December 22, 2005 - frieze - issue 96 out now
December 22, 2005

issue 96 out now

issue 96 out now


frieze issue 96 out now

Is Mike Kelleys Day is Done the best show ever? The term Gesamtkunstwerk doesnt do justice to the vast territory it explores and explodes. Matthew Higgs

The conceptual choreography of the Istanbul Biennial was intelligent and fun; critical without being smug and political without being preachy Tirdad Zolghadr

The survey of Jonas Mekas films in the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale was a show that provoked the tragically uncommon sensation of receiving a cerebral gift. Maxine Kopsa

Walls influences are clear: history painting, the construction of image and narrative, social anthropology, the language of spectacle and, in Milk (1984), the formidable use of the colour brown. Polly Staple

Issue 96 frieze looks back over 2005 by asking 16 critics and curators from around the world to choose what they feel to be the most significant shows and artists of the year.

Looking forward Jörg Heiser talks to the Wrong Gallery about the forthcoming Berlin Biennial while Dan Fox and Jennifer Higgie interview the curators of Manifesta 6 and James Trainor talks to Lisette Lagnado about her plans for the San Paulo Biennial in September.

Also featured Andrew Hunt and Neil Mulholland consider the relationship between culture and geography in the British Art Show 6 and Waling Boers and Pi Li discuss Beijings rapidly changing art scene, its exoticism and its international success.

In the front section Robert Storr reports on China’s second cultural revolution, Brian Dillon identifies 2005 as the year of the wrecking ball and George Pendle investigates the recent boom in prediction markets. Tirdad Zolghadr suggests that there is a fine line between representing and perpetuating other people’s suffering through what he terms ‘Poornography’.

Looking Back Max Schumann and Jerome Boyd-Maunsell choose their favourite books of 2005, while Bert Rebhandl and Ian White select the film highlights. Simon Reynolds and Dan Fox summarize recent pop music, Emily King picks the year’s best design and looking forward, she talks to Richard Burnett, curator of the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The back section includes reviews of the Tirana Biennale 3, Ecstasy, Universal Experience, Tropical Abstraction, Odd Lots, Evidence Revisited, R&Sie(n), The Plain of Heaven, Campus, Yuken Teruya, Runa Islam, Ceal Floyer, Nedko Solakov, Walead Beshty, John Russell, Martin Erik Andersen, The Backroom, Olivia Plender, Return to Space, The Perfect Medium and Brian Catling.

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