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.

 

An exhibition at Jan Kaps, Cologne, stresses the trauma of economic transformations in formerly socialist countries

By Moritz Scheper

The artist’s photographs of domestic spaces, souks and bodegas, displayed on 100 bus stops around New York and at Helena Anrather, are ‘altogether unworldly’ 

By Shiv Kotecha

Global pandemic may have altered our sense of time but, in the Chinese artist’s work, the present is an illusion anyway

By Amy Sherlock

In an exhibition at Kunstverein München, Hill’s work from the 1960s appears prescient in its exploration of female office labour

By Carina Bukuts

At Marlborough, New York, the Puerto Rico-based artist builds a new pantheon from the wreckage of colonialism and Hurricane Maria 

By Joseph R. Wolin

In an exhibition organized by Studio Voltaire, the artist’s work grows at a pace with which galleries today are often unfamiliar

By Ella Fleck

At Tabakalera, San Sebastián, 24 artists reflect on the algorithms that rule the world

By Ren Ebel

Within the chaos murmurs an incoherent hope in this ambitious – and at times baffling – exhibition

By Jennifer Higgie

An exhibition at Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, explores writing’s role in embodiment and spiritual grounding

By Harry Burke

At Lévy Gorvy, New York, the painter reinscribes the female gaze into art history

By Diana Hamilton

With shades of the flâneur, the artist wanders the German philosopher’s rural retreat at Todtnauberg in a new series of short films

By Tom Morton

The artist’s exhibition at Haus der Kunst, Munich, examines empirical uncertainty and political disillusionment 

By Hanno Hauenstein