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

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

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

The relief paintings of Gina Beavers

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

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

Portrait of a Noblewoman, 1775–80, damaged, artist unknown

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

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

How plants can help teach us to live ethically

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?

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

Anita Steckel, New York Landscape (Woman pressing finger down), c.1970–80, silkscreen print, oil paint and collage on canvas, 1.6 × 2.5 m. Courtesy: Courtesy the Anita Steckel Estate and Suzanne Geiss, New York; photograph: Jason Mandella

Dallas Contemporary, USA