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Frieze Art Fair 2017

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Last Sunday, I had a wander around one of my favouirte parks (Regent's Park) in the glorious sunshine. The corner of Regent's Park that I visited was near Great Portland Street. This is where Frieze Sculpture 2017 is taking place, showcasing twenty-five wonderful sculptures to visitors visiting the park from the beginning of July until the 8th of October. This is the first time that the sculpture event has taken place for free during the summer. 

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Thomas J. Price - Numen (Shifting Votive One, Two and Three)

I will be taking a look at the sculptures for Frieze Art Fair 2017, which are pictured below.

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Thomas J. Price - Numen (Shifting Votive One, Two and Three)

Thomas J. Price's work features three large portraits of African men, and these are placed on marble stone. The large monochrome portraits seem to suggest that individual identity is important and powerful. 

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Ugo Rondinone - Summer Moon

A bronze sculpture of a bare tree has been painted white, which starkly constrasts the colour and green of the park. The tree looks ghostly in its white form, as if it has met the end of its life or begun a new one.

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Mimmo Paladino - Untitled

Three large orbs are decorated with motifs. 

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Emily Young - Planet

Emily Young's work is a single piece of quarried stone which has been transformed into an imperfect portrait.

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Alicja Kwade - Big Be-Hide

The sculpture features a mirror with two stones with an identical shape place on either side. One of the stones is painted in silver, and this mimics the plain stone shown on the other side. That side of the mirror is also cracked. This seems to show perception is not as it seems.

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KAWS - FINAL DAYS

One of the largest sculptures is a large black cartoonish figure, and I recognise the sculptor's work from Amsterdam. In this design, the figure appears to be in a zombie-like state. 

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John Chamberlain - Fiddlersfortune

This reflective pink sculpture appears to be a piece of foil wire and nail cut off and coiled up together. It is a stunning piece, and my camera could not do the colour justice here.

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Gary Hume - Bud

A steel column appears to poke from the ground as a spring shoot. This is the first stage with imagination to wonder what it will turn into.

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John Wallbank - Untitled (Sewn Cube)

This plastic cube appears to be sewn together with blue thread.

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Bernar Venet - 17 Acute Unequal Angles

These rusty-looking beams of steel jut out at odd angles but bring the viewer in to admire the form.

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Peter Regli - Reality Hacking No 348

Peter Regli's work often shows a popular subject with a twist. In the sculpture featured, we have a very tall snowman made of black stone.

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Hank Willis Thomas - Endless Column

The bronze footballs (soccer balls) are placed one on top of the other to create a tall column. This is a playful and eye-catching sculpture using a familiar item.

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Miquel Barcelo - Gran Elefandret

A large elephant is depicted as standing on its trunk. It is an imaginative piece, which seems to defy gravity.

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Anthony Caro - Erl King

This sculpture has been formed out of rusted steel, and it seems to show a tribute to machinery and industry.

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Eduardo Paolozzi - Vulcan

Vulcan is the Roman god of fire and blacksmith, and he was lame. The artist uses the figure of the god as inspiration for this work, featuring a tall black figure holding blacksmith's tools.

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Magdalena Abakanowicz - Standing Figure with Wheel

This sculpture shows a headless and handless figure in front of a large wheel. The figure is detailed and textured, and the wheel (it looks like a mill wheel) is simple in style and without texture. It appears that the man is a slave to the wheel as he is standing at the front of it.

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Michael-Craig Martin - Wheelbarrow

A simple red wheelbarrow is constructed out of an orange frame. The single-line illustration also uses the negative space as part of the artwork.

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Jaume Plensa - Tribute to Thierry Ruinart

This frame of a figure of a man is constructed from silver metal, which appears to be made out of letters or type.

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Rasheed Aramesh - Summertime

This colourful cube with diagonal lines is painted with three primary colours - red, yellow, and blue.

