‘My investigation into the absences and erasures in archives led me to view them as a springboard for reinvention.’ – Isaac Julien
In the April issue of frieze, Deborah Willis interviews filmmaker and artist Isaac Julien ahead of his major solo shows at Tate Britain, London, and Kimberly Bradley profiles artist Raphaela Vogel, whose exhibition at De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Netherlands, is on view until August.
Interview: Isaac Julien
‘How do we rethink these stories about Black struggle, Black resistance, Black love, Black justice?’ Ahead of Isaac Julien’s survey show spanning a 40-year career at Tate Britain this spring, the artist speaks with Deborah Willis about his search for beauty in his work, and education as an emancipatory tool.
Profile: Raphaela Vogel
‘The works are hypnotic, seductive and existential.’ On the occasion of Raphaela Vogel’s solo exhibition at the De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art in Tilburg, Kimberly Bradley unpacks the artist’s meteoric rise in Germany and her unwavering appetite for the unusual.
In ‘1,500 Words’, Lucy Ives examines the work of the late artist Hanne Darboven. Dan Fox writes about Peter Hujar and Steve Lawrence’s influential Newspaper (1968–71). Plus, four artists to watch in the 14th Gwangju Biennale: Lisa Yin Zhang on Minjung Kim, Hayoung Chung on Oh Suk Kuhn, Andrew Maerkle on Yuko Mohri and Christine Han on Robert Zhao Renhui.
Columns: Getting Lost
José Esparza Chong Cuy meets ‘the world’s leading maze designer’, Adrian Fisher; Negar Azimi interviews artist Alex Ayed on displacement and the integration of sailing in his work; Evan Moffitt profiles artist Guadalupe Maravilla; Celeste Olalquiaga writes about Tuvalu’s efforts to bring their history and culture to the Metaverse; Haytham el-Wardany pens a short story on the experience of disappearance and loss.
Finally, Travis Diehl responds to a single work by Martin Wong. Plus, Going Up, Going Down charts what’s hot and what’s not in the global art world, and we bring you the latest iteration of our Lonely Arts column.