'Is Mike Kelley's Day is Done the best show ever? The term Gesamtkunstwerk doesnt do justice to the vast territory it explores and explodes.' Matthew Higgs
'The conceptual choreography of the Istanbul Biennial was intelligent and fun; critical without being smug and political without being preachy.' Tirdad Zolghadr
'The survey of Jonas Mekas films in the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale was a show that provoked the tragically uncommon sensation of receiving a cerebral gift.' Maxine Kopsa
'Walls influences are clear: history painting, the construction of image and narrative, social anthropology, the language of spectacle and, in Milk (1984), the formidable use of the colour brown.' Polly Staple
Issue 96 of frieze looks back over 2005 by asking 16 critics and curators from around the world to choose what they feel to be the most significant shows and artists of the year. Looking forward Jörg Heiser talks to the Wrong Gallery about the forthcoming Berlin Biennial while Dan Fox and Jennifer Higgie interview the curators of Manifesta 6 and James Trainor talks to Lisette Lagnado about her plans for the San Paulo Biennial in September.Also featured Andrew Hunt and Neil Mulholland consider the relationship between culture and geography in the British Art Show 6 and Waling Boers and Pi Li discuss Beijings rapidly changing art scene, its exoticism and its international success.