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 | 01 JUN 17

REDCAT, Los Angeles, USA

BY Travis Diehl | 28 MAY 17

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

BY Tanya Harrod | 09 MAY 17

A brief history of the Venice Biennale

BY Tim Smith-Laing | 08 MAY 17

Secession, Vienna, Austria

BY Kimberly Bradley | 05 MAY 17

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

BY Adam Kleinman | 03 MAY 17

De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands

BY Amy Sherlock | 02 MAY 17

Tranzit, Prague, Czech Republic

BY Jörg Scheller | 02 MAY 17

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

BY Mitch Speed | 01 MAY 17

Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China

BY Carol Yinghua Lu | 30 APR 17

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 | 29 APR 17

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

BY Dan Fox | 29 APR 17

Callicoon Fine Arts and New Museum, New York, USA 


BY Sam Korman | 28 APR 17

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 | 23 APR 17

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

BY Andrew Hultkrans | 23 APR 17

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

BY Daniel Baumann | 23 APR 17

Conspiracy theories and reparative reading

BY Olivia Laing | 23 APR 17

Egyptian surrealism: a case-study in global modernity 

BY Negar Azimi | 23 APR 17

Art in the age of climate change

BY Evan Moffitt | 23 APR 17

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

BY Jace Clayton | 22 APR 17

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

BY Dominikus Müller | 22 APR 17

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

BY Philip Brophy | 22 APR 17

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 

22 APR 17

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

BY Sierra Pettengill | 22 APR 17

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

BY Gary Zhexi Zhang | 22 APR 17

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 | 22 APR 17

Prince of Wales, Munich, Germany

BY Daniela Stöppel | 14 APR 17

Soy Capitán, Berlin

BY Chloe Stead | 13 APR 17

David Zwirner, New York

BY Andrianna Campbell | 11 APR 17

The Power Plant, Toronto

BY Frances Loeffler | 06 APR 17

Artspace, Sydney, Australia

BY Wes Hill | 06 APR 17

Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

BY Pablo Larios | 05 APR 17

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

BY Harry Thorne | 29 MAR 17

Foxy Production, New York, USA

BY David Geers | 28 MAR 17

Tate Modern, London

BY Charlie Fox | 27 MAR 17

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

BY Luisa Duarte | 25 MAR 17

Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden

BY Tom Morton | 24 MAR 17

BANK & Arario Gallery, Shanghai, China

BY Arthur Solway | 23 MAR 17

Various venues, Rome, Italy

BY Martin Herbert | 22 MAR 17

Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, Germany

BY Hannah Gregory | 20 MAR 17

New Museum, New York, USA

BY Andrew Durbin | 20 MAR 17

Public Exhibitions, London, UK

BY Izabella Scott | 18 MAR 17

David Lewis, New York, USA

BY Debra Lennard | 17 MAR 17

Museum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland

BY Chris Fite-Wassilak | 16 MAR 17

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland

BY Aoife Rosenmeyer | 10 MAR 17

Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

BY Tom Jeffreys | 10 MAR 17

Tramway, Glasgow, UK

BY Chris Sharratt | 07 MAR 17

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, USA

BY Erik Davis | 28 FEB 17

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy

BY Barbara Casavecchia | 24 FEB 17

Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, UK

BY Tom Morton | 20 FEB 17