Frank Bowling RA exhibition

March 21 - April 20, 2013

Spanierman Modern

53 E 58th Street

New York, NY 10022


Early Royal Academy exhibition catalogues digitized and available to explore on the RA website

The catalogues of the Royal Academy’s ‘Winter Exhibitions’ from their inception in 1870 to 1939 have been digitized and made available to search and browse online via the RA Collections website.

You can now browse through each catalogue page by page, or

search across all of the catalogues by artist’s name, title of work,

or lender’s name.

You might be surprised to find that the Uffizi Gallery, Florence,

lent an astonishing 70 works to the Academy’s great 'Italian Art' show

of 1930 – including Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus (c. 1486). Or that

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665), lent by the Royal Picture

Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague to the 1929'Dutch Art' exhibition,

was the cover girl for the illustrated exhibition catalogue.

But what exactly were the ‘Winter Exhibitions’? For the first hundred

years of its existence, from 1769 until 1869, the Royal Academy had

held only one exhibition each year: the Annual (now called Summer)

Exhibition. When the RA moved to its current home, Burlington House,

in 1868, it built a wonderful suite of galleries on the gardens behind the

house. Rather than have them remain unused for over half the year,

from 1870 the RA began staging a second exhibition each year, which

it cleverly named the Winter Exhibition to distinguish it from the Summer show.

So why not take a look. You might be surprised at what treasures you can discover. And do let us know what you think. We are hoping to add more RA catalogues to the web, so any feedback and comments that you have about the resource will help us to refine and improve it in the future.

The project was generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

New York Times Review of Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape at the Royal Academy

Call it the museum challenge of the year. Successfully tackling a major subject of art history on a virtually nonexistent budget would seem to be beyond human ability, though apparently not to the Royal Academy curators’ endeavor.”

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At precisely midnight, the screens return to their normal duties as space for clients of the Times Square Advertising Coalition, which last May began lending three minutes a day to the Times Square Alliance for late-night public-art projects. Curated by Times Square Arts, this “Midnight Moment” has featured works ranging from Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace signs to video paintings by emerging artists Taxiplasm and Jonathan Henry.

Speaking on the phone from her London studio, the artist agreed that those themes are her specialty.

“I’m really brilliant at unrequited love,” she says. “I haven’t had a relationship for years. It’s totally inspired my work.”

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Tracey Emin CBE RA Neon Installation in Times Square NYC for the Month of February

Every night for the month of February 2013, at the stroke of 11:57, Tracey Emin will restore neon and romance to Times Square. On more than 40 screens large and small, for a span of three minutes, her six messages of love will spell themselves out, digitally animated to appear as if being written by a giant unseen hand.

Ron Arad and Sean Scully elected as Royal Academicians


Ron Arad RA Elect

Born: 1951

Elected RA: 12 December 2012

Category of Membership: Architect



Ron Arad was born in Tel Aviv and after studying at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem he moved to London in 1973 to study at the Architectural Association.


In partnership with Caroline Thorman, Arad established the design practice One Off Ltd in 1981. In their workshops and showroom in Covent Garden, he made and displayed his handcrafted designs.  Later the pair founded Ron Arad Associates (1989), a design and architecture practice in Chalk Farm, London; and in 1994 opened the Ron Arad Studio, in Como, Italy, where Arad continues to explore innovative techniques and technologies.


Initially crafting unique pieces, usually chairs with sculptural forms, and fusing high-tech materials with found objects, Arad quickly gained international recognition. One-offs such as Bookworm and the Well-Tempered Chair were later mass-produced, in collaboration with leading manufacturers.


He is also known for his interior design and architectural projects, including Belgo restaurants in London, Tel Aviv Opera House, the Design Museum in Holon, and Mediacite in Liege. His works can be found in many major collections, including Centre Georges Pompidou, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pinakothek der Moderne, the MoMA NY and the V&A, as well as having had three recent major retrospectives, at the Centre George Pompidou (2008), the MoMA NY (2009) and the Barbican (2010).


Sean Scully RA Elect

Born: 30 June 1945

Elected RA: 12 December 2012

Category of Membership: Painter



Sean Scully was born in Dublin, moved to London in 1949 and settled in America in the mid-1970s. Today he splits his time between New York City, Barcelona and Munich.


