Issue 171
May 2015

The May issue of frieze is out now, with a focus on international artists participating in the 56th Venice Biennale—including features on Simon Denny, Joan Jonas, Sarah Lucas, Olaf Nicolai and Danh Vo.

Also featuring: Co-editor Jörg Heiser traces relationships across time and place in the work of our cover artist, Danh Vo; how artists are collapsing the contemporary and archaeological to offer fresh political insights; Olaf Nicolai talks about his new work for the roof of the German pavilion in Venice.

From this issue

Q. What do you like the look of? A. The everyday world: grand and microscopic.

BY Joan Jonas | 10 MAY 15

The complicated idea of ‘home’

BY Dan Fox | 27 APR 15

The fate of postwar murals in the UK

BY Brian Dillon | 27 APR 15

Creating and contesting categories

BY Lynne Tillman | 27 APR 15

What the case against Luc Tuymans reveals about the difference between US and EU copyright law

BY Daniel McClean | 27 APR 15

Change is in the air at the city’s institutions

BY Eleanor Clayton | 27 APR 15

Novelist Sarah Hall talks to Sarah Lucas about sculpture, sexual politics and representing Britain at the Venice Biennale

27 APR 15

On the ruptures and restlessness of much contemporary art, and how this is reflected in the 56th Venice Biennale

BY Kaelen Wilson-Goldie | 26 APR 15

Travis Jeppesen considers disruption and ambivalence in the work of Simon Denny, in the run-up to the artist’s major project for the Venice Biennale

BY Travis Jeppesen | 24 APR 15

How a sense of the local shapes art in the US

BY Jennifer Kabat | 24 APR 15

Connections across time and place in the work of Danh Vo

BY Jörg Heiser | 24 APR 15

Imagining a world without humans

BY Ed Schad | 24 APR 15

Rediscovering the late, great philosopher Henri Lefebvre, whose ideas are increasingly relevant to contemporary life

BY Timotheus Vermeulen | 24 APR 15

From stick insects to rhombuses: working between the organic and the geometric

BY Sergio Delgado Moya | 24 APR 15

Dominikus Müller talks to Olaf Nicolai about place, subjectivity and the artist’s project for the German pavilion in Venice

24 APR 15

Spoken-word recordings can offer a liberating alternative, audibly melting text from the permafrost of print 

23 APR 15

Design, architecture and optimism in postcolonial Africa

BY Sean O'Toole | 23 APR 15

The personal process of exhibition-making

BY Isobel Harbison | 23 APR 15

Revisiting Berlin Alexanderplatz on the 70th anniversary of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s birth

BY Tal Sterngast | 23 APR 15

‘So shallow is this show that I left with the surprising sensation of knowing even less about Björk than I did when I entered’

BY Dan Fox | 23 APR 15

Wiels, Brussel, Belgium

22 APR 15

Budapest, Hungary

BY William Corwin | 22 APR 15

Bortolami Gallery, New York, USA

BY Scott Roben | 22 APR 15

Galerie Lelong, New York, USA

BY Ara H. Merjian | 22 APR 15

Bureau, New York, USA

BY Orit Gat | 22 APR 15

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, USA

BY Carmen Winant | 22 APR 15

Human Resources, Los Angeles, USA

BY Evan Moffitt | 22 APR 15

1301PE, Los Angeles, USA

BY Jonathan Griffin | 22 APR 15

Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China

BY Francesca Tarocco | 22 APR 15

Various venues, Kyoto, Japan

BY Christy Lange | 22 APR 15

West Space, Melbourne, Australia

BY Sophie Knezic | 22 APR 15

Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland, New Zealand

BY Anthony Byrt | 21 APR 15

Żak | Branicka, Berlin, Germany

BY Keren Goldberg | 21 APR 15

In his latest work, the artist unravels the complexity of identity within the art world 


BY Kirsty Bell | 20 APR 15

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

BY Ben Eastham | 20 APR 15

CAPC musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux

BY Max Andrews | 20 APR 15

Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest, Hungary

BY Chris Fite-Wassilak | 20 APR 15

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

BY Vivian Sky Rehberg | 20 APR 15

Malmö Konsthall, Sweden

BY Pablo Larios | 20 APR 15

Francesca Minini, Milan, Italy

BY Federica Bueti | 20 APR 15

the Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK

BY Luke Healey | 20 APR 15

Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK

BY Matthew McLean | 20 APR 15

Massimo de Carlo, London, UK

BY Alice Butler | 20 APR 15

Campoli Presti, London, UK

BY Jonathan P. Watts | 20 APR 15

Evelyn Yard, London, UK

20 APR 15

David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK

BY Matthew McLean | 20 APR 15