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Reza Aramesh - Metamorphosis

Reza Aramesh's sculptures feature hybrid human forms. The sculpture above features a man-goat with his hands tied at the back with a long rope, wearing jeans that have fallen. It is an uncomfortable sculpture which seems to evoke a sense of capture and shame.

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Tony Cragg - Stroke

A golden-brown piece of metal looks to have been bended into an organic shape, similar to a tree or a mushroom.

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Takuro Kuwata - Untitled and Untitled

These colourful sculptures appear to have amusing textures and colours for the standard sculpture. Both have glistening gold and blue colours, and they appear to be alive and furry.

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Urs Fischer - Invisible Mother

A morbib skeleton, which isn't quite human, lies on top of a wooden chair on top of a broken fountain. The placement of the skeleton on its back creates a unique shape as if it was placed there on purpose.

Mr. Cenz Paints Tribute to Usain Bolt

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Earlier this month, London-based street artist Mr. Cenz painted a tribute to Usain Bolt's running career with the hashtag #foreverfast. This work was a temporary piece for @Puma and was located at the top of Shoreditch High Street. Mr. Cenz is a regular street artist and paints primarily throughout London with the subject of his work primarily female portraits completed in grafitti style using bright colours. 

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Additional work by Mr. Cenz can be found in the below links:

Mr. Cenz Refreshes Fashion Street Mural
Mr. Cenz Paints Hanbury Street
New Street Art by Mr. Cenz
Street Art: Mr. Cenz (2015)

Autumn 2013 Street Art Round-up

Dreph "You Are Enough" (Part 3)

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I have previously covered Dreph's work in his "You Are Enough" series; in this series, he paints a selection of inspiring and community-oriented black women across London. The last that I photographed features Tracy Blackstock, the mother of Dreph's son who works at resettling offenders into the community in order to get them back on track. Layla Hussein is the subject of the eighth edition. Layla is a psychtherapist who works primarily with people who have been sexually abused and campaigns against female genitalia mutilation; she has won awards for a documentary on the subject and has appeared in numerous publications.

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More work by Dreph can be seen on my blog in the following posts:

'You Are Enough' (8th edition)
Dreph 'You Are Enough' (6th Edition)

Dreph Paints Holly Oluwo

New Street Art Portraits by Dreph
Street Art: Dreph

Losthills is a street artist who creates paste-ups, and a series of Jake the dog paste-ups have been appearing across east London. These started to appear in the spring, but I am only just now posting about them. The paste-ups feature Jake in many different guises, such as celebrities and in films or as characters. I didn't manage to get many photographs of his work, but I did photograph a few.

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"The Time Machine" (the 1960 film as opposed to the 2002 remake) is one of my favourite films. The above paste-up pays tribute to the 1960 film with Jake as Rod Taylor's character driving the time machine with the Morlock spinx in the background.

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The above Jake wears a dinosaur suit.

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The above Jake represents singer Blondie.

Street artist Zabou had returned to Shoreditch to paint a new portrait. The portrait was inspired by a photograph by Dennis Morris, and the subject is Sid Vicious, musician in the punk rock band The Sex Pistols. He was born in Lewisham but lived and studied in Hackney. The Hackney area was noted for its punk musicians in the 1990s. Quaker Street Cafe provided the wall for this work.

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Previous works from Zabou that I covered can be viewed by following links in my blog:

Zabou Paints Freda #2 at Broadway Market
Zabou Paints Salvador Dali on Commercial Road
Koeone and Zabou Collaborate
"Keep Out!" Street Art by Zabou
Zabou's 'Cabinet of Curiosity' Street Art
Leake Street Tunnels Street Art, Spring 2016
Recent Street Art by Zabou
Street Art: Zabou

Sculpture in the City, 2017

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Sculpture in the City is an annual public sculpture trail centred in London's Square Mile. Sculpture in the City is now in its seventh year and has featured artists such as  Damien Hirst and Ai Weiwei along with some newer and lesser-known artists. Workshops are also offered to schools and the community in addition to the public sculpture trail, and these promote inspiration through art. Last year's Sculpture in the City was the biggest success in the trail to date with a variety of wonderful works. This year's works also do not disappoint.

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Temple - Damien Hirst

This 21-foot painted bronze sculpture shows a male torso. It appears to be a diagram out of a biology book with half of the sculpture showing muscle and organs and bones. The work is inspired by the artist's anatomical models and "Medicine Cabinet" series of artwork. 

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4 Colours at 3 Metres High Situated Work - Daniel Buren

Daniel Buren's artworks explore outdoor light, movement of sun, architecture, and shadows. The colourful work above appears like a pagoda with semi-transparent colours attached, and these reflect to create a colourful glow. This is the most atmospheric piece, and the colours and glow create an ambience and a feeling. This is my favourite artwork for this year's Sculpture in the City.

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Reminiscence - Fernando Casasempere

Casasempere works with ceramics, and he studies the landscape. Earth and clay are the materials used to construct the sculpture, which focuses on movement. The bricks appear to be made out of rolled-up textile, while others appear to be made of brick. The piece looks as if it is inspired by architectural ruin.

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Black Shed Expanded - Nathaniel Rackowe

The urban shed is a common sight in London, and Nathaniel Rackowe previously had an installation for Sculpture in the City showing another deconstructed black shed. This time, the black shed has been expanded with a bright neon yellow glow inside. It appears to be caught mid-explosion. 

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Synapsid - Karen Tang

This brightly-coloured sculpture appears to be a giant insect or alien creature. The bright colour and organic shape draws visitors to it, and it encourages interaction via its shape and openings. 

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Envelope of Pulsation (for Leo) - Peter Randall-Page RA

An internationally-aclaimed artist, Peter Randall-Page (RA) contributes for the first time to Sculpture in the City. The sculpture is the artist's most recent, and it is carved from a rare block of granite from Blackenstone quarry on Dartmoor, England. The quarry is owned by the artist's friend Leo. The stone is worked to show movement and texture to the piece whereas the viewer can use their imagination. 

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Untitled x3 - Bosco Sodi

These three rocks are escavated from volcanic magma from the Ceboruco volcano in Mexico. The rocks are glazed and fired at high temperatures for three days, and they create their own artwork. I found these shinny red stones mesmorising as I explored them in London.

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Falling into Virtual Reality - Recycle Group
This artwork returns for its second year of Sculpture in the City. The collective behind this piece focuses on what our generation will leave behind for future generations. The artwork is created out of recyclable materials and ideas, highlighting consumerism and materials.

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Dreamy Bathroom - Gary Webb

Webb's abstract scupture contains individual components that make up and form it. The result is a colourful piece with interesting shapes, textures, and pleasant colours. The items blend well together and play off each other in this work, which I enjoyed seeing from different viewpoints.

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Support for a Cloud - Mhairi Vari

The artworks are hung in three different locations around the Lloyd's building in London. They feature honeycombed cocoons or nests, placed above the viewer. At a glance, they do not appear to be art but appear to be natural or a part of the architecture. I do wonder how many people will phone the exterminator by thinking it is a insect nest.

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Apple Tree Boy Apple Tree Girl - Paul McCarthy

Apple Tree Boy Apple Tree Girl are a part of McCarthy's Hummel series depcited on a large scale. The German kitsch figures of a boy and girl are shown on an idyllic setting with an apple tree, but they are deformed and abstracted. The artist seems to send a message about how children can be conditioned to follow social norms.

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Tipping Point - Kevin Killen

This work is inspired by city lights and recording the non-stop movements of the city. It is an artwork that constantly changes with the flow of its surroundings; the neon lights turn on and off to the varying sequences of the movement. 

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Work No. 2814 - Martin Creed

This sculpture uses an existing tree, and plastic bags are hung from its branches to create an "everyday" but surreal installation. The artist's style is to merge ordinary materials and everyday situations into works of art.

