ORGAN PREVIEW: Frieze Sculpture 2022 opens in The Regent’s Park, London, on September 14th. What can we expect?

Back in July Frieze revealed details of Frieze Sculpture 2022 in The Regent’s Park, curated by Clare Lilley (Yorkshire Sculpture Park Director) for the tenth consecutive year. Featuring a line-up of 19 international artists, the celebrated public art exhibition opens on September 14th and runs through to November 13, 2022. Frieze Sculpture runs alongside Frieze London and Frieze Masters, which both take place October 12th to 16th 2022 in The Regent’s Park, bringing together the world’s leading galleries to celebrate the creative spirit of the city. Frieze Sculpture is out in the park and free to walk around.

“Frieze Sculpture will also collaborate with two major public art initiatives, the 11th edition of Sculpture in The City, an annual exhibition of contemporary art placed among the striking architecture of the City of London, and the Mayor of London’s Fourth Plinth Programme in Trafalgar Square. Together, they will form Sculpture Week London, a city-wide celebration of public art featuring work by 38 artists. The three initiatives will present an unmissable opportunity for the public to engage with major sculptural works throughout the city, in some of London’s most iconic sites.

Frieze Sculpture 2022 embraces more than two generations of artists, diverse materials and a multitude of approaches to thinking about and making sculpture for the public realm. Situated throughout The Regent’s Park’s historic English Gardens, this year’s exhibition will present artists Péju Alatise, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Matthew Darbyshire, Ida Ekblad, Tim Etchells, John Giorno, N.S. Harsha, Emma Hart, Robert Indiana, Jordy Kerwick, Alicja Kwade, Beverly Pepper, Pablo Reinoso, George Rickey, Ro Robertson, Ugo Rondinone, Marinella Senatore, and John Wood and Paul Harrison. The display will be accompanied by a free audio guide narrated by Lilley and available from

Clare Lilley, Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park commented: ‘This is my tenth year as curator of Frieze Sculpture. It’s been a wonderful decade of working with the Frieze teams, installation crews, galleries, and with a range of exceptional artists. Since 2012, Frieze Sculpture has gone from being a week-long display alongside the fair, to a substantial summer and now autumn exhibition for London. Each year I set out to make a show that serves one of the world’s leading art fairs, as well as those who might never before have considered looking at sculpture. No two Frieze Sculptures are the same but all are a paean to sculpture in the open air.’

The 2022 display engages with a number of themes; works by Robert Indiana, John Giorno, John Wood and Paul Harrison, and Tim Etchells are structured as texts, conveying messages that merge poetry and political messages. The poetic-political plays out further in the work of Péju Alatise and Ro Robertson, whose gazes turn to female and non-binary healing in nature, and Shaikha al Mazrou, Beverly Pepper and Ida Ekblad create ambitious sculptures that are charged with the sensibility of women. The importance of coming together – as community and as a social voice – is conveyed in works by Marinella Senatore, Pablo Reinoso, and Ron Arad. Finally, as our world looks with uncertainty into the near future, works by Alicja Kwade, George Rickey, Emma Hart and NS Harsha conjure the universal and spiritual, whilst folklore and mythology are explored by Matthew Darbyshire and Jordy Kerwick.”

Participating artists and galleries, Frieze Sculpture 2022:

Péju Alatise – Sim and the Yellow Glass Birds, 2022. kó Art Space
Ron Arad – Dubito Ergo Cogito, 2022. Osborne Samuel Gallery
Shaikha Al Mazrou – Red Stack, 2022. Lawrie Shabibi
Matthew Darbyshire – Hercules Meets Galatea, 2022. Herald St
Ida Ekblad – BOOK OF BOREDOM, 2022. Galerie Max Hetzler
Tim Etchells – Don’t Look Back, 2022.Vitrine
John Giorno – SPACE MIRRORS MIND, 2022  Almine Rech
N.S. Harsha – Desired for – Arrived at, 2021. Vadehra Art Gallery and Victoria Miro
Emma Hart – Big Time, 2022. The Sunday Painter
Robert Indiana – Imperial LOVE, 1966-1971. Waddington Custot

Jordy Kerwick – Vertical Plane Me, 2022. Vigo
Alicja Kwade – Tunnel-Tell (Ceci Sera), 2020. König Gallery and Pace Gallery
Beverly Pepper – Curvae in Curvae, 2013-2018. Marlborough
Pablo Reinoso – Speaker’s Corner, 2022. Waddington Custot
George Rickey – Five Lines in Parallel Planes, 1966. Kasmin
Ugo Rondinone -yellow blue monk, 2020. Gladstone
Ro Robertson – Drench, 2022. Maximillian William
Marinella Senatore – Bodies in Alliance, 2022. Mazzoleni
John Wood and Paul Harrison – 10 signs for a park, 2022. Galeria Vera Cortês

And while we’re thinking about sculpture in parks and gardens, this artist led event opens next week as well – ORGAN PREVIEW: The Sky is Moving Sideways, a sculpture trail, a gathering of ephemeral sculptures, installation set in the grounds of the rather rewarding Stephens House, Finchley, North London…

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