Frieze Sculpture: Exterior Forms

Frieze Sculpture: Exterior Forms

Ahead of Frieze New York, opening this week 5-7 May, Frieze announces its plans for London’s largest outdoor exhibition. On view to the public from 5 July, Frieze Sculpture 2017 brings together the work of 23 leading artists within the perimeter of Regent’s Park throughout the summer months. Running until the 8 October, the free exhibition invites a wide-ranging audience to engage with modern and contemporary works of art. Curated by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the presentation creates new dialogues between 20th century pieces and contemporary installations by the likes of Rasheed Araeen, John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, Gary Hume, KAWS, Alicja Kwade, Michael Craig Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi, Jaume Plensa, Thomas J Price, Ugo Rondinone and Hank Willis Thomas.

Programming partner Art Fund will host a series of public tours, and the Frieze Sculpture Audio Tour app, also produced by Art Fund, will feature Clare Lilley talking through each of the selected works on display. The app is a fantastic opportunity to engage with artworks with your own personal guide and will be available for download for free from 5 July. Alongside these interactive elements, Art Fund is producing a free London Summer Art Map along with Art on the Underground, Frieze, the Mayor of London and Sculpture in the City. This map will provide the essential guide to a dynamic season of public artwork across the capital.

Clare Lilley says: ‘We are thrilled to expand the scope and audience for Frieze Sculpture this year so that even more people can enjoy some of the best outdoor sculpture from around the world in one of London’s exceptional parkland landscapes. From the playful to the political, these 23 works explore contemporary sculpture’s material and technical dexterity, together with its social role and reflection on the human condition and our environment. Presented by world-leading galleries, highlights include Thomas J Price’s (Hales) startling triple portraits of men of African origin; Reza Aramesh’s (Leila Heller Gallery) metamorphosis of mythical animal and subjected figure; and a six-metre-high ubiquitous toy-human figure by KAWS (Galerie Perrotin).”

Additional highlights include modern works by Magdalena Abakanowicz (Marlborough Fine Art), Sir Anthony Caro (Annely Juda Fine Art), Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (Pangolin), Sir Michael Craig-Martin (New Art Centre), and Tony Cragg (Holtermann Fine Art ), as well as textural sculptures by Urs Fischer (Gagosian), Tuakuro Kuwata (Alison Jacques Gallery) and Ugo Rondinone (Sadie Coles HQ). The diversity of artworks and materials used enable audiences of all ages to engage with contemporary art in a playful and relaxed environment. Combing the outdoors with sculpture provides an altered and refreshed perspective on these key pieces.

Frieze Sculpture will culminate with Frieze London and Frieze Masters on 5-8 October. These internationally recognised fairs will provide an invigorated attendance at the exhibition for its closing weekend. It is an extension of the outdoor exhibit that has previously been exclusive to the art fair weekend.

Frieze Sculpture 2017, 5 July – 8 October, The Regent’s Park, London.

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1. Bernar Venet, 11 Acute Unequal Angles, 2016 Corten steel. Photo Credit: Xinyi Hu, Paris, Bernar Venet Archives, NY. Courtesy of Blain | Southern.