Come September 20th, the Regent’s Park’s English Gardens will be home to Frieze Sculpture 2023, an exhibition of thought-provoking works by international artists. Curated by Fatoş Üstek, the show will coincide with Frieze London and Frieze Masters, two of the world’s leading art fairs.
Frieze Sculpture returns to Regent’s Park this fall, featuring new work by Ayşe Erkmen, Ghada Amer, Hank Willis Thomas, and many others. Curated by Fatoş Üstek for the first time, the free public exhibition will be on view from September 20 to October 29.
Üstek has chosen a diverse group of artists for this year’s show, whose work reflects on the current moment in history. Erkmen’s installation, “The Longest River,” will be on view in the park’s lake, while Amer’s “The Eternal Thread” will be suspended from the trees. Thomas’s “All Power to All People” will be installed in the park’s bandstand, and many other works will be scattered throughout the grounds.
The exhibition features a wide range of works by established and emerging artists, all exploring the power of sculpture to transform our understanding of the world. A lively program of public events also accompanies the exhibition.
Frieze Sculpture 2023 is a sprawling, ambitious exhibition that offers something for everyone. From the monumental to the ephemeral, the conceptual to the experiential, the humorous to the imaginative, the works on display explore the full range of what sculpture can be.
Frieze London & Frieze Masters
Frieze London and Frieze Masters are held every October in Regent’s Park, London. The fairs attract visitors worldwide and are major events in the city’s cultural calendar.
Frieze London is a contemporary art fair that focuses on living artists. It is one of the few fairs to do so, and it is widely regarded as one of the most important art fairs in the world. The fair features a wide range of art, from paintings and sculptures to photography and video installations. It also includes a number of special events, such as talks, performances, and film screenings.
Frieze Masters is a unique opportunity to experience historical art through a contemporary lens. The fair features a wide range of objects, from collectible items to significant masterpieces, all presented in an elegant and contemporary setting. The fair also features several talks and discussions exploring the relationship between historical art and contemporary practice. If you’re interested in art, history, or culture, Frieze Masters is a must-see event.
The Regent’s Park
Regent’s Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks. It’s a vast expanse of green space in the city’s heart, with a lake, gardens, and plenty of places to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The park is also home to a number of attractions, including the Queen Mary’s Gardens and London Zoo.
If you’re looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of London, Regent’s Park is the perfect spot. Its beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere make it the perfect place to relax and unwind during a break from seeing the galleries in the surrounding Marylebone and Camden areas.
Frieze Sculpture Participating Artists and Galleries
You can explore the participating artists and galleries in the interactive Frieze Sculpture Map. Remember to bookmark the map for your visit, as it includes an audio tour while you explore The Regent’s Park. Below are the included works:
Ghada Amer, My Body My Choice, Courtesy of Goodman Gallery
Leilah Babirye, Gyagenda, Courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery
Sanford Biggers, Cheshire (Janus), Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery and Massimo De Carlo (Only on display during Frieze Week.)
Jyll Bradley, The Hop, Courtesy of Pi Artworks
Catharine Czudej, Fat Man with Flowers and Man Kneeling with Flowers, Courtesy of Josh Lilley
Ayşe Erkmen, Model for Moss Column, Courtesy of Dirimart
Yuichi Hirako, Yggdrasill/Books, Courtesy of Gallery Baton
Suhasini Kejriwal, Garden of Un-Earthly Delights, Courtesy of Nature Morte
Tony Matelli, Sleepwalker, Courtesy of Maruani Mercier
Louise Nevelson, Model for Celebration II, Courtesy of Pace Gallery
Temitayo Ogunbiyi, You will carry dreams, memories, and new beginnings (48 Days), Courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary
Zak Ové, The Mothership Connection, Courtesy of Gallery 1957
Li Li Ren, To find a way home, Courtesy of Sherbet Green
Hans Rosenström, Unfolding Silence, Courtesy of Helsinki Contemporary
Tomás Saraceno, Silent Autumn, Courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, Material (SG) IV, Courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery
Josh Smith, Friend, Courtesy of David Zwirner
Amy Stephens, Waking Matter, Courtesy of Bo Lee and Workman
Holly Stevenson, The Debate, Courtesy of Pi Artworks and Sid Motion Gallery
Hank Willis Thomas, All Power to All People, Courtesy of Goodman Gallery and Pace
Hank Willis Thomas’s All Power to All People
Hank Willis Thomas’s All Power to All People is a large-scale bronze Afro pick with a raised fist, combining Black identity and empowerment symbols. It recalls pop artist Claes Oldenburg’s monumental everyday objects and calls for continued progress toward equality.
When Willis Thomas conceived the work, he wanted to create an object that spoke specifically to African Americans, an example of the artist’s long-standing investigation into the role of public art in shaping collective discourse and societal values.
Afro-combs began to take on a definite cultural and political meaning during the 20th century. The ‘black fist’ was added to the bottom of many Afro combs in reference to the Black Power salute that emerged during the 1960s civil rights movement. In addition to using them as a styling tool, many Black men and women wore the picks in their Afros to express their cultural pride.
Today, the Afro pick represents an era, a counterculture, and a unifying motif worn as adornment, an apolitical emblem, and a signature of collective identity.
Goodman Gallery is a South African gallery located in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Their London location is in Mayfair near the Pace gallery, just south of The Regent’s Park. Their New York Office and Viewing Room opened this month in time for The Armory Show. The gallery represents artists whose work confronts entrenched power structures and inspires social change.
Pace is a blue chip gallery with locations in London, Seoul, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Geneva, Hong Kong, and two galleries in New York City. Their represented artists and estates include Alexander Calder, Robert Frank, David Hockney, and Mark Rothko.
Frieze London Art Map
Frieze Sculpture | Sep 20 – Oct 29 | The Regent’s Park’s English Gardens in the Marylebone and Camden districts of London, UK | Free