frieze magazine

Issue 178

April 2016

The April issue of frieze is out now, focusing on how artists—including Abounaddara, Matt Mullican, Annika Larsson, Laure Prouvost and Steve Reinke—are responding to visceral digital imagery; plus, as he turns 90, Gustav Metzger reveals his most significant artistic influences.

Also featuring: Ahead of his new commission for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Jacolby Satterwhite discusses animation, sex and choreography with Evan Moffitt; Kirsty Bell contemplates the flexibility of gesture in the paintings of Allison Katz; and Judith Clark talks to Diane Simpson about the influence of abstraction, architecture and fashion on her sculptures.

With the sad news of the passing Gustav Metzger, aged 90, revisit his ‘Influences’ piece for frieze 

By Gustav Metzger
Artist’s rendering of the Triumphal Arch from Palmyra in Trafalgar Square, 2016

What the re-creation of Palmyra's Triumphal Arch in New York and London says about shared cultural identities

By Rahel Aima
John Akomfrah, Tropikos, 2016, video still. © Smoking Dogs Films. Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Arnolfini, Bristol & Lisson Gallery, London, UK

By Holly Corfield Carr

At what point does a doodled line become a nose? The paintings of Allison Katz

By Kirsty Bell

How the anonymous film collective Abounaddara represents daily life in Syria

By Christy Lange

Q. What should stay the same? A. I don’t understand the question.

By Park Seo-Bo

Kaelen Wilson-Goldie considers a collaborative intervention by Suhu Traboulsi and Walid Raad

By Kaelen Wilson-Goldie
Illustration by Lauren Rolwing

The term ‘outsider artist’ is tired – but it may soon take on new meaning 

By Dan Fox
Rasel Chowdhury, winner of the 3rd Samdani Art Award, People on low incomes living in slums  beside the railway station at Khilgaon, Kamalapur, Dhaka, 2012, (from the series ‘Railway Longings’, 2011–15)

How a photography course in Dhaka is challenging religious and artistic prejudices

By Daniel Baumann
Greenhouse designed by Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido in the Ethnobotanical Gardens, Oaxaca, 2015

Is a new greenhouse in Mexico a blueprint for the museum of the future?

By Sam Thorne
Productive Frustration, 2016, a frieze video by Matthew McLean, supported by Arts Council England

Can failure be the best way to understand something?

By Matthew McLean
Maija Timonen, Aune, or On Effective Demise, 2013,

A new collection of short stories by Maija Timonen asks: are we living in an age of emotional, as well as economic, austerity?

By Houman Barekat