13 October 2021

Francis Bacon: RA Show Explores His Fascination With Animals

The Royal Academy of Arts is presenting Francis Bacon: Man and Beast, the first exhibition to chart the development of the artist’s work through the lens of his fascination with animals

21 July 2021

Royal Academy Piccadilly Art Takeover Unveiled – Largest Dame Laura Knight Exhibition – Oscar Murillo  Hackney Secondary School Project

The Piccadilly Art Takeover is a partnership between the Royal Academy of Arts and Art of London along with Westminster City Council and the Mayor of London.

20 July 2021

Michael Armitage And The Power Of Art – Royal Academy – Revd Jonathan Evens 

Meek Gichugu’s No Erotic Them Say, included in this show, traumatised the imagination of Michael Armitage as a child.

23 June 2021

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Royal Academy Backdown Over Jess de Wahls Transphobia Row

The Royal Academy of Arts has backed down and apologised to the German textile artist Jess de Wahls over transphobic row.

24 February 2021

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy – Royal Academy

From June 2021, the Royal Academy of Arts will present David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020

25 November 2020

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Antony Gormley and Martin Gayford Present Visual Culture Throughout History – Edward Lucie-Smith

The big new Thames & Hudson book Shaping the World, by Antony Gormley and Martin Gayford, turns out to be a good deal better than the truly appalling plug for it recently published in The Sunday Times’ Culture Magazines, but it still exhibits a few problems.

8 October 2020

Royal Academy’s Free Of Bombast Summer/ Winter Exhibition  – Sue Hubbard

The Royal Academy Summer Show has an unbroken record. Still, this year, due to the pandemic, it’s being held in the winter rather than the summer

22 September 2020

Royal Academy Contemplates Shedding 150 Jobs Due To COVID Impact

The Royal Academy has announced that they will be entering a period of consultation over staff redundancies at their London gallery. This is due to the impact of COVID on ticket sales, their catering facilities and gift shop. 

12 July 2020

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Gilbert & George Quit Royal Academy Over Cancelled Show

Gilbert & George have quit the Royal Academy over an alleged dispute involving a cancelled show promised before the change over of Administration, last winter. This included the departure of their friend Artistic Director Tim Marlow and the election of Rebecca Salter as new President (PRA).

24 June 2020

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Leonardo’s Last Supper: Is The RA’s Copy Better? – Edward Lucie-Smith

Leonardo’s Last Supper is back on view at the RA. Or at least a copy of it is, made by his pupil Gianpetrino. And to celebrate the event, there’s now a website devoted to it – the copy not the original. You can find it Here

2 April 2020

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Royal Academy Postpones Summer Exhibition Until Autumn

The 252nd Summer Exhibition, at the Royal Academy which was due to open in June, has been rescheduled for autumn 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

22 January 2020

Picasso Exhibition Triumphs With Rarely Seen Works On Paper – Edward Lucie-Smith

Wow! This show is a real blockbuster! Spread out in the main exhibition galleries of the Royal Academy. It gives an excellent idea of who Picasso was, what he did, and why he is so centrally important to the story of Modern and Contemporary art.

5 December 2019

Eco-Visionaries: Moralistic Participation – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Eco-Visionaries show just opened at the Royal Academy, in its new set of galleries (easiest entry via Burlington Gardens) embraces the current fashion for moralistic participation. You don’t just visit an exhibition of this kind – wandering around, taking a look, liking or not liking what you see. You are instead invited to embrace a cause or even a series of causes.

27 September 2019

Rose Wylie RA Picked For Gallery At Windsor Florida Solo Show

Leading British artist Rose Wylie will present an exhibition of paintings and drawings at The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, Florida,

4 July 2019

Felix Vallotton: A Lost Prophet – Royal Academy – Edward Lucie-Smith

Felix Vallotton, the subject of a new exhibition on view now, at the Royal Academy, was a betwixt and between sort of artist. Swiss by birth, he became French.

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.