December 21, 2009 - frieze - Issue 128 Out Now
December 21, 2009

Issue 128 Out Now

Issue 128 out now

Looking Back/Looking Forward

frieze asked 13 critics and curators what and who they felt to be the most significant shows of 2009, and what they are looking forward to in 2010.

‘In 2009 it was good old Venice that delivered a well-articulated and installed exhibition – despite the murky waters full of pavilions and collateral events that surrounded Daniel Birnbaum‘s “Fare Mondi Making Worlds”.’ Adriano Pedrosa (writer, curator and director of Escola São Paulo, Brazil)

‘Last year was marked by a succession of remarkable shows by American artists: from “Roni Horn aka Roni Horn” at Tate Modern, through Lynda Benglis at Van Abbemusuem, Eindhoven, and the brilliant “Dan Graham Beyond” at the Whitney Museum, New York, to John Baldessari at Tate Modern and “Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting” at London’s Hayward Gallery.’ Katrina Brown (Director of The Common Guild, Glasgow)

‘This year is full of Latin-American promise. For his mid-career survey, Gabriel Orozco will work with a different curator at three different institutions. Rivane Neuenschwander‘s solo show at the New Museum in New York will offer a welcome opportunity to see a significant presentation of her work; and the prospect of the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, curated by Moacir dos Anjos, is enticing.’ Margot Heller (Director of South London Gallery)

Also in the January – February issue: Astrology; Auckland & Sydney; Edward Allington; Dara Birnbaum; communism; Moscow Biennial; Rosalind Nashashibi; Nottingham Contemporary; Sam Porritt; Ramallah; Robert Ryman; Erin Shirreff; the Whitney Biennial.

Plus, ahead of his Tate Britain retrospective, Chris Ofili answers the ‘Questionnaire’.

Reviews from: the UK, USA, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.

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More exhibition reviews from around the world, regularly updated opinion and debate on the Editors’ blog including Jörg Heiser’s ‘Postcards from Warsaw’ and, in Comment, columns from frieze writers including Frances Morgan and Sam Thorne on the ICA’s nine-day festival of experimental music, ‘Calling out of Context’.

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