This year, the Royal Academy of Art’s Summer Exhibition is bigger and brighter than ever before thanks to its coordinator Grayson Perry RA. Displaying 1,300 artworks, it’s part of the Academy’s 250th anniversary celebrations open until Sunday 19 August.
With monumental sculpture by Anish Kapoor RA in the courtyard, new works by David Hockney RA and Joana Vasconcelos and art by Wolfgang Tillmans, Mike Nelson, Tracey Emin and Rose Wylie, and Honorary Academicians Bruce Nauman and Ed Ruscha, it’s an exhibition not to be missed. The art extravaganza even spills out into the streets of London’s West End, with an installation of over 200 flags designed by Royal Academicians.
Here at Broadgate, our public art collection includes a series of artworks by Royal Academicians, several of whom feature in this year’s Summer Exhibition. Inspired, we asked our art curator, Rosie Glenn, to talk us through these unmissable works and their links to the 2018 RA show.
“Make a start in Broadgate’s Exchange Square where Stephen Cox RA combined force with architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill to design the soul-boosting Water Feature, a cooling centrepiece and oasis for summer days in the city.
Walk under Exchange House towards the Broadgate Plaza and discover Cox’s monumental and mystical installation, Ganapathi and Devi, which is close in form to Cycladic Gemini, the two-part artwork he is presenting within the Royal Academy’s newly designed Wohl Entrance Hall this year.
Just around the corner on Bishopsgate pavement (visible from the outside of 199 Bishopsgate) is Michael Craig-Martin RA’s Portfolio. This series of 10 works on paper spans the inner wall and features the artist’s trademark presentation of everyday objects in vibrant and contrasting hues.
Over at the Royal Academy, Craig-Martin, who coordinated the 2015 RA Summer Show, is showcasing two further iconic images, this time, trainers and a watch face.
Next stop is 155 Bishopsgate where the inner lobby houses a monumental bronze sculpture by Honorary RA, American artist Jim Dine. Titled East End Venus, these towering figures relate to the Louvre’s celebrated Venus de Milo sculpture, a work which carries deep personal significance for Dine. This intimate theme continues in his Royal Academy artwork, Tools in a Puzzled Vessel, which comprises a sequence of eight woodcuts with etching and lithography.
The final RA themed artwork to view is located by Broadgate Circle, Richard Serra RA’s stupendous Fulcrum. Fabricated from Cor-Ten steel, this celebrated tour-de-force invites the viewer to become part of the artwork by stepping inside and gazing upwards.”
Book tickets to the RA’s Summer Exhibition 2018 here
Credits: Dine’s work Tools in a Puzzled Vessel in installation context: gallery view of the 250th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (12 June-19 August 2018) © Royal Academy of Arts, photography: David Parry; Michael Craig-Martin CBE RA, Gerrit Rietveld, screenprint diptych on somerset 410gsm tub paper, 50.9 x 200cm, courtesy of Michael Craig-Martin and Alan Cristea Gallery, London