Frieze Masters

Issue 8

September 2019

Art history is a beautiful mess. This edition of Frieze Masters magazine celebrates its diversity. Rebecca Hawcroft looks at the Bauhaus graduates who emigrated to Australia; Tim Smith-Laing recounts the colourful history of Courbet’s scandalous 1866 painting L’Origine du Monde; Rianna Jade Parker time-travels to Black Bloomsbury; Caroline Marciniak looks at the enduring connection between art and the occult; Flavia Frigeri tells the origin story of Italian Pop Art; Juliet Jacques writes about the extraordinarily intimate photographs Lisetta Carmi took of her friends in the trans community in Genoa in the 1960s; Tom Jeffreys discusses the significance of the birch tree to Russian art; and George Upton is mesmerized by a mysterious self-portrait by Sofonisba Anguissola – one of the few Renaissance women mentioned by Giorgio Vasari in his Lives.

Plus, 24 artists – including Alvaro Barrington, Linder and Valeska Soares – nominate historical works of art that have inspired them. And answering our questionnaire is Anna Coliva, director of Galleria Borghese in Rome.

Juliet Jacques profiles the photographer Lisetta Carmi who sensitively documented the lives of her friends

By Juliet Jacques

The origins of Gustave Courbet’s ‘Origin of the World’

By Tim Smith-Laing

Sofonisba Anguissola’s ‘Self-Portrait with Bernardino Campi’ literally and metonymically reveals the hand of the artist

By George Upton

How did the design school impact on the Antipodes?

By Rebecca Hawcroft

The director of Rome’s Galleria Borghese on her earliest memories of art museums and the mystery of Caravaggio

By Anna Coliva

The movement that is traditionally understood as white and privileged was more racially mixed than is commonly accepted

By Rianna Jade Parker

Was there anything the Renaissance freewheeler couldn’t do?

By Amy Sherlock

Osei Bonsu interviews the artist about the evolution of her thinking

By Osei Bonsu
Isaac Levitan, Spring, High Water, 1897, oil on canvas, 64 × 57 cm. Courtesy: Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

The influence of Isaac Levitan’s 1897 painting Spring, High Water on 20th-century film

By Tom Jeffreys

From the recent opening of the Villa Cerruti to Charleston’s new gallery, idiosyncratic museums and collections are flourishing

By Rosanna McLaughlin

Flavia Frigeri discusses a very Roman take on modernism

By Flavia Frigeri

Contemporary art’s resurgence of interest in magic has a powerful art-historical precedent

By Caroline Marciniak