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Blinded by the Light: Myths and Visions of the Australian Landscape

by Marianne Templeton
Landscape is the fallback motif for curators and critics striving to bind together a disparate, difficult assortment of Indigenous and post-colonial works under the banner of 'Australian art'. It dominates the representation of Australia to an international audience in not only the visual arts, but also literature, film, and the tourism industry. The Royal Academy has also chosen this well-traversed route for its 200-strong exhibition of (mostly) paintings from the Great Southern Land. A theme... [more]
Posted by Marianne Templeton on 10/2/13

David Hockney at the Royal Academy

by Char Jansen
If art is considered in terms of culture, this new presentation of works by David Hockney at the Royal Academy excels at it. With a host of new paintings created specially for this major exhibition, alongside work from five decades in Hockney’s illustrious and prolific career, this is an obsessive ode to the English countryside –  and specifically, the Yorkshire Wolds. The RA was in reportedly poor health before its blockbuster Anish Kapoor exhibition of 2009, and it seems determined ever... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 1/28/12

Eyewitness - Hungarian Photography

by Laura Bushell
Asked to define what makes a great photographer, Robert Capa famously replied that, “It's not enough to have talent, you also have to be Hungarian.” And there’s some truth in it. Even a cursory inspection of the most influential photographers in world history turns up a remarkable number of Hungarians, whose aesthetic and innovations influenced every facet of the medium from war reporting to fashion photography to artistic abstraction. When you consider how deeply ingrained the photographic... [more]
Posted by Laura Bushell on 7/17/11

Modern British Sculpture

by Mike Tuck
          Modern British Sculpture at the RA is a show that has been discussed heavily in the weekend press from the point of view of who is included and who is left out. Hepworth, we are told is hot, and Kapoor and Gormley are decidedly not. From the off we are left in no doubt about the overarching importance of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore in the story of British sculpture. When one first enters the exhibition one could be forgiven for thinking you were in a gallery at the  British... [more]
Posted by Mike Tuck on 2/6/11

GSK Contemporary: Aware

by Alex Field
  There are many that argue that art is elitist; a medium enjoyed only by those specifically educated to decipher and appreciate it, or sufficiently “cultured” to willingly choose paintings and sculpture over pursuits with more mass-appeal.  These sceptics are right in that whilst art is available to everyone, not everyone is interested, and by default this makes art the premise of the few rather than the many.  On the other hand, being able to wander around the Royal Academy on a Sunday... [more]
Posted by Alex Field on 1/23/11

Sargent and the Sea

by Gary McLeod | Visual Artist
        According to the Royal Academy, seafaring was in John Singer Sargent's blood and he "tested the boundaries of marine art". It is with this claim that the Academy has set up Sargent's relationship with the sea. As the title of the show suggests, the exhibition aims to demonstrate the role the sea played in Sargent's early development as a painter, and while it successfully traces a common motif throughout his life, the exhibition overplays its own title and perhaps overlooks an even... [more]
Posted by Gary McLeod | Visual Artist on 8/1/10

Anish Kapoor at Royal Academy of Arts

As the first living artist to land a solo show at the Royal Academy, Anish Kapoor’s self-appellated show is an incredibly daring, sensory, and truly contemporary display of the artist’s oeuvre and sculpture today. Whilst you endure the overwhelming queues outside, the jagged tower of shiny metal spheres, - a new sculpture provided for the exhibit - whets your appetite for the ensuing unctuous crimson wax and grey sludge and slither, spliced with wide concave and convex surfaces of mammoth... [more]
Posted by R Jh on 10/12/09

Boisterous, Engaging and Devastating

by Andrew Roberts
  Having never been to the Royal Academy of Arts before I was alarmed at quite how unwelcoming the entrance and ticket room is; however, do persevere through the initial battle just to enter the gallery as what lies ahead is a real treat! It is immediately clear that this season of exhibitions and performances is a vivacious accumulation of important artists that are intelligently expanding the parameters of the contemporary art scene. is boisterous, humorous, engaging and emotive. is The... [more]
Posted by Andrew Roberts on 12/22/08
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