Having studied at the Central School of Art, Croydon College of Art and Newcastle University, Scully was awarded a Frank Knox Fellowship at Harvard University (1972 – 1973), a Harkness Fellowship in 1975 and has held teaching posts at Chelsea School of Art and Design, Goldsmith’s College, and Princeton University.


Scully is best known as a painter of monumental works in oil, although he is also a printmaker, producing woodcuts and etchings. He abandoned figurative work in the mid-1960s and has since established a reputation as an abstract painter. Drawing on the traditions of Abstract Expressionism, he creates strongly articulated pieces: canvases on heavy stretchers, abutting panels and architectural constructions that project themselves into the viewer’s space. Abandoning precise delineation for a looser, more painterly handling of paint, his use of colour, subtle nuances and stark contrasts testifies to a concern with light and beauty.


He had his first major exhibition at the Rowan Gallery in 1973 and today his work is held in major public collections worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Tate, London.


Tracey Emin RA and Richard Long RA both Appointed CBE  by Queen Elizabeth II in New Year Honours List

Tracey Emin RA CBE [Image Credit: © Nick Morrish]             Richard Long RA CBE’s Road River

We congratulate Tracey Emin and Richard Long on their appointment as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Emin’s prestigious appointment comes on the heels of two significant solo exhibitions presented in the United Kingdom and her participation in the preparation for the 2012 London Games. In May 2012, Turner Contemporary, Margate presented She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea, following the Hayward Gallery’s 2011 retrospective, Love Is What You Want. Emin conceived the Turner Contemporary, Margate exhibition specifically for the seaside town where she was raised and which has served as the inspiration for many of her works. Emin returned to Turner Contemporary, Margate in July 2012 to carry the Olympic torch through the city and designed an Olympic and Paralympic poster for the London games.

The bristol based artist Richard Long was appointed for services to Art as a landscape Artist and Sculptor. He is one of Britain’s most significant land artists. His work is created in remote natural landscapes using available materials in response to the surrounding nature, defining and reflecting his environment. His most recent work included the ”Road River”, on Box Hill, in Surrey, on the route of the 2012 Olympic cycle road races.  


       “one of those knockout exhibitions visitors lucky enough to see will never forget”

The Winning Beauty of Bronze at the Royal Academy,

Wall Street Journal

Antonio Quattrone

                    Giovan Francesco Rustici's sermon of St. John the Baptist (1511)

The eleventh annual Walpole British Luxury Awards for Excellence, in association with Coutt's, were held on Monday 19th November at Banqueting House.

Sponsors, judges, nominees, Walpole members and guests were welcomed with Laurent-Perrier Champagne, Chivas Regal cocktails and Chase Vodka shots alongside an exquisite array of canapés – from spoons of finest caviar to air-dried venison and truffles created by The Admirable Crichton – before taking their seats under the opulent Rubens-painted ceiling of the Main Hall.

The Royal Academy of Arts won the award for British Cultural Excellence, Sponsored by The Admirable Crichton. The Award was accepted by Charles Saumarez Smith, CEO and Christopher Le Brun, President

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Royal Academy of Arts in London for the UK creative industries reception hosted by the British Government supported by the Founders Forum, Monday, July 30, 2012.

The Royal Academy of Arts hosted the British goverment’s GREAT Campaign, which seeks to promote the United Kingdom’s culture, heritage, arts and entertainment as the London Games captures the world’s attention over the next two weeks.

Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by British Prime Minister David Cameron,

right, and the President of the Royal Academy of Arts, Christopher Le Brun,

center, as she arrives at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

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HM The Queen at the Royal Academy of Arts

The great, the good and the glamorous meeting the Queen at a reception to mark the Diamond Jubilee at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Vivienne Westwood and David Hockney were among the 850 luminaries at one of the most glittering gatherings of actors, writers and artists the UK has seen. Bono, Gareth Malone and Alan Bennett also attended the event at London's Royal Academy, along with rapper Tinie Tempah.

And the Queen had her photograph taken with 20 artistic dames, including the singers Dames Shirley Bassey and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, artist Dame Paula Rego and, from the acting world, Dames Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Diana Rigg.

