Island Life: Dan Fox invites six artists, curators and writers to give their opinion on how identity, infrastructure and education shape art in the Caribbean today. With over 700 islands, each hosting a different range of languages, the region represents a uniquely rich and complex set of cultures and histories. ‘The idea that anything intellectual happens here is anathema to the brand we have projected to the outside world.’ (Amanda Coulson, National Art Gallery of The Bahamas)
The New, The New: Henry Flynt, New York-based philosopher, musician and artist talks about half a century of divergent activities, from his writings on aesthetics to his founding of ‘concept art’ in the 1960s. ‘I want to discourage the idea that I’m off in some irrational territory just because artists are these pitiful people who chop off their ears.’
Morgan Quaintance surveys a century of ‘slavesploitation’ cinema, asking whether Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave has finally exorcised Hollywood’s racist past; Amy Sherlock explores the work of Magali Reus, one of a group of young, London-based artists exploring sleek surfaces and abject bodies; and Agnieszka Gratza looks at phantoms and immaterial labour in the films of Agnieszka Kurant.
Columns & reviews
Alice Rawsthorn’s first column in a new series for frieze argues that design has been an agent of change from pre-history to the modern day.
Joseph Grima reflects on architectural follies at the Gwangju Biennale, En Liang Khong reports on Beijing’s rapidly changing cityscape and Clare Davies contemplates the diminished visibility of art in Cairo.
Plus 33 reviews from around the world, including Carnegie International, Pittsburgh; Balthus & René Magritte, New York; and Hannah Höch in London.
Save the Date
12 April 2014, frieze will premiere Our Glasgow at the BBC’s new Art Screen Festival. A documentary exploring the cultural evolution of one of Europe’s most creative cities, Our Glasgow is Frieze Video’s most ambitious project to date. Co-editor Jennifer Higgie will host a Q&A following the screening at Glasgow Film Theatre. Tickets will be available from 28 March from the BBC website.
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