Issue 94
October 2005

'We're in the midst of the total corporatization and marketization of the artistic field.' Andrea Fraser

'Contemporary art Disney-fication is dressing up the corpse of every grey rusty town that capitalist industry left for dead when it moved to Asia.' Gavin Brown

'Something has shifted. No one can deny this. But whats more interesting is how capable the art world is of absorbing these shifts and, if not nullifying them, then ignoring or altering them.' William Pope.L

'It is easier to be an artist now, but harder to know what art to make.' Adrian Searle

'People who grumble about art fairs and biennials are the kind of people who grumble about their favourite bands becoming popular.' Matthew Higgs

How has art changed? Some questions seem so obvious they are almost never asked. With the proliferation of museums, biennales and fairs, and the sheer amount of work now being made, shown and sold, the art world has changed substantially over the last 40 years. 33 respondents give their answers. Mark Godfrey considers the changes in a more detailed essay.

Tom Morton explores Maurizio Cattelans dark comedy and Jörg Heiser discusses performance, self and sex, homage and rip-off with Marina Abramovic and Monica Bonvicini. Bruce Hainley considers Morgan Fishers multimedia engagement with the filmic, Dominic Eichler views Adrian Pacis exploration of personal histories, Alex Farquharson finds distrust of, and distaste for, the way the media exploits subjects in Phil Collins photographs and videos and Will Bradley revisits the portable parks and Living Library of Bonnie Sherk.Also featured: Rafal Bujnowski by Jan Verwoert, Michael Sailstorfer by Bruce Haines, Phoebe Washburn by James Trainor and Peter Peri by Dan Fox.

From this issue

With the proliferation of museums, biennales and fairs, and the sheer amount of work now being made, shown, and sold, the art world has obviously changed substantially over the last 40 or so years. But what have been the most important shifts in art and the structures that surround it? frieze has asked 33 artists, collectors, critics, curators, educators and gallerists to respond.

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In conversation with Marina Abramovic

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Rubbish isn’t always a dead-end – sometimes it’s a beginning

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Whether scrutinizing the machinations of TV news or the participatory pleasures of karaoke, Phil Collins’ photographs and videos place the role of the media centre stage

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From her ‘Portable Parks’ to the ‘Living Library’, for over 30 years Bonnie Sherk has aspired to ‘expand the concept of art to include, and even be life’

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Some questions seem so obvious they are almost never asked. With the proliferation of museums, biennales and fairs, and the sheer amount of work now being made, shown, and sold, the art world has obviously changed substantially over the last 40 or so years. But what have been the most important shifts in art and the structures that surround it? frieze has asked 33 artists, collectors, critics, curators, educators and gallerists to respond

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Art has changed dramatically over recent decades – but many of these developments have been positive

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Morgan Fisher engages with definitions of the filmic not only in cinema but within painting, video and photography

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Some questions seem so obvious they are almost never asked. With the proliferation of museums, biennales and fairs, and the sheer amount of work now being made, shown, and sold, the art world has obviously changed substantially over the last 40 or so years. But what have been the most important shifts in art and the structures that surround it? frieze has asked 33 artists, collectors, critics, curators, educators and gallerists to respond

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No depth, no illusions, just paint

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Microcosmic particulars and macrocosmic leaps

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Adrian Paci explores personal histories, highlighting their construction and re-staging – from filming the unveiling of a Madonna to selling electricity to fellow artists

13 OCT 05

Some questions seem so obvious they are almost never asked. With the proliferation of museums, biennales and fairs, and the sheer amount of work now being made, shown, and sold, the art world has obviously changed substantially over the last 40 or so years. But what have been the most important shifts in art and the structures that surround it? frieze has asked 33 artists, collectors, critics, curators, educators and gallerists to respond

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Some questions seem so obvious they are almost never asked. With the proliferation of museums, biennales and fairs, and the sheer amount of work now being made, shown, and sold, the art world has obviously changed substantially over the last 40 or so years. But what have been the most important shifts in art and the structures that surround it? frieze has asked 33 artists, collectors, critics, curators, educators and gallerists to respond

BY John Armleder | 13 OCT 05

On the occasion of his major retrospective at the the Guggenheim, New York, from issue 94, 2005, Tom Morton on Maurizio Cattelan

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Since the late 1980s Maurizio Cattelan has been making darkly comic work that holds a mirror up to our pomposities, foibles and fears

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Between the earth and the sky

BY Bruce Haines | 13 OCT 05
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The Crypt, St James Church Clerkenwell, London

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Part two of the question ‘are curators artists?’ asks whether the visual
arts would be better served if curators modelled themselves on editors

13 OCT 05

Art is changing - into what?

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Art criticism is no longer dominated by history and theory. Does this create space for curiosity and openness, or leave writers ill-equipped to describe the complexities of the present?

BY Jerry Saltz | 13 OCT 05

Q: What should stay the same? A: Nothing, everything can be replaced.

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London to Dover

BY Sally O'Reilly | 13 OCT 05
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The recently opened Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo has abandoned traditional museum display in favour of high-tech interactivity. Does it work?

BY Eivind Furnesvik | 13 OCT 05

With its terrifying philosophical possibilities, time travel is still the most excellent adventure

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British record label Ghost Box is releasing advanced electronica that makes dead men sing

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The inspiration for sci-fi fantasists, underground storage facilities – born of Cold War paranoia – are now big business

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