The Frieze Art Fair highlight remains its Sculpture Park

Works by Claes Oldenburg, Eduardo Paolozzi and Lynn Chadwick rub shoulders with contemporary artists including Conrad Shawcross and Nairy Baghramian in this year’s excellent Frieze Sculpture Park, which will remain on show until January.

Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Park
Claes Oldenburg, Fagend Study, 1975, courtesy Luxembourg & Dayan

The Frieze Art Fair has rolled into London once more, for five days of deals, parties and general arty showing off. The main event happens, as always, in two huge temporary tents installed in Regent’s Park, Frieze London and Frieze Masters, where galleries from all over the world will converge to showcase, and attempt to sell, their works.

There is much fun to be had in the fair – not least for fans of a bit of people-watching – but it’s an expensive business, with tickets costing almost £40 to visit Frieze London, over £50 if you want to pop to Frieze Masters too. Better then, perhaps, to simply enjoy the free bit, which conveniently is also in many ways the best bit.

The Sculpture Fair is also held in Regent’s Park and sees 18 pieces spread amongst the foliage, with a mix of 20th century classics and new works on show. If you fancy a bit of commentary, you can download a free app where curator Clare Lilley (Yorkshire Sculpture Park) talks through her choices, and the outdoor exhibition is on long after the Frieze Fairs finish too, with the works remaining in place until January 8 2017.

In contrast to the Fair, the atmosphere in the Sculpture Park is calming and thoughtful, and likely will leave you restored by contemporary art, rather than enraged.

Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Park
Conrad Shawcross, Monolith (Optic), 2016
Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Park
Henry Krokatsis, Kabin, 2016
Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Park
Zeng Fanzhi, Untitled, 2016
Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Park
Lynn Chadwick, Stranger III, 1959
Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Park
Nairy Baghramian, Treat, 2016
Eduardo Paolozzi, Trishula and Kalasan, 1966 and 1973-4
Eduardo Paolozzi, Trishula and Kalasan, 1966 and 1973-4
Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Park
Matthew Monahan, Neptune (Rescue), 2016
Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Park
Barry Flanaghan, Drummer, 1996
Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Park
Claude Lalanne, Giant Choupatte, 2016
Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Park
Jean Dubuffet, Tour aux récits, 1973

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