Eight works to know from Summer Exhibition 2023
Published on 4 May 2023
Ahead of the opening of this year's Summer Exhibition, find out more about eight works which will be featured in the show.
Mercurial by Sheila Hicks
The Paris-based sculptor has made a career out of weaving the rainbow, here leaving her yarn in a freefall of colour.
Rest in Pieces, or the Squatters... by Ryan Gander RA
Roadkill or robot? Gander’s monument to the moggie reveals the sculptor’s trickster humour.
Moonlight Towers by Jonah Luswata
The designer’s handmade obelisk recalls the earliest streetlamps, gaslit towers used by the Victorians to emulate the moon.
Birthing Ball by Caroline Walker
Walker’s abiding subject is the everyday lives of women, with motherhood the focus of this and other recent oils.
Into You by Sadie Clayton
Clayton’s signature material is copper, whether folded into this sculpture of alluring reflective sheen or elsewhere gracing the human body as wearable art.
The Omicron Variations by Kara Walker Hon RA
Walker’s monumental-scale ink drawing conjures an enigmatic moonlit scene, whose central act (given the work’s title) may be one of healing.
Outfit No. 4 by Lisa Milroy RA
An air of tight-lipped mystery pervades Milroy’s depiction of clothes, laid out as if clues in an inspection, but leading to no end.
Five Stone Wind (for John Cage) by Edmund De Waal
De Waal pays tribute to a Cage score which called for the use of clay drums, a material link between the British potter and his minimalist forebear.
Summer Exhibition 2023
The world’s largest open submission exhibition is back, featuring work in every medium imaginable.
This year, celebrated British painter David Remfry RA takes the reins as exhibition co-ordinator. Remfry’s Summer Exhibition will explore the theme Only Connect, taken from the famous quote in Howards End by E.M. Forster.