In the new frieze Tom Morton sets the scene for this themed issue by considering aesthetic and political elites from the painting of Jacques Louis David and Revolutionary France’s visual culture through to Yukio Mishima, Jean Cocteau, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Leslie Anderson’s If… “That humans have so many rights, does not make a silent painting wrong. I don’t do it for the people and I don’t do it against the people. If at all, I do it from the people and after the people.”
Marlene Dumas’ project for frieze ‘The Right to be Silent (a conversation on elitism and accessibility)’ combines her writing and recent paintings to explore this issue’s theme.
Also featured: Martin Herbert on Enrico David, Jennifer Higgie on Dirk Bell, Dan Fox on Luchino Visconti and George Pendle on Bruce Conner. Michael Bracewell talks to Brian Ferry about the aesthetics of Roxy Music, live performance, art school and that white tuxedo.