Last Friday I was invited to the bloggers and Instagrammers evening view of the Summer Exhibition 2015 at The Royal Academy. This is the first year that photographs are allowed to be taken within the exhibition – welcome to the 21st century people! I’m sure that the RA will discover the benefits of some free promo in the form of Instagram. As a creative and having attended a couple of events at the RA already (Dennis Hopper and Allen Jones), I was looking forward to the biggie: the Summer Exhibition. With Jo, Lucy and Katy, I explored the 10 galleries of art, and I wasn’t disappointed:
I’m sure you’ve already seen several photos of this staircase on Instagram, but it really is amazing! An installation created with a rainbow of tape by Jim Lambie, it’s a piece of art itself and a warm welcome to the rest of the exhibition.
At the top of the stairs, we discovered that the galleries have plenty of their own colour. The bold, bright aqua and pink of these two rooms is just beautiful, although I do wonder if it does over power some of the pieces on display…
As usual, I was on the look out for triangles, and Lucy for neon. She was pleased to spot these typographic neon bubbles based on the West Ham football song.
We partook in several insta-inceptions – here’s me taking a photo of Katy taking a photo of Lucy taking a photo! 🙂 Some of the rooms were quite busy though, so no much room for manoeuvre, like the prints room:
With so much to look at, we could have spent hours and hours discovering the story behind each piece. Here’s Jo and Lucy getting up close (but not too close) to figure out how this piece was created. My money is on linocut printing…
I was intrigued by the story of a book bought for 3 pence in 1966; an ongoing piece by Tom Phillips. A Human Document has been cut, painted and doodled on by Phillips and the outcomes are so interesting, especially when laid out next to each other.
We found all sorts of weird and wonderful things amongst the exhibits:
Including a painting of Simon Cowell, a larger than life tapestry by Grayson Perry…
… and a golden Bagel, of course!
There was so much variety in mediums, subjects and skills – something for everyone! And although we spent 2 hours going round, I’m reading blog posts discovering new pieces that I somehow missed.
Alan Charlton’s grey triangle is possibly the most expensive triangle in the world (or at least the most expensive dunce’s hat anyway!) at £60,000.
I had a lovely evening with the ladies and lots of art – thanks for the invite RA. I recommend checking the Summer Exhibition out if you’re in London. You’ll find everything from painting to printing, sculptures to models and lots of other random bits and bobs.
So have you been to the Summer Exhibition yet? If yes, what was your favourite piece? If no, when are you going!? Let me know!
P.s. My People of Print t-shirt giveaway ends tonight (Wednesday 24th June at 11.59.59!!)