Issue 208
January - February 2020

‘“Disruption” has been the ambivalent watchword of the 2010s, which has been a decade of grappling with profound societal, political and economic change.’ – Amy Sherlock

The January/February issue of frieze looks at some of the most significant cultural shifts of the past decade through the public figures, technologies and companies that have embodied them. We lead with a feature on Hans Haacke, whose retrospective at the New Museum is a reminder that the current scrutiny of museum ethics is long overdue, and an essay on the art world’s addiction to flying, asking why, in a time of climate crisis, we all still do it.  Plus, we profile five young artists to watch for 2020: Jamie Crewe, Lauren Halsey, Rodrigo Hernández, Thảo-Nguyên Phan and Sung Tieu.

Plus, 36 reviews from around the world, including Mark Leckey at Tate Britain, London, and three shows responding to Berlin’s urban crisis. And answering our questionnaire is award-winning French writer Annie Ernaux.

Cover image: Hans Haacke, John Weber Gallery Visitors’ Profile 1 (detail), 1972, paper questionnaire and 21 comparative bar graphs of answers, questionnaire: 22 x 28 cm; bar graphs: 61 x 76 cm. Courtesy: © Hans Haacke, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, ARS, New York and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

From this issue

State of the Art

In our first issue of the new decade, we look back on some of the best (and worst) of the last ten years and find a few reasons to be excited for 2020

BY Amy Sherlock | 01 JAN 20

What we were looking at (and what we missed) in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of frieze

BY Jennifer Higgie | 01 JAN 20

As Blake’s most comprehensive retrospective to date closes at the ICA, Los Angeles, Shiv Kotecha examines the artist’s three-decade practice, which revels in the infinite variations of identity and pleasure

BY Shiv Kotecha | 30 DEC 19

In collaborations with her community and family, Halsey leans towards the funky, the funny and the queer

BY Jonathan Griffin | 30 DEC 19

Some suggestions for the International Council of Museums

BY Tom Morton | 30 DEC 19

A specially commissioned visual essay by the artist, ahead of his Hammer Museum retrospective

BY Paul McCarthy | 27 DEC 19

In the era of climate crisis, we all need to rethink how and why we travel

BY Kyle Chayka | 26 DEC 19

Why we’re excited about new works by Jamie Crewe, Sung Tieu, Rodrigo Hernández and Thảo Nguyên Phan

BY Johanna Hedva | 25 DEC 19

Network fatigue 2.0

BY Pablo Larios | 24 DEC 19

After a storied career documenting faraway places and ‘outsiders’ closer to home, the German experimental filmmaker turns the lens back on her own life in her new feature, Paris Calligrammes

BY Amy Sherlock | 24 DEC 19

Founded in 2009, the app sparked a revolution in sex, dating and the social dynamics of the LGBTQ community

BY Evan Moffitt | 23 DEC 19

From Grumpy Cat to Pizza Rat, what the images we shared said about the world around us

BY Orit Gat | 23 DEC 19

The comedian’s aggressions are meant to produce pleasure, but often result in arguments and criticism

BY Lynne Tillman | 17 DEC 19

Co-working spaces provide corporate culture for people who don’t have a corporation

BY Will Wiles | 17 DEC 19

Boskovich wanted to inhabit a place that made no distinctions between sculpture and furniture, curation and decor, art and everyday life

BY ​Juliana Halpert | 10 DEC 19

Q. What could you imagine doing if you didn’t do what you do? A. Raising goats

BY ​Annie Ernaux | 09 DEC 19

The sculptor’s solo exhibition at Oakville Galleries blurs the boundaries between chance and artistic selection

BY Charles Reeve | 05 DEC 19

The painter’s work, on view at Tina Kim Gallery in New York, focuses our sight while urging us beyond it

BY David Geers | 04 DEC 19

The 2013 album is a compelling record of our collective fracturing 

BY Andrew Durbin | 04 DEC 19

Fin de siècle squalor and sardonic masques in ‘Grand Hotel Abyss’, the 2019 edition of the annual Austrian festival

BY Adam Kleinman | 02 DEC 19

Dragons, spirits and transformations at Julia Stoschek, Berlin

BY Skye Arundhati Thomas | 02 DEC 19

An exhibition at SFMOMA, named for the 1990 geopolitical term, considers the relationship between art and activism since the fall of the Iron Curtain 

BY Adam Kleinman | 28 NOV 19

The artist’s work captures what it feels like to see your own body on the floor, in pieces, and how that might be the only way to survive having survived

