With Frieze London and Frieze Masters opening to the public today, London’s Regent Park will be the center of attention until the end of the week. Just like in previous years these two events will be followed with the Sculpture Park set in the English Gardens, between the fair venues. The good news for 2015 is that this outdoor exhibition encompassing sixteen sculptural works from the Frieze and Frieze Masters galleries will have the extended tenancy, staying on view until the next January and allowing the visitors of The Regent’s park to enjoy the astonishing works of art even when the art fair season is finished.
This year’s Sculpture Park will be a real treat for contemporary and historic art audiences alike, as it will be comprised of 16 works, half of them provided by the Frieze exhibitors oriented towards the contemporary art and the other half presented by the Frieze Masters galleries with a focus on the art history. For the fourth time in a row, Clare Lilley the Director of Programme at Yorkshire is responsible for the selection of the sculptures. Working with the Royal Parks and Camden Council the organizers of this year’s Frieze have managed to extend the exhibition date for the Sculpture Park attraction, and after the fairs are over seven of the exhibited works will stay on view until the next January.
The exhibited works for the 2015 edition will include: installation by Richard Serra, shown for the first time after it debuted at the Whitney Museum in 1976; the work Holey Wall (Should I Stay or Should I Go) originally done by the artist Anri Sala and remade for this year’s Frieze; a new solar-powered sound and light work by Haroon Mirza; Seung-Taek Lee’s monumental work from 1979, a balloon model of Earth entitled Earth Play; Carol Bove’s Open Screen installation and possibly one of the highlights the 11th-14th Century AD pre-Ekoi monolith from Western Africa. It is only the first half of the sculptures and the other will encompass: monumental snake ring in polished concrete created by Kathleen Ryan; a large marble sculpture by Tony Cragg; bronze piece by William Turnbull; a work from the Signal series by Takis, a large piece by Gary Webb; steel shoe sculpture by Aaron Angel a new ceramic ‘totem pole’ by Jesse Wine; Leo Fitzmaurice’s rabbits made of plastic bags and tetrahedral tree-like piece by Conrad Shawcross, part of his recent installation in the courtyard of London’s Royal Academy of Arts.
This year, just like in the previous two the Art Fund, national fundraising charity for art will develop the Sculpture Park Guide App providing the visitors of the English Gardens with a detailed information on the exhibited works and the audio guide by Clare Lilley. This year the Frieze Sculpture park will have the extended residency, closing three months after the closing date of the fairs, on January 17th, 2016. The Sculpture Park will also be in the focus of the main sponsor Deutsche Bank and their Family Guide program. Just like before the Sculpture Park will be free for the visitors.
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Seung-taek Lee - Earth Play, 1979-89. Balloon painted with oil, 500cm diameter (Courtesy of Gallery Hyundai) via friezelondon.com
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