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Enjoy Free Art in Regent’s Park This Summer With Frieze Sculpture
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Enjoy Free Art in Regent’s Park This Summer With Frieze Sculpture

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 5 June 2017
Frieze Sculpture will transform London’s Regent’s Park into an outdoor sculpture garden this summer with 25 works by 20th-century masters and leading international artists.

Throughout the beautiful setting of the English Gardens, you’ll be able to view sculptures by masters such as Eduardo Paolozzi, John Chamberlain and Anthony Caro, alongside contemporary genie KAWS, Thomas J Price and Takuro Kuwata.

Takuro Kuwat, Untitled, 2016
Takuro Kuwat, Untitled, 2016 | Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said: ‘It’s fantastic that the free Frieze Sculpture park will open as part of an exceptional summer of culture in the capital, showing that London is open to innovation, creativity and to visitors from around the world. I’m delighted that this incredible exhibition will bring new audiences to contemporary art, inspiring Londoners and tourists alike.’

Michael Craig-Martin, Wheelbarrow (red), 2013
Michael Craig-Martin, Wheelbarrow (red), 2013 | © The Artist / New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park

Since 2013, Frieze Sculpture has presented sculptural interventions in the park during the October art fairs, Frieze London and Frieze Masters. This will be the first time that the outdoor exhibition will run for three months over the summer.

Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park – who Culture Trip spoke to last year about placing work in this stunning public setting – has again made the selection for this year’s exhibition.

Bernar Venet, 11 Acute Unequal Angles, 2016
Bernar Venet, 11 Acute Unequal Angles, 2016 | Photo Credit: Xinyi Hu, Paris / Bernar Venet Archives, NY

‘This exhibition sets out to intrigue, engage and enthrall diverse visitors across the summer,’ she said. ‘From the playful to the political, these 25 works explore contemporary sculpture’s material and technical dexterity.’

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Standing Figure with Wheel, 1990
Magdalena Abakanowicz, Standing Figure with Wheel, 1990 | Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

From the familiar to the unexpected, from the figurative to monumental abstract forms, Frieze Sculpture is the ideal day out for all the family. Highlights include the six-metre-high toy-human figure by KAWS and Japanese artist Takuro Kuwata’s bubblegum-coloured, sumptuously textured ceramic totems which are made in Toki City, Gifu in the tallest firing kilns ever-made, as well as Thomas J Price’s portraits of men of African origin.

KAWS, Final Days, 2013
KAWS, Final Days, 2013 | © KAWS

In conjunction with the free exhibition, a series of public tours will be hosted by programming partner Art Fund, and from July 5 you’ll be able to download the Frieze Sculpture Audio Tour app, so you can make the most out of your visit to this unique London event.

Thomas J Price, Worship, 2016
Thomas J Price, Worship, 2016 | Image courtesy of the Artist and Hales London New York. Photo: Charlie Littlewood

Frieze Sculpture will take place from July 5 to October 8, 2017, in the English Gardens of The Regent’s Park.