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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.
RA Magazine’s Sam Phillips picks 20 of the best Frieze week openings and events.
From the Turner Prize shortlist at Tate Britain to the inaugural exhibition at White Rainbow Gallery, dedicated to Japanese art.
From C.R.W. Nevinson's images of the First World War at Osborne Samuel London, to a new body of work from Kai Althoff at Michael Werner.
Throughout his career, the German artist Anselm Kiefer has confronted the weight of the past and the power of myth on a monumental scale. As the RA stages a major retrospective, Martin Gayford chronicles the e...
Three Royal Academicians – an architect, a sculptor and a painter – respond to memory, mystery and material in the work of Anselm Kiefer.
One of the key moments in modern British art occurred one day in 1965, when Allen Jones RA, then in his late 20s, first stepped inside an American casino. Kelly Grovier spotlights the Pop artist’s first step t...
Ahead of an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Fred Cuming RA pays tribute to his work, and his lasting influence.
From fifteenth century China at the British Museum to Raqs Media Collective's new exhibition at Frith Street Gallery.
A remarkable look into how a chance encounter in 1988 liberated the Academician's painting practice.
Academicians from Antony Gormley to Bill Woodrow are on display in Sotheby's annual sculpture show at Chatsworth House.
An insight into Eddie Chambers's 'Black Artists in British Art: A History from 1950 to the Present', the first comprehensive study on the topic.
A quick look at some of the new titles which draw on the connection between art and the written word.
From two very different exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth to coastline prints by Norman Ackroyd RA at Mall Galleries.
Sam Phillips investigates the six degrees of separation between J.M.W. Turner RA and Hilla Becher's architectural photography.
Known for his colourful urban buildings, the Academician also retreats to paint in his Norfolk studio.
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.
From recent works by Jasper Johns Hon RA to the Frieze Art Fair, we bring you ten essential London exhibition openings for your diary.
The Academician and sculptor finds history repeating itself on reading an illuminating analysis of Britain’s first Afghan war.
From the beginnings of colour photography in Russia to the powerful and poetic portraits of artist Celia Paul.
From a survey of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh at Glasgow's Hunterian to the last days of shows from Sean Scully RA, Phyllida Barlow RA and more.
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 a major Malevich show goes on view, Zaha Hadid RA reveals how her
use of painting and drawing to develop buildings was inspired by the artist.
From marking the centenary of World War I at the Imperial War Museum to Salisbury Cathedral, where John Maine RA's sculptures are set around the grounds.
As an exhibition honouring the British art of the First World War opens at the Imperial War Museum a century after its outbreak, the painter discusses the impact of these works.
The vibrant colours and traditional textiles of Mexico have weaved their way into the painter's recent 'Rebozo' series.
From Dottori's Futurist landscapes at the Estorick Collection to Raven Row, where dancers perform the pioneering works of Yvonne Rainer.
A new book of Norman Ackroyd RA’s watercolours captures the immediacy of the
moment, as the artist explains.
Vivid colours are coupled with formal simplicity in the recent artworks exhibited by Mathew Tom in the RA Schools studios.
As two exhibitions looking at the Ming Empire open in the UK this summer, we look at the wealth of objects in store.
From a showcase of Mayfair galleries to the blurred lines of painting and photography by Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke.
From Quentin Blake's whimsical illustrations to Matthew Barney's surreal films.
Artist John Carter RA explains how his work resonates with Buenos Aires artists in ‘Radical Geometry’.
An exhibition tracks Bridget Riley’s return to the stripe at key points in her career, writes Chris Fite-Wassilak.
Chair of the Friends Board of Trustees Denise Wilson talks to Sam Phillips about her role at the Academy.
Fiona Maddocks meets sculptor and former RA President Phillip King in his
studio in a converted north London factory.
From the NPG's annual BP Portrait Award to Academician Fred Cuming's serene seascapes.
As Marina Abramovic Hon RA's latest performance art piece opens, we spotlight key moments in her career.
Simon Wilson investigates the six degrees of separation between Phyllida Barlow RA and Roubiliac’s portrait busts.
Two Academicians take the rare step of showing alongside their partners this summer, reports Richard Cork.
The multiple meanings of West’s witty sculptures are unravelled at The Hepworth Wakefield this summer.
Dennis Hopper was the epitome of 1960s American counter-culture. As an exhibition of the actor and director’s photographs comes to the RA, Jonathan Romney assesses this diverse body of work to reveal an astute...
Two shows shine a new light on the Dutch modern master's work.
How does an art movement travel to a new continent? As the RA’s ‘Radical Geometry’ opens, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro maps the cultural and political changes that were crucial to the development of abstraction in S...
As students from the RA Schools prepare for their final show, what are their feelings about leaving after three intensive years of study? Some of them discuss the issues they face with Schools tutor Brian Grif...
Simon Wilson surveys a slew of shows, in London, Liverpool and Margate, that reveal the changing roles colour has played in art history.
The RA is curating a major exhibition in Istanbul of prints and paintings by Stephen Chambers, including his giant screen print shown at the RA in 2012, writes Emma Hill.
Can an establishment institution like the Royal Academy be a radical force? As this year’s Summer Exhibition focuses on an influx of newly elected Royal Academicians, Ben Luke puts the question to Members old ...
How does the RA ensure the works of art it borrows remain in exemplary condition? Eleanor Mills charts the conservation challenges of bringing the woodcut prints in ‘Renaissance Impressions’ to the UK.
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.
From Lucian Freud’s superb collection of Frank Auerbach works to a survey of recent American abstract art.
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.
Continuing our series on artists’ epiphanies, Sam Phillips visits the Welsh beach that transformed Setch's art.
Architect Trevor Dannatt RA pays tribute to Louis Kahn, whose poetic buildings are celebrated at London’s Design Museum.
From everyday design to the painterly abstraction of Richard Smith's works on paper.
Liam Scarlett’s contemporary ballet ‘Sweet Violets’ puts Walter Sickert RA’s fascination with murder centre stage.
From the latest Artangel commission to the history of British comics.
As exceptional examples go on display in ‘Renaissance Impressions’, printmaker Anne Desmet RA reveals the story behind this pivotal development and discusses why these rare prints continue to dazzle us today.
Inspired by our ‘Renaissance Impressions’ exhibition, Stephen Chambers RA decided to create his own chiaroscuro woodcut. Here he shares his discoveries and includes his step-by-step guide.
As Tate Modern mounts a major show of Matisse’s cut-outs, painter Mali Morris RA pays tribute to the artist’s directness, inventiveness and exuberance
As the V&A explores the influential career of William Kent this season, we explore three works that testify to the abiding achievements of 18th-century Britain’s most versatile artist and designer.
In the first of a new series on artists’ epiphanies, Tess Jaray RA reveals three turning points in her understanding of art.
War, terror and human conflict pervade the art of new RA sculptor Tim Shaw, whose first major solo show opens in Birmingham.
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...
Fragrance designer Jo Malone has a nose for architecture as well as scent, as we discovered on a visit Kengo Kuma’s aromatic installation in our ‘Sensing Spaces’ exhibition.
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.
How do buildings make us feel? In the RA’s ‘Sensing Spaces’ exhibition, leading international architects build extraordinary new structures in the Academy’s galleries for visitors to explore. Jay Merrick respo...
Introducing the architects taking part in 'Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined'.
The RA's Australia show has three rooms dedicated to Aboriginal art. Wally Caruna celebrates this rich vein of indigenous culture by exploring a key work in the show that evokes the ancestral origins of the gr...