Issue 179
May 2016

The May issue of frieze is out now, with features on Sophia Al-Maria, Goshka Macuga and Tracey Rose, a roundtable discussion on artists & ceramics, as well as a specially commissioned artist’s project by Catherine Opie.

Also featuring: Evan Moffitt considers race and sexuality in the portraiture of Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Robert Mapplethorpe and Lorraine O’Grady; Patrick Langley looks at how increasing numbers of young artists—including Patrick Goddard, Marie Jacotey and Stuart Middleton—are exploring the possibilities of the graphic novel; and Jonathan Griffin on the relief paintings of Gina Beavers.

From this issue

The curators of the 9th Berlin Biennale, DIS, talkabout getting to know the German capital


Race, sexuality and portraiture

BY Evan Moffitt |

Amy Sherlock chairs a discussion between Caroline Achaintre, Aaron Angell, Alison Britton and Richard Slee about their work in clay

BY Amy Sherlock |

The intertwining of life and death in poetry, art and nature

BY Olivia Laing |

The relief paintings of Gina Beavers

BY Jonathan Griffin |

South Afrian artist Tracey Rose's searing performances raise tough questions around history and race

BY Sean O'Toole |

Ahead of her upcoming solo show at the Whitney Museum in New York, Sophia Al-Maria talks shopping malls, war, climate change and Gulf futurism

BY Jennifer Kabat |

Q: If you could live with only one piece of art, what would it be? A: ‘Probably my old Schimmel upright piano.’

BY Jóhann Jóhannsson |

In the first of a new series of columns, Negar Azimi reflects on trash aesthetics

BY Negar Azimi |

How plants can help teach us to live ethically

BY Ellen Mara De Wachter |

What does ‘Chinese’ mean as an artistic category in Britain today?

BY En Liang Khong |

Ben Eastham delves into Goshka Macuga's exploration of art, power and history

BY Ben Eastham |

Dallas Contemporary, USA

BY Anne Dresden |

James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA

BY Noah Dillon |

Union Pacific, London, UK

BY Holly Corfield Carr |

A number of young artists such as Patrick Goddard, Marie Jacotey and Stuart Middleton are exploring the possibilites of the graphic novel

BY Patrick Langley |

Photobastei, Zurich, Switzerland

BY Aoife Rosenmeyer |

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

BY Wes Hill |

The Kitchen, New York, USA

BY Sam Korman |

The importance of an artist's biography

BY Jonathan Griffin |

Remembering Umberto Eco (1932–2016)

BY Gianfranco Marrone |

Man Booker Prize winner László Krasznahorkai goes to China in search of sorrow and destruction in his latest book

BY Michael Barron |

‘The photographer was born in Jamaica in 1960 and grew up in Dalston, east London; he was given a Leica camera and taught darkroom techniques by a patron of his local church’

BY Brian Dillon |

mumok, Vienna, Austria

BY Max L. Feldman |

Various venues, Morocco

BY Jens Hoffmann |

Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK

BY Matthew McLean |

Artists Space, New York, USA

BY Orit Gat |

Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA

BY Brian Karl |

David Zwirner, London, UK

BY Martin Herbert |

Sexauer, Berlin, Germany

BY Louisa Elderton |

David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

BY Dan Fox |

Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy

BY Laura Smith |

Páramo Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico

BY Sophie J. Williamson |

356 Mission, Los Angeles, USA

BY Travis Diehl |

The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK

BY Eleanor Clayton |

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

BY Johan Deurell |

The changing landscape of the French capital’s gallery scene

BY Vivian Sky Rehberg |

The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

BY Jon Davies |

Carl Freedman Gallery, London, UK

BY Robert Barry |

Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris, France

BY Lauren Elkin |

 Vitrine, London, UK

BY Paul Carey-Kent |

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

BY Laura Herman |

David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

BY Lizzie Lloyd |

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

BY Max Andrews |