Issue 145
March 2012

In the March issue of frieze: curator Christopher Bedford asks five painters what abstraction means today.

Tomma Abts, Tauba Auerbach, Matt Connors, Charline von Heyl, and Bernd Ribbeck respond to his questions on metaphysics, materiality, and representation.

Five decades after the pioneering Japanese architecture group Metabolism was founded, Amelia Groom considers their legacy on the occasion of a major touring survey, while Rem Koolhaas talks to Nick Currie about the organic and flexible buildings that they envisioned.

Novelist Marie Darrieussecq responds to the filmic mediations of João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva.

From this issue

BY Jason Foumberg | 01 FEB 12
BY Kristin M. Jones | 01 FEB 12

The odd couple: agitprop and the griot tradition

BY Sean O'Toole | 01 FEB 12
BY David Homewood | 01 FEB 12
BY Vivian Sky Rehberg | 01 FEB 12
Satire

A short story

BY Bedwyr Williams | 01 FEB 12
BY George Pendle | 01 FEB 12
BY Lumi Tan | 01 FEB 12
BY Nadine Zeidler | 01 FEB 12
BY Dan Fox | 01 FEB 12
BY Lorena Muñoz-Alonso | 01 FEB 12
BY Mike Watson | 01 FEB 12
BY Eva Maria Stadler | 01 FEB 12

First broadcast in 1983, Robert Ashley’s TV opera Perfect Lives is a talkative exploration of sociability and storytelling

BY Dan Fox | 01 FEB 12
BY Jacob Lillemos | 01 FEB 12
BY Mark Prince | 01 FEB 12
BY Dominikus Müller | 01 FEB 12
BY Moosje Goosen | 01 FEB 12

Five painters on the role of abstraction in painting today

BY Christopher Bedford | 01 FEB 12
BY Krzysztof Kościuczuk | 01 FEB 12

The story of Los Angeles-based artist Kaari Upson’s long-term ‘Larry Project’

BY Jonathan Griffin | 01 FEB 12

What are the economics involved when artists have children?

BY Jennifer Allen | 01 FEB 12
BY Kasia Redzisz | 01 FEB 12
Article

The surge in popularity of The Metropolitan Museum

BY Jason Farago | 01 FEB 12
BY Quinn Latimer | 01 FEB 12

Early 20th-century literary characterization; imagination, action and agency

BY Colin Perry | 01 FEB 12
BY Kathy Noble | 01 FEB 12

Part of the the romance of this breed of lost experimentalists relates to their financial struggles 

BY Simon Reynolds | 01 FEB 12

Informed by the online debris of stock photography, a number of artists are exploring the ‘off-world’ of digital imagery 

BY Isobel Harbison | 01 FEB 12
BY Eleanor Nairne | 01 FEB 12
BY Colin Perry | 01 FEB 12
BY Andrew Hunt | 01 FEB 12

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

BY Banu Cennetoğlu | 01 FEB 12

Amelia Groom considers the Japanese architecture group Metabolism, while Nick Currie talks to Rem Koolhaas about organic cities and flexible buildings

BY Amelia Groom | 01 FEB 12
BY James D. Campbell | 01 FEB 12
BY Tom Morton | 01 FEB 12
BY Piper Marshall | 01 FEB 12

Tropical Modernism and the ‘potential of nostalgia’; photographs, prints and new layers of memory

BY Silas Martí | 01 FEB 12

Community organizing and AIDS activism; ‘Full Body Quotation’ and party hosting

BY Sam Thorne | 01 FEB 12
BY John Douglas Millar | 01 FEB 12
BY Kathy Noble | 01 FEB 12
BY James Cahill | 01 FEB 12
BY Sam Thorne | 01 FEB 12
BY Michael Harris | 01 FEB 12

The ups and downs of failure as a creative tool

BY Lynne Tillman | 01 FEB 12

Marie Darrieussecq responds to the filmic meditations of João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva

BY Marie Darrieussecq | 01 FEB 12

Documentary films and sci-fi encounters; assumption, truth and magic

01 FEB 12

The fourth novel from New York-based writer Ben Marcus is a powerful allegory about language

BY Brian Dillon | 01 FEB 12

Held across eight Italian galleries and museums, ‘Arte Povera 2011’ fails the original spirit of the art movement created by Germano Celant

BY Francesco Bonami | 01 FEB 12

The untidy tradition of criticism

BY Sam Thorne | 01 FEB 12
BY Jonathan Griffin | 01 JAN 12
BY Wes Hill | 01 JAN 12
BY Bettina Brunner | 01 JAN 12
BY Despina Zefkili | 01 JAN 12