The Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition
MOST weeks I pick something that I have available for sale in my shop and tell you the back story behind that painting or artist, but not this week. Last week I wrote about a piece of modern surrealist art by a former police officer, well I have had my own surreal experience this week and I thought I would write and tell you all about it.
A few weeks ago, I was very fortunate to be invited to a preview event for The Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition on Monday evening. I felt very honoured and privileged to be going along to view the pinnacle of what art has to offer in this celebratory year for The Academy before the doors would be opened to the general public.
The exhibition this year has been co-ordinated by one of The Academy’s most flamboyant and vociferous members, Grayson Perry. It was sure to be a spectacle… and it really didn’t disappoint.
We got dressed up in our best bib and tucker and arrived in London at the appointed time to be greeted at the entrance gates by an enormous sculptural piece by Sir Anish Kapoor RA, which was very bright colourful and prompted a huge amount of discussion, which set the tone for the whole exhibition.
Once registered and inside, the display did exactly what I thought it would do – it smacked us right between the eyes with a sea of colour, vibrancy and good taste juxtaposed, at times, with questionable quality that is typical of most things that Grayson
Perry is associated with. If art is supposed to prompt conversation then this exhibition is a sure-fire winner.
There were some stunningly beautiful pieces of work, my personal favourites were A Gothic Tale by Machiko Edmondson and a large portrait entitled Ken Howard OBE RA by Tim Hall, interspersed with some that made you question what you were looking at and some which sparked a mix of strange emotions from confusion to incredulity through to hilarity.
I particularly liked the piece entitled “The Taxonomy of The Cornflake” by Anne Griffiths, which made me laugh out loud, but for the right reasons, which made it very clever in my book and therefore extremely memorable. Of course, there were artists that you would expect to be represented there, such as Banksy, Emin, Perry himself, Howard, Tilson et al, but it was the unexpected artists who won it for me this year.
Pure genius is an impossible thing to quantify and a phrase that is all too often bandied around, but this year, I think this is exhibition is pretty close. S
o full marks to Mr Perry and particularly The Academy for putting on such a spectacular show in this its 250th year. The exhibition is open to the public now and runs until August 19 and I can thoroughly recommend a visit. Tickets are still available from The Royal Academy.
If you are looking for high quality original art at affordable prices then please come along to my showroom at Holme Grange and take a look at my own little exhibition. Alternatively, as advertised in this paper, we now offer a leasing arrangement, so now all of our paintings, can be rented for a small fixed monthly rental fee. All of our great works are available to view, purchase or rent at AntiqArt, the “pre-loved art” gallery at Holme Grange Craft Village or online at www.antiqart.co.uk or call us on 0118 327 5421.