Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018, London

There has been cause for great celebration this year, not only is the Royal Academy presenting their 250th summer exhibition featuring 1,351 works of art across all parts of the gallery, the Academy has just completed a £56 million redevelopment making there even gallery more space to show works.

As ever many of the pieces submitted are up for sale, but it’s also just a wonderful space to wonder round and discover new and already well known artists such as the curators own works, Grayson Perry and also Tracy Emin, David Hockney and Banksy to name just a few.

Joana Vasconcelo’s installation is the first piece you will notice when you arrive into the galleries.

As you arrive into the next yellow room, you’ll notice a political theme. You’ll see a Banksy’s Vote to Love canvas alongside a print of Donald Trump having sex with Miss Mexico. Some of the placement of the artworks is deliberately meant to provoke.

Works also include a painting of a family from the Grenfell Tower. There are plenty of rather rude and uncensored works, in a recent interview we saw Perry talking about how much work he had to censor (i.e they weren’t selected for public viewing).

Artists Mona Hatoum and Tal R are shown alongside Royal Academicians including Wolfgang TillmansMike NelsonTracey Eminand Rose Wylie, and Honorary Academicians Bruce Nauman and Ed Ruscha.

 

Chris Orr MBE RA, The Fauves Picnic, Silkscreen, 55 x 75cm

Grayson Perry, Selfie with Political Causes, Woodcut, 200 x 300cm

       

The art extravaganza also spills out into the streets of London’s West End, with an installation of over 200 flags designed by Royal Academicians, so keep your eyes peeled!

From 4 June 2018 – The exhibition is free

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD

Nicky’s World June 2018