Royal Academy of Arts

Review: James Ensor By Luc Tuymans, Royal Academy 'Unsettling'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

If I were to describe to you images of animate skulls ravenously tearing apart a herring with their teeth, or a living skeleton in a suit putting the ...

Abstract Expressionism At The Royal Academy

Dan Einav | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dan Einav

Abstract Expressionism is serious, grown-up stuff. It's about existential anxiety and overwhelming emotions. It's about death and the absurdity of lif...

Review: Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy 'Utterly Extraordinary'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Where to begin when you don't know where to begin... Simply put, the Abstract Expressionism show at the Royal Academy of Arts is extraordinary, utterly extraordinary. Wandering around these large galleries - the beautiful high-ceilinged walls smothered, crammed to capacity, with these vast revolutionary canvases - I felt both lost for words and completely overwhelmed.

Dine Art: London's Top Five Gallery Restaurants

Emily Cleary | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Cleary

As any art fan knows, traipsing from gallery to gallery is no walk in the park, and it takes its toll on the legs, and stomach. So here's my pick of the best Gallery Restaurants in London where you can satisfy both eyes and appetite in one go.

Review: David Hockney, Royal Academy 'A Disappointment'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

David Hockney. The man is practically a national treasure so it is with some trepidation, and a heavy heart, that I have to say, I'm not particularly crazy about the new show of his work at the Royal Academy.

Review: Summer Exhibition 2016, Royal Academy of Arts

Victoria Sadler | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

This year, Richard Wilson, the British sculptor and Royal Academician, has coordinated a truly fantastic and exhilarating show full of dynamic, challenging works of a very high quality, and has overseen a layout that showcase them at their best - in galleries with structure and coherence.

Review: In the Age of Giorgione, Royal Academy of Arts 'Revealing'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Who was Giorgione? After all, he's hardly a household name and yet the Royal Academy has opened a new exhibition dedicated to uncovering more about him and his work. Well, this is most definitely a welcome exhibition because Giorgione was a brilliant artist in 16th Century Venice, a prodigy who died too young and whose full potential, sadly, went unfulfilled.

Stunning New Impressionist Art Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts

Victoria Sadler | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Royal Academy of Arts' new blockbuster exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, is a triumph. It examines the role gardens played in Impressionist art and, rightly, frames this genre as radical and innovative.

London's Art Scene 2016: A Month by Month Guide

Kate Gordon | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Kate Gordon

New year: it's the time for re-invention, re-discovery and resolutions. One of our resolutions is always to do more, learn more, see more. What better time than the New Year to take stock, to reflect, and to look forward. This is what we, at London Art Studies, are looking forward to in London in 2016.

Review: Brilliance in Pastels from Jean-Etienne Liotard, Royal Academy of Arts

Victoria Sadler | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Pastels are a nightmare to work with, and they provide a real challenge for artists who want to add delicate details and tones. So how wonderful it is that the Royal Academy has chosen to put on a show on Jean-Etienne Liotard so that more can marvel at how this artist mastered this tricky medium.

Ai Weiwei, Make Political Art, Make Art Politically

Rose Gibbs | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rose Gibbs

If "making art politically" involves employing scores of people to do boring and dangerous work, what makes what Weiwei does significantly different from countless industrialists?

Review, Ai Weiwei, Royal Academy of Arts

Victoria Sadler | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts is a rather sombre affair that brings into sharp focus the scale and impact the Chinese government's attempts at censorship have had on the artist.

Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition

Nicola Shaw | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Nicola Shaw

Amongst the other standout pieces were the coloured walls of the main galleries - the brainchild of the show's coordinator Michael Craig-Martin RA who is known for the very vivid colours in his work.

Review: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts 'A Riot of Colour'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

That great art institution, the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, is with us once again. All its familiar and much loved hallmarks are there, from the mix of emerging and established artists, to the packed walls and galleries. Only this year it all comes with an explosion of colour.

Incredibly Cool Richard Diebenkorn Exhibition at Royal Academy

Victoria Sadler | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Richard Diebenkorn is celebrated as a post-war Master in his native United States - Obama even selected one of his works for the private residence of the White House. In Europe though, he's not that well-known. In fact, the only major solo exhibition of his work was at the Whitechapel Gallery back in 1991.

Rubens Exhibition at Royal Academy Is Very Light on Works from, Well, Rubens

Victoria Sadler | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The name 'Rubens' may be in the title of the exhibition but I counted maybe only about a dozen works from Rubens actually on show. Maybe a few more. What few Rubens works there are though are incredibly impressive.

Top 10 London Art Exhibitions to See in 2015

Victoria Sadler | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

It was a great year for art shows in the capital but, frustratingly, the big exhibitions were dominated by white male artists. So it is with great delight that the calendar for 2015 sees this challenged in a big way. Here is my list of those art exhibitions in London to put in your diary for 2015.

Top 10 Art Shows of 2014

Victoria Sadler | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

There have been some fantastic art exhibitions this year and the popularity of box office draws such as Rembrandt and Matisse warms the heart. However as I compiled this list, I couldn't help but notice that the list is dominated by white men - a sore reminder that diversity and representation remains a challenge that must be addressed...

Exhibition: Giovanni Battista Moroni, Royal Academy of Arts

Victoria Sadler | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Moroni is widely regarded as one of the finest painters of the 16th century, and a critical innovator in portraiture, in particular. Yet his name is not widely known by the general public so this new exhibition at the Royal Academy, the first ever large-scale display of his work outside Italy, is an important contribution in correcting this.

Absent Protests

Rose Gibbs | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Rose Gibbs

Allen Jones' work doesn't really offer us any thing new and further still it rides on the back of the exploitation of women to his benefit. Even more depressingly he seems to have learnt nothing in the past 40 years: his empathetic faculties seem to fail him, as do his technical abilities.

So, What to Make of Allen Jones?

Victoria Sadler | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Allen Jones is considered to be one of the finest pop artists of the 1960s but as creator of pieces such as Chair and Table, where female sex doll figures are contorted into everyday pieces of furniture, have secured him a reputation as a figure of controversy.

Stunning Anselm Kiefer Exhibition at Royal Academy

Victoria Sadler | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Anselm Kiefer is widely considered to be the most influential artist working today. However he is not a household name. With this in mind, this new exhibition at the Royal Academy succeeds in not only showcasing a broad range of Kiefer's extraordinary work, but also in bringing much depth and context to the pieces on show.

Radical Geometry: Sensational South American Art at Royal Academy

Victoria Sadler | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Whatever preconceived ideas you have on 20th Century South American art, prepare to have them thrown out the window in this sensational exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Dennis Hopper: Actor, Director, Firestarter and Photographer

Victoria Sadler | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Dennis Hopper is probably as well-known for his reputation as a hellraiser as he is for his acting and filmmaking. But he was also a wonderfully talented photographer and it's this talent that is the focus of this revealing and surprisingly emotive exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Summer Exhibition 2014, Royal Academy of Arts

Victoria Sadler | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Practically a national institution, the annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts is the world's largest open entry exhibition, which showcases new and recent art from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture.