Current issue - October 2021 - Issue 222
‘I don’t think we speak in one tenor or tone: we all have this sense of multiplicity.’ – Adam Pendleton
In the October issue of frieze, Terence Trouillot profiles artist Adam Pendleton, whose installation ‘Who Is Queen?’ opened in September at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Pablo Bronstein, Lubaina Himid, Juliet Jacques, Huw Lemmey, Bod Mellor, Rottingdean Bazaar and Julie Verhoeven examine what the future holds for London’s ailing and abandoned retail spaces. And Leslie Thornton answers our questionnaire.
Profile: Terence Trouillot on Adam Pendleton
‘“Who Is Queen?” is a question about who is powerful and who is powerless.’ At New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Adam Pendleton has filled the building’s expansive atrium with painting, sculpture and sound in a polyvocal composition celebrating poetry, wildness, Black multiplicity and resistance.
Dossier: What Next for London’s High Street?
‘Prophesied since the advent of online shopping, the death of the high street finally seemed to have been realized during the lockdowns of the past 18 months, when images of ghostly-still city centres flooded news and social media channels.’ We look at how shifting consumer patterns are shaping the urban fabric of the city, and what might come next.
Vanessa Peterson speaks with artist Ibrahim Mahama on the occasion of a major show at White Cube, London. Curator Portia Malatjie asks what cultural heritage we stand to lose due to institutional negligence. In ‘1,500 words’, Anna Della Subin, whose forthcoming book, Accidental Gods, tells the story of people inadvertently turned divine, reflects on the worship of objects. And an extract from Ben Lerner’s forthcoming Gold Custody, a book of poetry produced in collaboration with Barbara Bloom
Columns: Faking It
The Gentle Author berates the cynical architectural trend of façadism; Kyle Chayka delves into an alternate reality of Fortnite’s Metaverse; Lukas Brasiskis on the production of ‘counter truths’ in documentary cinema; and Thea Ballard on Ming Wong’s new boy band, C-U-T. Plus, Lincoln Michel interviews author Joshua Cohen, whose latest novel, The Netanyahus (2021), imagines a visit from Zionist historian Benzion Netanyahu to a fictional sleepy college town.
The issue closes with a collection of new essays, interviews and previews on the subject of painting. As an exhibition dedicated to the work of Bob Thompson opens at Maine’s Colby College Museum of Art, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Peter Doig and Jessica Lynne offer personal responses to the artist’s work. Sophie Ruigrok, Chloe Stead, Skye Arundhati Thomas and Terence Troulliot profile five young painters to watch: Jenna Gribbon, Chase Hall, Fiza Khatri, Fabian Ramírez and Joanna Woś. Latifa Echakhch, Michael Krebber, Xie Nanxing, Shahzia Sikander, Lynette Yiadom Boakye reveal the books that most influence their painting. Elsewhere, Evan Moffitt profiles Julien Nguyen; Travis Diehl interviews Kenjiro Okazaki; TaviaNyong’o attends a messy New York painting party; and Joy Labinjo speaks to Claudette Johnson. Plus, Cal Revely-Calder on painting faces post-COVID-19; Raven Leilani on paintings role in literary fiction; and Sarah James on the work of Michaela Eichwald.