frieze magazine

Issue 208

January - February 2020

‘“Disruption” has been the ambivalent watchword of the 2010s, which has been a decade of grappling with profound societal, political and economic change.’ – Amy Sherlock

The January/February issue of frieze looks at some of the most significant cultural shifts of the past decade through the public figures, technologies and companies that have embodied them. We lead with a feature on Hans Haacke, whose retrospective at the New Museum is a reminder that the current scrutiny of museum ethics is long overdue, and an essay on the art world’s addiction to flying, asking why, in a time of climate crisis, we all still do it.  Plus, we profile five young artists to watch for 2020: Jamie Crewe, Lauren Halsey, Rodrigo Hernández, Thảo-Nguyên Phan and Sung Tieu.

Plus, 36 reviews from around the world, including Mark Leckey at Tate Britain, London, and three shows responding to Berlin’s urban crisis. And answering our questionnaire is award-winning French writer Annie Ernaux.

Cover image: Hans Haacke, John Weber Gallery Visitors’ Profile 1 (detail), 1972, paper questionnaire and 21 comparative bar graphs of answers, questionnaire: 22 x 28 cm; bar graphs: 61 x 76 cm. Courtesy: © Hans Haacke, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, ARS, New York and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

The comedian’s aggressions are meant to produce pleasure, but often result in arguments and criticism

By Lynne Tillman

Co-working spaces provide corporate culture for people who don’t have a corporation

By Will Wiles

Boskovich wanted to inhabit a place that made no distinctions between sculpture and furniture, curation and decor, art and everyday life

By ​Juliana Halpert

Q. What could you imagine doing if you didn’t do what you do? A. Raising goats

By ​Annie Ernaux

The sculptor’s solo exhibition at Oakville Galleries blurs the boundaries between chance and artistic selection

By Charles Reeve

The painter’s work, on view at Tina Kim Gallery in New York, focuses our sight while urging us beyond it

By David Geers

The 2013 album is a compelling record of our collective fracturing 

By Andrew Durbin

Fin de siècle squalor and sardonic masques in ‘Grand Hotel Abyss’, the 2019 edition of the annual Austrian festival

By Adam Kleinman

Dragons, spirits and transformations at Julia Stoschek, Berlin

By Skye Arundhati Thomas

An exhibition at SFMOMA, named for the 1990 geopolitical term, considers the relationship between art and activism since the fall of the Iron Curtain 

By Adam Kleinman

The artist’s work captures what it feels like to see your own body on the floor, in pieces, and how that might be the only way to survive having survived

By Audrey Wollen

The artist’s survey at LACMA showcases her dynamic engagement with the history of modernism and socio-political conflict 

By Ara H. Merjian