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Summer Exhibition 2012 at the Royal Academy of Arts.

David Mach RA “Layed Back” © Photo courtesy John Bodkin

Summer Exhibition 2012 at the Royal Academy of Arts.

David Franchi – Saturday, 18th August 2012

“…is a reasonable mix between quantity and quality”

At the Royal Academy of Arts the “Summer Exhibition 2012” ended up with great success. The show has been visited my many people.

The world’s largest open submission contemporary art show was in its 244th year. Though it has been much criticised in the last century, in the last decade “Summer Exhibition 2012” emerged with new ideas and it has acquired again a relevant position. It continued the tradition of showcasing work by both emerging and established artists in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film.

The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually with over 11,000 entries received this year. The Royal Academy exhibition is a reasonable mix between quantity and quality.

The exhibition begins in the Wohl Central Hall, which this year pays homage to “The Red Studio” by

Lisa Milroy RA “Wearable Painting” © Photo courtesy John Bodkin

Matisse. The vibrant gallery provide a backdrop to a selection of paintings whose main concern is colour. Containing a large quantity of smaller paintings, the gallery demonstrates that work of a more modest scale can be as powerful as larger work.

Royal Academician Tess Jaray RA is the co-ordinator for Summer Exhibition 2012. Chris Wilkinson RA and Eva Jiricna RA have curated the architecture gallery of the Summer Exhibition 2012. Their curatorial direction seeks to blur the boundaries between architecture and the fine arts.

Highlights include Room III which is the largest space and a video room dedicated to the work of Jayne Parker and a gallery of Scottish and Irish artists arranged by Barbara Rae RA. Other artists exhibiting this year include Michael Craig-Martin RA, Michael Landy RA, Tracey Emin RA, Ken Howard RA, Anselm Kiefer Hon RA, Raqib Shaw, Calum Innes and Keith Coventry.

Following on from last year’s successful BBC TWO Summer Exhibition Special, the Royal Academy of Arts worked with the BBC once more. ‘The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Culture Show Special with Alastair Sooke’ has been broadcasted on 15th June 2012 on BBC 2.

From 4th June until 12th August 2012.

At the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London.

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