Opinion

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Opinion 3d ago

The elusive inspiration of John Constable RA

Ahead of an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Fred Cuming RA pays tribute to his work, and his lasting influence.

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Opinion 5d ago

'Beyond Limits' at Chatsworth House

Academicians from Antony Gormley to Bill Woodrow are on display in Sotheby's annual sculpture show at Chatsworth House.

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Opinion 7d ago

New books bring artists and writers together

A quick look at some of the new titles which draw on the connection between art and the written word.

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Opinion 12d ago

Painting the mystery

We take a look at the latest work from the President of the RA, whose paintings embrace the transcendent powers of abstraction.

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Opinion 12d ago

Connecting the English Romantic tradition with minimalist photography in six steps

Sam Phillips investigates the six degrees of separation between J.M.W. Turner RA and Hilla Becher's architectural photography.

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Opinion 24d ago

Are high prices good for art?

Georgina Adam says that the money has allowed artists and art lovers new opportunities, while J.J. Charlesworth argues that high prices have turned artworks into investments.

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Opinion 25d ago

Melvyn Bragg on his love of Rembrandt

As a major show of Rembrandt’s late works opens, Bragg considers the artist’s achievement as a consummate witness of life.

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Opinion 25d ago

Egon Schiele: The body electric

Although their erotic and existential angst once fell foul of public taste, Egon Schiele’s nudes have stood the test of time, argues Simon Wilson.

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Opinion 1mth ago

Gego: rediscovering an extraordinary artist

As a new exhibition of her work opens at the Henry Moore Institute, 'Radical Geometry' co-curator Adrian Locke discusses the work of Gertrude Goldschmidt.

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Opinion 1mth ago

A betrayal of trust? The Warburg Library under threat

One of the the world’s foremost academic resources, London’s Warburg Institute Library, is under threat, 80 years after being saved from the Nazis. Martin Kemp argues vehemently for its survival.

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Opinion 2mth ago

Highlights from the Edinburgh Art Festival

With Edinburgh's galleries and museums playing host to over 45 exhibitions this summer, here are our top picks of what not to miss.

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Opinion 3mth ago

'Ming: The Golden Empire' opens at National Museums Scotland

As two exhibitions looking at the Ming Empire open in the UK this summer, we look at the wealth of objects in store.

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Opinion 3mth ago

What makes a city work?

Imogen Willetts, of the RA's Architecture Programme, reports on our recent event in which Charles Leadbeater discusses his book 'The London Recipe: How Systems and Empathy make the City'.

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Opinion 3mth ago

Bridget Riley at David Zwirner

An exhibition tracks Bridget Riley’s return to the stripe at key points in her career, writes Chris Fite-Wassilak.

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Opinion 3mth ago

Think pink: Franz West at The Hepworth Wakefield

The multiple meanings of West’s witty sculptures are unravelled at The Hepworth Wakefield this summer.

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Opinion 3mth ago

Mondrian squared

Two shows shine a new light on the Dutch modern master's work.

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Opinion 4mth ago

Four major exhibitions with colour at their core open this summer

Simon Wilson surveys a slew of shows, in London, Liverpool and Margate, that reveal the changing roles colour has played in art history.

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Opinion 4mth ago

Inside Story: Bill Viola

The pioneering video artist talks to Laura Gascoigne about mystery, compassion and sacrifice in art, as the first of his two altarpieces commissioned by St Paul’s Cathedral goes on permanent display.

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Opinion 4mth ago

Should there be positive discrimination towards female artists?

Eileen Cooper RA and Helena Morrissey discuss whether art institutions need to prioritise women to achieve gender equality or whether positive discrimination is counter-productive.

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Opinion 4mth ago

Kenneth Clark: A return to Civilisation

The success of the art historian, particularly as a broadcaster, is more significant than ever, says Christopher Baker.

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Opinion 4mth ago

Louis Kahn at the Design Museum

Architect Trevor Dannatt RA pays tribute to Louis Kahn, whose poetic buildings are celebrated at London’s Design Museum.

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Opinion 4mth ago

Win tickets to one of our ‘Looking at London’ events

What's your favourite view of the city? In celebration of our 'Looking at London' series, we're launching a competition for your best photos of the capital.

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Opinion 4mth ago

Walter Sickert on stage at the Royal Opera House

Liam Scarlett’s contemporary ballet ‘Sweet Violets’ puts Walter Sickert RA’s fascination with murder centre stage.

