Review Round Up: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy’s annual exhibition is back – but what have critics been saying about this year’s offering? 

The Times: ** “The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition had started to look up of late but this year it seems to have slumped back again.”

City AM: “it’s scattershot and suffocating and exhausting – but the law of averages means even the most cynical of visitors will find something to enjoy.”

The Telegraph: *** “not a vintage year for the Summer Exhibition: an underwhelming edition, it feels too formulaic, and insufficiently pepped up with big, bold new ideas.”

Culture Whisper: **** “The Summer Exhibition is a must-do, but it is hard work due to the sheer number of works on display.”

Evening Standard: ** “the show seems more haphazard, more like a blizzard, than ever.”

Time Out: **** “Some of it’s a total mess, some of it’s totally great. It’s packed full of art, and – more than anything – it’s just an amazing opportunity to spot new talent alongside art world megastars like Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare and countless others.”

Victoria “Many of this year’s works lack relevance. Instead, you sense artists are keen to focus on what is commercial, what will sell. As a result, few are taking any risks.”

Angels and Urchins: “This year’s Summer Exhibition doesn’t have the in your face exhibitionism of other years but it still packs a punch.”

Londonist: *** “Richard Wilson has done a solid job in trying to create order from the artistic chaos, but unlike his predecessors he hasn’t imbued this year’s exhibition with a unique stamp to make it stand out.”

London Visitors: “This fascinating exhibition has a large number of wonderfully eclectic works on display, there is really something for everyone regardless of your particular artistic taste.”

The Summer Exhibition will be on display at the Royal Academy of Arts until the 20th August 2017. For more information visit:



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