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

The odd couple: agitprop and the griot tradition

BY Sean O'Toole |

A short story

BY Bedwyr Williams |

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

BY Dan Fox |

Five contemporary painters, from Charline von Heyl to Tauba Auerbach, discuss the role of abstraction

BY Christopher Bedford |

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

BY Jonathan Griffin |

What are the economics involved when artists have children?

BY Jennifer Allen |

The surge in popularity of The Metropolitan Museum

BY Jason Farago |

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

BY Colin Perry |

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

BY Simon Reynolds |

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

BY Isobel Harbison |

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

BY Banu Cennetoğlu |

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

BY Amelia Groom, Nick Currie AND Rem Koolhaas |

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

BY Silas Martí |

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

BY Sam Thorne |

The ups and downs of failure as a creative tool

BY Lynne Tillman |

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

BY Marie Darrieussecq |

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

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

BY Brian Dillon |

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 |

Inspired by Peter Schjeldahl and John Kelsey, Sam Thorne delves into art criticism's tradition of untidiness

BY Sam Thorne |