The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition divides opinions in the art world. The RA describes it as a 'unique window onto all areas of the contemporary art world', with the Independent calling it a ‘Glorified Car Boot Sale’
However, for the casual art gallery goer like Me, I think it's the perfect exhibition.
The whole exhibition is curated in a way that you can flow through the exhibition any way you please. It's bright, airy and colourful, with the art organised into loose themes. Some rooms are packed floor to ceiling with work and others are a bit more spacious. There are over 1000 pieces of work so you're bound to find a few things you like. There's painting, photography, sculpture, video, architecture, and even some crochet. Yes, the work is relatively crowded in places, but I see this exhibition as a part of way to seek out new artists you like (or if to have a spare £30,000 in your pocket maybe to buy).
It's very hard to pick 6 pieces that sum up the exhibition, seeing as it's all so very different. Instead of picking my favourite 6 pieces, I've decided to do it a little more randomly. To pick these top six, I flipped through the guide book, picked the pieces with the most interesting names. I'm sure that's how all art critics do it.
'YOU CAN'T FIRE A CANON FROM A ROWING BOAT' by Christine Stark
'ICAEW FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING PAGE 587 INTERACTIVE QUESTION 2: COMPLETE DISPOSAL' by Michael Zhang
'COFFEE POT HIT WITH A MONKEY WRENCH'
by Cornelia Parker
'GOLDEN WASP GAME #3'by Mike Chisholm
'UNTITLED FROM TALKING TO ANTS'
by Stephen Gill
'SHE PRICKED HER FINGER CUTTING THE CLOUDS'
by Fiona Rae
Is this the art or is the art covered up?! (Knowing the RA I wouldn't put it past them to feature a white cloth with a sign on it as art!)
In conclusion The RA summer exhibition is amazing for anyone who has the slightest interest in art. The exhibition has so much art, you're bound to find something you like. The building itself is even beautiful to look at.
For more info visit the +Royal Academy of Arts site here.