August 2014


Artists 1d ago

In Memoriam: Alan Davie RA

The Academician's art dealer and lifelong friend remembers a life well lived.


Artists 1d ago

In the studio with Will Alsop RA

Known for his colourful urban buildings, the Academician also retreats to paint in his Norfolk studio.


Opinion 2d 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.


Article 3d ago

Remembering Sir Philip Dowson PRA

A few personal notes on a fellow architect and mentor by Sir Michael Hopkins RA.


Article 9d ago

Contemporary calendar: Autumn 2014

From recent works by Jasper Johns Hon RA to the Frieze Art Fair, we bring you ten essential London exhibition openings for your diary.


Our Collection 9d ago

In pictures: restoring a national treasure

Behind the scenes with the conservators working on our Maclise cartoon.


Artists 10d ago

Art Party: coming to a cinema near you

A new film by Bob and Roberta Smith RA and Tim Newton has its first screening at the RA.


Artists 13d ago

Michael Sandle RA on William Dalrymple’s book 'Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan'

The Academician and sculptor finds history repeating itself on reading an illuminating analysis of Britain’s first Afghan war.


Artists 13d ago

Behind the scenes: Anselm Kiefer's studio at Barjac

In the lead-up to his major RA exhibition this autumn, we take a look inside the artist's huge "gesamtkunstwerk" in the south of France.


RA Exhibitions 16d ago

Curator Petra Giloy-Hirtz picks her top works in 'Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album'

The exhibition curator highlights four moments of 1960s America immortalised through Hopper's unique photographs.


Inside the Academy 19d ago

RAted open call 2014

How would you like to make the leap from Etsy and creative fairs to the shelves of the Royal Academy?


Artists 19d ago

Our picks from the A-level Summer Exhibition Online

As the exhibition draws to a close, we asked three RA members of staff to select their highlight.


RA Exhibitions 19d ago

Summer Exhibition Edit: Amber Jane Butchart

We’ve challenged three guest speakers to choose the five works in this year’s Summer Exhibition that intrigue them the most. Fashion historian and DJ Amber Jane Butchart guides us through her favourite works.


RA Exhibitions 19d ago

Summer Exhibition Edit: Will Gompertz

We’ve challenged three guest speakers to choose the five works in this year’s Summer Exhibition that intrigue them the most. BBC’s Arts Editor Will Gompertz attempts to narrow down his top picks from the pleth...


Inside the Academy 19d ago

Getting creative with Summer Exhibition art trays

Summer holiday fun for tiny Turners and kid Constables.


RA Exhibitions 20d ago

Summer Exhibition Edit: Susie Allen

We’ve challenged three guest speakers to choose the five works in this year’s Summer Exhibition that intrigue them the most. Curator Susie Allen guides us through her picks, which all relate to the concept of ...


Opinion 23d 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.


Inside the Academy 23d ago

RA exhibitions: reflecting a world at war

As the conflict continued, the Royal Academy adapted its exhibition programme to support the war effort.


RA Recommends 23d ago

Art outdoors: public art to see this summer

We're taking a break from our regular format and stepping outside the gallery walls for a special summer issue of RA Recommends.


Opinion 23d 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.


Inside the Academy 24d ago

Consequences of war

The First World War took a heavy toll on the Royal Academy's artists, staff and students - and left indelible scars on our building.


Our Collection 24d ago

Object of the Month: August 2014

Taken from one of the artist's sketchbooks, this captures the Italian town of Nonantola just prior to the beginnings of the First World War.


Our Collection 24d ago

Artist of the Month: August 2014

George Clausen is remembered for the range of his remarkable accomplishments, both as an artist and as a dedicated Member of the RA.


Inside the Academy 25d ago

Dazzle ships and the Royal Academy

How the RA played a role in the development of a dazzling new form of camouflage.


Inside the Academy 26d ago

The Royal Academy joins the war effort

With volunteers drilling in the courtyard and the Red Cross taking over the galleries, the RA soon found itself at the centre of the war effort.


Inside the Academy 27d ago

4 August 1914: the declaration of war

A snapshot of the Royal Academy on 4 August 1914, with the country poised on the brink of war.


RA Recommends 29d ago

Our pick of this week's art events: 1 - 7 August

From the beginnings of colour photography in Russia to the powerful and poetic portraits of artist Celia Paul.


RA Exhibitions 1mth ago

Curator Adrian Locke picks his top five works in 'Radical Geometry'

'Radical Geometry' is now in full swing and with such a wealth of inspiring works on view, we asked co-curator Adrian Locke to choose his favourites.

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July 2014


Inside the Academy 1mth ago

Lights Out at the RA: commemorating the First World War

We're joining in with a national moment of reflection on Monday 4 August.


