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Frieze Issue 154 Published

The Real World: Matthieu Laurette and Seth Siegelaub discuss the legacy of Conceptual art, the origins of curating and how art history is made, in a conversation moderated by Vivian Sky Rehberg. ‘Do you believe in art, Seth?’ ‘I believe that art can increase our awareness of the world around us.’

Being Curated: Seven artists and artist groups reflect on their relationships to curators and curatorial discourse, while Daniel Buren reassesses his 1972 statement ‘Exhibiting Exhibitions’.

Code Maker: Kirsty Bell investigates the hermetic, inventive world of Thomas Scheibitz where ‘chance and emotion are ruled out and the universe is seen as a mental puzzle to be solved through artistic means.’ Featuring a specially commissioned project by the artist.

City Report: Oslo: Jason Farago and Milena Hoegsberg report on the growing community of artists, curators, writers and spaces in the Norwegian capital.

Also featuring: How artists and curators have responded to upheaval in the Arab world by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, and Michael Bracewell considers Keith Coventry‘s fusion of cultural commentary and Modernist art.

More highlights:

Life in Design: Alice Rawsthorn on the designs and designers that have influenced her.

Books: Robert Barry on Richard Meyer’s new publication, What Was Contemporary Art?

Film: William Fowler remembers Antony Balch, filmmaker and distributor extraordinaire.

Music: From The Jazz Singer to Nick Cave, Franklin Bruno on the conflicted relationship between music and the movies.

In other columns: Timotheus Vermeulen on the current glut of TV shows about ‘girls’; Shanay Jhaveri on the collected writings of the Indian art critic Richard Bartholomew; Lara Pawson on Tate Modern and African art; and Kevin McGarry considers the mutating activities of DIS.

Questionnaire: Gerard Byrne ‘Art is what artists use to reveal mystic truths.’

Exhibition Reviews: 37 reviews from 27 including: ’7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Gerard Byrne, Whitechapel Gallery & Lisson Gallery, London; ‘Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949 –1962′, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; as well as reviews from Barcelona, Basel, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Cambridge, Denver, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Florence, Leeds, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, New York, Paris, San Francisco, St. Petersburg, Vancouver, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Water Mill and Zurich.

Frieze Video: In this month’s specially commissioned films, a visit to the Paris studio of Sturtevant, where the American artist discusses her recent and future projects; and Thomas Scheibitz talks about his studio practice.

Frieze Blog: More comment and opinion from frieze‘s editors and regular contributors.
• Ayesha Hasan reports from Lahore’s first literary festival.
• Six years after Cristian Mungiu won the Cannes Palme d’Or, Rob White interviews the Romanian film director.
• A postcard from Yogyakarta, Alia Swastika reveals the location of one of the most important moments in the history of contemporary art in Indonesia.

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