Issue 191
November - December 2017

Highlights include Acts of Recognition where David Geers considers the new wave of figurative painting in recent New York shows; a city report from Cape Town looking at both new institutions and grassroot art spaces, monographs on Johan Grimonprez and Studio Formafantasma and Ed Atkins; and Annette Kelm discusses the influences that have shaped her work.

From this issue

Johan Grimonprez’s recent films explore the mechanisms of the arms trade

BY Evan Calder Williams | 04 DEC 17

Helen Marten responds to Ed Atkins’s new work, Old Food, currently showing at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

BY Helen Marten | 29 NOV 17

From the new issue of frieze: Changes in urban cultures and queer aesthetics across the Sinosphere 

BY Francesca Tarocco | 06 NOV 17

The Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA

BY Jennifer Piejko | 20 OCT 17

A new wave of figurative painting in recent New York exhibitions prompts critical questions about which bodies we depict, for whom and to what end

BY David Geers | 16 OCT 17

The London Sinfonietta celebrates 50 years of supporting and performing new music

BY Andrew Mellor | 16 OCT 17

Our complex relationship to the world's oceans 

BY Amy Sherlock | 16 OCT 17

In praise of the inventive brilliance of the late Guy Davenport 

BY Pablo Larios | 15 OCT 17

Q: What do you wish you knew? A: ‘Why I find vacuuming the house so oddly gratifying.’

BY William Forsythe | 15 OCT 17

Blast Theory, Forced Entertainment and Slavs and Tatars: collectives fusing theatre, art, performance and politics to create interactive experiences

BY Nick Thurston | 15 OCT 17

Alice Rawsthorn on the Italian design duo’s response to ecological and political concerns

BY Alice Rawsthorn | 15 OCT 17

KOW, Berlin, Germany 

BY Pablo Larios | 15 OCT 17

Various venues, Berlin, Germany 

BY Fiona McGovern | 15 OCT 17

What does the new music genre 'necropolo' reveal about Poland's current political situation? 

BY Krzysztof Kościuczuk | 15 OCT 17

Jan Mot, Brussels, Belgium 

BY Laura Herman | 15 OCT 17

The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK 

BY Sara Makari-Aghdam | 15 OCT 17

The Tetley, Leeds, UK 

BY Tom Emery | 15 OCT 17

Virginie Despentes's trilogy, 'Vernon Subutex', and the revival of state-of-the-nation novels 

BY Ben Eastham | 15 OCT 17

The Commercial, Sydney, Australia 

BY Chloé Wolifson | 15 OCT 17

Éric Baudelaire's thoughtful response to the attacks on the French capital

BY Negar Azimi | 15 OCT 17

Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany

BY Bert Rebhandl | 15 OCT 17

Philip Guston's 'Klan' paintings are more relevant than ever

BY Olivia Laing | 15 OCT 17

What live-action role play can teach us about artistic participation 

BY Elvia Wilk | 15 OCT 17

Lomex, New York, USA 

BY David Everitt Howe | 15 OCT 17

From early Vogue shoots and Hollywood’s golden era to domestic still lifes, the photographer reveals the images that have inspired her

BY Annette Kelm | 15 OCT 17

With a host of new private museums opening in Cape Town, Sean O’Toole considers the impact on the local arts scene while Amie Soudien explores the city’s burgeoning grassroots arts spaces

BY Amie Soudien AND Sean O'Toole | 15 OCT 17

Barbican, London, UK

BY Charlie Fox | 11 OCT 17

White Cube, Hong Kong

BY Ingrid Chu | 10 OCT 17

Galerie Conradi, Hamburg, Germany

BY Mitch Speed | 09 OCT 17

New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

BY Aliya Say | 06 OCT 17

Galerie Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

BY Moritz Scheper | 05 OCT 17

The Pirelli Building, New Haven, USA

BY Evan Moffitt | 04 OCT 17

Marian Goodman, London, UK

BY Emilia Terracciano | 03 OCT 17

Simon Preston Gallery, New York, USA

BY Saul Anton | 02 OCT 17

Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

BY Lorena Muñoz-Alonso | 29 SEP 17

Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland

BY Aoife Rosenmeyer | 28 SEP 17

Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, USA

BY Simone Krug | 26 SEP 17

Mary Mary, Glasgow, UK

BY Chris Sharratt | 25 SEP 17

galerie frank elbaz, Paris, France

BY Tom Jeffreys | 21 SEP 17

Various venues, Folkestone, UK

BY Sarah E. James | 20 SEP 17

Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico 

BY Aliya Say | 19 SEP 17

Victoria Miro, London, UK

BY Harriet Baker | 15 SEP 17

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

BY Johan Deurell | 14 SEP 17

The Jewish Museum, New York, USA

BY Jack McGrath | 12 SEP 17

Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

BY Hettie Judah | 08 SEP 17

Modern Art Oxford and Tate Liverpool, UK

BY Laura Robertson | 30 AUG 17

Fifty years after the term was coined, a show in Samos reflects on ‘the unlikely liaison between love and politics’

BY Jennifer Higgie | 14 AUG 17