Antony Gormley Celebrated With Royal Academy Solo Show

In September 2019, the Royal Academy of Arts will present a solo exhibition of the internationally acclaimed British sculptor Antony Gormley (b. 1950), the most significant in the UK for over a decade.

2 March 2019

The Renaissance Nude Exposed – Royal Academy – Edward Lucie-Smith

The RA’s new exhibition The Renaissance Nude, upstairs in the Sackler Wing of Burlington House, tackles an ambitious theme – the portrayal of the nude in Western art, from c. 1400 until the 1530s.

28 February 2019

The Renaissance Nude Explored In New Royal Academy Show

The Royal Academy of Arts is presenting The Renaissance Nude, an exhibition exploring the nude and how it inspired some of the most renowned masterpieces of the western canon.

21 February 2019

Phyllida Barlow vs Elizabethan Treasures – Edward Lucie-Smith

Phyllida Barlow has long been one of the heroines of the professional contemporary art establishment here in Britain

6 February 2019

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Bill Viola: Distraction By Life, Death And Rebirth – Zoltan Alexander

“Such a preachy, pompous show.” – Telegraph. “Viola’s art is dated, dead in the water.“ Guardian.

13 January 2019

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Bill Viola And The Art Of Contemplation – Revd Jonathan Evens

In welcoming Bill Viola’s installations at St Paul’s Cathedral, Mark Oakley noted that: ‘Viola’s art slows down our perceptions in order to deepen them.’

6 January 2019

John Ruskin: 200th Anniversary Celebrated With Year-Long Programme

To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the influential writer, thinker, artist and social reformer John Ruskin (1819 -1900)

31 October 2018

Klimt And Schiele: Naked Social Disruption – Royal Academy – Edward Lucie-Smith

The R.A.’s show of drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, almost all of them loaned by the Albertina Museum in Vienna, arrives at a crucial moment in the long history of visual art.

3 September 2018

Gormley – Barlow And Viola To Spearhead Royal Academy’s 2019 Exhibition Programme

The Royal Academy has announced their exhibition programme for 2019 and it’s a force to be reckoned with.

24 January 2018

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Grayson Perry RA Appointed Coordinator Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018

Grayson Perry RA will be the co-ordinator of the Royal Academy annual Summer Exhibition in June 2018.

22 September 2017

Jasper Johns: Who Am I? A Retrospective By Edward Lucie-Smith 

Often enough in his career, Jasper Johns has issued statements that say in effect: ‘Who am I? The truth is that I don’t think I really know the answer myself.’ Does this retrospective at the R.A. answer the question? Maybe not quite.

1 August 2017

Matisse Cultural Appropriation And His Studio RA Review By Sue Hubbard

The artist’s studio is both a practical workshop and the workshop of the mind, a place of reflection and play, of doubt and hard work. At first a modest collector of modest means, Matisse filled his studio with objects collected on his travels to create a stage-set of languid sensuality, returning to the same paintings, prints, sculptures and textiles for inspiration over and over again like old friends, each time finding new points of stimulation.

30 April 2017

Marguerite Horner Explores Humanity When People Are Faced With Trauma

Marguerite Horner is a doer! She is one of the more active painters on the London art scene today.

27 March 2017

Tate Modern And Royal Academy Visitors Rise By Over A Million

The British Museum was again the most popular visitor attraction in the UK in 2016 for the 10th year running.

26 February 2017

Crash Goes The American Dream c1930 RA Unveil Timely Painting Exhibition

Exhibitions in major galleries are usually planned years ahead. So it is the Royal Academy’s good fortune that their two excellent shows Revolution: Russian Art 1917-32* and American After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s, should be so in tune with the current political zeitgeist.

13 February 2017

Restless Revolutionaries: A Timely Look At Russian Art By Edward Lucie-Smith

The R.A.’s new exhibition, hot on the heels of its magnificent Ab-Ex show, is entitled Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932. That is, it aims to cover what happened in Russian art during the first period of Soviet rule.

3 January 2017

Centenary of the Russian Revolution Marked In New Royal Academy Exhibition

To commemorate the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the Royal Academy of Arts is presenting a new exhibition titled Revolution: Russian Art 1917 – 1932.

14 November 2016

Radical Ensor At The RA – Review By Edward Lucie-Smith

When I visited the Royal Academy’s in many ways excellent new show devoted to the Belgian Symbolist/Expressionist painter James Ensor, I was, much as I enjoyed it, haunted by an uneasy feeling. Not only that I was missing something, but that the curator, the distinguished Belgian contemporary artist Luc Tuymans, had somehow missed something too. Missed it, or averted his […]

22 September 2016

Abstract Expressionism The Dark Triumph Of American Art By Edward Lucie Smith

The new Abstract Expressionism show that just opened in the main galleries of the Royal Academy at Burlington House, is an absolutely splendid affair. If you can only see one exhibition during a day out in London, see this one, and leave Tate Modern on the other side of the Thames to its own populist devices. The range and quality […]

