24 June 2017

The Summer Exhibition

Since 1769, the Royal Academy of Arts has held its Summer Exhibition, the largest open submission exhibition in the world, which today features a vibrant, visual collection of art in all media from artists across the globe.  This year, the committee of 12 academicians - led by Eileen Cooper OBE - reviewed 12,500 digital submissions, shortlisted 2,500 to see in person, and chose the final 1,500 sculptures, neons, paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, models, words and films for inclusion.

Imperial Palace, Tokyo - Robert Walker, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Robert Walker

It's a British institution, and the democratic selection process - anyone is welcome to submit work - provides a platform for young artists, ensures diversity and keeps things fresh every year.  The themes of discovery and new talent means there's no hierarchy: a small black and white print from an unknown photographer sits alongside a colourful large-scale abstract by an up-and-coming artist, next to a more traditional oil landscape from an established painter.  This is the fourth or fifth time I've attended and each year you discover some gems: here are my twelve favourites from the 2017 show.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition runs 13 June-20 August 2017

Flame and Summer - Mali Morris RA, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
Flame and Summer, Mali Morris RA

Afternoon Shade - Beatriz Elorza, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
Afternoon Shade, Beatriz Elorza

To Belong Somewhere, David Remfry RA, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
To Belong Somewhere, David Remfry RA

Yellow Mimosa July 23, 2015 - Donald Sultan, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
Yellow Mimosa July 23 2015, Donald Sultan

Broken Terrain - Emma Stibbon RA, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
Broken Terrain, Emma Stibbon RA

Pacific Coast Highway, George Condo, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
Pacific Coast Highway, George Condo

Red Sea - Barbara Rae RA, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
Red Sea, Barbara Rae RA

Hub 1 - Bill Jacklin RA,  Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
Hub 1, Bill Jacklin RA

The Tide That Laps Against The Shore, Gillian Ayres RA, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
The Tide That Laps Against The Shore, Gillian Ayres RA

Tate Shadow, Simon Lawson, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
Tate Shadow, Simon Lawson

Promenade, Charlie Billingham, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
Promenade, Charlie Billingham
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