The January–February issue of frieze is out now, featuring Monika Baer, Lubaina Himid and Wim T. Schippers; Dodie Bellamy on young artists exploring queerness and disability; and a city report from Bogotá.
My Influences: Lubaina Himid
On the occasion of her solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford and Spike Island, Bristol, the British artist talks about rediscovering her birthplace of Zanzibar through the collages of Romare Bearden; and finding "structural heaven" in the sculptures of Phyllida Barlow at Tate Britain.
City Report: Bogotá
Critic Halim Badawi and frieze assistant editor Evan Moffitt reflect on how the capital’s history might impact the region’s cultural future. "Bogotá’s art scene is no longer 'silent' and hermetic, but vehemently declaring itself open for creative activity." (Halim Badawi)
Contributing editor Kirsty Bell explores the performance of the personal in Monika Baer’s paintings; author Jennifer Krasinski asks if the roles of artist and writer are fundamentally incompatible; novelist and poet Dodie Bellamy looks at body politics in the work of Zach Blas, Andrea Crespo, Park McArthur, Patrick Staff and Christine Sun Kim; Noemi Smolik talks to Dutch artist Wim T. Schippers about his long and pioneering career, mixing absurdist humour with commercial broadcast and traditional artistic media; and Jennifer Higgie examines colonialism and its impact on contemporary Australia in the paintings of Helen Johnson.
Columns & reviews:
Associate editor Pablo Larios reports from two exhibitions in Cologne and Düsseldorf that showcase the unique art history of the Rhineland; Sarah Hromack unpacks the politics of narcissism in Kristin Dombek’s latest book; Becca Voelcker reviews Eduardo Williams’s bold debut feature film; regular frieze columnist Lynne Tillman drowns her sorrows over the US election while watching Andy Warhol; and Jörg Heiser responds to the question: how can artists galvanize political protest?
Plus, 43 exhibition reviews from around the world, including the Montréal, Shanghai and Taipei biennials; and the fashion designer Dries van Noten answers our questionnaire.
frieze video: Deputy editor Amy Sherlock travels to China to report on the highlights of the 11th Shanghai Biennale.
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