Issue 187
May 2017

The May issue of frieze features an essay by Judith Clarke on the work of Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons, ahead of an exhibition devoted to the designer opening at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on 4 May. Ahead of the Venice Biennale, Tanya Harrod looks at the sculptures of Phyllida Barlow (representing Britain) and Dan Fox examines the social paintings of Mark Bradford (US Pavilion).  Also in the issue, Jace Clayton discusses the work of Ian Cheng, currently on show at MoMA PS1; we profile Hiwa K, who is included in this year’s documenta 14; and Ellen Mara de Wachter explores how artists are visualizing a world in which borders no longer define who we are. Plus 39 reviews from 24 cities, including the 2017 Whitney Biennial and Raymond Pettibon at the New Museum.

From this issue

Team Bungalow, Los Angeles, USA

BY Jonathan Griffin |

REDCAT, Los Angeles, USA

BY Travis Diehl |

Tanya Harrod on the art of Phyllida Barlow, who is representing Britain at the 57th Venice Biennale 

BY Tanya Harrod |

A brief history of the Venice Biennale

BY Tim Smith-Laing |

Secession, Vienna, Austria

BY Kimberly Bradley |

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

BY Adam Kleinman |

De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands

BY Amy Sherlock |

Tranzit, Prague, Czech Republic

BY Jörg Scheller |

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

BY Mitch Speed |

Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China

BY Carol Yinghua Lu |

The art of only the second living designer to be the focus of a solo show at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

BY Judith Clark |

Dan Fox looks at the work of Mark Bradford, who represents the US at this year’s Venice Biennale

BY Dan Fox |

Callicoon Fine Arts and New Museum, New York, USA 


BY Sam Korman |

On the eve of his first survey exhibition, Yoshua Okón talks to Magalí Arriola about Mexico, CIA covert ops, globalization and a derelict statue of George H. W. Bush

BY Magalí Arriola |

A new album by theatre group Object Collection warns against political nostalgia 

BY Andrew Hultkrans |

What can this term teach us about absurdity in life and art?

BY Daniel Baumann |

Conspiracy theories and reparative reading

BY Olivia Laing |

Egyptian surrealism: a case-study in global modernity 

BY Negar Azimi |

Art in the age of climate change

BY Evan Moffitt |

Jace Clayton discovers hyper-intelligent dogs and violent humans in the artist’s computer-simulated worlds

BY Jace Clayton |

Can we compare our current political moment to the tumultuous 1930s?

BY Dominikus Müller |

An image of the sole survivor tree after the 2011 tsunami in Japan 

BY Philip Brophy |

How the artists GCC, Lawrence Lek, The Propeller Group, Larissa Sansour and Christopher Kulendran Thomas are visualizing a world in which borders no longer define who we are 

Claire Simon's new documentary exposes the workings of an elite film school 

BY Sierra Pettengill |

Whether or not the 21st century turns out to be China’s, a new set of global conditions is emerging

BY Gary Zhexi Zhang |

The works of Hiwa K, which feature in this year’s documenta 14, draw on the misconceptions that pervade Western views of recent Middle Eastern history

BY Ben Fergusson |

Prince of Wales, Munich, Germany

BY Daniela Stöppel |

Soy Capitán, Berlin

BY Chloe Stead |

David Zwirner, New York

BY Andrianna Campbell |

The Power Plant, Toronto

BY Frances Loeffler |

Artspace, Sydney, Australia

BY Wes Hill |

Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

BY Pablo Larios |

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

BY Harry Thorne |

Foxy Production, New York, USA

BY David Geers |

Tate Modern, London

BY Charlie Fox |

Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

BY Luisa Duarte |

Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden

BY Tom Morton |

BANK & Arario Gallery, Shanghai, China

BY Arthur Solway |

Various venues, Rome, Italy

BY Martin Herbert |

Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, Germany

BY Hannah Gregory |

New Museum, New York, USA

BY Andrew Durbin |

Public Exhibitions, London, UK

BY Izabella Scott |

David Lewis, New York, USA

BY Debra Lennard |

Museum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland

BY Chris Fite-Wassilak |

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland

BY Aoife Rosenmeyer |

Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

BY Tom Jeffreys |

Tramway, Glasgow, UK

BY Chris Sharratt |

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, USA

BY Erik Davis |

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy

BY Barbara Casavecchia |

Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, UK

BY Tom Morton |