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
To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the influential writer, thinker, artist and social reformer John Ruskin (1819 -1900)
31 October 2018
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
The Royal Academy has announced their exhibition programme for 2019 and it’s a force to be reckoned with.
Grayson Perry RA will be the co-ordinator of the Royal Academy annual Summer Exhibition in June 2018.
22 September 2017
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
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 is a doer! She is one of the more active painters on the London art scene today.
27 March 2017
The British Museum was again the most popular visitor attraction in the UK in 2016 for the 10th year running.
26 February 2017
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
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
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
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
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 […]
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 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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Royal Academy of Arts is presenting the first survey of Richard Diebenkorn’s figurative and abstract works to a UK audience in almost twenty-five years. Celebrated as a post-war Master in his native United States, the exhibition will serve as an opportunity to discover the importance of Diebenkorn (1922-1993) within the canon of American painting. Richard […]
Welcome to the Establishment, Mr Jones, you may now safely wheel out your once risqué, now wince-inducing archaic women as furniture. Compare an artwork of the same era which borrowed the fetishistic imagery of Allen Jones’s women clad in bondage gear acting as domestic fittings; Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ approached him to dress the […]
The Margulies Collection in Miami has acquired ‘Die Erdzeitalter’ (Ages Of The World) (2014), the impressive installation that serves as a centerpiece for Anselm Kiefer’s current retrospective at London’s Royal Academy. The show will is the most significant exhibition of the German artist’s work ever held in the UK, spanning his entire 40 year career […]
12 July 2014
The group exhibition Radical Geometry, from the Patricia de Cisneros Collection – at the Royal Academy of Arts, London – explores several of the artistic revolutions in South American art from the 1930s to the 1970s. Highlighting the ideologies that produced geometric abstraction, and the differing artistic manifestos that spanned five Latin American cities, often […]
10 July 2014
Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album is presented by the Royal Academy of Arts and were taken between 1961 and 1967 by the American actor, film director, and artist. These vintage black & white photographs have never been seen in the UK before. Dennis Hopper was not a formally trained artist, but created paintings and assemblages, […]