frieze magazine

Issue 207

November - December 2019

‘The more the activist agitates within [familiar cultural defaults], the more the noose tightens.’ – Keller Easterling

The November/December issue of frieze focuses on infrastructural shifts in the arts, the environment and in activism. What is the artistic landscape like outside established global capitals? How are artists representing our now-hotter, wetter world? How can museums recover after scandals, and what should activism achieve? Featuring Pope.L, Keller Easterling, Rem Koolhaas, Chris Kraus, Marlene McCarty, Saskia Sassen, 13BC (Vic Brooks, Lucy Raven and Evan Calder Williams) and more.

Kaelen Wilson-Goldie profiles 13BC, a film collective engaged in changing how we see and map landscape. A production still from their 2019 film, Straight Flush, set in the barracks of a decommissioned military facility in Utah, features on the cover of the issue.

Also featuring: Architect Rem Koolhaas and AMO visualize the emergence of a ‘new sublime’ in the world’s rural zones; Chris Kraus convenes a roundtable on art-making on the Mexico-US border; urbanist Keller Easterling on activism in an age of polarization and information warfare; sociologist Saskia Sassen on cultural ‘invisibility’ in an age of global displacement; Jessica Lynne on Pope.L, an artist whose often-provocative work – spanning public performance, teaching and traditional media – has never been more urgent; Jennifer Kabat visits Silo City in Buffalo, New York, where artist Marlene McCarty is planting a garden that draws on the area’s history at the crux of capitalism and modernism; and Max Andrews pens a case study on how right-wing politics can impact museums, looking to Spain’s trailblazing Institut Valencia d’Art Modern (IVAM).

Plus, 22 reviews from around the world, including Vincent Fecteau at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, and Wael Shawky at Lisson Gallery, New York. And answering our questionnaire is legendary sci-fi author William Gibson, whose novel, Agency, is forthcoming with Berkley Books.

A roundtable with Mexicali and Tijuana artists Mely Barragán, Pablo Castañeda, Fernando Méndez Corona and collector Alonso Elias. With a poem by artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña

By Multiple Authors

The challenges faced by the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern have involved a form of firefighting that many museums outside of capital cities seem in thrall to

By Max Andrews

Kaelen Wilson-Goldie on 13BC and the artists using art, science and technology to map the world

By Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Informed by the legacies of funk and jazz, the artist’s many collaborations are given space to shine

By Ian Bourland

The artist’s stuttering videos, on view at Freedman Fitzpatrick, challenge conventional notions of artistic authorship and circulation

By Olivian Cha

Kilimnik’s subjects are nearly always brutal – murder, empire, war – and just as often delivered with a practiced detachment

By Travis Diehl

The artist’s fantastical sculptures and bas reliefs, on view at Lisson, New York, combine prehistoric creatures with oil barons and kings

By Murtaza Vali

Drones, 1980s synth-pop and a giant chess board turn the show into a game whose rules are never quite clear

By Mimi Chu

An exhibition at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, unveils the surrealist undercurrents of 1960s pop 

By Alex Estorick

In a new show, Sze pairs precision with nods to disassembly or messy composition

By Diana Hamilton

His ‘brutalist dollhouses’ invite viewers into the void ‘in the friendliest manner’ 

By Robert Glück

At the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, the artists’ first US museum survey traces their slick, satirical and sentimental practice

By Grant Klarich Johnson