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The exhibition offered up it’s usual eclectic visual Smorgasbord, we needed to pace ourselves, there was a lot to digest!
Curated by British sculptor Alison Wilding, this year’s exhibition explores the theme of climate. The selection leans very heavily into the theme but in typical RA style with a plethora of not-so-subtle slogans and clichés. Art critic Jonathan Jones said in his review in the Guardian that “The insincerity hits you like a stench of decaying rubbish” and that “It is as if the Royal Academy has invented a new kind of art, Climate Kitsch”.
While we agree with some of the criticism, we think it is best not to take the RA summer exhibition too seriously. It is better to think of it as a big chaotic, colourful celebration of art. There were also some genuinely thought-provoking and beautiful pieces, some funny ones and we appreciated some clever use of upcycling.
Below are some of our favourites, there were many more we could have included.
Neil Carter 715 – ENDANGERED SPECIES
Yinka Shonibare RA 1204 – BEEKEEPER (GIRL) II
We left feeling inspired by the diversity and colour, it all feeds into our creative stream. We are already looking forward to seeing what next years exhibition will offer up.