Go See – London: Royal Academy of Arts 2009 Summer Show Through August 16

June 24th, 2009

Damien Hirst, Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain
Damien Hirst’s Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain, currently showing at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show. via Pinchuk Art Centre.

The Royal Academy of Arts, in collaboration with the BBC, has opened its 241st summer exhibition, showing until August 16.  The show is coordinated by Royal Academicians Ann Christopher, Eileen Cooper, and Will Alsop, and sponsored by Insight Investment.  The Summer Exhibition seeks to encompass a range of works, in all media, by both well-known and emerging artists.  Included are works of photography, sculpture and architecture, printmaking, film, and painting.  This year’s theme, “Making Space,” reflects the inclusive spirit of the exhibition, which the Times has called “the art world’s annual jumble sale.”

Related links:
Summer Exhibition [Royal Academy of Arts]
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2009 at Burlington House W1 [Times Online]
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2009, review [The Telegraph]
RA Summer Show [The Guardian UK]

Bryan Kneale, Triton III
Bryan Kneale’s Triton III, at the Royal Academy Summer Show. via Hart Gallery.

Tracey Emin
A Tracey Emin work at the Royal Academy Summer Show. via adage.com.

Tom Phillips, Wittgenstein's Dilemm
Tom Phillips, Wittgenstein’s Dilemma, at the Royal Academy Summer Show. via cass sculpture foundation.

Cy Twombly, The Rose III
Cy Twombly, The Rose (III), at the Royal Academy Summer Show. via The Guardian UK.

The annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission show.  Featured artists include Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst, Norman Ackroyd and Craigie Aitchison, and even the late Robert Rauschenberg.  Then there are the dark fairy-tales by Tom Hammick, contributed via open submission.

Ann Christopher, White Light

Ann Christopher’s White Light, at the Royal Academy Summer Show. via artnet.

Office, Lynch Architects

Foster's Faustino Winery

Above, three looks at architecture at the Royal Academy Summer Show, via Building Design.  From top, Office, by Lynn Architects; Foster’s Faustino’s Winery; and Pier Gogh’s Canada Water Library model.

- Rivka Fogel