RA Summer Exhibition 2019: Must Go And Must Buy

RA Summer Exhibition has been held every year without interruption since 1769 “open to all artists of distinguished merit” to finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools. As the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show, the Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works to an international audience, comprising a range of media from painting and printmaking to photography, sculpture, architecture and film.


Do I miss the 250th one with bright yellow walls?

Yes I do.



Yet this 251st one coordinated by British painter Jock McFadyen RA is more special with Banksy’s Brexit art work piece “KEEP OU”



And in the sense that “STOLEN THUNDER” is eventually going to an end-game, maybe?



Personally I hate art in an iterated fashion, which is definitely a nightmare for collectors. However this one by Cornelia Parker used to be one of my favourite in the exhibition, seeing its size bigger and bigger was sort of joy until after years and I am getting a bit bored, the same feeling must the artist have I believe. Then I decide to buy one, and wish as it is called “SILENT THUNDER (THE FINAL)”, the last and biggest and most valuable one.

Ignoring my own opinion, there are lot of highlights within the Main Galleries including a ‘menagerie’ in the Central Hall curated by Jock McFadyen RA, with works by artists including Polly Morgan, Charles Avery and Mat Collishaw. Jane and Louise Wilson RA will organise two gallery spaces, one of which will showcase light and time based work. Spencer de Grey RA will curate the Architecture Gallery.



As the Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show, Londoners including myself are very lucky to enjoy a large variety of artworks from over the world. This year the Royal Academy received over 16,000 entries and around 1200 works are displaying and for sale.



And some are NFS (not for sale), so please do not try to approach the artwork sale desk to buy Anselm Kiefer’s new work.



To end, consider using less plastic bags if everyone can because our oceans and fishes are suffering. It is real life, not an arty-farty joke.





Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD



10 June 2019 – 12 Aug 2019

Summer Exhibition is sponsored by Insight Investment

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