frieze magazine

Issue 135

Nov – Dec 2010

The November-December issue of frieze tackles religion and spirituality. Dan Fox’s ‘State of the Art’ editorial asks if the art world’s wariness of religion is a contradiction: ‘Religious conviction is taken to be a sign of intellectual weakness, and yet meaning in art is often a question of belief.’

Philosopher Simon Critchley, in a feature interview, suggests that art, faith and politics have long been intertwined. ‘Artistically and politically, the avant-garde has always been concerned with ideas of the group based around a kind of faith’. He argues that religion allows us to think about forms of community. ‘What I want is religion without God, where religion is understood as a form of association.’

Following her celebrated 13-hour performance The Darktown Cakewalk: Celebrated from the House of FAME, artist and musician Linder looks back at the beliefs that have structured her life and work, from growing up in 1960s Liverpool and attending the local Methodist church to feminist politics and punk in the 1970s and recent forays into the worlds of Sikhism and the sculptures of Barbara Hepworth.

Religion versus spirituality in contemporary art

By Dan Fox

Manhattan’s changing skyline

The emotive language used to describe art-world narratives

By Sean O'Toole

New approaches to evoking the idea of death

The complex relationship between science and the spirit – and how to represent it

By Mark Pilkington

The changing shape of the mosque in Britain

By Pádraig Belton

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

Does theology hold the answer for revolutionary politics?

By Paul Teasdale
DJ Screw Photograph: © Ben DeSoto

A screwed song urges the listener to internalize its dampened tempo, to stretch the existential qualities of the moment to match the music

By Jace Clayton

The evolution of an artist and musician

By Linder

Dan Fox talks to Simon Critchley about community, avant-garde rituals and being ‘religious without religion’

By Dan Fox

Kai Althoff’s enigmatic installations, performances and paintings resist easy answers in their explorations of sexuality and spirituality

By Natalie Haddad