Issue 181 out now

Issue 181 out now


August 26, 2016
Issue 181 out now
25th anniversary issue with three specially commissioned covers from Sara Cwynar, Chris Ofili and Rosemarie Trockel
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The September issue of frieze is out now, celebrating 25 years of the very best writing on contemporary art and culture. With three specially commissioned covers from Sara Cwynar, Chris Ofili and Rosemarie Trockel, as well as a survey of the 25 most influential artworks from the past quarter century, this issue also includes a conversation between acclaimed author Ben Lerner and the influential critic Hal Foster; and artist Damien Hirst answers our back-page questionnaire.

25 Artworks
Which artworks from the past quarter century have had the greatest impact? For each year of the magazine’s existence, our editors nominate one piece they feel still has significant resonance today—from the quiet conceptualism of Felix Gonzalez-Torres in 1991 to the political charge of Martine Syms in 2015.

On Hating On: Hal Foster & Ben Lerner
“What are artists supposed to do when not only are there no clear rules in language, but no clear rules in law for how governments behave?” Hal Foster and Ben Lerner discuss criticism, poetry, painting and what it means to despise the thing you love the most.

Also featuring:
Curator Fernanda Brenner, and artists Mario Garcia Torres, Carlos Motta and Amalia Pica debate what Latin American art means to them; philosopher Boris Groys documents 25 years of contemporary art in Eastern Europe; critic and curator Li Xianting talks to contributing editor Carol Yinghua Lu about tradition, change and leaving the art world; while the artist Gary Panter speculates what art and the world around it might look like in the year 2041, in a specially commissioned comic strip.

Columns & reviews:
Regular columnist Negar Azimi reflects on art and the culture of apology; design historian Emily King considers the impact of two and a half decades of Photoshop; curator and designer Duro Olowu charts his influences from fashion to film; and author Andrew Durbin presents his Ideal Syllabus.

Plus, 38 exhibition reviews from around the world and a questionnaire from the artist Damien Hirst, whose first published interview, with the critic Stuart Morgan, appeared in the pilot issue of frieze in 1991.

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Frieze A to Z of Contemporary Art:
Our 25th anniversary book, frieze A to Z of Contemporary Art, charts the dynamic, changing landscape of contemporary art and culture over the past quarter century. Available to pre-order on

Where do you keep your copies of frieze? Share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #frieze25 for a chance to win a copy of frieze A to Z of Contemporary Art and a bottle of Casa Dragones tequila.

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