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Opinion 4mth ago

Geometry at the limit

As the RA prepares for an exhibition of 20th Century geometric abstraction in Latin America, a recent show in Buenos Aires reveals its legacy lives on.

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Opinion 4mth ago

Body and Void at The Henry Moore Foundation

A new exhibition juxtaposing the works of Henry Moore with those of Antony Gormley RA, Richard Deacon RA and Anish Kapoor RA, among others, shows the enduring influence of one of Britain's most iconic sculptor...

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Opinion 5mth ago

Colour and commodity at COLLECT

This weekend the object takes centre stage at the Saatchi Gallery, as the annual COLLECT art fair gets underway.

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Opinion 5mth ago

Apichatpong Weerasethakul at Anthony Reynolds Gallery

The Thai director presents a series of video installations in his first solo show at the gallery.

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Opinion 5mth ago

The forces shaping London’s skyline

In light of the recent launch of the ‘Skyline’ campaign and the publication of the Farrell Review, Owen Hopkins discusses the effects on London of the deficiencies of our current planning system.

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Opinion 5mth ago

Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America

The Saatchi Gallery's latest exhibition brings together the work of 16 contemporary South American and African artists, connecting the two continents by reminding us of the supercontinent they once comprised o...

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Opinion 5mth ago

Wandering Words

'Sensing Spaces' was a transformative exhibition for the RA in lots of ways and from the beginning we wanted to break new ground in the types of events we organised for it.

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Opinion 6mth ago

Valerie Snobeck at Simon Lee

We visited the Valerie Snobeck exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery, where a new series of the American artist’s ‘peels’ are on display.

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Opinion 6mth ago

Reimagining Mayfair

In partnership with the Architects’ Journal, we are launching an open call for architect-led teams to put forward bold new ideas for reimagining the area of Mayfair directly to the north of our Burlington Gard...

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Opinion 6mth ago

Stargazing

Bailey's latest exhibition, which opened in February at the NPG, has reopened an age-old debate about how what counts as art.

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Opinion 7mth ago

In the Company of the Courtesan

Beth Schneider, Head of Learning, delves between the pages of ‘In the Company of the Courtesan’ by Sarah Dunant, our RA Book Club novel of the month.

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Opinion 7mth ago

Will there be fewer fine artists in the future?

We put the question to Jennifer Zielinska, part of the RA's attRAct programme, and Royal Academician and fine artist Cornelia Parker

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Opinion 7mth ago

RA down under

Charles Saumarez Smith, our Secretary and Chief Executive, was recently in Australia to visit 'Genius and Ambition', an exhibition of works from our collection on show at Bendigo Art Gallery.

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Opinion 7mth ago

Trading in splendour

Veronese’s dazzling paintings belied the demise of the Venetian empire.

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Opinion 7mth ago

The craft that is now art

Novelist Tracy Chevalier, who curates a new exhibition of quilts, argues that this traditional activity should be accepted as a contemporary art medium.

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Opinion 7mth ago

Cool, calm and collected

Why do artists collect art? We posed the question to artist collectors Damien Hirst, Tom Phillips RA, Howard Hodgkin and Georg Baselitz Hon RA, whose chiaroscuro prints are included in the ‘Renaissance Impress...

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Opinion 7mth ago

How do you make an architecture exhibition?

This is a question that has vexed countless curators over the decades. For an exhibition of art, it’s seemingly obvious. But what does this mean when you're presenting the work of an architect?

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Opinion 8mth ago

Out of Ice

Despite endless pronouncements regarding its decline and fall, ice is everywhere – at least in the art world.

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Opinion 8mth ago

Martin Creed: What’s the point of it?

Deafened by a choir of incessant metronomes, almost decapitated by a huge swinging sign shouting ‘mothers’, nearly floored by a leather sofa blocking the entrance – the first three seconds of the Hayward Galle...

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Opinion 8mth ago

Making Painting

A new exhibition at Margate's Turner Contemporary pairs Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler with JMW Turner

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Opinion 8mth ago

The hottest tickets for 2014

London plays host to some giants of the art world over the next year. The Chairman of the RA’s Exhibition Committee, Stephen Farthing RA, picks his top five upcoming shows and celebrates innovations born of gr...

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Opinion 8mth ago

Lest we forget

Two new exhibitions of war art provide grave testament to the extent of human tragedy in world conflict.

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Opinion 9mth ago

Dennis Oppenheim and Stephen Cripps

This autumn the Henry Moore Institute combines an exhibition of works by renowned American performance artist Dennis Oppenheim (1938 – 2011) with a display of archival material from lesser-known British artist...