frieze magazine

Issue 211

May-June 2020

The May/June issue of frieze is Andrew Durbin’s first as editor. As his tenure begins, the magazine has refreshed its design and formats for a new decade. Matthew McLean visits Jimmy Robert in his Berlin studio where they discuss the complicated politics of touch and visibility, Cindy Sherman answers our questionnaire and Paul Chan asks: is anything in metaphysics worth redeeming?

Also featuring: an essay by Francesca Wade on the anarchist, art critic and literary editor Félix Fénéon, who long before Twitter, was turning news stories in fin-de-siècle France into three-line novels; ; an interview by Barbara Casavecchia with Yuri Ancarani ahead of the premiere of his latest film Atlantis (2020); a roundtable where Claire-Louise Bennett, Brian Dillon, Goshka Macuga, Bill Sherman and Carmen Winant consider Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas (1924–29) – an unfinished attempt to map the ‘afterlife of antiquity’; and Vanessa Onwuemezi on Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Prospect West of a Necromancer (2019).


Plus, a series of columns on comedy – from guidance on how to crash an art-world party to a review of Jerry Saltz’s How to Be an Artist (2020) – and 22 reviews from around the world, including Adam Linder & Shahryar Nashat at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and a three-part exhibition by Prem Sahib at Southard Reid, London.


The New York-based photographer answers our questionnaire

By Cindy Sherman

Before Twitter, Félix Fénéon’s daily ‘novels in three lines’ made a literary art form of current affairs

By Francesca Wade

Ahead of his new work, filmed on a boat in Venice, an interview with the Italian auteur

By Barbara Casavecchia

The Berlin-based artist works across and between performance, text and image

By Matthew McLean

From @jerrygogosian to @bradtroemel, memes have become a primary method of institutional critique

By Mike Pepi

On the video-sharing app, laughter lubricates the wheels of the desperation train

By Rob Horning

The New York-based comedians give sexually repressed characters, from sci-fi heroes to famous academics, the chance to fight and fall in love

By Rea McNamara

Why be part of the art world when you can just crash the party? 

By Steven Phillips-Horst

The critic’s folksy guide, How to Be an Artist, includes some valuable insight on the creative process 

By Dan Fox

The artist’s installation – based on the interior of a nearby gay cruising bar – invokes a haunted sense of refuge

By Matthew McLean

At Museo Jumex, Mexico City, a retrospective of the pioneering architect’s key projects shows how she worked to tear down class and racial barriers in Brazilian society

By Evan Moffitt

Through her spatial interventions at Établissement d’en face, Brussels, the artist reflects on the layering between art and politics 

By Martin Germann