David Adjaye and Yinka Shonibare are among those who will display their works at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017.
The annual Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and designs in all forms now in its 249th year will hold on August 18, 2017. The exhibition is also geared towards helping finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools.
Yinka Shonibare who is a member of the committee behind the exhibition best known for his explorations of ‘African’ fabric will exhibit his six metre high colourful wind sculpture in the RA Courtyard. Painter Eileen Cooper who is this year’s curator described it as a wonderful work, “exploring the notion of harnessing motion and freezing it in a moment of time”.
This year’s Summer Exhibition is focusing on less western artist and more emerging artists from around the world including DRC, Peru, Spain and India. It is centred on diversity as the RA opens its doors to the world.
“Our aim is to bring something fresh to the show by finding emerging talent and recruiting more artists from countries as disparate as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru, Spain and India, as well as Turkey and Kurdistan. I don’t want to focus on personal politics but we have deliberately looked further afield from the home nations. This year we have an exhibition that’s very rich in terms of geography – we’ve tried to open our doors to the world,” Cooper tells the Financial Times.
For art enthusiasts, it would be good to know all the art exhibited are for sale with about 1,200 works now hanging in the show.
Next year the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition will celebrate its 250th anniversary.
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