2 September 2016

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Royal Academy Announces Exceptional 2017 Exhibition Programme

The Royal Academy has announced their 2017 exhibition programme, which explores some of the most momentous developments in 20th-century art. In 2017, the epic drama of the Russian Revolution has replayed as well as the intimacy of Henri Matisse’s studio plus detouring along the streets of Depression-era USA. Each time you cross the Annenberg Courtyard and step […]

30 June 2016

David Hockney Portraits: A Panoramic Glimpse Into The Life Of A National Treasure

David Hockney has, after a much reported domestic catastrophe in Bridlington – the untimely death of a young member of his entourage – returned to the peace and quiet of California. He nevertheless remains a British National Treasure. No other British artist enjoys so much affection, combined with real solid celebrity, among his compatriots. The huge turn out for the Private View […]

8 June 2016

Richard Wilson’s Duo Vision Helps Evolve Royal Academy Summer Show 2016

This year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is the 248th edition and opens to the public next week on 13 June.  One of the founding principles of the Royal Academy was to mount an annual exhibition open to all artists in order to finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools.  Accordingly, the Summer […]

16 May 2016

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Yinka Shonibare Unveils New Large-Scale Work At The Royal Academy

A major new large-scale public artwork by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA has been unveiled at the Royal Academy. It wraps around the scaffolding on the façade of Burlington Gardens whilst the building is undertaking a transformative redevelopment in the lead up to the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary in 2018. RA Family Album, 2016, consists of over 160 black […]

14 April 2016

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Royal Academy Elects Olafur Eliasson And Jenny Holzer As Honorary RAs

The Royal Academy of Arts has elected Olafur Eliasson and Jenny Holzer as honorary RAs for 2016. The have also elected Sonia Boyce as a Royal Academician in the category of Painting. International artists Olafur Eliasson and Jenny Holzer have been elected as Honorary Royal Academicians. The Duke of Devonshire and Agnes Gund have been elected as Honorary Fellows. Sonia Boyce RA (born London, 1962) Category of Membership: Painting Sonia […]

13 April 2016

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Clyfford Still Museum Agrees To Loan Royal Academy Nine Iconic Paintings

The Clyfford Still Museum in Denver Colorado has agreed to loan the Royal Academy an unprecedented nine major paintings from the Museum’s collection, for a defining exhibition of Abstract Expressionism, opening September 2016. This will be the first comprehensive survey of the movement to be mounted in Europe in over 50 years. Since opening in November 2011, […]

12 April 2016

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Royal Academy Announces First Major UK Abstract Expressionism Exhibition For Sixty Years

The first major exhibition of Abstract Expressionism to be held in the UK in almost six decades. With over 150 paintings, sculptures and photographs from public and private collections across the world, this ambitious exhibition encompasses masterpieces by the most acclaimed American artists associated with the movement – among them, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, […]

30 December 2015

Top UK Art Exhibitions of 2015 By Sara Faith

My favourite exhibition of 2015 had to be the Richard Diebenkorn at the Royal Academy.  His love of paint, brushstrokes, colour and composition exuded and filled the rooms in the Sackler wing.  So rare to have an exhibition that didn’t have a bad painting in the whole show. This was closely followed by the James […]

31 July 2015

Eileen Cooper : Love, Sex, Motherhood And Family New RA Drawings Exhibition

Eileen Cooper is the first female ever to hold the post of Keeper of the Royal Academy in its 247-year history, a post she has held since 2010 having been elected a Royal Academician in 2000 and as such she has strong ties with the Royal Academ. She also teaches at the RA schools along […]

28 July 2015

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Ai Weiwei Expected To Attend Royal Academy Exhibition In London

The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been granted a visa to travel to Germany. it is now expected that he will be in London ahead of his major exhibition, which opens at the Royal Academy, on the 19 September. Last week police returned his passport after four years of house arrest. The Chinese dissident artist was […]

16 July 2015

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Ai Weiwei And The Royal Academy Mount Major Crowdfunding Initiative

The Royal Academy of Arts and Ai Weiwei have mounted a Kickstarter campaign to enable a huge, site-specific work in the outdoor courtyard in front of the gallery. Eight enormous trees created by Ai Weiwei – each around seven metres tall, clustered around a marble couch – will create an environment in the centre of London for […]

11 May 2015

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Royal Academy Unveils David Chipperfield Redevelopment Design

The Royal Academy of Arts has unveiled designs for a transformative redevelopment which will be completed in time for its 250th anniversary in 2018. The project is supported by a grant of £12.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The designs, by internationally acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield CBE RA, will link Burlington House and Burlington […]

4 January 2015

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Ai Weiwei: First Major Institutional Survey For Royal Academy 2015

In September 2015, hot on the heels of Anselm Kiefer, David Hockney, and Anish Kapoor, the Royal Academy will present a landmark exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician Ai Weiwei. The show is the first significant British survey of his artistic output, and will include major works spanning Ai Weiwei’s career, as well as including […]