In the November/December special Art and Politics issue of frieze Katy Siegel, Jan Verwoert and Lars Bang Larsen examine the relationship between art and politics. What constitutes political art? Has there been a resurgence of it? What is an example of a piece of art that is politically effective? Is political art preaching to the converted?
frieze has asked the following artists for their thoughts: Pavel Althamer, Pierre Bismuth, Andrea Bowers, AA Bronson, Chris Burden, Paul Chan, Jeremy Deller, Sam Durant, Michael Fullerton, Emma Hedditch, Jon Hendricks, Joan Jonas, Jakob Kolding, Matthieu Laurette, Marko Lulic, Aleksandra Mir, Diemantas Narkevicius, Paul Noble, Nils Norman, Wolfgang Tillmans, Kara Walker and Gillian Wearing.
Tom Morton explores the work of Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan whose sculptures, installations and performances mine the space between what you want from something and what that something has to give.
Michael Bracewell discusses Tom Wolfe’s 1970 essay ‘Radical Chic’ and how the decadent relationship between wealth, glamour and extremist politics is as relevant today as it was 34 years ago.
Mel Bochner talks to Mark Godfrey about words, portraits, Roget’s Thesaurus, colour, Jorge Luis Borges, humour, nostalgia and political engagement.
Adrian Piper responds to the frieze back-page Questionnaire.
Also featured: Anthony Burdin by Ralph Rugoff; Nina Konnemann by Jan Verwoert; Saskia Olde Wolbers by Marcus Verhagen and Bjorn Dahlem by Dominic Eichler.