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Summer Exhibition 2012 at the Royal Academy of Arts.

David Mach RA “Layed Back” © Photo courtesy John Bodkin

Summer Exhibition 2012 at the Royal Academy of Arts.

David Franchi – Saturday, 18th August 2012

“…is a reasonable mix between quantity and quality”

At the Royal Academy of Arts the “Summer Exhibition 2012” ended up with great success. The show has been visited my many people.

The world’s largest open submission contemporary art show was in its 244th year. Though it has been much criticised in the last century, in the last decade “Summer Exhibition 2012” emerged with new ideas and it has acquired again a relevant position. It continued the tradition of showcasing work by both emerging and established artists in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film.

The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually with over 11,000 entries received this year. The Royal Academy exhibition is a reasonable mix between quantity and quality.

The exhibition begins in the Wohl Central Hall, which this year pays homage to “The Red Studio” by

Lisa Milroy RA “Wearable Painting” © Photo courtesy John Bodkin

Matisse. The vibrant gallery provide a backdrop to a selection of paintings whose main concern is colour. Containing a large quantity of smaller paintings, the gallery demonstrates that work of a more modest scale can be as powerful as larger work.

Royal Academician Tess Jaray RA is the co-ordinator for Summer Exhibition 2012. Chris Wilkinson RA and Eva Jiricna RA have curated the architecture gallery of the Summer Exhibition 2012. Their curatorial direction seeks to blur the boundaries between architecture and the fine arts.

Highlights include Room III which is the largest space and a video room dedicated to the work of Jayne Parker and a gallery of Scottish and Irish artists arranged by Barbara Rae RA. Other artists exhibiting this year include Michael Craig-Martin RA, Michael Landy RA, Tracey Emin RA, Ken Howard RA, Anselm Kiefer Hon RA, Raqib Shaw, Calum Innes and Keith Coventry.

Following on from last year’s successful BBC TWO Summer Exhibition Special, the Royal Academy of Arts worked with the BBC once more. ‘The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Culture Show Special with Alastair Sooke’ has been broadcasted on 15th June 2012 on BBC 2.

From 4th June until 12th August 2012.

At the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London.


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August 18, 2012 at 10:27 am

“Celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee” at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Peter Greenham, RA, “Study for a Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen” (1964) © Royal Academy of Arts, London; Ph: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.

“Celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee” at the Royal Academy of Arts.

David Franchi – 12th August 2012.

“The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was settled in grey area”

“Celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee” has been an unusual way to celebrate, at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Throughout 2012 the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries, on 6th February 1952. She is today queen regnant of 16 sovereign states. Queen Victoria is the only other monarch in the histories to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee (1897).

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was settled in grey area. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has been very much rejoiced this year. Any sort of event was created to celebrate Her Majesty. But in the meantime it has been much criticized, for the huge expenditure of money, the inappropriate official- but- informal dinner with many well-known dictators and torturer, and the gawky Government that clumsily in the same week published a report on Britain’s social immobility. And also the Royal Family was on the fire line, for the lack of republicanism, for the credit crunch that hits many families, for their sexual scandals.

Nevertheless, the Diamond Jubilee ended up with an an extra bank holiday on 5th June 2012. Many events were staged in London, including the River Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant held on 3rd June and the Diamond Jubilee Concert, with a preceding afternoon picnic in the palace gardens for the 10,000 concert ticket holders. Street parties were permitted to take place across the country.

At the Royal Academy of Arts, “Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee” finishes today 12th August, proceeding abreast with the end of the Olympic Games storm. This interesting series of displays in the John Madejski Fine Rooms, at the Royal Academy of Arts has been visited very much.

The Royal Academymarked the occasion with a series of displays and events. Peter Greenham’s

Sir Joshua Reynolds, PRA, “Portrait of King George III” (1779) © Royal Academy of Arts, London; Ph. John Hammond

“Study for a Portrait of Her Majesty The Queen” (1964) was on show in the entrance hall, while displays in the John Madejski Fine Rooms celebrated the long-standing connection between the monarchy and the Academy from its foundation in 1768 to the present day.

  • “The Queen’s Artists”, in the John Madejski Fine Rooms.

