frieze magazine

Issue 200

January - February 2019

“On hot days, cicadas fill the air with the sound of their unending love. Stop the spirited? Trust me, you can’t.” – Jan Verwoert
The 200th issue of frieze is devoted to enthusiasm. Two hundred of our favourite artists and writers to pay tribute to their inspirations since 1991, the year frieze magazine was launched. Divided into three decades and published across print and online, the issue features fan letters and visual responses to subjects as diverse as the JPEG, George Michael, the Large Hadron Collider, Steve McQueen’s films, Song Dong’s Waste Not and the linguistic abilities of a male bonobo, from contributors including: Chloe Aridjis, Thomas Bayrle, Dodie Bellamy, Yasmine El Rashidi, Forrest Gander, Camille Henrot, Wayne Koestenbaum, Chris Kraus, Ben Lerner, Amalia Pica, Adam Phillips, David Shrigley, Abdellah Taïa, Madeleine Thien, Cecilia Vicuña, Marina Warner and more. Plus, 30 rave reviews from around the world, including reports on Louise Bourgeois’s large-scale show at Shanghai’s Long Museum and Enrico David’s open-plan survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

‘To me, it offers a particular emotional experience – something like joyful grief’

By Laura McLean-Ferris

‘I started to read Mayröcker’s work obsessively. She became one of the few writers whose every written word I have read’

By Hans Ulrich Obrist

‘It was a piece of long-term thinking that put aside political expediency for the future benefit of citizens’

By Amanda Levete

An exhibition at Regen Projects, Los Angeles, sheds new light on colonialist patterns and projections 

By Jonathan Griffin

For her exhibition at Sprüth Magers, Berlin, the artist explores the potential of indefinite loops

By Grace Sparapani

‘Tang’s action took place at a time when performance art was outlawed by the Singaporean authorities’

By Eugene Tan

 ‘He is ruthless in pursuit of his vision as any great director must be; his powerful images are indelible’

By Amanda Sharp

‘This is, perhaps, the best ending of any film, ever’

By Erika Balsom

‘Sekula’s sentences have their own nautical rhythm that brings incommensurate scales of experience into sudden relation’

By Ben Lerner

For her show at Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, the artist blends identities of religious saviour, politician, celebrity and cheap entertainer

By Simone Krug

‘Kanzi is proficient in Yerkish, a keyboard-based language that scientists invented to communicate with great apes’

By Amalia Pica

An exhibition at Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, transports Sebastián Lelio’s award-winning film Una mujer fantástica into the gallery spac

By Saim Demircan