Issue 201
March 2019

The March issue of frieze features a cross section of reports from Buenos Aires: with an introduction by author and art writer Maria Gainza, an artist project by Ad Minoliti, whose hybrid paintings and installations have been the subject of recent shows in San Francisco, Baden-Baden and Mexico City; and curator Renata Cervetto in conversation with pioneering conceptual and performance artist Marta Minujín.

Also in this issue: Claire-Louise Bennett delves into the fantasy worlds of Dorothea Tanning on the occasion of her major retrospective, ‘Behind the Door, Another Invisible Door’, which travels from Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofia to London’s Tate Modern. Hettie Judah interviews Petrit Halilaj in the wake of his three-part project in Kosovo’s Cultural Centre of Runik, Bern’s Zentrum Paul Klee and Turin’s Merz Foundation. Chris Fite-Wassilak navigates the purgatorial worlds of Morag Keil on the eve of her solo exhibition at London’s ICA. Kito Nedo reflects upon the aftermath of German reunification through the lens of Henrike Naumann’s historically interventional installation, Anschluss ’90 (2018). And Jochen Lempert presents a series of specially-commissioned photographs for the issue’s visual essay.

Plus much more!

From this issue

A show at Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, explores the career of quarterback Warren Moon and sport’s failure to create racial reconciliation

BY Charles Reeve | 25 FEB 19

Tanning gives full expression to her childhood imagination and its innately eclectic catalogue of fears, fantasies and domestic psychodramas

BY Claire-Louise Bennett | 25 FEB 19

Materialism, metaphysics and mysticism collide in the Shanghai-based artist’s maximalist installations

BY Gary Zhexi Zhang | 25 FEB 19

For Benjamin Britten, Wolfgang Tillmans and Virginia Woolf, something grows when civilization fails

BY Olivia Laing | 25 FEB 19

China’s triumph over Western information technology is world-historical, not just a niche curiosity

BY Audrea Lim | 25 FEB 19

‘History is full of people who just didn’t,’ reads the first line of her riveting opening essay, which also serves as a sort of statement of intent

BY Negar Azimi | 23 FEB 19

Three decades after German reunification, the artist articulates the inhumanity of right-wing terror, and how ideology lies within domestic interiors

BY Kito Nedo | 22 FEB 19

The late Brazilian artist’s retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, is a delicate exploration of his multi-faceted practice

BY Fernanda Brenner | 22 FEB 19

A series of sculptures shown at Jenny’s, Los Angeles, challenge traditional categories of art 

BY Travis Diehl | 21 FEB 19

In his first comprehensive exhibition in the US, at ICA Boston, a kinetic economy of endeavour quickly emerges

BY Emma McCormick-Goodhart | 21 FEB 19

An exhibition at Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, reflects on the rising voyeurism within changing media structures

BY Tom Mouna | 21 FEB 19

With dead ends and doors to nowhere, the recent works of the Scottish artist articulate contemporary forms of nihilism

BY Chris Fite-Wassilak | 21 FEB 19

A new collection of works by the late US novelist and filmmaker shows an artist seeking to become free in ways that most women never achieve

BY Morgan Jerkins | 21 FEB 19

Q: What do you wish you knew? A: I wish I understood the working of the cosmos in relation to us here on Earth

BY Nicholas Hlobo | 21 FEB 19

A series of architectural interventions at SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, considers how we see, hear and describe socio-political upheavals

BY Andrew Hibbard | 21 FEB 19
City Report

From the effects of the economic crisis on art to the power of public participation and the most innovative non-profit spaces across the city

BY Osías Yanov | 20 FEB 19

As predictions of climate catastrophe become realities, there has been a shift in game-making, from grandiose blockbuster ‘Anthem’ to the emotionally-charged ‘Sea of Solitude’

BY Gareth Damian Martin | 20 FEB 19

The latest edition uses interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, scientists and activists to highlight a new approach to exhibition-making

BY Alvin Li | 20 FEB 19

In an era marked by dishonesty, what of the age-old assumption that the eyes cannot lie?

BY Harry Thorne | 20 FEB 19

In the lead-up to his solo show at The Met Breuer, Oliver Beer talks to Jennifer Higgie about the artists, writers and composers who have shaped his thinking 

BY Jennifer Higgie | 19 FEB 19

The artist talks about butterflies, the politicization of artefacts and the lost cultural history of his Kosovar home city

BY Hettie Judah | 19 FEB 19

More than ten years after his death, an exhibition at Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne, sheds new light on the conceptual sharpness of the artist

BY Moritz Scheper | 18 FEB 19

An exhibition at MUAC, Mexico City, revisits how the artists searched for new forms of collective expression during the late 1960s

BY Anna Goetz | 14 FEB 19

An exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery, London, sheds new light on the filmmaker’s masterpiece and its appearance in pop culture and the arts

BY Rosanna McLaughlin | 13 FEB 19

A retrospective survey at MoMA and MoMA PS1, New York, considers how Nauman stretches language, to demonstrate how it, in turn, moulds us

