Posts tagged Royal Academy
A Review of Bill Viola at the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Though the curators of the RA’s Michelangelo / Bill Viola exhibition, Live Death Rebirth, frame the show as a ‘conversation’, it unavoidably sets the two artists up for conflict – one that Viola seems fated to lose. Clearly aware of this temptation, the show’s Introduction over justifies; ‘it is [their] commonality, rather than a suggestion that Viola is a “modern Michelangelo” that the exhibition illuminates’.

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A Review of Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Invigorating, intense, emotional, dramatic. The art of Abstract Expressionism that originated in a world reeling from the uncertainty of the postwar years strongly resonates with the chaotic political climate of today. It delivers an inspiring message to the potential creators of today’s culture - where destruction took place in the twentieth century, creativity arose as a confident response, pioneering new techniques 

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A Review of the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London.

Co-ordinated by the sculptor Richard Wilson and described by him as “unpredictable, stimulating and startling”, this year's Summer Exhibition focusses on the importance of artistic partnership. Throughout the galleries, Wilson presents the viewer with the pairing of single pieces of work in an attempt to demonstrate the connection formed through creative dialogue. He seeks to showcase the power of art and its ability to create empathy, as we are reminded that we often observe it from a perspective other than our own.

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The East Wing Biennial at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Set within the Courtauld Institute of Art, Artificial Realities is the twelfth edition of the East Wing Biennial, an iconic contemporary art exhibition in London. For the show artists have been brought together to explore the realm between reality and falsehood. With works by Anthony Gormley, Tracey Emin and Edmund de Waal, the sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations challenge the viewer to explore their own perception of reality. 

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An Interview with the Artist and Curator Andrew Hancock at the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch

Andrew Hancock is a London-based artist and curator. I had the pleasure of interviewing him at the Ace Hotel before a tour of Shoreditch's graffiti. Looking into the the internal mechanisms of the 'art world', he's worked at Christie's, White Cube, The Royal Academy, Frieze Art Fair and Saatchi. In 2013 Andrew co-founded ARTNAKED and became Art ...

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The Ai Weiwei Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London

Described as ‘momentous and moving’ by the Guardian, the cultural phenomena Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at the Royal Academy, London has been the talk of the town. Throughout September, photographs of his crystal Bicycle Chandelier have dominated social media. Given that he’s only just been permitted to travel, excitement was intensified by his march alongside Anish Kapoor in support...

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The Richard Diebenkorn Exhibition at The Royal Academy, London

Richard Diebenkorn is an American modernist whose current retrospective at the Royal Academy has been declared a “blast of fresh air” by the Telegraph. Last exhibited in London at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1991, the time has come for his work to be reconsidered by a new generation. Moving between abstract expressionism, abstraction and figuration, we are swept up in the oeuvre of an artist who embodied the stylistic progression of twentieth-century American art.

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The Anselm Kiefer Retrospective at The Royal Academy, London

Following the annual Summer Exhibition and the Dennis Hopper retrospective it's been an impressive summer for art at the Royal Academy. The subject of their latest retrospective is "the colossus of contemporary art" Anselm Kiefer, the German painter and sculptor who was born in 1945. He illuminates the wonders of human experience by drawing from mythology, history and poetry. Known for his confrontational artwork, he finds inspiration in the holocaust survivor...

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