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From its foundation in 1768 the Royal Academy of Arts has provided a voice for art and artists. We are an independent charity led by eminent artists and architects—the Royal Academicians—and we pursue our mission through exhibitions, education and debate.
As our exhibition of the great portraitist Giovanni Battista Moroni opens, the RA's Charles Saumarez Smith reflects on the experience of having his own portrait painted.
Live art – a medium that grew out of opposition to the art market – now takes pride of place at this year’s Frieze London art fair.
Ahead of an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Fred Cuming RA pays tribute to his work, and his lasting influence.
Academicians from Antony Gormley to Bill Woodrow are on display in Sotheby's annual sculpture show at Chatsworth House.
A quick look at some of the new titles which draw on the connection between art and the written word.
We take a look at the latest work from the President of the RA, whose paintings embrace the transcendent powers of abstraction.
Sam Phillips investigates the six degrees of separation between J.M.W. Turner RA and Hilla Becher's architectural photography.
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.
As a major show of Rembrandt’s late works opens, Bragg considers the artist’s achievement as a consummate witness of life.
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.
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.
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.
With Edinburgh's galleries and museums playing host to over 45 exhibitions this summer, here are our top picks of what not to miss.
As two exhibitions looking at the Ming Empire open in the UK this summer, we look at the wealth of objects in store.
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'.
An exhibition tracks Bridget Riley’s return to the stripe at key points in her career, writes Chris Fite-Wassilak.
The multiple meanings of West’s witty sculptures are unravelled at The Hepworth Wakefield this summer.
Two shows shine a new light on the Dutch modern master's work.
Simon Wilson surveys a slew of shows, in London, Liverpool and Margate, that reveal the changing roles colour has played in art history.
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.
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.
The success of the art historian, particularly as a broadcaster, is more significant than ever, says Christopher Baker.
Architect Trevor Dannatt RA pays tribute to Louis Kahn, whose poetic buildings are celebrated at London’s Design Museum.
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.
Liam Scarlett’s contemporary ballet ‘Sweet Violets’ puts Walter Sickert RA’s fascination with murder centre stage.
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.
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...
This weekend the object takes centre stage at the Saatchi Gallery, as the annual COLLECT art fair gets underway.
The Thai director presents a series of video installations in his first solo show at the gallery.
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.
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...
'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.
We visited the Valerie Snobeck exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery, where a new series of the American artist’s ‘peels’ are on display.
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...
Bailey's latest exhibition, which opened in February at the NPG, has reopened an age-old debate about how what counts as art.
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.
We put the question to Jennifer Zielinska, part of the RA's attRAct programme, and Royal Academician and fine artist Cornelia Parker
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.
Veronese’s dazzling paintings belied the demise of the Venetian empire.
Novelist Tracy Chevalier, who curates a new exhibition of quilts, argues that this traditional activity should be accepted as a contemporary art medium.
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...
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?
Despite endless pronouncements regarding its decline and fall, ice is everywhere – at least in the art world.
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...
A new exhibition at Margate's Turner Contemporary pairs Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler with JMW Turner
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...
Two new exhibitions of war art provide grave testament to the extent of human tragedy in world conflict.
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...