frieze magazine

Issue 194

April 2018

In the new edition of frieze considers surface tenderness and utopian love in the paintings of Njideka Akunyili Crosby. We ask, is the story of ‘civilisation’ inevitably defined by violence and fear, and how can a public artwork respond to state histories of theft and suppression? We also look at Paris’s new museum-as-machine, Los Angeles’s recently restored public musical sculpture and the revival of interest in surrealism. Featuring Mark Cousins, Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley, Michael Rakowitz and Pan Yuliang.

Three leading artists explore the complex notion of a multi-ethnic national identity in post-globalization China

Under a metahistorical guise, the filmmaking duo enact hidden tyrannies of the contemporary age

The filmmaker and writer on the novelists, musicians and directors – from Egon Schiele to Virginia Woolf – who have shaped his thinking

With his fourth plinth commission unveiled in London, the artist talks archaeological magic tricks and Saddam Hussein’s obsession with Star Wars

A brief look at arts funding, the future of museums, and the dangers of efficiency

Critiquing the dominance of the white imperial gaze at Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto

Sam Thorne on the abundance of artists creating clouds, or works that cloud our vision 

Andrew Durbin on Some Trick, an experimental collection steeped in the author's knowledge of classics and mathematics

Jörg Heiser on the Soviet sci-fi classic Planeta Pur, algorithmic bias and the limits of artificial intelligence

Madeleine Thien takes a look at a celebrated painter who merged Western composition with Chinese brush-and-ink style

Surreal currents, charged objects and deformed bodies in the work of four emerging British painters

From Better Things to Motherhood and SMILF: Michelle Orange charts the turn towards nuanced representations of women in