The best galleries, exhibitions and other shows to see this monthby Emma Crichton-Miller / May 19, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in June 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
Royal Academy, 13th June to 21st August
Initiated in 1769, the annual summer exhibition “open to all artists of distinguished merit,” was a founding principle of Joshua Reynolds’s Royal Academy. Today, this show, selected from open submission and arranged in 10 rooms by the “Hanging Committee,” is still an exhausting but stimulating passage into summer. This year’s coordinator is the sculptor Richard Wilson. Spotlighting a distinctive feature of contemporary art, he has invited 15 artistic duos—from husbands and wives Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and Tim Noble and Sue Webster (and Austro-German couple EVA & ADELE) to brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman and sisters Jane and Louise Wilson—to exhibit work throughout the galleries. The lone genius Kutlug Ataman, the Turkish filmmaker, will recreate his multi-image video installation The Portrait Of Sakip Sabanci (2014)—10,000 LCD panels, each with an image of one person who crossed paths with Sabanci, the late businessman and philanthropist.