frieze magazine

Issue 209

March 2020

The March issue of frieze looks at art in an age of crisis. How can cultural institutions acknowledge their complicity in growing social and environmental inequalities? How are artists responding to increasingly precarious socioeconomic conditions? We lead with a special section on museum patronage, with contributions from performance artist Andrea Fraser, curator Michelle Millar Fisher, climate activist Mel Evans, curator and editor Priya Khanchandani, novelist and political commentator Ahdaf Soueif, and curator and former Queens Museum director Laura Raicovich. Plus, novelist Hermione Hoby reflects on Lynda Benglis’s exuberant and iconoclastic career. And answering our questionnaire is Amsterdam-based curator, creative advisor and board member Beatrix Ruf. Plus, 36 reviews from around the world, including the second Lagos Biennial and the sixth Singapore Biennale.

The art world is not the world, but what the world needs, artists need, too

By Evan Moffitt and En Liang Khong

Neutrality is a veil for wielding power: this is the status quo that requires resistance

By Laura Raicovich

The psychoanalyst Karen Horney argued that neurosis killed productive artistic practice

By Rob Sharp

One year into the authoritarian president’s term, Brazilian artists are pushing back against state violence and censorship by summoning the spirit of the ‘sertão’

By Silas Martí

Former British Museum trustee Ahdaf Soueif asks: who our museums for?

By ​Ahdaf Soueif
Q. What should stay the same? A. Curiosity, generosity, care.
By Beatrix Ruf

Hardline, right-wing policies restrict entry to the country to ‘the great minds’

By Skye Arundhati Thomas

Five months after its abrupt closure, the LA museum shows no sign of reopening. Where does that leave the growing movement of art worker unionization?

By Dana Kopel

The first entirely state-funded art museum on the continent is also a relic of a turbulent political and economic history

By Rebecca Anne Proctor

Addressing inclusivity isn’t just about the workplace – it’s about a richer arts scene that is properly reflective of society

By Priya Khanchandani

In a pastoral Welsh landscape where poets once gathered, the Royal Air Force now trains pilots in warfare

By David Birkin

Shuttered in the city’s crackdown on independent initiatives, the artist-run space provided a model for low-budget, experimental art making

By Carol Yinghua Lu