Frieze / Issue 232
January / February 2023

Adolescence is one of the themes that weaves through this eclectic edition of the Frieze Magazine. As a theme, it gives our columns their shape, with essays on how we look at and think about youth around the world: from five artists on their first encounters with art; through a profile of a young punk band, the Linda Lindas; to photographer Justine Kurland on the ethics of photographing young girls.

Anchoring the features section is our senior editor Terence Trouillot’s tender profile of our cover artist, whose solo show at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia next month, in tandem with his bumper retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which runs through April. Trouillot – a new father – admires the way Henry Taylor looks closely at those he loves, including his young daughter, Epic.

Elsewhere, Justin Beal remembers the late American writer Mike Davis and the Los Angeles he exalted and critiqued in equal measure; Megan Nolan dives into the representation of women’s rage on the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade; and, in a wide-ranging conversation with Tausif Noor, photographer Sunil Gupta reflects on his early love of Bollywood, his career documenting queer desire and intimacy and how much India and the London of his youth have changed. ‘I had the bizarre experience of going to India in the 1980s, when you couldn’t even mention the word “gay,” to being there in 2010 when so many people had come as queer.’

This February also grimly marks the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In a dossier on the conflict, we hear from a poet, a curator and two artists, who have been working to preserve their artistic and cultural heritage amidst the carnage. Artist Kateryna Aliinyk describes fleeing her home in Luhansk and how she reflects on her youth in paintings of ravaged eastern Ukraine, a landscape she cannot return to until the mines are cleared, though much of family still lives there, behind the front line.

  • Reine Paradis: Aurora
    Jun 27 – Jul 26, 2024
    König Galerie
    Mexico City, Mexico

    KÖNIG MEXICO CITY is pleased to present AURORA, an exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Reine Paradis, showcasing self-portrait photographs, paintings, sculptures, and a video installation from her two previous series, Jungle and Midnight. Her signature colors radiate off the surface with the use of deep blues, neon yellows, and bright oranges, all meticulously refined through a painstaking process. This collection of works dives into the surreal world and psyche of Paradis (more…)

  • Nhu Xuan Hua: Tropism
    Area Books

    Nhu Xuan Hua delved into the power of memories in a piece of work titled Tropism, Consequences of a Displaced Memory. The work gives a face to those tropisms that describe spontaneous and automatic reactions initiated by vivid emotions in response to primarily needs or past events in life. Based on archival pictures from her family, the digital intervention interprets these memories through a new angle, exploring the effect of dissipation generated by time passing and driven by the forces of an inherited memory. (more…)

  • Dustin Shum: BLOCKS
    Inertia Books

    Public housing has recently been portrayed as a carrier of good neighbourhood that is vanishing in our society and the public has romanticised its image. However, the public has neglected the many real problems faced by people living in these flats: low income, jobless, disability, family problems, new migrants, ageing population and so on. Meanwhile, meaningless renovations have been carried out in old public housing estates but no improvements have been made on facilities that that are really in need. (more…)

  • Donald Rodney: Visceral Canker
    May 25 – Sep 8, 2024
    Spike Island
    Bristol, UK

    Spike Island presents a major survey exhibition of late British artist Donald Rodney (b. 1961, West Bromwich; d. 1998, London). Rodney worked across sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, and digital media, experimenting with new materials and technologies throughout his life. His work is known for being incisive, acerbic, and evocative in its analysis of the prejudices and injustices surrounding racial identity, Black masculinity, chronic illness, and Britain’s colonial past. (more…)

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