Frieze Sculpture, London’s largest free exhibition of outdoor art, returns to Regents Park this year and is open to the public from September 14th to October 31st, showcasing some of the best artworks by internationally renowned artists.
The International Contemporary Art Fair is in its ninth year, curated by Yorkshire Sculpture Park Program Director Clare Lilley. As usual, the exhibition will run parallel to the other Frieze events Frieze London and Frieze Masters. This is a pivotal moment for London’s creative community as the capital moves further away from the dark days of lockdown during the global pandemic. However, other London events such as LAPADA and PAD have been canceled due to travel difficulties, meaning there is still a lot of uncertainty in the arts events world.
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For the fourth consecutive year, Mtec expresses its support for young and emerging artists and sculpture by offering a bursary to showcase their involvement with Frieze Sculpture. This year’s grant goes to l’étrangère and Irène Laub, who will present Untitled (modules 1 and 2), 2019, by Tatiana Wolska.
The public will be able to discover artworks by some of the world’s leading artists. There will be pieces by Rasheed Araeen, Daniel Arsham, Anthony Caro, Gisela Colón, José Pedro Croft, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Stoyan Dechev, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Divya Mehra, Annie Morris, Isamu Noguchi, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Solange Pessoa hear his , Vanessa da Silva, Tatiana Wolska, Rose Wylie and Yunizar.
In addition, there will also be a piece by Serpentine called Counterspace, which is the first time a public institution has participated in the Frieze Sculpture.
The acclaimed public arts initiative will feature works on geopolitical power structures, architecture and environmental issues.
The Biosignature Preservation by artist Jorge Otero-Pailos and the Play Sculpture by Isamu Noguchi deal with civil navigation, while the artworks by Vanessa da Silva, Divya Mehra and Ibrahim El-Salahi and the aforementioned Counterspace Tower focus on displacement.
Unearthed Bronze Eroded Melpomene, created by acclaimed American artist Daniel Arsham, conveys the remains of a post-apocalyptic fictional archeology, while Event Horizon, designed by Bulgarian sculptor Stoyan Dechev, emphasizes the mythical past to hint at an endangered and fragile future. However, the soapstone sculptures from Solange Pessoa’s Skull Series and Indonesian artist Yunizar’s piece Induk Monster both show the connection between the personal and the primal.
Regarding the themes of nature and the environment in general, pieces by artists such as Tatiana Wolska and Ibrahim El Salahi have been highlighted.
The exhibition will also highlight the power of colour, including sculptures by artists such as Rose Wylie, Carlos Cruz-Diez and José Pedro Croft, along with works by Annie Morris, Rasheed Araeen and Gisela Colón.
Curator Clare Lilley said of the works featured in the exhibition: “Each Frieze Sculpture installation conveys such a different picture of sculptural practice and it is encouraging that this year is particularly global, including artists hailing from South America, the South and North Africa, Indonesia, Pakistan, the USA and Canada as well as from all over Europe. Although the artists span three generations, I see exciting sculptural conversations across time and geography, and while many of the sculptures here relate to social and environmental concerns, there are much stronger colors and a skilful use of material, resulting in an overall celebratory feel. As we learn to live with the pandemic and step into the public space, Frieze Sculpture 2021 allows people to come together safely and with pleasure, and is a tonic for the mind, body and spirit.”
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Some of the world’s leading galleries will gather on October 13-15 for the return of Frieze London. The 2021 edition will feature works by talented artists Sadie Coles HQ, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens, Taka Ishii Gallery, Karma, Kukje Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, Mendes Wood DM, Maureen Paley, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Stevenson and David Zwirner.
Once again Frieze London will focus on discovery and will host a new section, Unworlding, curated by Frenchman Cedric Fauq. This will include works by artists from around the world that focus on the idea of the end of the world as we know it. This will include a principal piece by Nora Turato, a major piece by Natacha Donzé and a video installation by N’daye Kouagou.
The fair will also feature Editions, showcasing works from some of the world’s leading edition publishers, artists such as Yinka Shonibare (Cristea Roberts), Georg Baselitz (Knust Kunz) and Do Ho Suh (STPI).
Across the park, Frieze Masters will showcase art spanning six millennia – from Old Master paintings to 20th-century luminaries – creating an unmissable area of art history for the British public to enjoy.
This fair will highlight major galleries such as Acquavella Galleries, Colnaghi, Marian Goodman Gallery and Johnny Van Haeften.
A new section will be introduced to the fair known as Stand Out, curated by Fitzwilliam Museum Director Luke Syson. This will bring together art from different centuries that are celebrated works of sculpture and design. The idea of Stand Out is to look beyond the hierarchical distinctions between the various pieces and rethink the pieces that are often described as “decorative” or “functional” and instead show the conceptual brilliance of the works.
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