Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition 2011

While in Europe for the Venice Biennale earlier this month, I took a quick Ryan Air flight from Venice to London to catch the Royal Academy of Arts opening for their Summer Exhibition. If you haven't yet made it to this exhibition, I highly recommend you do. Not only did I discover some new great emerging artists, I was also thrilled to see works by established Royal Academicians including: Tacita Dean, Gary Hume, Allen Jones, Cornelia Parker, Jenny Saville, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons,Tracey Emin, Ed Ruscha, Lisa Milroy, Tony Cragg, Richard Long,  and Alison Wilding.

Other artists (both emerging and established) I enjoyed: Gary Fabian Miller, Julian Opie, Tony Bevan, Mimmo Paladino, Frank Auerbach, James Hugonin, John Cobb, David Nash, Dae H Kwon, Nigel Hall, Keith Tyson, Katsutoshi Yuasa,Tessa Jaray, Wendy Smith, Laurence Haskell, Trevor Sutton, Jane Bustin, and Antony Gormley - as well as quite a few others. 

Here is a bit more info on the show from the RAA's website:

This year’s co-ordinator is Royal Academician Christopher Le Brun. Playing a significant role is Michael Craig-Martin RA who is curating one of the largest galleries. The Architecture Room is curated by Piers Gough RA and Alan Stanton RA.

One of the founding principles of the Royal Academy of Arts was to 'mount an annual exhibition open to all artists of distinguished merit' to finance the training of young artists in the RA Schools. This has been held every year without interruption since 1769 and continues to play a significant part in raising funds to finance the students. The Royal Academy receives no public funding so all those who support the Summer Exhibition by submitting work, visiting it and through purchases contribute to supporting artists of the future.

The largest space in the Royal Academy features a new approach to a traditional “salon hang”. This includes a mix of open submission works as well as artworks by Royal Academicians. A dense and rich visual experience is created through the presentation of works hung from dado rail to picture rail. Works on display include a large canvas by the Danish painter Per Kirkeby and Keith Tyson’s apocalyptic painting Deep Impact.

The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants each year with over 12,000 entries received this year from 27 countries. The majority of works are for sale, offering visitors an unrivalled opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists. Michael Craig-Martin’s curated room features works by newly elected and established Royal Academicians including Tacita Dean, Gary Hume, Allen Jones, Cornelia Parker, Jenny Saville and Alison Wilding. Craig-Martin has also curated the Wohl Central Hall which greets visitors on arrival with a celebration of photography. For the first time these walls are hung solely with the work of artists who use photographic media including an image by Cindy Sherman Hon RA.

This exhibition runs through August 15, 2011.

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