March 23, 2016 - frieze - Issue 178 out now
March 23, 2016


Issue 178 out now
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Issue 178 out now
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The April issue of frieze is out now, focusing on how artists—including Abounaddara, Matt Mullican, Annika Larsson, Laure Prouvost and Steve Reinke—are responding to visceral digital imagery; plus, as he turns 90, Gustav Metzger reveals his most significant artistic influences.

The Visceral Digital Image
With global news reporting and social-media channels providing a constant stream of photographs and videos, we find ourselves confronting images that provoke a disturbing, physical response. Adam Kleinman, Christy Lange, Elvia Wilk and Jörg Heiser consider how artists are responding to this kind of imagery.

My Influences: Gustav Metzger
"Central to my work is the use of art to recharge the human being who can tend towards collapse." On the occasion of his 90th birthday, the legendary artist Gustav Metzger talks to Paul Clinton about his wartime political education, encountering Eduardo Paolozzi on the steps of the Ashmolean Museum and his fascination with the work of Johannes Vermeer.

Also featuring:
Ahead of his new commission for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Jacolby Satterwhite discusses animation, sex and choreography with Evan Moffitt; Kirsty Bell contemplates the flexibility of gesture in the paintings of Allison Katz; and Judith Clark talks to Diane Simpson about the influence of abstraction, architecture and fashion on her sculptures.

Columns & reviews:
New regular columnist Sam Thorne considers whether a greenhouse in Mexico offers a blueprint for museums in the future; Daniel Baumann looks at how a photography school in Dhaka is challenging religious and artistic prejudices; Alice Rawsthorn asks whether designers of colour are finally getting the recognition they deserve; and Rahel Aima reports on the resurrection of Palmyra’s triumphal arch in London and New York, following its destruction by Daesh.

Plus, 32 exhibition reviews from around the world; and a questionnaire from artist Park Seo-Bo, whose work is included in the exhibition Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction at the Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium, until April 24.

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Frieze Video: Page and Screen
In "Productive Frustration"—the second in a three-part series of film and essay projects, supported by Arts Council England, exploring the relationship between art writing and the moving image—Matthew McLean asks whether failure can be the best way to understand something.

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