The Royal Academy has been holding a summer exhibition for 247 years. And this was the first one that I’ve been to! I’m not sure why why I’ve never been before – just never got around to it, I guess. But now I’m a “Friend” there’s more incentive.
All I can say is that I thought it was amazing. A cornucopia of art. Vivid, varied, extraordinary, inspiring. In keeping with tradition, but evolving as time moves on.
I’ll just let the art do the talking, with a few of my favourites. Photos were permitted.
The exhibition is on until 16 August.
First thing you see. Captcha No11 (Doryphoros) – Matthew Darbyshire
Homage a Henri – Vanessa Jackson
Can’t or Won’t – Christopher le Brun
Room III – the pink walls really brought out the vibrancy of the paintings
Mississippi river blues – Richard Long
Noon Fishing – Mick Moon, painted on wood that looks like water
From bottom left clockwise: Reigning Apps and Blogs – Derek Boshier; Stradella – Mali Morris; Untitled – David Remfry; Tree No7 – Tony Bevan
Morning – Rose Hilton
Uist – Jock Mcfadyen
Calton Hill – Jock McFadyen
Feast of the Gods II, after Bellini and Titian – Elise Ansell
Top : Total Eclipse of the Landscape – Will Alsop; Bottom: Now Is Here – Louisa Hutton
Canvey Island – Gold Mine Model – Nick Clear, Mike Aling, Hyun Jun Park, Simon Withers
Colony – January – Barbara Rae
Walking in the Rain, Seoul – Julian Opie
The Birds/ A Second Marriage – Anthony Green
Babel London (After Bruegel) – Emily Allchurch
Swimmers (Diptych) – Ivor Abrahams
Triangle Painting – Alan Charlton; Fictions 3 (Invisible Cities) – Tim Head
Small Spin, Reserve, Hide, Look, Slew, Collect – Antony Gormley
So much to spur the imagination. So much to admire. I’ll be trying to go back before the exhibition ends, and get a different take, no doubt.