Issue 185: out now

Issue 185: out now


February 22, 2017
Issue 185: out now
Featuring a redesign by new Art Director David Lane and exclusive commissioned photography
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The March issue of frieze is out now, with tributes to John Berger, features on Alexandra Bircken, Richard Mosse and Samson Young, and a city report from Shanghai.

John Berger: 1926–2017
“As a novelist and poet, Berger knew that alternatives matter. Not alternative facts, not even alternative opinions, but alternative imaginations. To read him is to get inside a mind determined to get outside of itself.” –Jeanette Winterson. From radical storytelling to sacrilegious broadcasting, Tom Overton, Griselda Pollock, Sukhdev Sandhu and Jeanette Winterson reflect on the life and work of a great critic and writer.

City Report: Shanghai
“A flashy amalgam of consumerism, design and art, K11 Art Mall portends a new logic of slick, mass appeal for the art world.” –Daniel Szehin Ho. With headline-grabbing mega-museums, successful art fairs, a respected international biennale and a flourishing community of galleries and non-profit spaces, is Shanghai stepping out of Beijing’s shadow as China’s art capital? Featuring a specially commissioned photography project by Li Shen.

Also featuring:
Contributing editor Christy Lange previews Richard Mosse’s new video installation investigating the refugee crisis; Peter Meanwell explores how sound both transcends and enforces borders in Samson Young’s multidisciplinary practice; Karen Archey, Nathaniel Budzinski and Mark Pilkington examine a resurgence of new-age art and music speaking to current political anxieties; deputy editor Amy Sherlock writes about the quietly violent works of Alexandra Bircken; Sarah Demeuse looks at how Eduardo Navarro’s sculptures retrain the senses; and Jennifer Kabat discovers a challenge to traditional representations of the body in the paintings of Colleen Asper.

Columns & reviews:
Tom Jeffreys on a boom in artist-run spaces in Paris; Patrick Langley on unprecedented challenges to satire in the era of Donald Trump; artists Henning Fehr & Philipp Rühr on their filmic influences; Brian Dillon reviews noted author and poet Susan Stewart’s latest book; while Michael Barron explores a series of installations and a new LP from artist and composer Eli Keszler.

Plus, 35 exhibition reviews from around the world, including Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern and Geneva’s Biennale of Moving Images; while the artist Roger Hiorns—whose work is currently on display at IKON, Birmingham, UK—answers our questionnaire.

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frieze video: Assistant editor Evan Moffitt visits artist Eric Wesley’s latest project in an abandoned fast food restaurant in Middle America.
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