Photo by Richard Billigham on the Anthony Reynolds Gallery stall, from the section The Nineties of the Frieze fair in Londres.
1. Back to the nineties: the section devoted to the decade
Probably the most exciting feature of the latest Frieze, the Nineties section recreated from scratch an ensemble of vital exhibitions from the 1990s over a dozen booths. Conceived by Nicolas Trembley, a longstanding contributor to Numéro, the ensemble featured a moving plunge into the very first exhibition of Wolfgang Tillmans at the Daniel Buchholz Gallery from 1993 (then located in his father’s bookshop). His images documenting sub-cultures and gay life might now be cult, but they have lost none of their emotional power or bite. Other great legends of the nineties include Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sylvie Fleury (a policeman was handing out the May 1993 exhibition text in the aisles), Karen Kilimnik, Daniel Pflumm, Steven Parrino…
It was this decade that saw the end of 20th century ideologies,the emergence of the Internet and a multi-polar world, the triumph of neo-liberalism and the lasting presence of AIDS in our lives (and with it a new rapport between the body and sexuality), embodying the matrix of our time.
To read: Une histoire (critique) des années 90, de la fin de tout au début de quelque chose, by François Cusset (La Découverte/Centre Pompidou-Metz)