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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017 Review

June has arrived and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition signals to us the start of the English summer.   The Summer Exhibition has been held every year since 1769 and this year marks the 249th year of its existance.  This year the exhibition has been co-ordinated by the RA’s keeper, the painter Eileen Cooper.

Eileen Cooper’s “Till the Morning Comes”                           © Eileen Cooper

In a time of turmoil and uncertainty the exhibition provides welcome familiarity for visitors.  With so many readily recognisable art and artists on view the RA has curated an excellent and reassuring show which caters for all tastes.

The first piece you see on entering the courtyard is a vibrant and colourful sculpture by the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare – over twenty foot high it provides a bust of colour against the backdrop of the academy and sets the tone for the exhibition.

Yinka Shonibare

Once inside we are treated to works of art by Michael Craig-Martin, Georg Baselitz and Rose Wylie who has an enormous triptych dominating the wall In Gallery III.

Cornelia Parker is this year’s official election artist who is exhibiting several works including a sculptural installation of suspended silver jugs.  She has curated a room with the theme ‘Black and White’ which provides a striking contrast to the riotous pop of colour synonymous with the Summer Exhibition.

We are looking forward to 2018 which will be the 250th Anniversary and are certain that even more stops will be pulled out for the exhibition next year.