frieze magazine

Issue 130

April 2010

The April issue of frieze is haunted. In this issue’s ‘State of the Art’ editorial, Jennifer Higgie writes that ‘If the Art of the Past is like a ghost – something dead that refuses to die – then it follows that a haunting is the unresolved relationship between influence and action.’

Cyprien Galliard tells Jonathan Griffin that it is the monuments of ancient civilizations that connect with the ruins of Modernist urbanism; as he puts it, ‘I wanted to treat a bunker as a classical ruin, or a temple buried beneath the desert in Egypt; to conduct a modern excavation, using Caterpillar diggers instead of brushes.’

For Brian Dillon it is architectural ruins that provide an ongoing relationship with the past for artists working today; he surveys the history of ruins in art from 18th-century painting to 21st-century film.

Jörg Heiser considers the question from the perspective of what might be an appropriate response to the subject of the Holocaust, and Christy Lange finds in Shannon Ebner‘s work a regeneration of photography’s dying legacy.

The role of the dead in the lives of the living

By Jennifer Higgie

A tale of overlapping interests

By Robert Storr
Roses left at the monument to Edgar Allan Poe, Baltimore, on the anniversary of his birth, 19 January 2008

Edgar Allan Poe, the disappearance of the 'Poe Toaster' and the best way to find a grave

By George Pendle

Finding different cures for sadness

By Jennifer Allen

The intertwining of melancholy and possibility in contemporary photography

By George Baker

Does Michael Haneke’s lauded new film mark a shift away from his earlier critique of mainstream cinema?

By Bert Rebhandl

In an ongoing series, frieze asks an artist, curator or writer to list the books that have influenced them

Wiktor Gutt and Waldemar Raniszewski, Malowanie (Painting), 1972. Makeup and feathers on body.

Luiza Nader (University of Warsaw and Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, 2009) / Lukasz Ronduda and Piotr Uklanski (Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw)

By Monika Szewczyk

Eds. Maria Hlavajova, Sven Lütticken and Jill Winder (BAK, Utrecht, and post editions, Rotterdam, 2009)

By Mark Fisher

Ed. Tom McDonough (Verso, London, 2009)

By Owen Hatherley

XXX Macarena (From the Nursery/Primary Information, 2010)

By Dan Fox

Various artists (Stones Throw, 2010)

By Sam Thorne