The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy is an institution in the real sense of the word: it’s been going for the last 247 years and is the biggest show of its genre in the world. Basically any artist from anywhere in the world can submit their artwork and pray to be selected. This year it was curated by Michael Craig-Martin, a contemporary artist and lecturer, also known for fostering the Young British Artists.
I am not entirely sure of what the selection criteria was, as there was a large variety of types, styles, sizes, mediums and techniques on display. This is by no way a criticism, it is solely an observation to note that there was a lot of different artworks on display, which means that there was something for everyone, in equal measure. As they say, variety is the spice of life but sometimes it can be a bit too much and as such, visual fatigue can set in. I recommend taking breaks and having a few drinks in between, haha. You will find famous artist’s work such as Tracey Emin or Grayson Perry (whose fabulous tapestry I forgot to photograph, I blame it on being overwhelmed with so many things to see) side by side with other unknowns and this sort of democracy is quite appealing. It is also worth noting that most of the artwork on show is available for sale, except for a few pieces by artists that were especially invited to participate by the curator.
As this was the first time that taking photos was allowed, the RA invited a group of bloggers to come along and do what bloggers do best: do silly poses around more interesting objects, walk around with their phones (or cameras) glued to their hands and tweet and instagram while doing all those activities, using the correct hashtag #RASummer. After a short introduction and explanation of the history of the event and a few other details about some of the works of art,we were give our special yellow “All Access” wristband and were set free to go roam the rooms and do our thing.
It must also be said that this was the Blogger Douchebag Crew’s (#BDBCrew) second outing, and with our powers combined we did silly poses around more interesting objects, had our phones permanently glued to our hands and did a lot of tweeting and instagramming and (you guessed it) using the correct hashtags. If you haven’t been paying attention to my blog (how dare you!), the #BDBCrew is me and Axel, who blogs over at Solaris100.
As always, I took a lot of photos and regurgitated them all in here. Enjoy.
One of the great things about living in London is the possibility of seeing amazing art. And even better, for free – just because you can’t afford to invest, you’re still allowed to go around and take a look at what’s going on in some galleries. And some of them, will be so nice, they’ll even let you take some photos – we did ask to take photos for our blogs so we were happy, yay!
This was the first outing of the Blogger Douchebag Crew #BDBcrew, with the amazingly funny and colourful Axel from Solaris 100 and rest assured there will be more.
We met at King’s Cross and made our way to the Gagosian to have a look at what was going on there – an exhibition titled “Sprayed”. I had no expectations as I just tagged along and didn’t have a chance of looking into what was going on there.
It was quite surprising. Not sure if in a good way, if I’m honest. You have plenty of works by famous artists such as Schnabel, Andy Warhol, Murakami, Koons, Haring or Basquiat, among others to look at, that’s for sure but most of the works on display didn’t really say much to me.
Recently I went to the House of Illustration and on the way there bumped into these cool neon art installations near King’s Cross. These were set up on the ground floor of buildings that weren’t being used yet and I think it’s a great way to make these places more pleasant and interesting. I haven’t been able to find the name of the artist who made them but if you know, please leave me a note.
“Crowdfunding to break boundaries of contemporary dance and music”
My friend Ross is a musician and is involved in a new art project. They need help getting this off the ground and I thought I’d give him a hand promoting it here on HTM. Reason being, I am interested in art and if there is anything I can do to help new and worthy projects I will try and help as much as possible. Please donate, even if it’s just a fiver. London is not easy for young artists says Grayson Perry and he is right!
What is DIPTIK?
One of these days, after one of those networking events (can’t complain, really, met some interesting people), we were approached by a homeless man, selling a magazine. I expected it to be The Big Issue but he said it was something else. Something that was started by people who did work for The Big Issue before but had left, to do something different.
I recognised Edgar Allan Poe in the cover, we all had a laugh over that (I’m so clever, aren’t I?), I gave him the £3 and as soon as I opened the magazine, found a quote by Aleister Crowley, right on the 3rd page. ‘This could be interesting, I thought’. And indeed it
The Nervemeter is much, much darker than The Big Issue could ever be. It’s a mish mash of images and quotes and images about all sorts of addiction: Sex, heroin, alcohol… you name it. The imagery is right up my street. Creepy, dark, thought provoking.
Reminds me of fanzines from back in the day. The collages, the black and white printing, the ‘forbidden’ themes. You can see the current issue and download previous issues here. I’m devouring them.
This was very welcome with someone of my tastes but I wonder how well it was received by the public in general?