Artists 1mth ago

Richard MacCormac RA remembered

People from around the RA pay tribute to leading architect Sir Richard MacCormac, who has died aged 75 following a long illness.


Artists 1mth ago

10 minutes with... Cathie Pilkington RA

Each month, we have a quick chat with one of our Academicians to find out what they're up to and what the RA means to them.


RA Recommends 1mth ago

Our pick of this week's art events: 25 - 31 July

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.


Inside the Academy 1mth ago

London in black and white

Inspired by 'Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album', a crowd of teenagers from the RA’s youth programme attRAct took to the streets of Soho to document the city.


Opinion 1mth 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.


Artists 1mth ago

Zaha Hadid RA on the influence of Malevich in her work

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.


Inside the Academy 1mth ago

Uncovering Beguiling Books

Ever wondered how we plan for our monthly Family Studios? Book artist Anna Nunhofer takes us behind the scenes of the Learning department as she prepared for July’s workshop ‘Beguiling Books’.


RA Exhibitions 1mth ago

Summer Exhibition 2014: First time exhibitors

Six of the artists from this year's Summer Exhibitions share their thoughts on being selected for the first time.


RA Recommends 1mth ago

Our pick of this week's art events: 18 - 24 July

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.


Artists 2mths ago

Hughie O’Donoghue RA contemplates art of the First World War

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.


Our Collection 2mths ago

James Ward RA's 'Defence of the Beard'

A small pamphlet, discovered deep within our archives, shows that the beard as the defining feature of hipster facial fashion has been around longer than you might think.


Inside the Academy 2mths ago

School’s out for the summer

Looking for ways to keep your kids interested this summer? Why not try a visit to the Summer Exhibition, a perfect opportunity to introduce children to art.


Artists 2mths ago

David Remfry RA’s watercolours at Fortnum & Mason

Painter Mick Rooney RA gives his own inimitable take on David Remfry RA’s witty watercolours, a new installation in the department store’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.


Artists 2mths ago

The fruits of Barbara Rae RA's recent travels go on display

The vibrant colours and traditional textiles of Mexico have weaved their way into the painter's recent 'Rebozo' series.


Inside the Academy 2mths ago

Accessing art: SEN family workshops

Claire Madge observes a family SEN (Special Educational Needs) workshop at the RA.


RA Exhibitions 2mths ago

Peter Fonda in Conversation

In celebration of the RA's exhibition 'Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album', the BFI hosted a special event with Peter Fonda.


RA Recommends 2mths ago

Our pick of this week’s art events: 11 - 17 July

From Dottori's Futurist landscapes at the Estorick Collection to Raven Row, where dancers perform the pioneering works of Yvonne Rainer.


RA Exhibitions 2mths ago

Carlos Cruz-Diez in conversation

The legendary Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez discusses his experiments with colour and movement, and how he engages viewers with his art.


Artists 2mths ago

Norman Ackroyd RA discusses his watercolours

A new book of Norman Ackroyd RA’s watercolours captures the immediacy of the moment, as the artist explains.


RA Exhibitions 2mths ago

A look inside 'Radical Geometry'

Explore some of the highlights in our exhibition of groundbreaking abstract art from 20th-century South America


Artists 2mths ago

Mathew Tom & the RA Schools Starr Fellowship

Vivid colours are coupled with formal simplicity in the recent artworks exhibited by Mathew Tom in the RA Schools studios.


Opinion 2mths 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.


Inside the Academy 2mths ago

Francis Kéré’s straws travel to Sierra Leone

Rebecca Milling describes the story of how straws from our 'Sensing Spaces' exhibition travelled to Swawou Layout Foundation Primary School for Girls, Sierra Leone.


RA Recommends 2mths ago

Our pick this week’s art events: 4 - 10 July

From a showcase of Mayfair galleries to the blurred lines of painting and photography by Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke.


Inside the Academy 2mths ago

Out and about with the Friends of the RA

Friends Events Coordinator Courtney Cooke explains how her team formulates ideas for events, and how you can join us on one of these exclusive trips.


Our Collection 2mth ago

RA Collection acquires first film work

The film 'Love has no reason' by RA Schools graduate Julie Born Schwartz has been added to the Royal Academy's historic Collection.


Opinion 2mth 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'.


Our Collection 2mth ago

Artist of the Month: July 2014

As a flamboyantly self-styled "working-class cockney", Ruskin Spear RA found subjects for painting in the pubs, snooker halls and streets of Hammersmith, Fulham, Shepherd's Bush and Chiswick.


Our Collection 2mth ago

Object of the month: July 2014

These two canvases are a study for a panoramic work, 'A Closer Grand Canyon', which was made up of 96 individual canvases and painted in 1998.


Artists 2mth ago

10 minutes with... Tim Shaw RA

Each month, we have a quick chat with one of our Academicians to find out what they're up to and what the RA means to them.