project in New York, Immigrant Movement International, and what it means not to ‘represent politics but to create political situations’

BY Kathy Noble |

frieze speaks to a new wave of young, dynamic gallerists about their hopes and dreams

A golden age of television

Revisiting art’s social turn and the 1990s: the decade that has yet to end

BY Lars Bang Larsen |

The factors behind the mayor of Berlin’s controversial decision to fund the exhibition ‘Made in Berlin'

BY Jörg Heiser |

Advocate or Informer? Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

BY Jan Verwoert |

Reasons and responses: the cuts to arts funding in the Netherlands

BY Moosje Goosen |

From housing design in Japan to urban interventions in Caracas, architecture in 2011 was characterized by a rethinking of public and private space

BY Niklas Maak |

Remembering 9/11: how exhibitions in New York and Berlin commemorated the tenth anniversary of the attacks

BY Christy Lange |

Gabriela Jauregui on LACMA’s essential retrospective of Asco’s subtle yet humorous blend of art and activism

BY Gabriela Jauregui |

‘Pacific Standard Time’ is an collaboration that traces different histories of Southern Californian art from 1945 to 1980

BY Sam Thorne AND Stacey Allan |

How art can provide new tools for living in a precarious age

BY Jochen Volz |

After the tsunami: the role of disaster in Japan’s artistic psyche

BY Philip Brophy AND Kyoji Maeda |