This year's summer exhibition at the old and venerable Royal Academy of Arts in London -- it's been exhibiting for more than two hundred years -- is the freshest yet in style and presentation.
GV EXT Royal Academy and "Summer Exhibition" sigh (2 shots)
CU 'Daisy' by Jan Haworth ZOOM BACK TO 'Dancers'
GV Gallery II
CU 'Peter & Juliet Blake' by Graham Ovendon ZOOM OUT TO GV
SV ZOOM IN 'Titania' by Peter Blake
SV & CUs Embroidery picture 'Alice in Wonderland' by Ted Willcox (3 shots)
CU 'Dancers' fibreglass sculpture by Nicholas Munro
GV ZOOM IN 'Chtonic Box' by Joe Tilson
CU 'Chthonic Box' -- tree bark
CU 'Chthonic Box; -- stone
CU 'Chthonic Box' -- pomegranates
CU Wood DISSOLVE TO CU ZOOM OUT 'Temple Cloud' weaving by Candioe Bahouth
SV & CU 'Cambridge Cricketers' oil by Gerry Wright (2 shots)
SV & CU David Hockney's 'Mark' -- crayon
GV PAN Gallery III
SV Viewers seated
GV Gallery III
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Background: This year's summer exhibition at the old and venerable Royal Academy of Arts in London -- it's been exhibiting for more than two hundred years -- is the freshest yet in style and presentation. The Academy gives contemporary artists, amateur or professional, the opportunity of being seen in galleries adjoining Britain's famous art treasures -- and true to its liberal approach, the Academy has allowed this year's exhibitors a much wider rage of materials to work in.
Side by side with traditional paintings in oil and canvas, and traditional sculpture in stone, are a sating and silk embroidery, fibreglass mouldings, a box made of tree bark, rock and a pomegranate, and even a woven picture. The 1,359 exhibits were chosen from 12,000 submissions.
Where classic materials are used, the subject sometimes strays away form realism to 'art nouveau' in oils like 'Titania' by 'pop' artist Graham Ovendon -- who also exhibits a portrait of his contemporary Peter Blake, just elected to the Academy and responsible for the 'new look'.