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News from the RA
The Royal Academy of Arts announces the 254th Summer Exhibition Committee with Alison Wilding RA as co-ordinator
Celebrated British sculptor Alison Wilding RA will co-ordinate the 254th Summer Exhibition in 2022. The Summer Exhibition Committee members will be Royal Academicians Rana Begum, Stephen Chambers, David Mach, Farshid Moussavi, Grayson Perry, Cathie Pilkington, Conrad Shawcross and Bill Woodrow. Niall McLaughlin will curate the Architecture Gallery. The committee will be chaired by the President of the Royal Academy, Rebecca Salter.
The Royal Academy announces election of a new Royal Academician and two new Honorary Royal Academicians
At a recent General Assembly meeting, the Royal Academy of Arts elected Amanda Levete as a Royal Academician in the category of Architecture. In addition, Ellen Gallagher and Pipilotti Rist were elected as Honorary Royal Academicians.
The Royal Academy announces the Charles Wollaston Award winner 2021
The prestigious £25,000 Charles Wollaston Award has been won by Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga for Wetereire – Waiting in the Royal Academy’s 253rd Summer Exhibition (open until 2 January 2022). Established in 1978 and presented to the ‘most distinguished work’ in the exhibition, it is one of the most significant art prizes awarded in the UK.
Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831–1889) was the most exciting and popular Japanese painter of the late 19th century. A child prodigy and draughtsman of the highest ability, his art is humorous, provocative, energetic, and outrageous. The exhibition will focus largely on the art of sekiga, ‘spontaneous paintings’, produced at ‘calligraphy and painting parties’ (shogakai) which were often fuelled by prodigious amounts of saké. Overlooked for decades, many of these works reveal a comical twist which plays on conventions or reflects the artist’s take on society.
The Jillian and Arthur M. Sackler Wing of Galleries
Whistler’s Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan will be the first exhibition to examine the important role played by the Irish-born model Joanna Hiffernan (1839?–1886) in establishing the reputation of the American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) as one of the most influential artists of the late 19th century. Consisting of over 70 works, the exhibition will bring together nearly all of Whistler’s depictions of Hiffernan, and will include paintings, prints, drawings, and related art works and ephemera. Whistler’s Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan will explore the pair’s professional and personal relationship over more than 20 years and examine how the artwork resulting from their collaboration has influenced and resonated with artists into the 20th century.
In January 2022, the Royal Academy of Arts will present Francis Bacon: Man and Beast, the first exhibition to chart the development of the artist’s work through the lens of his fascination with animals, and how this impacted upon his treatment of his ultimate subject: the human figure. Francis Bacon (1909–1992) is recognised as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Since his death, the world has changed in ways that make his unnerving work ever more prescient. This important exhibition will include around 45 remarkable paintings spanning his career; from his earliest works of the 1930s and ‘40s through to the final painting he ever made in 1991, which will be exhibited publicly for the first time in the UK. Among the works, a trio of paintings of bullfights, all made in 1969, will also be displayed together for the first time.
The Royal Academy is delighted to present this year’s Summer Exhibition, which has been delayed until the autumn for the second time in its long history due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The 253rd Summer Exhibition will be a unique celebration of contemporary art and architecture, providing a vital platform and support for the artistic community.
In October 2021, the Royal Academy will present the first survey of the late work of John Constable (1776-1837). Late Constable will explore the last twelve years of the artist’s career, from 1825 until his unexpected death in 1837. Characterised by the expressive brushwork that came to define Constable’s late career, the exhibition will bring together over 50 works including paintings and oil sketches as well as watercolours, drawings and prints, taking an in-depth look at the development of the artist’s late style.
Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet
The Jillian and Arthur M. Sackler Wing of Galleries
In October 2021, the Royal Academy of Arts will present Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet, an intimate unveiling of architecture through the lens of the renowned Swiss-French photographer Hélène Binet. Over the past 30 years, Binet has travelled the world to photograph works by architects including Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid RA, Nicholas Hawksmoor, Daniel Libeskind, Jørn Utzon and Peter Zumthor Hon RA. The exhibition will span Binet’s career, showcasing around 90 images of more than 20 projects by 12 architects.