December 21, 2006 - frieze - issue 104 out now
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December 21, 2006

issue 104 out now

frieze issue 104 out now

Of Mice and Men was hands down the best Biennial Ive seen in some time. Douglas Fogle

Carsten Höllers Test Site at Tate Modern is radical sculpture, cognitive experiment utopian aspiration and just plain fun all in one. Sara Arrhenius

Who isnt looking forward to the celestial convergence of Venice, Kassel, Documenta and Muenster? Helen Molesworth

In its annual round-up frieze looks back over 2006 by asking 18 critics and curators from around the world to choose what, and who, they feel to be the most significant shows and artists of the past year, and to reveal what they are looking forward to in 2007.

Also looking ahead, Dominic Eichler visits Kassel and asks what documenta 12 might hold in store, while Jan Verwoert anticipates Sculpture Projects Muenster 2007 and, through the history of the exhibition, reflects on the development of public art.

In a Tokyo city report, Dan Fox and Mami Kataoka describe how young Japanese artists, in a city that has experienced the extremes of boom and bust, are responding in different ways to the local and international art scenes.

Looking back over the years biennials, Christy Lange reports from Singapore, Shanghai and Gwangju, Martin Herbert visits Seville and James Trainor writes from São Paulo. Rodney Graham responds to the frieze questionnaire.

In the front section Robert Storr feels dizzy on the 52nd floor of the 7 World Trade Center, and George Pendle explores the rich terrain of last words. On a visit to the White House, Nancy Spector laments the US governments neglect of contemporary art, while Steven Stern takes a trip out into the desert to marvel at the bright lights of Las Vegas latest piece of public art.

Irene Cheng picks out the architectural highlights of the past year, Emily King selects her favourite examples of technology and design, and Geoff Andrew surveys the most significant films of 2007. Maria Fusco and Jonathan Derbyshire choose their favourite books of 2006, while Paul Kildea and Vivien Goldman reflect on the years classical and popular music releases.

The back section includes reviews of: John Armleder, The Secret Theory of Drawing, Aleksandra Mir, Rivane Neuenschwander, Neal Tait, Next to Kin, Massive Change, Janice Kerbel, Kerstin Kartscher, Phantom Captain, Knut Henrik Henriksen, Michele OMarah, Daniel Lefcourt, Patrick Hill, Knut Åsdam, The Rhubarb Society, Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie, Peter Bogers, Simon Martin, Guillaume Leblon, and Alasdair Gray and Stuart Murray.
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