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Summer Exhibition - Royal Academy of Arts

9th Jul 2014

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Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition represents what is happening in the art world right now. New and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture.

Heralding the start of summer, the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission contemporary show, with a tradition of showcasing work by unknown and established artists, side by side, for nearly 250 years. Comprising a range of media from painting to printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film.

This year the Royal Academy received 12,000 entries, from which the hanging committee of Royal Academicians led by Hughie O’Donoghue, the coordinator of the Summer Exhibition 2014, have made a selection to hang on the walls of the Main Galleries in Burlington House. This year for the first time, artists submitted their works digitally for the initial round of judging. Over 1,200 artworks are on display, the majority of which are for sale offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and upand- coming artists.

In the past year, the Royal Academy has elected a record-number of Members, creating a new generation of Royal Academicians. To celebrate this renewal of the Membership, there is a dedicated room displaying works by newly elected Academicians, who include Thomas Heatherwick, Neil Jeffries, Chantal Joffe, Tim Shaw, Conrad Shawcross, Yinka Shonibare, Bob and Roberta Smith and Wolfgang Tillmans and Rebecca Warren amongst others, and also newly elected Honorary Academicians, such as El Anatsui, Marlene Dumas and Rosemarie Trockel.

Other highlights include a room curated by sculptor Cornelia Parker RA. Focusing on the theme of black and white, Cornelia Parker has invited Royal Academicians Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Deacon, Tacita Dean and Michael Landy to exhibit works, as well as other high-profile artists such as Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller, Mona Hatoum, Christian Marclay, Laure Prouvost and David Shrigley. Many of the artists have created new works specifically for this room.

The ever-popular Print Room has been overseen by Royal Academicians Chris Orr and Emma StibbonJohn Maine has arranged a room dedicated to sculpture, and Eric Parry a room for architecture.

The Summer Exhibition 2014 will also feature works in memory of the Royal Academicians John Bellany (1942 – 2013), Sir Anthony Caro (1924 – 2013), Maurice Cockrill (1936 – 2013) and Alan Davie (1920 – 2014). A sculpture entitled Meat Porters, 1959 by Ralph Brown (1928 – 2013) will be on display in the Annenberg Courtyard.

The Royal Academy is open until 10pm on Fridays where you can explore the exhibition with a free guided tour at 7pm [13 June – 15 August], have a drink in the galleries, or stop by the Keeper’s House for dinner... the start to your weekend sorted!

View the Royal Academy's Introduction to the 2014 Summer Exhibition on Vimeo.

View the Royal Academy on Domus Nova's Art & Culture Guide.

Summer Exhibition [09 June - 17 August 2014] at Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J;  



Installation view of Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014 c. Benedict Johnson

Installation view of Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014 c. Benedict Johnson

Installation view of Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014 c. Benedict Johnson

Ceal Floyer, Solo (Edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs), 2006
Microphone stand, hairbrush, 150 x 50 x 50 cm  Photo c. Nick Ash. Courtesy by the Artist and Esther Schipper
Sensing Thought, James Turrell HON RA © James Turrell, Florian Holzherr

Chantal Joffe RA, Red Cape, 2014
Oil on board, 244.5 x 183.4 x 6 cm
c. Chantal Joffe. Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London. Photography: Stephen White

Paula Rego, Prince Pig's Courtship
Lithograph, 95 x 70 x 4 cm
c. Paula Rego. Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London