Grayson Perry's in Charge this Year

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: 250th Birthday

Grayson Perry's in Charge this Year

The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is in full flow and with Grayson Perry at the helm it’s looking suitably vibrant and striking for the 250th birthday celebrations.

Back in 1768, Sir William Chambers took a petition signed by 36 of the times most prominent artists and architects to King George III seeking a chance to create a society promoting those at the forefront of art and design. And the world of art has been celebrated and influenced by the annual event ever since.

Royal Academician, Grayson Perry and his band of fellow artists on his committee have hand picked 1,300 works of art in an expanse of forms to be shown at this year’s exhibition, showcasing the current state of the arts and design industry. All focus is, of course, on spectacle in this year’s event entitled ‘Art Made Now’.

Throughout the last year we’ve seen a constant mutation in the state of social politics and this year’s event does an immeasurable job identifying and celebrating the face of society. With many of the pieces on display tackling the landscapes of identity within today’s world and where people fit or don’t fit inside it. A highlight we’ve spotted is the Linda Sofie Jansson’s ‘Scream’ juxtaposing Muslim women in Burkas with one woman in the middle of the frame without one. 

Banksy's 'Vote for Love 2018'

Banksy's 'Vote for Love 2018'

This year’s exhibition also has a piece by the infamous Banksy included. A fake campaign poster entitled ‘Vote to Love’ with a damaged heart-shaped balloon held together by bandages. On the same line as Banksy’s work is David Shrigley’s ‘Untitled’ which illustrates what today’s society calls ‘News’ as opposed to mundane musings which the front pages actually show.

We cannot recommend the exhibition enough for a chance to take in an explosion of inspiration from some of best renowned artists from across the planet.

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