The Royal Academy has had a considerable architectural transformation, with a new lecture theatre, campus and expanded space for exhibitions.
Concurrently – and to celebrate its 250th anniversary – the summer show curated by Grayson Perry has had a makeover.
I went yesterday on Friend’s Day. I had to queue for a day pass as I forgot my RA Friend’s card, queue for a ticket, queue to get in, queue to buy the list of works – essential as it happened as this was the only way to identify the pictures.
It did appear that gone are the days when crusty academicians could contribute their six, everything was far more contemporary, edgy and daring but not necessarily the better for that.
The great debate within the Academy has been figurative v abstract but most of the works lay somewhere between the two.
To do the show and the new rooms and spaces justice I shall return on another date, hopefully a less busy one.