I went along to the Royal Academy, London, last week to see a preview of the Abstract Expressionism exhibition that has just opened, on until 2 January 2017.
It was a really enjoyable experience. There were both well known and not so well known artists featured with much work that hasn’t been seen in the UK previously. It was a real pleasure to see familiar favourites like Rothko, Pollock and Motherwell and to be struck again by the size, vibrancy and emotional punch of their work.
Even more fun was to see the works of artists that I knew little of – Arshile Gorky and Clyfford Still being two such, both now high on my look-up and see-more-of lists … though much as I’d like to, I’m not sure I am able to get to Denver to visit the Clyfford Still Museum. I shall stick with Google, books and eyes alert for more exhibitions.
The Royal Academy is very wheelchair-friendly and even has, limited, parking in the courtyard for blue badge holders. They are a bit prickly about the parking – probably because of their location and the temptation for users to do a bit of Piccadilly shopping whilst there.
You must book parking in advance and specify a reasonable time-frame. This really isn’t unreasonable as it allows more of us to use the limited spaces available and, if you are able to go to a late night, parking is always easier to book after 6pm. Wheeling around the courtyard and building is a piece of cake, with slopes and lifts for easy access everywhere.
If you like modern art, or just want to learn more about Abstract Expressionism, do try to go along to this exhibition. It will be so worth your time.
Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy, London, to 2 January 2017.