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Friends preview – ‘From Life’

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  • 8 December 2017, 10am — 10pm
  • 9 December 2017, 10am — 6pm
  • 10 December 2017, 10am — 6pm
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Friends at the Summer Exhibition 2017

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We invite Friends of the RA to join us for an exclusive preview of the ‘From Life ’ exhibition before it is open to the public.

Looking to the past, present and future of one of the cornerstones of artistic process, we ask what it means to make art from life, and how the practice is evolving as technology opens up new ways of making and seeing.

Drawing from casts and life models was long considered essential training for any aspiring artist, and was once a staple of the Royal Academy’s own art school. Now, on the cusp of the RA’s 250th anniversary, this innovative exhibition takes an inquisitive look at the tradition and its ongoing relationship with artists today.

Beginning with historic works drawn from the RA Collection, From Life will trace a line from the origins of the RA in the 18th century to the present day. Alongside a room devoted to Jeremy Deller’s recent Iggy Pop Life Class, we will show contemporary work in diverse media by various artists including numerous Royal Academicians who continue to interrogate the practice of working from life, among them Jenny Saville, Chantal Joffe and Gillian Wearing.

Finally we will see how emerging technologies present artists with new ways to both observe and represent themselves and the world around them, opening up unexplored techniques and pushing back physical limitations. Through the work of artists like Antony Gormley and Jonathan Yeo, and architect Farshid Moussavi, we will offer a glimpse of possible future applications of virtual and augmented reality in the art of tomorrow.

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  • 8 December 2017, 10am — 10pm
  • 9 December 2017, 10am — 6pm
  • 10 December 2017, 10am — 6pm

The Sackler Wing and Tennant Gallery

Free, booking required.