The English Gardens are hosting a free sculpture exhibition over three months.
Every summer, Regent’s Park’s long list of attractions expands to include a temporary art exhibition. Frieze Sculpture is an annual, free outdoor exhibition of sculptures from modern and contemporary artists around the world. The 2019 exhibition has been curated by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The selected 23 pieces are on show from July until early October.
The artists taking part in the 2019 exhibition are: Iván Argote, Ghazaleh Avarzamani, Huma Bhabha, Peter Buggenhout, Jodie Carey, Ma Desheng, Tracey Emin, Lars Fisk, Barry Flanagan, Charlie Godet Thomas, Leiko Ikemura, Robert Indiana, Vik Muniz, Zak Ové, Jaume Plensa, Bettina Pousttchi, Tom Sachs, Lucy Skaer, LR Vandy, Joanna Rajkowska, Tai-Jung Um, Bill Woodrow and Emily Young.
There is a variety of themes explained with short explainers giving the artist’s interpretation or meaning behind their piece. I particularly liked American artist Indiana’s ONE Through ZERO – a series of huge bronze numbers. Two of the pieces are car-themed with Zak Ove making a face out of vintage car parts for his Autonomous Morris, while Brazilian artist Vik Muniz creating a life-sized reproduction of a 1973 Jaguar E-Type Matchbox toy car. Animal lovers will find plenty of representation with bunnies and hares appearing in Barry Flanagan’s Composition; Leiko Ikemura’s Usagi Kannon II; and Tom Sachs’ My Melody. One of my favourite sculptures was Joanna Rajkowska’s The Hatchling, a giant blackbird egg complete with sound effects of a hatching chick. I also liked Lars Fisk’s circular Tudor Ball, which looked like something a woodland cartoon character would live in.
- Frieze Sculpture 2019 is on from 3 July – 6 October 2019. At Regent’s Park (English Gardens in south-east corner of the park), Marylebone, NW1 4LL. Nearest stations: Regent’s Park, Great Portland Street or Baker Street. Open during park hours. For more information, visit the Frieze website or find out parking opening hours at the Royal Parks website.
For a guide to what else is on in London this October, click here.