Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen
The Queen's Gallery, until 16 March 2014
Over 100 works on paper by Royal Academician painters, printmakers, sculptors and architects were presented to The Queen in 2012, in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee. The gift now goes on view in its entirety in an exhibition at Buckingham Palace.
The show is testament to the dizzying diversity of the work of current Academicians – including an iPad-drawn work by David Hockney RA, a mixed-media illustration of the Olympic Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid RA and a pen drawing by Tracey Emin RA. Giles Waterfield appraised the works in a recent issue of RA Magazine,
and in the video below, curator Martin Clayton discusses the links between the Crown and the Royal Academy and the wide range of work on show.
Asian Art in London
Until 8 November 2013
London is the centre in Europe for the Asian art market, its public institutions, commercial dealers and auction house presenting world-class works ranging from rare Chinese ceramics and Mughal paintings to the latest developments in Asian contemporary art.
Dinh Thi Tham Poong, 'In Step with Nature'. Watercolour on handmade paper. Dimensions: 80 x 120 cm. Raquelle Azran Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art, New York.
Asian Art in London is now underway, a ten-day long festival that celebrates the city’s status in this regard, with a range of a exhibitions and other events that act as a magnet for anyone interested in the area. Check out the festival’s website
for information of the array of works on view.
'Uproar!' The First 50 Years Of The London Group 1913-1963
Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, until 2 March 2014
Sculptor Jacob Epstein and painter-printmaker David Bomberg were among the Jewish artists who played a pivotal role in the London Group, an association of Modernist-minded British practitioners that incorporated members from the Camden Town Group, such as Walter Sickert, and the Allied Artists’ Association, such as C.R.W. Nevinson. The Ben Uri Museum and Gallery,
dedicated to Jewish art, celebrates the centenary of the influential group’s foundation with an exhibition from this week, reminding us that this country had a pre-war avant-garde inspired by European developments.
Ambika P3, until 1 December 2013
Although late 1960s conceptualism is often framed as a New York phenomenon, increasingly exhibitions are showing how European artists during this period were, in Duchamp’s words, ‘interested in ideas, not in visual products’ to the same extent as their American counterparts.
Victor Burgin, 'From Mirror Lake', 2013.
The Sheffield-born academic and artist Victor Burgin is the subject of a show from this week at Ambika P3,
the warehouse-like subterranean space at the back of the University of Westminster’s School of Engineering. Digital projections of his photo-text works promise to probe the relationships between word and image, as well as the subjective way we read images and the world around us. Richard Saltoun Gallery on Great Titchfield Street displays his works on paper.
Sean Scully RA: Triptychs
Pallant House Gallery, 2 November - 26 January 2014
A reminder for anyone interested in abstract art that triptych paintings by Sean Scully RA go on view from this weekend at Pallant House Gallery
in Chichester. I am a great admirer of Scully’s emotionally powerful works, and I had the pleasure of travelling to Barcelona to interview the painter for the last issue of RA Magazine – click here
to read the piece and find out about his interest in the triptych form.
Sean Scully RA, 'Bridge', 1991. Woodcut. 73.7 x 128.3cm. Private collection.
Sam Phillips is a London-based arts journalist and Editor of RA Magazine