June 2, 2011 - frieze - Summer issue
June 2, 2011

Summer issue

Summer Issue of frieze


In the Summer Issue of frieze,
‘Young Italian artists are getting their hands dirty, confronting repressed memories of colonialism, fascism and terrorism—and the contradictions of the current social landscape.’
—Alessandro Rabottini

On the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification, contributing editor Barbara Casavecchia, talks to Italian curators and critics about the country’s political crisis and its effect on cultural institutions. With contributions from: Gabriella Belli, Cecilia Canziani, Massimiliano Gioni, Francesco Manacorda and Alessandro Rabottini.

In ‘State of the Art,’ co-editor Jennifer Higgie considers censorship in the art world, and asks us to remember that Ai Weiwei is one of thousands of artists, writers and activists who are incarcerated around the world because of their beliefs.

John C. Welchman explores the parameters of ‘the marine’ in the work in the work of Cosima von Bonin, whose final installment of her touring exhibition ‘The Lazy Susan Series’ is on now at Mamco, Geneva. Whilst ahead of his retrospective at the Guggenheim, New York, this summer, Lee Ufan talks to Melissa Chiu about his five decades as an artist, writer and philosopher.

Also in issue 140: Sam Thorne chronicles the lives and deaths of fictional artists; Jonathan Griffin considers the work of William Leavitt, whose work is currently on show in a major retrospective at LA MOCA; the neo-realism of the documentaries and blockbusters of Brazilian director José Padilha by Bert Rebhandl; and Martin Herbert explores the complex staging of interpretation and desire in the sculptures and installations of Anthea Hamilton.

Plus, Richard Flood on the changing faces of the late Elizabeth Taylor; Sigmund Freud goes to the movies; Gabriel Lester lists his favourite books; unpacking David Foster Wallace’s library; Dan Fox talks to Simon Reynolds about pop music’s current ‘retromania.’

Our newly expanded reviews section features 40 reviews from 30 cities, including: Sharjah Biennial 10; Glenn Ligon at the Whitney Museum, New York; ‘Revealed’ at Turner Contemporary, Margate; and Luc Tuymans at BOZAR, Brussels. As well as reviews from Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Boston, Bristol, Copenhagen, Freiburg, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Maastricht, Manchester, Mexico City, Milan, Milton Keynes, Moscow, New Delhi, New York, Oslo, Ottawa, Paris, Santa Fe, St. Gallen, Sydney and Vienna.

On the back page R.H. Quaytman answers the ‘Questionnaire’.

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Plus, Jennifer Higgie talks about her involvement in Krakow Photomonth; Paul Teasdale reports from the 57th Oberhausen Short Film Festival and Carol Yinghua Lu visits Gwangju.

Finally, catch up with the newest additions to our anniversary blog. To celebrate 20 years of frieze magazine, throughout 2011 the editors will be inviting a range of writers, artists and curators to pick ten articles from the magazine archive as well as their favourite frieze cover.

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