This is the 2nd part (of what I have now decided will be three) blogs about the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. This blog will talk about the architecture exhibits. Sort of anyway. It will cover those and vaguely related pieces.
I am, not that interested in architecture as a subject. I like pretty buildings, I like drawing them but the subject of architecture is not something that particularly grips me. It was my impression last year, re-iterated this year, that the architectural exhibits at the Summer Exhibition are among some of the most artistically interesting, well conceived and technically excellent pieces in the whole show. You have good drawings, paintings, photographs, plans and sculpture. Here are some of my favourites.
The above are all works of professional people presumably working in a sophisticated way in a sophisticated environment, many of them as part of a team of people. It is perhaps not surprising they produce works of such quality. There is a much more commercial feel to them, which is odd as many of the pieces are not for sale where as the rest of the exhibition are. They say very boldly as succinctly, look, this is what we can do. Come and commission us. They are to modern day architecture what the still life was to the dutch masters. I shall leave you now with one of my favourite pieces from the rest of the exhibition. It is a made from wool being a work in felt, the only example of such in the whole place. It is called Frosted Woodland and is by the very talented Bridget Karn.
William John Mackenzie
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