Martin Caiger-Smith on Antony Gormley’s Royal Academy exhibition | White Cube

Martin Caiger-Smith on Antony Gormley’s Royal Academy exhibition | White Cube

This exhibition is a big one, I would say. The Royal Academy galleries and the institution as a whole throws down a big challenge and I think it’s a challenge that Antony has answered in spades, if you like. It’s been four years in the making, I would say and there’s been a vast amount…Continue reading Martin Caiger-Smith on Antony Gormley’s Royal Academy exhibition | White Cube

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769–2018

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769–2018

“The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769–2018” is an online archive of stories, artwork, and data spanning the Summer Exhibition’s history. This is a major new online publication, and it’s one in which we feature more than 90 different writers, curators, academics, artists, and critics writing about individual years of the Summer Exhibition stretching…Continue reading The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769–2018

David Wilkie and the Summer Exhibition’s first blockbuster

David Wilkie and the Summer Exhibition’s first blockbuster

In many ways, the first blockbuster picture of the Summer Exhibition was this image, its called the ‘Chelsea Pensioners reading the Waterloo Dispatch’. It was commissioned by the great victor of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington. He commissioned this painting, which shows people reading out the news of the victory of Waterloo in 1815. What’s…Continue reading David Wilkie and the Summer Exhibition’s first blockbuster