The London Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017

'Deep Cut' by Abe Odedina.

'Deep Cut' by Abe Odedina.

This is the London Royal Academy’s 249th Summer Exhibition, in which up and coming artists a chance to get wide exposure.
After a recent visit to the Irish Centre, Camden last month for an Irish event , we paid a quick visit to the world famous Exhibition. The quality was excellent and exceeded expectations and much better than other years. The reach of the exhibition to include more works from artists across the world as well as artists working in differing media, exploring and celebrating the new energy of the next generation.
The Summer Exhibition Hanging Committee invited international artists to exhibit in a range of media throughout the galleries.
These include Julie Born Schwartz, Hassan Hajjaj, Secundino Hernández, Isaac Julien, Tomoaki Suzuki and Mark Wallinger. For the first time, the Summer Exhibition also included an element of performance art.
We noted even an Irish element with Skellig Rock of Kerry featuring London artist Tracey Emin and other well known ones are there plus new people. There was also lots of music and contemptorary arts related themes as well as the tropics, European ones too.
Further highlights of the Summer Exhibition 2017 will include Yinka Shonibare RA’s Wind Sculpture VI in the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard.
At over six metres in height, this impressive sculpture explores the notion of harnessing motion and freezing it in a moment of time. Returning to the artist’s use of Dutch wax textiles, Wind Sculpture VI will manifest as a large three-dimensional piece of fabric that appears to be blowing in reaction to the natural elements.
Farshid Moussavi RA will be curating the Architecture Gallery within the Summer Exhibition. For the first time, this gallery will celebrate architecture by focusing on construction coordination drawings – the drawings which show the full complexity of a building. This gallery will feature works by Royal Academicians including the newly elected David Adjaye and Richard Rogers, together with Grafton Architects, Bjarke Ingels, Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, amongst others.
Other Royal Academicians featuring this year will include Gilbert & George, who will be showing a new large-scale work from their ‘Beard Speak’ series, along with Phyllida Barlow, Antony Gormley, Sean Scully, Bob and Roberta Smith and Wolfgang Tillmans. Honorary Academicians include Marina Abramović, Jim Dine and Mimmo Paladino.
The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission exhibition with 1200 works on display, the majority of which are for sale offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists.
It has been held every year without interruption since 1769 and continues to play a significant part in raising funds to finance the current students of the RA Schools.
It’s open to the public until Sunday, August 20th, from 10am to 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm). Admission prices include the List of Works giving details on every exhibit in the show.
Adult ticket £15.50 (£14 excluding Gift Aid donation); concessions available; under 16s go free. Friends of the RA go free. The address is Piccadilly WC1 London and to get there, go to Piccadilly or Green Park underground station on Piccadilly
The Royal Academy of Arts was founded by King George III in 1768. It has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists.
* Other exhibitions in London worth checking out include the Amy Winehouse exhibit in the London Jewish Museum, the Pink Floyd Exhibition in the Victoria and Albert South Kensington, the Russian Revolution in the British Library.
The Tate Modern has a show in Blackfriars about Black Power and Black Art from the USA. The National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square, close to the Royal Academy, has paintings from Leonardo da Vinci to Rembrandt, the Dutch Master so there’s lots to see in London this summer. We travelled over via Stena Line by car, which enabled us to take in some other stops along the south coast and in Bath on return journey. The journey was smooth and hassle free, but we left the car on edge of London.

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