RA Magazine Spring 2021
David Hockney is joined by writers and thinkers including Ali Smith and Sukhdev Sandhu to celebrate the promise of spring, as a joyful new show of the artist’s work is readied at the RA, in time for its public reopening.
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The exhibition, featuring over a hundred new iPad paintings by Hockney, revels in the splendour of the season, as the artist experienced it last year while locked down in Normandy. Also in this issue, art historian Tamar Garb talks to Michael Armitage as the Kenyan-born painter prepares for an RA show of his work, and Austin Williams introduces the quiet harmony which drives the architecture of Chinese practice BCKJ, winners of the RA Dorfman Award 2020.
Plus: critic Alexandra Harris and sculptor David Nash RA go head to head on the question, ‘can art improve upon nature?’, Caleb Azumah Nelson contributes a new short story inspired by a Roy DeCarava photograph, and centenarian painter Diana Armfield RA reflects on the rigours of still-life painting.
Buy our Spring issue on its own or why not sign up for our RA Magazine Subscription? Keep up to date with exhibitions and artists at the Royal Academy with an annual subscription to our quarterly magazine. You will receive 4 magazines in total: Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Autumn 2021 and Winter 2021.