This display included paintings by Royal Academicians such as Frederick Gore, L. S. Lowry and Ruskin Spear, who were all elected during the early years of the Queen’s reign. Subjects range from Richard Eurich’s fanciful reminiscence of a summer spent in Whitby in 1911 to Carel Weight’s depiction of people observing the two minute silence on Remembrance Sunday.

A fascinating selection of sculptures, paintings and drawings prepared by Royal Academicians for the nation’s coinage and royal seals, on loan from the Royal Mint Museum, was on show in the Saloon. Portraits of the Queen by Edward Bawden and Sir Charles Wheeler, never before shown in public, were exhibited alongside designs by current Royal Academicians James Butler, Tom Phillips and Christopher Le Brun PRA. Sir Anthony Caro’s new coin design for the London 2012 Games was also on show. Supported by the Royal Mint Museum.

  • “The King’s Artists: George III’s Academy”, in the Tennant Gallery.

‘The King’s Artists’ brings to light George III’s instrumental role in the foundation of the Royal Academy in 1768. Included in the exhibition is a newly discovered pencil study by Sir Joshua Reynolds for his grand portrait of the monarch, which is shown for the first time alongside the finished oil painting. Supported by Lowell Libson Ltd, the display continues until 21st October.

  • Jubilee Salons.

To mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Academy of Arts presented a series of salons exploring representations of the Queen and women in power through film, the visual arts, literature, theatre, fashion, and the press. Participants include Diane Abbott MP, Beatrice Behlen, Rosemary Harden, Amy de la Haye, Chris Levine, Hew Locke, Philip Mansel, Paul Moorhouse, Abi Morgan, Austin Mutti-Mewse, Diana Quick, Thomas Struth and Sue Townsend.

Jubilee Salons, from 16th until 25th May 2012.

The Queen’s Artists, from 25th May until 12th August 2012.

The King’s Artists: George III’s Academy, 21st October 2012.

At the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London.

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August 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

“Pause exhibition” from Falmouth University to London.

Ghost Object by Micheal Dryden (2012)

“Pause exhibition” from Falmouth University to London.

David Franchi – 26th July 2012

“is interesting for the passion artists put in doing their works”

Pause Exhibition” opens at Blackall Studios in Shoreditch, London, organized by a collective of fifteen recent graduates of the Fine Art BA Hons course at Falmouth University College.

What is the main issue for a beginner artist today? The lack of everything, except the passion. From Falmouth in Cornwall this collective has decided to move to London to have more opportunities to show their works. They had to raise some money through the internet to finance their very first exhibition: London is expensive and materials too. But they were able to do it.

Pause Exhibition”  is interesting for the passion artists put in doing their works, showing interesting witty ideas. They have come together to showcase their current work in London during summer 2012. It is a challenge to the faltering Olympic Games.

Works on display are a miscellaneous of painting and print, appropriation, animation, sculpture and drawing. Therefore, “Pause exhibition” is an involving range of contemporary artwork. Being a first exhibition of post graduates, the name ‘Pause’ has been chosen because it reflects where the artists are at this point of their lives which means contemplating making art after Falmouth University.

As the Government seems to have forgotten some sectors, this website is very proud to lend a

A particular from a video installation by Ellie Lawlor (2012)

hand – for what it is in our possibilities. “Pause exhibition” is their first exhibition post degree and an impressive first foray into professional art practice.

Pause Exhibition” artists are the following: Reece Balfour, Charlotte Bownass, Norman Buchan, Abi Burt (www.abigailburt.co.uk), Michael Davies (mikedaviestra.blogspot.com), Lizz Dobinson (lizzdobinson.webs.com), Michael Dryden (michaeldrydenart.blogspot.com), Jonathan Gooch, Sophie Ingram (sophieabigailingram.tumblr.com), Hayley Jones, Ellie Lawlor (ellielawlor.blogspot.com), Becky Lewis (beckyart.wordpress.com), Rhys Partridge (rhyspartridge.blogspot.co.uk), Ed Sanders.

Pause Exhibition” is free entrance and a preview can be found at www.pauseshow.co.uk.

At Blackall Studios, Shoreditch, EC2A 4QS, London.

From 4th to 8th August 2012

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August 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm