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Freize up and running in Regent’s Park

13 July, 2018 — By The Xtra Diary

Rachel Feinstein – Octavio 


The giant penguin chilling out on the lawns of Regent’s Park hasn’t done a runner from London Zoo.

Nope, it’s just one of a number of summer sculpture installations that are dotted among the trees, the glorious Regency avenues, the Italianate fountains, ornamental lakes and the architectural landmarks of John Nash’s cream stucco terraces.

Frieze Sculpture 2018 is now up and running and continues until October 7.

It boasts works by 25 contemporary and modern artists, presented by world-leading galleries, including artist John Baldessari’s Penguin.

The show has been put together by Clare Lilley, who is behind the successful Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

“Last year our first-ever summer Frieze Sculpture was a resounding success, with more than five million visitors enjoying exceptional sculpture by artists from around the world,” says the curator. “The 2018 edition is just

as expansive and diverse, so that the public and collectors alike can experience world-class artwork in the beautiful English Gardens, designed by Markham Nesfield in 1866.


John Baldessari – Penguin 

“My hope is that the exhibition will give pause for thought as well as great pleasure, and that visitors to Regent’s Park will have a snapshot of the fantastic imagination of artists and variety of sculpture being made today.”

As well as a giant Penguin, you can find a 14-metre high needle by South Korean artist Kimsooja, Rachel Feinstein’s odd shapes that look like Regency-inspired shells with dash of Dali thrown in, and the late Barry Flanagan’s bonkers giant anvil with a hare dancing delicately on top.

Events like exhibitions in the Royal Parks have previously attracted criticism for charging high fees for tickets while consuming swathes on public spaces during the summer months. So Diary applauds Frieze Sculpture for supporting the concept of free and accessible art in the park.

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