Issue 148
Jun - Aug 2012

The summer issue of frieze asks: how does art influence society? ‘Artists are still the canaries in the mine of gentrification’ – Sharon Zukin.

In Changing Places, Dan Fox talks to Nils Norman, Timotheus Vermeulen, Anton Vidokle, and Sharon Zukin about art, gentrification, and artistic freedom as the role art plays in city economies becomes increasingly complex.

Life Models: Professor of art history at Barnard College and Columbia University, Alexander Alberro, asks what kind of role does art actually play in society?

John Waters talks to Drew Daniel about sex, death, God, the art world, and how he has dealt with taste and transgression for close to 50 years.

Signs of the Times: Tom Morton looks at how Matthew Darbyshire‘s architectural interventions, installations and consumer objects reveal the gap between what is promised by those who shape our worlds and what is actually on offer. Delhi City Report: Devika Singh and The Raqs Media Collective consider the expansion of the art scene in the Indian capital, where a sense of adventure and DIY ethics are yielding interesting results. 

From this issue

What kind of art do you stand for?

BY Dan Fox |

Eggs, poodles, Minimalism?

Art and the Cold Civil War

BY Jennifer Allen |

A brief history of deadly art

BY George Pendle |

Since the late 1990s, the art scene in the Indian capital and its environs has swelled from a handful of galleries to a thriving constellation of non-profits, residency programmes and artist-run spaces.

BY Devika Singh |

In a survey show of the artist at Tate Modern, Hirst’s trademark repetitions soon become apparent

BY Jennifer Higgie |

On a music festival in Wysing, ‘Thingly Time’, the zigzag wave form of Charlie Brown’s jumper and Bedfordshire

Q: What is art for?

A: It’s a way of resisting the lack of meaning in things, a desperate attempt to make sense of how random and absurd the world is — and it’s also a way of celebrating exactly that.

BY Amalia Pica |

One woman’s protest in Damascus

BY Kaelen Wilson-Goldie |

The Argentinean artist’s year-long video project Un Futuro Certero (A Certain Future)

BY Rebecca Close |

What kind of role does art actually play in society? From the Bauhaus to Thomas Hirschhorn, and from The Yes Men to Jean-Luc Godard, how and in what ways does art circulate beyond the sphere of the art world?

The shifting iconography of the wealthy

BY Adam Kleinman |

As a director, writer, artist and, more recently, curator, John Waters has been dealing in taste and transgression for close to 50 years. Here he talks about sex, death, God and the art world

BY Drew Daniel |

Matthew Darbyshire’s architectural interventions, installations and displays of consumer objects hone in on the gap between what is promised by those who shape our world and what is actually on offer

In a new series, Chris Kraus talks to her long-time friend and editor Hedi El Kholti about the books, authors and landscapes that have influenced her as a writer and filmmaker

BY Chris Kraus |

Is today’s art too self-referential?

BY Dieter Roelstraete |

Luc Sante considers a postcard from Gering, Nebraska

BY Luc Sante |

Children’s TV shows and tromp l’oeil

In new interviews, Conny Plank’s collaborators – including Brian Eno and Holger Czukay – remember the radical music producer.

BY Geeta Dayal |

The Dutch artist’s carefully scripted day-long conference, Any Other Business

Bertolt Brecht and the media today

BY Gemma Sieff |

Dan Fox talks to Nils Norman, Timotheus Vermeulen, Anton Vidokle and Sharon Zukin about art, gentrification and artistic freedom

The first in an occasional series in which an artist, curator or writer discusses the buildings and environments that have most influenced them

BY Pablo Bronstein |

LaToya Ruby Frazier’s specially commissioned project for frieze.

BY LaToya Ruby Frazier |