BY Che Gossett | 13 FEB 19

Two new performance videos shown at Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, reflect on the increasing entanglement of finance and real estate

BY Kari Rittenbach | 11 FEB 19

An exhibition at Kunstverein, Amsterdam, revisits how the artist linked the nihilism of politics in the 1970s with a suitably absurdist aesthetic

BY Carina Bukuts | 08 FEB 19

The artist’s first large exhibition in China at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, captures how hope and disappointment can co-exist in the same frame

BY Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva | 07 FEB 19

For an exhibition at Kunsthalle Bern, the grey, red and pink toys formed a cute, uncanny parade

BY Jörg Scheller | 05 FEB 19

At Autograph, London, Boswell’s first institutional exhibition reveals what it truly means to recover from trauma

BY Rianna Jade Parker | 04 FEB 19

An exhibition at MOCA, Los Angeles, creates a trans-historical dialogue between Farber’s works and a generation of artists he influenced

BY Jonathan Griffin | 31 JAN 19

A survey at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, revisits the artistic movement and sheds new light on its demand for political change 

BY Evan Moffitt | 30 JAN 19

An exhibition at KOW, Madrid, reveals Hammer’s early explorations, marked by a persistent sense of fragmentation and search for freedom

BY Lorena Muñoz-Alonso | 29 JAN 19

At Zachęta, Warsaw, the artist argues that maps are essentially constructs: tools of knowledge production and identity politics

BY Krzysztof Kościuczuk | 28 JAN 19

A retrospective at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art reveals the painter’s universe: life as a vortex of activity, sound and fury which may ultimately symbolize nothing

BY John Quin | 25 JAN 19

What three shows about Japanese art from a pivotal decade tell us about the selective memory of cultural institutions

BY Andrew Maerkle | 24 JAN 19

The German artist’s latest exhibition in New York ‘reopens the wounds of colonialism’ – supposedly

BY Harry Thorne | 23 JAN 19

On show at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in London, the works show the American master at the height of his powers

BY Cal Revely-Calder | 22 JAN 19

For his show at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, the artist created an interactive ‘parcours’ to shed new light on humanity’s changing relationship to nature

BY Wilson Tarbox | 21 JAN 19

An exhibition at MAXXI, Rome, presents a vision of our maturing digital consciousness by drawing a connection between surrealism and AI

BY Rachel Falconer | 18 JAN 19

An exhibition at CCA Glasgow explores this icon of 1960s Czech new wave cinema by inviting contemporary artists to respond to her work

BY Chris Sharratt | 17 JAN 19

A retrospective at the Jewish Museum, New York, explores how the artist has continued to insist on the violent costs of our domestic comforts

BY Ara H. Merjian | 16 JAN 19

An exhibition at Kunstverein Düsseldorf explores how the artist shifts and transforms the categories of visual identification

BY Stanton Taylor | 16 JAN 19

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma is full of other movies, yet it ignores the political and dialectical history of movies themselves

BY Masha Tupitsyn | 15 JAN 19

An exhibition at Void, Derry, celebrates the role of women in the history of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland

BY Anne Tallentire | 14 JAN 19

Beirut Art Museum and Studiocur/art organized an exhibition with works placed in architectural landmarks that represent bookends for European colonization

BY Cathryn Drake | 11 JAN 19

Can we come from a place of empathy and sustained conversation, rather than immediately reach for the critique?

BY Skye Arundhati Thomas | 24 DEC 18

A survey exhibition at LUMA Arles captures the history of mechanically-reproduced imagery from the 19th century to the present

BY Max Andrews | 20 DEC 18

At the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève this year's editions attempts to collapse the boundary between screen and spectator 

BY Jordan Cronk | 19 DEC 18

At Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, the artist asks: what does communal political action look like today?

BY Max L. Feldman | 18 DEC 18

At Savvy Contemporary, Berlin a group show reveals how decolonization has become a buzzword in progressive museum programming

BY Harry Burke | 17 DEC 18

In her show at Tiwani Contemporary, London, the painter draws on the intimate atmosphere of rediscovered photographs

BY George Vasey | 13 DEC 18

An exhibition at Standard (Oslo) explores cartooning and its historical appropriation in the name of pop art

BY Timotheus Vermeulen | 12 DEC 18

A retrospective at Städel Museum, Frankfurt, sheds new light on the op artist's experimental styles 

BY Sarah James | 11 DEC 18

An exhibition at Victoria Miro, London, explores how the artist channelled outdoors journeys onto canvas

BY Skye Sherwin | 10 DEC 18

The rebooted Luleå Biennial sees a subterranean exploration of the region’s industrial and militarized past

BY Rosanna McLaughlin | 10 DEC 18

An exhibition at M HKA, Antwerp, explores the artist as brand and as charismatic cult leader

BY Hettie Judah | 19 NOV 18

An exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, London, explores how the artist captured the piercing intimacies of life 

BY Harry Thorne | 09 NOV 18