About Summer Exhibition 2013
10 June — 18 August 2013
Now in its 245th year, the Summer Exhibition remains a much anticipated highlight of the arts calendar, serving as a unique window on to all areas of the contemporary art world. It is the world’s largest open-submission exhibition, displaying more than 1,000 works in all styles and media, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, architectural models and film.
Installation view of Gallery I with Marilène Oliver's 'Dreamcatcher' (detail). Summer Exhibition 2013. Photo: John Bodkin/DawkinsColour. © Royal Academy of Arts.
All works are fastidiously selected by a panel of celebrated artists and architects from across the disciplines, and it is their task to narrow down more than 10,000 entries to those that go before the public. The majority of the works are also available to buy, offering an unrivalled opportunity to own work by high profile and emerging artists.
This year, the exhibition is co-ordinated by Norman Ackroyd RA and architect Eva Jiřičná RA.
For this year's exhibition the celebrated artist El Anatsui has adorned the façade of Burlington House with one of the largest wall-hanging sculptures he has ever created. Read more here.
Grayson Perry RA is showing his series of six tapestries entitled The Vanity of Small Differences, telling the story of the rise and demise of Tim Rakewell, inspired by Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress.
A room dedicated to portraiture includes photography and works on paper, along with new works by Frank Auerbach, Tom Phillips RA, Michael Craig-Martin RA and Alex Katz. This focus acknowledges the historic role that portraiture has played at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition and the enduring importance of this genre within artistic practice today.
Further highlights include a new large-scale sculpture by Anthony Caro RA and artwork by the newly elected Royal Academicians Ron Arad, Sean Scully and Jock McFadyen.
The Summer Exhibition draws praise for being a ‘microcosm of British democracy’ (The Daily Telegraph) - hanging the work of exceptionally talented newcomers alongside that of globally acclaimed artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Grayson Perry RA and Anish Kapoor RA, making it a truly unique spectacle in the art world.
An Introduction to the 245th Summer Exhibition, by Humphrey Ocean RA
Humphrey Ocean RA. The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition can be bewildering. Chosen and hung by artists, it is a testing ground unmatched by anything anywhere else in the world on this scale and of this quality. Forget exhibitions as you know them. Here is the mind, fired up and ready to go, in more variations than you are used to coming across under one roof. Read more