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frieze magazine

Issue 144

Jan - Feb 2012

The Jan / Feb issue of frieze looks back over the significant events and issues of 2011, with a series of dispatches from Beirut, Berlin, Cairo, London, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo.

As well as round-ups of the best films, architecture, design, music and publications of the year, these reports include Jennifer Higgie and Sam Thorne talk to Chris Dercon, the new director of Tate Modern and Dan Hancox revisits a year of unrest in the UK; Negar Azimi considers art’s conflicted relationship with the Arab Spring, while, from Beirut, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie looks at artistic autonomy in Lebanon; Stacey Allan and Sam Thorne report from ‘Pacific Standard Time’, an unprecedented survey of South Californian art between 1945 and 1980; Philip Brophy and Kyoji Maeda reflect upon Japan’s artistic psyche after the tsunami.

Henning Besser 'DJ Phono Plays Daft Punk' Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, 2011

From retro to repro, and beyond

By Dominikus Müller and Geeta Dayal
Aaron Flint Jamison, editor of Veneer magazine, 2011 (photograph: David Senior)

Experimental magazines, absurdist writing and new fiction, the publishing highlights of 2011

By David Senior and Emily Stokes
View from the Al Jurumiya bridge to the Hotel Palestine. Photograph taken by Spanish Supreme Court Judge Santiago Pedraz, 2011

What two photographs taken by a Spanish judge in Baghdad reveal about the impossibility of untangling a moment in the past

By Mario Garcia Torres
Paolo Grassino Semiliberta, 2010, aluminium cast
By Valentin Diaconov
Francis Upritchard Breath Detail from 'Weeks Table',  2011, table, blanket, modelling material, wool, wire, paint, glass, found plastic, football and purse
By Zoe Pilger

Art’s conflicted relationship with the Arab Spring

By Negar Azimi
Richard Neutra Kaufmann House, Palm Springs, 1946. Included in LACMA's 'California Design: 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way', 2011 (photograph: Julius Schulman)

A survey of modern living in California, biennials in Asia and a new generation of design studios

James Richards Not Blacking Out, Just Turning the Lights Off, 2011, Installation view
By George Barber
Vincente Minnelli An American in Paris, 1951

The best movies and artists’ films of 2011

By Thomas Beard and Emilie Bickerton
Chris Dercon, Director of the Tate Modern, 2009

Jennifer Higgie and Sam Thorne talk to the new director of Tate Modern about the museum’s plans for the future

By Jennifer Higgie and Sam Thorne
Alessandro Pessoli Fiamma Pilota (Pilot Light), 2011, oil, enamel, spraypaint on canvas
By Marinella Paderni