August 23, 2007 - frieze - issue 109 out now
August 23, 2007

issue 109 out now

frieze issue 109 out now

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‘Robert Storr’s Venice Biennale was characterized by conscientiousness and fairness rather than provocation.’ Alex Farquharson

‘In the end documenta 12 did not carry the day; it did not commit itself to memory; it failed to spark the fundamental engine of aesthetic experience — curiosity. If this feels harsh, it is — but it’s not the art’s fault.’ Helen Molesworth

‘Sculpture Projects Muenster crucially has pace — a fluid rhythm to the way you encounter the works, played out through contrast in scale, medium and location.’ Polly Staple

In the September issue of frieze, eleven writers respond to the 52nd Venice Biennale, documenta 12 and Sculpture Projects Muenster 07, three of the most important exhibitions in the international art calendar. With contributions from Diedrich Diederichsen, Jennifer Doyle, Kodwo Eshun, Alex Farquharson, Jörg Heiser, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, Helen Molesworth, Olu Oguibe, Daniel Palmer, Polly Staple and Tirdad Zolghadr.

Brian Dillon reflects on the work of Susan Hiller, whose work over three decades has inhabited a space between knowledge and emotion, exploring histories of Modernism, photography and the occult, whilst Robert Enright talks to Canadian artist and filmmaker Stan Douglas on the occasion of his first major retrospective.

Illustrated with specially commissioned photographs by Nigel Shafran, Emily King visits the Milan studio of Achille Castiglioni, one of the most playful, inventive and audacious designers of the 20th century. Mexican artist Damián Ortega responds to the frieze questionnaire.

Plus Focus pieces on Dutch artist Gabriel Lester by Vivian Rehberg, British artist Emily Wardill by Melissa Gronlund, Mexican artist Mario Garcia Torres by Catrin Lorch and German artist Judith Hopf by Kirsty Bell.

In the front section, Director of the Venice Biennale, Robert Storr, enjoys his escape from the madding crowds, and Brian Dillon welcomes a resurgent wave of British nature writers. Tirdad Zolghadr writes in praise of the gimmick, and Martin Herbert investigates the politics behind the choice of artists for the national pavilions at the Venice Biennale.

Also, Jennifer Allen discovers how a guide to talking about books you haven’t read can help you talk about artworks you haven’t seen, and for our regular ‘Life in Film’ column, British artist Steve McQueen reflects on the movies that have influenced him. Plus reviews of the latest in books, events and music.

The back section includes reviews from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK and the USA, including ‘Il Tempo del Postino’, Frances Stark, Gordon Matta-Clark, Damien Hirst, ‘Airs de Paris’, ‘CAPE 07′, ‘If Everybody Had an Ocean’, Dash Snow, Banks Violette, ‘Memorial to the Iraq War’, ‘Between Two Deaths’, Colter Jacobsen, Keith Arnatt, Danh Vo, T. Kelly Mason & Diana Thater, ‘Stay Forever & Ever & Ever’, Michael Auder, ‘Museo de Reproducciones Fotográficas’, ‘Cult Fiction’, Josef Strau, Mitzi Pederson, Rachel Feinstein, Mamma Andersson, Carter and ‘Dont Be Happy Do Be Worried’.

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