The 2010s

What were the 2010s? We look back at some of the most significant cultural shifts of the past decade through the public figures, technologies, images and companies that have embodied them. From reflections on Lady Gaga’s ‘Artpop’, Wayne Koestenbaum’s ‘immoderate’ style and the trollish Jordan Wolfson, to the rise of gorpcore fashion, the dominance of franchise cinema and architectures of inequality, we consider the artists, movements and tendencies that shaped our world.

Wolfson believes art has no relationship to ethics; after a decade of shock, it’s hard to take him seriously

By Diana Hamilton

In the 2010s, cinema grappled with the most tangible effects of the climate crisis 

By Lewis Gordon

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

By Jennifer Higgie

The moral high-ground has been claimed by many in the 2010s; it has also been placed in perpetual doubt

By Rosanna McLaughlin

From The Walking Dead to Stranger Things, frightening revivals ‘captured a bit of lost magic in a disenchanted world’ 

By Ian Bourland

Network fatigue 2.0

By Pablo Larios

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

By Evan Moffitt

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

By Orit Gat

From Somerset to Menorca, H&W’s ‘art centre’ model has redefined what a commercial gallery can be. Can our public institutions compete?

By Chris Fite-Wassilak

Why the rise of ‘curatorial collectives’ spells an uncertain future for the profession

By Mohammad Salemy

From Chelsea Manning to Edward Snowden to the Trump–Russia dossier, public outcry has soon reverted to business as usual

By Gary Zhexi Zhang

What art speaks to us when we’re overwhelmed by climate change and global instability?

By Lincoln Michel

Cécile B. Evans, Jenna Sutela, Jonathan Yeo, Tiffany Funk, Luba Elliott and Anna Ridler appraise the impact of new tools and platforms over the last decade

By Alex Estorick


Frieze Fairs - 18 May 2020

Himali Singh Soin's Frieze Artist Award 2019 commission explores urgent questions about environment, history and myth

Frieze Fairs - 15 May 2020

The artist, featured in the Diálogos section of Frieze Viewing Room, speaks to Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator of El Museo del Barrio