The Royal Academy is as prestigious as they come and to be featured in their Summer Exhibition is no mean feat. With over 11,000 pieces submitted for consideration this year, the top 1,200 (or thereabouts) currently grace and occupy its hallowed walls. The result is overwhelming, and at times claustrophobic, as work upon work is stacked high on the walls, occasionally rendering the upper registers barely visible. Everything from paintings to photography and sculpture to architectural models are displayed side by side with some theme-scaping done by room. The entrance hall, filled with large scale sculptural pieces, provided a welcome change from the formulaity of the other galleries, which lean towards a more glamorised auction room (many of these works are in fact available to buy, with the catalogue listing prices and a board outside stating availability).
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