London: Enjoying The Frieze Art Fair Sculptures in Regent’s Park

Over the weekend, I took full advantage of the warm, sunny weather in London to go for a run in Regent’s Park. Much to my surprise – and delight – I discovered that the Frieze Art Fair sculptures are back up again in the park. For those not familiar with the Frieze Art Fair, it is an international contemporary art fair that takes place every October in London’s Regent’s Park. While the fair itself charges a ticket fee, the sculptures are free for all visitors to the park to enjoy – from July to October 8! Here are a few of my favorites.

John Chamberlain, FIDDLERSFORTUNE (2010), Gagosian, Frieze Sculpture 2017.

To come and see the Sculptures, your best bet is to travel to the Regent’s Park or Great Portland Street stations and enter the adjacent Regent’s Park entrance across the street. Alternatively, you can click on this link from Google Maps, as I have pinned the general area where you can see most of the sculptures.

At seven metres high and made in black-stained Afromosia wood, ‘FINAL DAYS’ by Galerie Perrotin is simultaneously toy-like and monstrous; a once bright, iconic character is magnified to colossal size, conveying power and energy.

It could just be me, but it seems that there are more sculptures this year at 25 in total – and a greater diversity of sculptures as well. According to the Frieze website, works in Frieze Sculpture are selected by Clare Lilley, following an open call for applications submitted by international galleries.

“From the playful to the political, these 25 works explore contemporary sculpture’s material and technical dexterity, together with its social role and reflection on the human condition and our environment.” – Clare Lilley

Bernar Venet, 17 Acute Unequal Angles, 2016, presented by Blaine|Southern

Visitors are encouraged to interact with the sculptures, however all of the signs crediting the artists do note in bold: Please do not climb..

A a multidimensional riddle using rocks and mirror by Alicja Kwade (kamel mennour).

Did you notice yours truly is a bit of a goofball in the image above? There’s a good reason – this installation by Alicja Kwade is an invitation to jump into parallel worlds; opening up endless
possibilities and it calls for an imaginative exploration of what is real and what is not. Not sure my selfie intentions were that deep here, but it was fun to experience and see the views from different angles.

A stacked column of bronze footballs by Hank Willis Thomas (Ben Brown Fine Arts).

Whether you are visiting London over the next few months or are a local, visiting Regent’s Park is always a great idea! However, now with the addition of the sculptures, Regent’s Park has become a great destination to linger in and enjoy. Whether you pack a picnic or come in with coffees or a bottle of wine, I know I will make sure to return and properly enjoy the 25 Frieze sculptures over the next few months.

An extraordinary white-enameled bronze tree by Ugo Rondinone (Sadie Coles HQ)

Also interesting? The Frieze sculptures join 40 public artworks across London from Regents Park, Trafalgar Square, to the Square Mile. To further explore the numerous free public artworks across London, check out the Summer Art Map here.

For more information on the October 2017 Frieze London, visit their website.

For more of my tips & recommendations on what to see, eat, drink and stay in London, check out my massive, ever-growing London guide here.

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