December 14, 2013 - frieze - Issue 160 out now
December 14, 2013

Issue 160 out now

Frieze Video—exclusively online now

In the January/February issue of frieze:

8 Painters on Painting: ‘I would like my work to slow the viewer down and delay the moment of understanding.’ (Ellen Altfest). Jennifer Higgie leads a survey of contemporary figurative painting, asking eight artists what defines their practice and why they continue to paint in the digital age; with contributions from Ellen Altfest, Apostolos Georgiou, Helen Johnson, Imran Qureshi, Henry Taylor, Mark Sadler, Rose Wylie and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

What You See: The painter Kerry James Marshall, whose travelling survey opened at M_HKA in Antwerp in October, discusses the politics of visibility in an interview with Ellen Mara de Wachter.

A Thing for Things: Jonathan Griffin reflects on the continually inventive work of Mark Leckey, his empathy for inanimate objects and their endless potential enabled by digital technology.

Up and Down: Ben Davis looks back at the extremes of 2013: supersized art and celebrity patronage, cuts in public funding and the appropriation of ‘outsider’ art.

Also featuring: Nazli Gurek and HG Masters report from Istanbul, considering the challenges which face the city’s art scene; Basia Lewandowska Cummings discusses the increasing commercialization of art from Africa; Silas Martí writes a postcard from São Paulo; and frieze associate editor Christy Lange discusses the ‘queer archeaology’ behind the film installations of artist duo Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz.

More highlights:

Books: Ian Chang considers new novels by Dave Eggers, Tao Lin and Thomas Pynchon that dramatize the effects of virtual life; while Charlie Fox explores how writers and filmmakers have responded to the colour blue.

Music: Andy Battaglia discusses the monumental music of Eleh.

Design: Emily King reflects on a number of recent rebrands and their cultural significance, comparing new graphic identities at the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Whitney Museum in New York and the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Reviews: 38 reviews from 30 cities in 15 countries, including Philippe Parreno’s Palais de Tokyo exhibition and Pierre Huyghe’s survey at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; John Divola at LACMA, Pomona College and Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the 4th Athens Biennale and the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale; plus reviews from Amsterdam, Berlin, Birmingham, Bonn, Boston, Colchester, Dublin, The Hague, London, Makhachkala, Melbourne, Montreal, Nagoya & Okazaki, New York, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, São Paulo, San Francisco, Southend-on-Sea, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw and Zurich.

Frieze online

frieze video: Exclusively online, frieze pays a visit to the Kent studio of the painter Rose Wylie, who describes her enthusiasm for images in popular film and how these—and her garden—are present in her paintings.

On the frieze Blog: Robert Barry meets the legendary composer Philip Corner; Aoife Rosenmeyer discusses Alexandra Bachzetsis’ latest performance work, The Stages of Staging; and Dan Fox reflects upon cultural nostalgia and economic change in New York.

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