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frieze magazine

Issue 200

January - February 2019

The 200th issue of frieze is devoted to enthusiasm. Two hundred of our favourite artists and writers pay tribute to their inspirations since 1991, the year frieze magazine was launched.

Divided into three decades, the issue features fan letters and visual responses to subjects as diverse as the JPEG, George Michael, the Large Hadron Collider, Steve McQueen’s films, Song Dong’s Waste Not and the linguistic abilities of a male bonobo. It includes contributions from Olivia Laing, Chris Kraus, David Shrigley, Marina Warner and more.

Plus, 30 rave reviews from around the world, including reports on Louise Bourgeois’s show at Shanghai’s Long Museum and Enrico David’s at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

‘Purifoy conjured life from practically nothing: ten pairs of used trousers, discarded trainers, a few spare planks’

By Gilda Williams

‘He wasn’t English, but he was playing an English game, the fag in the Establishment, a light entertainer, undisguised yet somehow unseen, an open

By Olivia Laing

‘Gray’s presence is painted on the city; he’s a local, living myth’

By Figgy Guyver
Douglas Gordan, Remake of the cover of frieze no. 9, 2018, specially commissioned for the magazine's 200th issue. Courtesy: the artist

We look back on 28 years of publishing by remembering what inspires us

By Jennifer Higgie

‘The Western that heroized pioneers unsettling the West was moribund. Unforgiven, an anti-Western Western, buried it.’

By Lynne Tillman

‘A magical, fucked-up masterpiece’

By Charlie Fox

‘After Kurzweil’s book landed with a thud in the centre of our culture, it was impossible not to address its claims’

By Chris Wiley

Hall’s understanding of cultural identity allows us to deconstruct and reconstruct who we think we are

By Osei Bonsu

‘She introduced me to the borderland of craft, for which I count myself very lucky’

By Tanya Harrod

‘Released following the musician’s death in 1993, the album is an extraordinary swan song: morose, comical and utterly preposterous’

By Max Andrews

‘To me, it offers a particular emotional experience – something like joyful grief’

By Laura McLean-Ferris

‘I started to read Mayröcker’s work obsessively. She became one of the few writers whose every written word I have read’

By Hans Ulrich Obrist