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Emma Stibbon RA Elect

Emma Stibbon RA Elect

Born: 1 March 1962, Munster, Germany

Elected RA: 13 March 2013

Category of Membership: Engraver


Arena’, chalk on blackboard


Emma Stibbon studied at Portsmouth College of Art, Goldsmith College and the University of the West of England. Currently she is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Brighton.


An award winning artist with an international reputation, she has held several residencies, including the Derek Hill Scholarship at the British School in Rome (2011). She will also participate in the Arctic Circle 2013, an art and science expedition to the arctic circle.


Drawing is at the heart of her practice and she has travelled widely, recording her responses to the physical appearance and psychological impact of natural and built environments. Working from sketches and photographic records, she creates stark, monochrome, often large-scale works on paper. Romantic in character, they dramatise the effects of human intervention and natural phenomena on monumental structures and explore the fragility of existence.


She has works in public and private collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the University of Cambridge and the Stadtmuseum, Berlin.



The eagerly awaited exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Manet: Portraying Life will be captured for cinema screens worldwide. This is the first ever major exhibition in the UK devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet, spanning his entire career. The exhibition will bring together great works from across Europe, Asia and the USA. Cinema goers will see exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of the Royal Academy's exhibition preparation -- moments usually hidden from view -- and experience a detailed, superbly crafted biography of Manet and 19th century Paris. Host Tim Marlow along with expert guests examine the work of one of the all-time great artists.

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Frieze New York presents the most forward-thinking galleries from around the globe, bringing an international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene in New York.

In addition to being able to see and buy art by over 1,000 of the world’s leading artists, visitors can experience Frieze Projects, the fair’s program of artists’ specially commissioned projects and Frieze Talks, a program of debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures.

The fair also includes Frame, a section dedicated to solo artist presentations by emerging galleries and Focus galleries which present curated projects and artworks specially conceived for Frieze New York.

The Sculpture Park, located beside the East River’s waterfront, exhibits new selected works by established and emerging artists and is free to the public.

Frieze New York is housed in a bespoke temporary structure designed by New York-based SO – IL architects. Located in the unique setting of Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan, and overlooking the East River, the fair is easily accessible.

New 2013 Opening Hours
Friday, May 10: 11am–7pm
Saturday, May 11: 11am–7pm
Sunday, May 12 : 11am–7pm
Monday, May 13: 11am–6pm

Last entry one hour before closing.

Click here for the 2013 Guide

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Art Production Fund, White Cube and Lehmann Maupin Present Tracey Emin’s Roman Standard

On view from May 10 - September 8, 2013

Petrosino Square at Spring and Lafayette Streets, New York

Art Production Fund (APF), White Cube and Lehmann Maupin, in cooperation with NYC Parks & Recreation, are pleased to present Roman Standard (2013), by Tracey Emin on view from May 10 to September 8 at Petrosino Square at Spring and Lafayette Streets in New York. Roman Standard features a single bronze bird perched on top of a thirteen-foot pole that rises over the park.

James Turrell Hon. RA Exhibition

at the Guggenheim, New York

June 21 - September 25, 2013

For his exhibition at the Guggenheim, Turrell has created a major new installation entitled Aten Reign (2013), radically transforming the museum in the tradition of his most sweeping, large-scale projects. For the first time, the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda can be experienced only from below, as a volume of space floating overhead rather than a transparency to be looked across. No objects occupy the rotunda, aside from the structures the artist requires to reveal and amplify the luminous nature of the space.

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Antony Gormley RA and David Chipperfield RA Awarded Praemium Imperiale

the International Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts

The Praemium Imperiale is a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. Since its inauguration in 1989, it has become a mark of the arts.

Six nomination committees, each chaired by an International Advisor, propose candidates in five fields: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/Film.

For more information on this year’s recipients, click HERE

Royal Academy of Arts secures £12.7m lottery funds for redevelopment

The RA has announced that it has been granted £12.7m by the Heritage Lottery Fund for what it calls the Burlington Project.

"It is the biggest development in the history of the academy since 1868 when the grand galleries were built," said the RA's president, Christopher Le Brun. "It is transformative."

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