Summer Exhibition Illustrated 2019

First published in the 1870s, the Summer Exhibition Illustrated presents the highlights of this unique show, including works by amateur and professional artists alike in all media. Alongside stunning installation shots of the galleries, this year’s co-ordinator Jock McFadyen RA writes about the cultural importance of the Summer Exhibition, the world’s largest open-submission show.

Highlights include an animal themed 'menagerie' in the Wohl Central Hall put together by McFadyen and architect Spender de Grey RA's spectacular architecture room which focuses on the sustainability of modern architecture.

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Dimensions 24 x 17cm
Fabric & material Paperback
SKU 02088184

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The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which has taken place annually without exception since 1769, has now reached its 251st year. Selecting from over 25,000 entries, the artists and architects on the Summer Exhibition Committee fill Burlington House with the widest spectrum of British art today. 

This year's exhibition showcases works by artists including Polly Morgan, Charles Avery and Mat Collishaw. Artist sisters Jane and Louise Wilson RA will curate two galleries, one of which will showcase work exploring light and time. Further artists exhibiting include Jeremy Deller, Marcus Harvey and Tracey Emin RA, and Honorary Academicians Anselm Kiefer, James Turrell and Wim Wenders.

Outside the galleries, international artist Thomas Houseago will take over the RA’s courtyard with a group of large-scale sculptural works, and the exhibition will spill out into nearby Bond Street with a colourful installation of flags featuring work by Michael Craig-Martin RA.