Sculpture Park

Sculpture park is open to the public and free to visit in Regents Park, it opened at the same time as Frieze and unlike Frieze Sculpture Park is open until 8th of January. Usually Sculpture Park is open only during the fair however this year it is part of cultural calendar. There are 19 large multimedia sculptures and they are displayed by international galleries. Here is the full list of galleries for these years sculptures.

Nairy Baghramian
Treat, 2016
Marian Goodman Gallery

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Fernando Casasempere
Second Skin, 2016
Parafin

Lynn Chadwick
Stranger III, 1959
Blain|Southern

Jose Dávila
Joint Effort, 2016
Travesia Cuatro Gallery

Jean Dubuffet
Tour aux récits, (after maquette dated 19 July 1973) 1973
Waddington Custot Galleries

Zeng Fanzhi
Untitled, 2016
ShanghART Gallery

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Barry Flanagan
Drummer, 1996
Waddington Custot Galleries

Ed Herring
Zinc-plated wood, 1969
Richard Saltoun Gallery

Henry Krokatsis
Kabin, 2016
Vigo Gallery

Claude Lalanne
Le Chou de Milan, 2016
Ben Brown Fine Arts

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Goshka Macuga
International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation, Configuration 11, Last Man, 2016
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle

Eddie Martinez
half stepping hot stepper, 2016
Timothy Taylor

Matthew Monahan
Neptune (Rescue), 2016
Massimo De Carlo

Renato Nicolodi
Omnium Memoria I, 2016
Axel Vervoordt Gallery

Mikayel Ohanjanyan
Senza Titolo, 2016
Tornabuoni Art

Claes Oldenburg
Fagend Study, 1975
Luxembourg & Dayan

Eduardo Paolozzi
Trishula, 1966 Kalasan, 1973–4
Bowman Sculpture

Huang Rui
Women, 2006–12
Boers-Li Gallery

Conrad Shawcross
Monolith (optic), 2016
Victoria Miro

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Frieze Masters

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When I attended Frieze Masters two years ago it was not as popular as Frieze and the quality of art works was amazing – every artwork was a masterpiece. This time it was as more crowded and less engaging. I missed this years Masterpiece, so I can not compare these two art fairs.

All leading galleries participated showcasing multimillion art pieces. Wide range of art could satisfy any visitor: you could have found sculptures, canvases, icons, porcelain and antiques. Masterpieces by Picasso, Magritte, Fontana, Bacon and other well known artist were presented by different galleries. Old Masters galleries preferred conservative display of their artworks – either white walls or dark walls with light directed on the paintings.

I also want to point out the difference between Frieze contemporary ad Frieze masters and how two very different groups are targeted. In contemporary art fair the food offered was mostly pizza and sandwiches – food to go and on Frieze Masters you had more sophisticated options – oyster bar, champaign bar and high end Japanese restaurant.

Altogether it was more pleasant experience comparing to the main fair. And it is a great opportunity to explore masterpieces that belong to private hands and are rarely displayed to general public.

Frieze Art Fair

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I attended Frieze art fair on the last day just before it’s closing time. The fair was in Regents Park between 6 and 9 of October. During last day it was still overcrowded and felt like a supermarket with no particular order. I rarely like contemporary art and this fair was not an exception.

All works at Frieze art fair were for sale, however, I could not imagine buying anything for my home. The majority of art works were “museum type” – large scale and weirdly made. I am not an art critic, but I would never put a tower made from furniture and decorations in my living room.

In the garden before entrance there is an installation with different tights stretched across tree branches and fences and continued inside the hall. The exhibition was a part of Frieze Project and created by Martin Soto Climent, Mexican Artist. The idea was to transfer the entrance into a dreamy-looking spider web. I am not sure if tights was the right tool to implement the ice because the entrance looked odd.

The Modern Institute‘s booth stood out, they used garage wall to display the works. It was something different from other exhibitors and caught my eye instantly. This UK gallery has a very fresh and interesting way of displaying the art. Their gallery in Glasgow transforms from industrial to white cube and then to marble space to better capture exhibitions. Now, I really want to go to Glasgow to visit it..

Another gallery that stood out was Marianne Boesky Gallery with there white cube space.  All white – artworks, walls and floor. I think this was one of the most photographed places during Frieze, white background was a perfect setting for pictures.

This gallery looked out of place, it seemed like a stand from Chelsea Flower Show rather than Frieze contemporary. It was 303 Gallery and garden installation is by Karen Kilimnik, American artist.

Here are some artworks that made me stop and look at them. Especially photograph of a swimmer – it looks extremely powerful, full of strength and will power.

And here is a lot of weird staff..

All in all it was a good way to see what is trending and what is the current state of contemporary art. Not many artworks were marked as sold but not all galleries display red stickers. I have noticed that a lot of art was broken into pieces and also many artworks were made with everyday furniture and home appliances. And pink Barbie installation, what is that about?

P.S. Some more interesting artworks for you to see.