frieze magazine

Issue 206

October 2019

‘We are no longer confined to providing the entertainment between trays of finger food at openings. Performance has become a perfectly normal modus operandi.’ – Pablo Bronstein

The October issue of frieze leads with a special portfolio on the state of performance art. What makes it so compelling as an artistic medium? Featuring: Yve Laris Cohen, Geumhyung Jeong, Marija Bozinovska Jones, Nástio Mosquito, Robertas Narkus, Alessandro Sciarroni, Nora Turato, Lee Wen and more.

Also featuring: Hilton Als on domination, revenge and longing in the films of Kara Walker; Glasgow-based artist and filmmaker, Luke Fowler, on his formative experiences, from the BBC to Patrick Cowley; Jennifer Kabat getting jazzed by the candid prose of dance critic Jill Johnston; Collier Schorr learning to dance in a specially-commissioned visual essay; Sean O’Toole sparring with language through the writings of William Kentridge; and Hendrik Folkerts on Dale Harding’s potent reflections of Australia.

Plus, 35 reviews from around the world, including Paula Rego’s major retrospective at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, and curator Susanne Pfeffer’s game-changing show, ‘Museum’, at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt. And answering our questionnaire is avant-garde polymath Meredith Monk, whose masterwork, Quarry: An Opera in Three Movements (1976) was restored and screened at Anthology Film Archives, New York, earlier this year.

Cover image: Collier Schorr, Photographer as a Portrait, 2019, photograph. Courtesy: the artist, 303 Gallery, New York, and Stuart Shave/ Modern Art, London

Q. What could you imagine doing if you didn’t do what you do? A. Reading all day 

By ​Meredith Monk

‘Surge’ finds uneasy resonances between the 1981 New Cross fire and more recent tragedies

By Marek Sullivan
Frank Howling, Barticaborn I, l 967, acrylic paint, spray paint and oil wax on canvas234 × 122 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Lowinger Family Collection Frank Howling

Motion and migration in the paintings of Frank Bowling

By Negar Azimi

Mimi Chu on Robertas Narkus, Nástio Mosquito, Nora Turato and more

By Mimi Chu

From blues to jazz to the baroque – new fiction from Claire-Louise Bennett

By Claire-Louise Bennett

Johnston showed how writing was performance and politics at once

By Jennifer Kabat

In Harding’s paintings and sculpture, the past and the present merge in a potent reflection on contemporary Australia

By ​Hendrik Folkerts

In a new collection, the author of ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’ updates her approach to feminism and psychoanalysis 

By Erika Balsom

Drawing on his dancer’s training, Laris Cohen radically presents his body simply ‘as is’ in his performances

By Martha Joseph

This year’s edition of the biennial in Moss, Norway, proves that it can trigger emotions but fails to show empathy

By Chloe Stead

Barbara Casavecchia on the 2019 Golden Lion-winning artist

By Barbara Casavecchia

From the BBC and the films of Robert Beavers to the poetry of Margaret Tait, the artist reflects on his formative experiences

By Luke Fowler