BY Audrey Wollen | 28 NOV 19

The artist’s survey at LACMA showcases her dynamic engagement with the history of modernism and socio-political conflict 

BY Ara H. Merjian | 27 NOV 19

Anders Dickson’s ‘Songs of Rain and Hobo Chili’ conjures the ephemerality of place

BY Krzysztof Kościuczuk | 26 NOV 19

The artist’s feast is plentiful and sumptuous, but leaves us with a hefty bill and a heavy stomach

BY Fernanda Brenner | 21 NOV 19

The artist’s solo exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation is a serene and spiritual survey of her five-decade practice 

BY Murtaza Vali | 20 NOV 19

The artist’s exhibition at Galerie Sultana, Paris, explores compassion as a means of resisting capitalism

BY Dorian Batycka | 19 NOV 19

The artist’s moving portraits of ‘unallocated’ auto workers in Lordstown, Ohio, on view at the Renaissance Society, celebrate the power of unions as job losses hit US manufacturing

BY Ian Bourland | 18 NOV 19

Fragments that appear torn from boats and vessels are everywhere, as though charting a course through history and geography from one world into another

BY Matthew Holman | 18 NOV 19

From a couture dress to a Soviet mural, the artist asks what counts as 'good' art

BY Oliver Osborne | 14 NOV 19

The cultural cost of accelerated growth in the German capital

BY Kito Nedo | 14 NOV 19

The last exhibition planned by the artist herself carries on her strategic semiotic slips and disjunctions

BY Natalie Haddad | 13 NOV 19

Shannon Bool’s show at Kunstverein Braunschweig calls attention to the exoticising and objectifying vision of Le Corbusier

BY Carina Bukuts | 12 NOV 19

Tanaka’s retrospective at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, reveals humour and radicality in everyday things
 

BY John Quin | 11 NOV 19

With the current debate on art institutions’ reliance on private funding, the Dutch artist teaches us how to avoid becoming complicit in a company’s shady activities 

BY Kito Nedo | 11 NOV 19

From storyboards to full-sized film sets, the artist’s show at Tim Van Laere, Antwerp, plays with cinematic techniques to make us believe in a constructed world

BY Hettie Judah | 08 NOV 19

A new exhibition at Tramps reveals 40 years of hidden painting

BY Sean Burns | 05 NOV 19

At Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels, Clark queers the historical record about a past cultural figure

BY Vivian Sky Rehberg | 05 NOV 19

At Blindspot Gallery, twin solo exhibitions use the weather to reflect on political oppression

BY Hera Chan | 01 NOV 19

The Berlin-based artist’s mid-career retrospective at Spain’s Reina Sofía is a free and self-determining triumph

BY Wes Hill | 01 NOV 19

The post-minimalist based her abstractions on one predicament - ‘I don’t know where I come from and I don’t know where I’m going’

BY Kojo Abudu | 29 OCT 19

At Nova Contemporary, Bangkok, the artist draws on ancient ritual to intervene in current Cambodian politics

BY Max Crosbie-Jones | 29 OCT 19

At Berlin’s KW Institute, Chicago Imagism, corporeal feminism and bondage scenarios

BY Chloe Stead | 29 OCT 19

It’s tempting to read Haacke’s longstanding work of institutional critique as prescient. In fact, he’s been an astute observer for long enough to know that current scrutiny of museum ethics is well overdue

BY Alyssa Battistoni | 25 OCT 19

The artist looks to the life of Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, to foster a kind of kinship you can literally hold

BY Rianna Jade Parker | 23 OCT 19

This year’s edition of the French biennale asks how biological and economic developments inform one another

BY Helena Julian | 22 OCT 19

Sex, myth and history entwine in a display of the artist’s sketches, photographs and ephemera

BY Wong Bing Hao | 17 OCT 19

An emporium of new-age junk and legal highs debases Marlborough London’s exhibition space

BY Daniel Culpan | 16 OCT 19

The artist’s exhibition at Delmes & Zander, Cologne, exposes society’s fear of sexually self-determined women

BY Moritz Scheper | 16 OCT 19

A new film documenting the destruction of an east London community centre drills into the deformation of Muslim subjects by the state

BY Marek Sullivan | 14 OCT 19

‘IF THE SNAKE’ shows a world caught in limbo – or hell  

BY Harry Thorne | 11 OCT 19

Is this a show about the artist’s youth or is it about something bigger – landscape?

BY Dan Fox | 01 OCT 19