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Summertime at the Royal Academy

| Art, Culture | 12/07/2013

El Anatsui, TSIATSIA - searching for connection, 2013,
Aluminium, (bottle-tops, printing plates, roofing sheets) and copper wire, 15 x 23 metres. 
Photo by Benedict Johnson
El Anatsui, TSIATSIA - searching for connection, 2013, Aluminium, (bottle-tops, printing plates, roofing sheets) and copper wire, 15 x 23 metres. Photo by Benedict Johnson

Trying to escape the blistering sun? Step into the Royal Academy in London until August 18th for the Summer Exhibition.

The show starts at the entrance with TSIATSIA – searching for connection – an installation by El Anatsui. The imposing draped sculpture seemingly hangs loosely from Burlington House’s balustrade.

If you followed Grayson Perry RA in his exploration of British taste on Channel 4 last year then do not miss the final room. It is a chance to see the resulting artwork, The Vanity of Small Differences. Grayson Perry is inspired by Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress. The eight paintings executed during the 18th century depict the rise and fall of Tom Rakewell, the spendthrift son of a London merchant. The artist’s artworks are composed of people, events and objects he encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and the Cotswolds. The use of tapestry gives an ancestral grandeur to this contemporary tale.

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With over 1000 artworks from emerging talents to established masters, the exhibition is an overwhelmingly yet refreshing experience. The display of the pieces is in stark contrast with other major galleries’ exhibitions throughout the year. Works are numerous on the walls, almost going up to the ceilings.

Lecture Room_(c) John Bodkin

One room this year, dedicated to portraiture, is closer to the white cube standard. Despites its more conventional presentation, it would be regrettable to miss it with works by Frank Auerbach, Michael Craig-Martin RA, Alex Katz and Julian Opie.

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The array of media will give all visitors a chance to find a work suiting their taste and their purse.  Most are indeed for sale and the money raised from the commission of sales goes towards the funding of the RA Schools and the programme of exhibitions.

Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

10 June – 18 August 2013

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk

Text by Reine Okuliar
Images courtesy of the Royal Academy (Picselect)

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