Many members of the public who ponder, appreciate and touch the sculptures scattered by Regent & # 39; s Park in London are probably unaware that the works located in the popular green space for this year's Frieze Sculpture project are for sale. The free 25-piece outdoor exhibition organized by the Frieze art fair will be on display in the park until October 7, extending its presence to the summer months for the second year in a row.
Fifteen artists have made new works for the show, including Rana Begum, whose "No. 814" (2018) – a phalanx of colored laminated glass panels – casts a rainbow of colors on the parched grass. Other new pieces include the caricature of "Holiday Home" (2018) by Richard Woods, an ironic comment on the market for second homes in vacation spots.
Woods is evangelical about the power of art in the public sphere. "When we see public works of art, we often do it without opinions or premeditated assumptions," he argues. Work is available for £ 35,000 (mini versions of "Holiday Home" are available with the Alan Cristea gallery in London for £ 4,000).
Fifty proposals were submitted for Frieze Sculpture, which Clare Lilley, curator of the exhibition and director of the program at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, was reduced to the final selection. "This indicates how Frieze Sculpture, in its summer quarterly form, has become an important platform for outdoor sculpture, allowing galleries to attract the interest of the collector before the art fair in October," he says.
So, is it worth it? "Last year, we showed & # 39; Summertime & # 39; (2017) by Rasheed Araeen, a piece of steel painted outdoors in a five edition, and we sold them all," says Conor Macklin, director of Grosvenor Gallery of London (the first edition was priced at £ 50,000). Installation costs can be prohibitive for larger jobs, he adds. "But not every day your work is in sight in one of the best parks in London."
"Senzenina" (2018), by the South African artist Haroon Gunn-Salie, an outstanding piece, commemorates the 34 miners killed in the 2012 Marikana massacre. "As a social activist and sculptor, showing your work in public environments is fundamental for the practice of Gunn-Salie, "says a spokeswoman for Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. "There are four editions of the work, one is sold, two editions on M1 are priced at $ 150,000, two editions in bronze are priced at $ 275,000."
It's about the exhibition, says Matt Watkins, co-founder of the Parafin gallery in London, showing the baroque and baroque sculpture "Pacto" by Hugo Wilson (2017-18). The gallerist says that it is a financial commitment for a "young and relatively small gallery, but a great opportunity to be bold, and show the work for a much longer duration than a classical fair". Wilson's bronzes are priced between £ 20,000 and £ 200,000.
Parafin has also shown works at Sculpture in the City, another free sculpture event located in the city in London's square mile. There is a cross between the two initiatives: the British artist Thomas J. Price showed his works "Numen (Shifting Votive One, Two & Three)" (2016), imposing busts that represent majestic black men, last year in Frieze Sculpture. The same pieces are exhibited in the eighth edition of Sculpture in the City, which fills the streets and alleys of the financial center of the capital with an eclectic variety of sculptural pieces.
Price's majestic busts, located under the Leadenhall building, are changing to the city His works "Numen" are available for purchase, says a spokeswoman for Hales Gallery, based in London, which represents the artist ( his large outdoor sculptures cost between £ 50,000 and £ 200,000).
The initiative is a lucrative platform for galleries and artists. "It's a rotating park of urban sculptures," says Stella Ioannou, co-founder of the project. "Last year, 421,000 people saw the works, which are seen and reinterpreted in a new context." It is noteworthy that 357 project presentations from 54 countries were submitted in 2017 (an advisory committee selects the final list).
Nancy Rubins, Miroslaw Balka and Gabriel Lester are also among the 19 artists participating in Sculpture in the City. The Rubins assembly of aluminum and iron animals, "Crocodylius Philodendrus" (2016-17), looks like a tornado of beasts collected and deposited in the shadow of the gherkin.
The works, exhibited until next April, are filtered in the consciousness of the workers of the City, who come to see the pieces as local landmarks. The owner of a local business makes sure, for example, that she always listens to the bird theme of Marina Abramovic, "Tree" (1972), outside of Bishopsgate. "At 7:10 one morning it made me smile and now I make sure to listen every day," he says.
Frieze Sculpture until October 7, frieze.com/sculpture-2018; Sculpture in the city until April 2019, sculptureinthecity.org.uk