Royal Academy of Arts

Ai Weiwei, Make Political Art, Make Art Politically

Rose Gibbs | Posted 30.09.2015 | 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 16.09.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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.

Renaissance Impressions: Chiaroscuro Woodcuts Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts

Victoria Sadler | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

You'd expect woodcuts to be quite dry, with the images rigid and lacking in artistic expression but not at all. The technical expertise in the 150 prints the RA has brought together is such that there is great detail in these prints with bodies outlined in curving sculpting lines, and cross-hatchings used for shadow.

Royal Academy, London Summer Exhibition 2013 Review

Victoria Sadler | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

I was surprised, saddened at just how bland the works on show were. There were exceptions (thankfully) but so little of the collection showed any kind of verve, inventiveness or challenging commentary.

Minimalism Latino

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Minimalism has evolved in the last years from a reaction to Abstract Expressionism to a fusion of different art movements such a Conceptualism and Arte Povera and it is becoming more prominent in the Arts scene.

Margaret Harrison's 'On Reflection' and George Bellows: 'Modern American Life'

Dr Michael Petry | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dr Michael Petry

The gentle line of her candy coloured watercolours clash against the harshness of her themes to great effect. She says "The images, which reflect our cultures of masculinity and femininity collide with transgendered realities"...

Pop Artist Who Escaped Nazi Germany Gets London Show

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2013 | Home

The first major exhibition to focus on artist Kurt Schwitters' life in Britain following his escape from Nazi Germany opens this week. Eccentric Ge...

A Queen's Bounty: Original Art By Hockney, Emin And Grayson Perry Gifted To Monarch

Posted 16.02.2013 | Home

Between celebrating her Jubilee, making her acting debut and receiving news of her first great grandchild, 2012 has been a rather splendid year for th...

Royal Academy of Arts 2012 Summer Exhibition: A Controlled Explosion of Colour and Form

Joao Paulo Nunes | Posted 01.08.2012 | Home
Joao Paulo Nunes

In a few days, the Royal Academy of Arts in London will open its doors to showcase its annual Summer Exhibition, the world's largest show of open-submission contemporary art.

Glitter, Parties and Magnificent Curtsies!

Zandra Rhodes | Posted 01.08.2012 | UK Style
Zandra Rhodes

On 23 May, HRH Queen Elizabeth, hosted a party to launch the Diamond Jubilee, intended to be "the most glittering arts event in the history of London" (this turned out to be an understatement), and I was part of the GLITTERATI!!!

Reunited: Hockney And The Queen Meet Again

PA | Posted 22.07.2012 | Home

The Queen will meet David Hockney for the second time in two days during a trip to the Royal Academy of Arts today. The artist will be among those ...

Backstage With David Hockney at A Bigger Picture

Barbara Isenberg | Posted 21.03.2012 | Home
Barbara Isenberg

David Hockney has agreed to a short visit as he supervises installation of his much anticipated landscape exhibition, opening at London's Royal Academy of Arts today (21 January). Not long after the Queen appointed him to the Order of Merit, we sip tea in a private Royal Academy office, looking out on another wet, cold London afternoon.