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Art in London: Free as Frieze

There is no shortage of art in London from the museums (that are FREE) to the murals, from the fashion to the architecture. In fact, if you aren’t careful, you might miss a little hanging sculpture in a tree in the park or if you had just gone one more block, you could have caught a Banksy.

This past week studying abroad in London has been the Frieze Art Fair. It is one of the largest modern art fairs featuring Masters (of modern art) talks and many modern art exhibitions indoors and outdoors. Just a few blocks down from my hall was a small exhibition called the sculpture garden. They took the southeast corner of Regents Park to set up some modern sculptures. In a word: interesting.


There was a large reflective bean. It was fun to run around.

A large wooden dinosaur. I don’t think it has ever been harder for me not to climb on something; it took a lot of self-control.

Just a playground on which we cannot play


A very large, sad clown. I felt very bad for him.

No comment, just a very sad clown


Hmm, it kind of looks like the large worm from that Spongebob episode.

I think the best part of modern art is the way we all interpret it. Yes, most of it is tortured and sexual, but it could bring back childhood memories like watching Spongebob with my dad when I was younger. The bean is fun to run around and I REALLY wanted to climb up on that dinosaur and pretend I was in The Land Before Time. Modern art employs all parts of art history; using a part of each is what makes it modern. Forms and realism from the classics, soft romance of the impressionists, tortured cubism, in-your-face pop art. Modern art is truly the art of our time and we are free to do with it what we wish.

Hanna Neitzke is the Fall 2014 CEA MOJO in London, England. She is currently a Senior at Humboldt State University.

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