Issue 167 out now

Issue 167 out now


November 3, 2014

frieze issue 167 out now

The November/December issue of frieze is out now and includes features on painting and humour, a radical Japanese art movement and emerging artists,alongside our regular columns and reviews from around the world.

Marlene Dumas: A Wall To Object To
On the occasion of a major touring retrospective—at the Stedelijk Museum, Tate Modern and Fondation Beyeler—critic Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith mines the gap between image and painting in the practice of Marlene Dumas. “No amount of detective work can account for the confounding visceral impact of these consummate paintings when encountered in person.”

What’s So Funny? How Humour Feeds Painting
frieze Assistant Editor Paul Teasdale challenges the idea that comics and paintings don’t mix: “Gone are the nervous self-irony and apologetic jokes. In their place is a figuration that is confident and playful, self-aware, expressive—and funny.”

Also featured:
Andrew Maerkle encounters the anarchic 1920s Tokyo art movement Mavo; Jonathan Griffin looks at how the art of Michael E. Smith plots the bleak landscapes of ex-urban America; Scott Roben investigates the collision of illustration and art history in the painting of Sanya Kantarovsky; and Declan Long decodes Uri Aran’s mysterious work-tables.

Columns & reviews:
Ahead of her solo show at Hangar Bicocca in Milan, artist Céline Condorelli reveals the conversations, buildings and films that have influenced her; Orit Gat gives her verdict on Gilda Williams’s latest book, How to Write about Contemporary Art; and Nina Power discusses feminism in the writing of Jacqueline Rose. Plus exhibition reviews from 14 countries including the Gwangju Biennale, Made in LA at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and David Hammons/Yves Kline at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado.

On the frieze blog: Craig Hubert interviews filmmaker Laura Poitras about her new documentary, CITIZENFOUR, a clear-eyed account of Edward Snowden’s leak of National Security Agency documents; and contributing editor Carol Yinghua Lu on the recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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