frieze magazine

Issue 179

May 2016

The May issue of frieze is out now, with features on Sophia Al-Maria, Goshka Macuga and Tracey Rose, a roundtable discussion on artists & ceramics, as well as a specially commissioned artist’s project by Catherine Opie.

Also featuring: Evan Moffitt considers race and sexuality in the portraiture of Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Robert Mapplethorpe and Lorraine O’Grady; Patrick Langley looks at how increasing numbers of young artists—including Patrick Goddard, Marie Jacotey and Stuart Middleton—are exploring the possibilities of the graphic novel; and Jonathan Griffin on the relief paintings of Gina Beavers.

View of Museum Island showing, from left to right: Berlin Cathedral, Humboldt-Box and the Berlin Palace Humboldt Forum, April 2016. Photograph: Oliver Dignal

The curators of the 9th Berlin Biennale, DIS, talk about getting to know the German capital

By DIS

Race, sexuality and portraiture

By Evan Moffitt

Amy Sherlock chairs a discussion between Caroline Achaintre, Aaron Angell, Alison Britton and Richard Slee about their work in clay

By Amy Sherlock
Carved ebony head from Late Egyptian coffin, c.750–525 BCE. Courtesy: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

The intertwining of life and death in poetry, art and nature

By Olivia Laing

The relief paintings of Gina Beavers

By Jonathan Griffin

South Afrian artist Tracey Rose's searing performances raise tough questions around history and race

By Sean O'Toole

Ahead of her upcoming solo show at the Whitney Museum in New York, Sophia Al-Maria talks shopping malls, war, climate change and Gulf futurism

By Jennifer Kabat

Q: If you could live with only one piece of art, what would it be? A: ‘Probably my old Schimmel upright piano.’

By Jóhann Jóhannsson
Portrait of a Noblewoman, 1775–80, damaged, artist unknown

In the first of a new series of columns, Negar Azimi reflects on trash aesthetics

By Negar Azimi
Rachael Champion, Primary Producers, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Hales Gallery, London; photograph: Charlie Littlewood

How plants can help teach us to live ethically

By Ellen Mara De Wachter
Cao Fei, La Town Airport, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing

What does ‘Chinese’ mean as an artistic category in Britain today?

By En Liang Khong
Goshka Macuga, International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation, Configuration 6, Humanity’s Survival (detail), 2015, bronze. Courtesy: Fondazione Prada, Milan; photograph: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio

Ben Eastham delves into Goshka Macuga's exploration of art, power and history

By Ben Eastham