16 May 2017
Frieze Sculpture 2017
London’s largest showcase of major outdoor works by leading artists and galleries, to open this summer in The Regent’s Park
Frieze Sculpture will open from 5 July to 8 October, presenting a free outdoor exhibition for London and its international visitors throughout the summer months. Selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and featuring leading international galleries, Frieze’s first-ever summer exhibition in The Regent’s Park will bring together 25 new and significant works by leading 20th-century and contemporary artists from around the world, including Magdalena Abakanowicz, Rasheed Araeen, Urs Fischer, KAWS, Alicja Kwade, Michael Craig-Martin, Jaume Plensa, Thomas J Price, Ugo Rondinone, Sarah Sze, Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Young.
Works in Frieze Sculpture are selected by Clare Lilley, following an open call for applications submitted by international galleries.
Programming partner Art Fund will host a series of public tours throughout the outdoor exhibition. The Frieze Sculpture Audio Tour app, also produced by Art Fund, will feature Clare Lilley talking through each of the selected works on display and will be available for download for free from 5 July.
In addition, the free London Summer Art Map, co-produced by Art Fund, Art on the Underground, Frieze, the Mayor of London and Sculpture in the City, will provide the essential guide to an unmissable season of public artwork across the capital.
‘It’s fantastic that the free Frieze Sculpture exhibition 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.’ -Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
‘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 25 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 distinguished galleries, highlights include Thomas J Price’s (Hales London New York) 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). Alongside some superb classical 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 / Gagosian), and Tony Cragg (Holtermann Fine Art) are wonderful visceral, textural sculptures by Urs Fischer (Gagosian), Takuro Kuwata (Alison Jacques Gallery & Salon 94) and an extraordinary white-enameled bronze tree by Ugo Rondinone (Sadie Coles HQ). Together with a stacked column of bronze footballs by Hank Willis Thomas (Ben Brown Fine Arts) and curious rocks and mirror by Alicja Kwade (kamel mennour), this exhibition sets out to intrigue, engage and enthral diverse visitors across the summer.’ -Clare Lilley, curator
Maison Ruinart gave this year’s ‘Carte Blanche’ to the internationally renowned artist Jaume Plensa. The work dedicated to dom Thierry Ruinart will be presented as part of Frieze Sculpture 2017.
In place from 5 July to 8 October 2017, Frieze Sculpture is located in the English Gardens of The Regent’s Park. Entrance to Frieze Sculpture is free to the public.
Full List of works
Standing Figure with Wheel (1990)
Marlborough Fine Art
Summertime - The Regents Park (2017)
Metamorphosis - a study in liberation (2017)
Leila Heller Gallery
Gran Elefandret (2008)
Erl King (2009)
Annely Juda Fine Art
Holtermann Fine Art
Wheelbarrow (red) (2013)
New Art Centre / Gagosian
Invisible Mother, 2015
Sprüth Magers / Matthew Marks
FINAL DAYS (2013)
Untitled and Untitled (both 2016)
Alison Jacques Gallery / Salon 94
Big Be-Hide (2017)
Waddington Custot Galleries
Tribute to dom Thierry Ruinart (2016)
Thomas J Price,
Numen (Shifting Votive One, Two and Three) (2016)
Hales London New York
Reality Hacking No 348 (2017)
summer moon (2011)
Sadie Coles HQ
Untitled (2017) *
*In place from 2 to 8 October
Hank Willis Thomas,
Endless Column (2017)
Ben Brown Fine Arts
17 Acute Unequal Angles (2016)
Untitled (Sewn Cube) (2016)