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frieze magazine

Issue 146

April 2012

In the latest issue of frieze Jörg Heiser asks what our interest in the face tells us about contemporary communication. 

Other highlights of the April issue include: Face/Off: art historian Tom Holert on anonymity and iconography in contemporary protest culture. Picture This: photographer Christina Zück examines the ‘enraptured faces’ of photographic portraiture. A Life in a Day: Jennifer Higgie looks at the fictitious portraits of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the London-based painter whose work is currently included in the New Museum Triennial, New York. Mike Kelley (1954–2012) – Ten Tributes: friends and collaborators remember his life and work—with an essay by John C. Welchman, and tributes by Monica Bonvicini, Emi Fontana, Ann Magnuson, John Miller, Dave Muller, Sterling Ruby, Jim Shaw, Michael Smith and Marnie Weber. 

What does our interest in the face tell us about contemporary methods of communication?

By Jörg Heiser

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Interstellar, 2012, oil on canvas

The fictitious portraits of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

By Jennifer Higgie
Öyvind Fahlström Mao-Hope March, 1966, 16mm film still

Anonymity and iconography in contemporary protest culture

By Tom Holert
Lucy McKenzie Quodlibet XI (Janette Murray),  2011, oil on canvas on board

Lucy McKenzie’s work as part of the collaborative fashion studio, Atelier, embodies the artist’s enquiries into a romanticized past shot through with mythical meaning

By Michael Bracewell
Aura Rosenberg Head Shots DL, from the series ‘Head Shots’ (1991–96), silver gelatin print

From Roni Horn to Marina Abramović, Christina Zück examines the ‘enraptured faces’ of portrait photography today

By Christina Zück
Face (No. 4), 1998, video still

Since 1995, Li Yongbin has been creating videos of faces in the Beijing apartment he has lived in for over 30 years

By Carol Yinghua Lu
Madame X c.1911, enlargement, silver chloride in gelatin print with toning partially cropped photograph of photograph and spraypaint

Alessio delli Castelli considers Italian sculptor Medardo Rosso’s photographic legacy

By Alessio delli Castelli
Francesc Ruiz Philadelphia Newsstand, 2010

Comic books and identity; innuendo and homoerotic iconography

By Max Andrews
Danai Anesiadou Mandagloire, 2010, video projection

The authentically real and the profanely cheap; ‘sperm, gold, money, black holes ... ’

‘Rough Winds’ 2010, film still

Celebrity culture, film studio design and the Hollywood dream

By Jonathan Griffin
Nicholas Byrne Abraded Double, 2011, oil on copper

Bodily incursions, surgical violence and an ‘uncommon sense of objecthood’

By Tom Morton