April 30, 2015 - frieze - Issue 171 out now
April 30, 2015

Issue 171 out now

frieze issue 171 out now


The May issue of frieze is out now, with a focus on international artists participating in the 56th Venice Biennale—including features on Simon Denny, Joan Jonas, Sarah Lucas, Olaf Nicolai and Danh Vo—plus all our regular columns and reviews from around the world.

Sarah Lucas: A Natural Elegance
“I’ve always had the notion, because it seems so glaringly true, that a nice pair of tits goes down well.” Novelist Sarah Hall visits the artist at her Suffolk home to discuss sculpture, sexual politics and representing Britain at this year’s Venice Biennale.

Data Mine: Simon Denny
“I felt like I was being cast in a role I never set out to play: the Capitalist Artist.” In the run-up to Secret Power, the artist’s new commission for the New Zealand pavilion in Venice, writer Travis Jeppesen explores disruption, ambivalence and obsession in the installations of Berlin-based artist Simon Denny.

Also featuring:
Co-editor Jörg Heiser traces relationships across time and place in the work of our cover artist, Danh Vo; regular contributor Kaelen Wilson-Goldie describes how artists are collapsing the contemporary and archaeological to offer fresh political insights; Olaf Nicolai talks to frieze d/e associate editor Dominikus Müller about his new work for the roof of the German pavilion in Venice; and writer Jennifer Kabat investigates the past, present and future of localism in art across the US.

Columns & reviews:
Dan Fox looks at what the Björk exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art teaches us about the uneasy relationship between museums and music, and Brian Dillon writes about the fate of Eduardo Paolozzi’s Tottenham Court Road murals in London.

Plus, 32 reviews from around the world, including the 3rd New Museum Triennial in New York; Body Talk at WIELS in Brussels; and an exhibition round up from Budapest.

Frieze video:
Paul Clinton contemplates the political complexities undergirding this year’s Sharjah Biennial.

On the blog:
Dan Fox shares his first impressions from the Whitney Museum’s new Renzo Piano-designed building; Chris Fite-Wassilak reports from Sequences, Reykjavik’s “real time festival”; and Carol Yinghua Lu reviews the latest radical work by Beijing-based theatre director Tian Gebing.

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