Wednesday, 27 June 2018

RA History show

in the spacious Fine Rooms at the Royal Academy
which when I visited were virtually deserted compared to crowds in main exhibition
is a selection of pieces shown during the 250 year history of  the RA
first at Somerset House, then in National Gallery and since 1868 at Burlington House.
It's a interesting survey-cum-mix, with no patchwork jumbling of objects, and does a reasonable job of chronicling change in pictorial taste over the centuries, with the type of 'correct' chronological display that is so out of fashion right now.
Here: Turner / Constable / Millais / Minton / Emin / Kitaj
many more [but not too many] on view.

 Kitaj's Assassination of the Killer-Critic,   has this detail lower left



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