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Never has there been such urgency, or The eloquent and the Gaga - Ryan Gander

The subject of this artwork is an air-dropped parcel, which is suspended from a tree by a parachute. The contents of the parcel are located on a metal plaque near the installation, but it contains items relating to research and practices and the way that these are signified over communication.

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The Black Horse - Mark Wallinger

This horse sculpture was partially created using scanning technology of a real racehorse named Rivera Red. The sculpture celebrates the horse as it is a much-loved creature and a creature that is a popular subject in art.

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Ajar - Gavin Turk
This sculpture of a doorframe with a door slightly open was in place for last year's Sculpture in the City. It is a reference of the painting 'La Victoire' by Rene Magritte, in which the door represents a gateway through the imagination and is meant to be interacted with and to imagine possibilities. It reminded me of a doorway with a secret world on the other side, such as the wardrobe in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" books.

Previous years of London's Sculpture in the City are included below:

    Street artist Ben Eine, who is known for his typography style of artwork throughout London, has painted a mural for the victims of Grenfell Tower in Shoreditch on the Village Underground wall. The mural was painted last week, marking one month since the disaster of the fire engulfing the building and claiming the lives of at least 80 people (I personally think this figure is higher). It is a part of the Paint the Change group, which was founded by Maziar Bahari to help draw attention to social events and issues via the medium of art.

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    The words are from a poem coined by Ben Okri, a Booker Prize winner in 1991, in the days after the Grenfell Tower disaster. The poem itself is 1,600 words long. The excerpt used reads "You saw it in the tears of those who survived."

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    The mural was painted after the work by SER (covered here) graced the wall for several months over the spring and early summer.

    Street Art by Tito Ferrara

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    Brazilian artist Tito Ferrara has created artwork for games as well as street art. The artist commonly paints portraits. He can paint stylistic or realistic portraits, and many of them have a pop of colour. The new series that the artist is painting contains an illustrated style with gold decoration. I was able to photograph two murals by Tito Ferrara that appeared in east London. The latest, the artist's last work in London, is located at the end of Hanbury Street and depicts a girl with gold decoration/typography.

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    The first one that I captured was located on Great Eastern Street. (I'm not sure if it is still in place.) It features a side-view portrait of a woman with similar gold lettering.

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    Both murals are well-executed with realistic-yet-stylised representations. More of the artist's work can be seen on his Instagram page at: https://www.instagram.com/titoferrara/

    London-based street artist Ant Carver has recently painted a new mural on Hanbury Street. The artist normally pastes up paste-ups on London's streets, but this time he has painted a wall. He uses spray paints with oils to create an illustration of a portrait in black and white, which is then finished off with bright strokes of colour to create a perfect design illustration. The new piece is photographed below.

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    I have previously covered Ant Carver's work here:

    Street Art: Ant Carver
    Ant Carver Pastes New Portraits on East London Streets
    Ant Carver Portraits of Models

    Street Art by Helen Blur

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    Street artist Helen Blur has recently returned to London and painted a new mural on Redchurch Street. I saw the work in progress earlier in the week and popped over on Thursday in order to get a photograph of it. Helen Blur (abcdefghelens) often depicts people in unfortunate circumstances. The new mural shows a man carrying a small house on his back. This may represent the cost of housing and that people in the area are being pushed out due to high prices or immigration in general.

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    Helen Blur collaborated with Wasp Elder on a mural on Hanbury Street this spring, which I have covered here. She also created another mural on Pedley Street, which did not last long. The work on Pedley Street I had captured while it was in progress, and it shows a figure of a larger person controlling smaller people as they walk from one tent into another, all dressed in white with colourful outfits hanging between tents. This looks to me like a description of slavery. Perhaps the conforming people in white, which look tired and controlled, are modern-day slaves forced to create new clothing. 

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    Previous posts:

    Wasp Elder and Helen Blur, Victims of Circumstance

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