Issue 202
April 2019

Simone Fattal talks to Negar Azimi about her archaeological and formal explorations in collage, paint and sculpture; Pablo Larios investigates how the Bauhaus is being decentred from the Western canon; Cal Revely-Calder pens a picture piece on Samuel Beckett’s Gucci bag; and Hannah Black, Howie Chen, Jamillah James, Ajay Kurian and Suhail Malik share their sobering glimpses into how the project of artistic freedom has been co-opted by the far right.

Plus, 30 reviews from around the world, including reports on the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, and two major solo shows by Mai-Thu Perret at Mamco Genève and Spike Island, Bristol.

Plus much more!

From this issue

Q. What should stay the same? A. ‘Nothing’

BY Pierre Guyotat | 26 MAR 19

A rare view of Laurie Parsons’s work at Germany’s Museum Abteiberg provides space to reflect on art and social engagement

BY Sarah E. James | 25 MAR 19

250 works by more than 70 artists and creators from the pre-Columbian period to the present

BY Wilson Tarbox | 25 MAR 19

In the Iranian artist’s work, memory is smudged, an accretion of sorrows or nameless longings, a pile of waterlogged books in a flooded library

BY Chris Wiley | 25 MAR 19

An exhibition at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, offers compelling evocations of causality and correlation

BY Jonathan P. Watts | 21 MAR 19

The sixth edition of the Sri Lankan arts festival uses the sea to press issues of migration and gentrification, climate change and the future of labour in the wake of automation

BY Himali Singh Soin | 21 MAR 19

Eichhorn’s quasi-retrospective at Zurich’s Migros Museum highlights the artist’s complex contestations in simple, often invisible, form

BY Aoife Rosenmeyer | 21 MAR 19

In Perret’s two crafts-filled shows at MAMCO, Geneva, and Spike Island, Birstol, she draws from the fabular women of New Ponderosa

BY Paul Carey-Kent | 21 MAR 19

Mikhailov’s photo series ‘Diary’ cheekily exposes the undersides of social suppression in the USSR

BY Greg Nissan | 21 MAR 19

The artists’ two-person show at London’s Cell Project Space lays bare the latent economic structures that condition our lives

BY Amy Budd | 21 MAR 19

The artist’s second solo show at Urs Meile in Beijing uses abstract neons to comment on social realities

BY Nooshfar Afnan | 21 MAR 19

An immersive installation at Gasworks offers different modes of thinking about ‘the psychic inheritance of an experience for which one has no memory’

BY Derica Shields | 21 MAR 19

On the centenary of its founding in Weimar, ‘bauhaus imaginista’, which takes place in eleven countries, revisits the Bauhaus with an eye to global experiments in radical artistic pedagogy

BY Pablo Larios | 20 MAR 19

How much to read into Samuel Beckett’s flirtation with fashion?

BY Cal Revely-Calder | 20 MAR 19

frieze’s Editor-at-Large considers what it means to move on

BY Dan Fox | 20 MAR 19

A new series of sculptures is inspired by the Book of Genesis

BY Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith | 20 MAR 19

‘Black people don’t fear the dead, it’s the living we worry about’

BY Nadia Latif | 19 MAR 19

Lynne Tillman on the clash between real-life and expectation

BY Lynne Tillman | 19 MAR 19

Recent R&B albums by Kelela, Lafawndah, serpentwithfeet and Solange tune to newly radiant blues

BY Harmony Holiday | 19 MAR 19

As the world tips towards more reactionary and fascistic regimes, what does it mean to call for artistic freedoms that implicitly reproduce oppression?

BY Hannah Black | 19 MAR 19

A provocative exhibition at Casa Luis Barragán reframes the architect’s home and studio through his class and gay identity

BY Evan Moffitt | 18 MAR 19

The Hong Kong-born artist showcases the darkly comic potential of cartoon visuals

BY Harry Thorne | 15 MAR 19

On the centennial of Cunningham’s birth, how does his legacy prompt us to talk about othered bodies?

BY Marissa Perel | 15 MAR 19

Commissioned by Emmanuel Macron, the restitution report by Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy has paved the path for former colonisers to return art and artefacts

BY Nicholas Mirzoeff | 15 MAR 19

Is censoring art the solution to divisive politics? Art historian Susanne von Falkenhausen doesn’t think so

BY Susanne von Falkenhausen | 15 MAR 19

The artist’s video installation at Berlinische Galerie sheds new light on female strategies of self-staging

BY Grace Sparapani | 15 MAR 19

These specially commissioned photographs capture an ever-changing city through portraits of friends 

BY Oto Gillen | 15 MAR 19

Negar Azimi visits the Damascus-born artist ahead of her retrospective at MoMA PS1

BY Negar Azimi | 15 MAR 19

The work of Martin Creed, Giorgio Griffa and Tatsuo Miyajima all, in their own way, attempt to make sense of a chaotic world

BY Ana Vukadin | 14 MAR 19

In her solo show at CCA Wattis, San Francisco, the artist invokes sports awards to critique our obsession with victory

BY Travis Diehl | 13 MAR 19

Domènec’s show at adn galeria, Barcelona looks to the fraught legacies of Spain’s mass communal housing

BY Max Andrews | 13 MAR 19

An exhibition at Croy Nielsen, Vienna, explores the female gaze on a world which seems murkier than ever

BY Kimberly Bradley | 08 MAR 19

For her fourth exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, the artist paints portraits from her imagination

BY Thora Siemsen | 08 MAR 19

A retrospective at Neues Museum Nürnberg assembles the artist’s gleeful critiques of social, political and economic conditions  

BY Kito Nedo | 05 MAR 19

At Blain|Southern, London, the Mexican artist’s primordial canvases evoke the beginning of the beginning

BY Cal Revely-Calder | 04 MAR 19

An exhibition at neugerriemschneider, Berlin, explores the healing properties of sticks as a symbol for social change

BY Carina Bukuts | 01 MAR 19

At Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, the artist explores technical virtuosity and trompe l’oeil through bronze-branches on fire, fake mirrors and floating candles

BY Barbara Casavecchia | 28 FEB 19

At Museu de Arte de São Paulo and Casa de Vidro, São Paulo, hand-woven sculptures inhabit the buildings, incorporating tree trunks and branches

BY Camila Belchior | 27 FEB 19

At the heart of Wächtler’s work at Bergen Kunsthall, is a notion of narrative, however fractured, fugitive, misleading or opaque

BY Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith | 26 FEB 19

The latest edition powerfully frames narratives of colonialism, exploitation and survivance

BY Helen Hughes | 26 FEB 19

The artist’s new film explores unprecedented levels of intimacy and empathy with its subjects

BY Eliel Jones | 22 FEB 19

The artist’s first US survey intervenes in the architecture and collection of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

BY Bea Huff Hunter | 19 FEB 19

Baum’s work, on view at New York’s Bureau Gallery, calls attention to the overlooked hand labour of the textile industry

BY Megan N. Liberty | 18 FEB 19

At Ortuzar Projects, New York, an exhibition explores the artist’s multidirectional storytelling

BY Shiv Kotecha | 15 FEB 19

At Almanac Projects, London, the artist sheds new light on the way women are turned into objects 

BY Izabella Scott | 06 FEB 19

From tarot cards to AA flyers, the artist’s installation at Lucas Hirsch, Düsseldorf, sketches out a precarious existence

BY Moritz Scheper | 01 FEB 19