RA SUMMER EXHIBITION

IMG_20180808_145651861‘Expanded Narcissistic Envelope’, Toby Ziegler

Only a week left to visit the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which is the best I have ever seen. It was co-ordinated by Grayson Perry and reflects his wit, irony, topical interests and attention to the vernacular. The older generation, exhibiting for fifty years, are there – Hockney, Tilson, Allen Jones, Antony Green and others – and there is the usual sprinkling of amateurs, some of whom have almost no artistic ability.  Among the clever and the weird there are conventional paintings that might have been exhibited a hundred years ago.

This is the largest ever summer exhibition, the selectors considering 20,000 submitted works and choosing almost 1,400. They are spread throughout Burlington House, including the recent development which allows you into the RA Schools. All the exhibits are online, but this is my personal selection.

228 Scream‘Scream’, Sophie Jansson

artwork_52026_1_disp‘The Bored Horse’, Henry Bateman.
Who chose this?  Indeed – who bought it?

artwork_66637_1_full farage - 260‘Nigel Farage MEP’, David Griffiths.
Devotional but does not capture the subject.

artwork_67067_1_full fortitude parkhouse‘Fortitude’, Sarah Parkhouse.
Hung high in the gallery but the first work you see.

franz hals embodiment - anastasia belous‘Franz Hals Embodiment’, Anastasia Belous.
One of the works in the show that make you wonder, what is the point of art?

Gallery IIIGallery III, hung by Grayson Perry.

Gloria Neave - Mrs Margaret Neave”Mrs Margaret Neave’, Gloria Neave.
Another of the traditional portraits in the show.

grayson perrriesA selection of the many, less conventional, portraits of Grayson Perry.

Heather Nevay - The Party‘The Party’, Heather Nevay.
Reminiscent of Richard Dadd and the Brotherhood of Ruralists. Creepy.

IMG_20180808_150046949_BURST000_COVER_TOP‘Untitled (Triste), Charles Avery

IMG_20180808_154419075‘Libby Heart’, Sophie Dury

IMG_20180808_150158552‘Star Cluster’, John Maine

unasfhsg‘Unfaffordable Housing’, Carl Godfrey. ‘The All-Seeing’, Richard C. Smith

artwork_63438_1_full okun‘A Man and a Woman’, Sasha Okun

IMG_20180808_155045162‘The Inspection: Kim Jong Un & Kim Jong Il Inspecting Lady Gaga’s Homage to Duchamp Urinal’, David Axtell

john wragg girl in the black dress‘Girl in the Black Dress’, John Wragg

len grey - no 222
‘Good Morning, Mr Corbyn. How are the Speed Trials Going?’ Len Grey

mach burlington ho‘The Battle of Burlington House’, David Mach

mark denton rollers‘Rollers’, Mark Denton.
A subversion of Tretchikoff’s ‘Balinese Girl’, now collectable because of its kitchiness.

martin cox afternoon at the angel‘Afternoon at the Angel’, Martin Cox

peter jones bunny‘Bunny’, Peter Jones.
Something always unnerving about dolls and pictures of bunny rabbits.

sharon wilson cabinet membersYet Sooty glove puppets are not in the slightest bit unnerving.
‘Cabinet Members’, Sharon Wilson.

taxonomy‘The Taxonomy of the Cornflake’,  Anne Griffiths.
A bizarrely autistic classification of cornflakes, accompanied by a text that analyses size, shape, edge formation, make, and so on.

rego - human cargo - detail‘Human Cargo’ (detail), Paula Rego.
One panel of a triptych, the most powerful and serious work in the show.