I’ve been across to The Royal Academy twice in the last few weeks to see:
Revolution: Russian Art, 1917-1932, on until 17 April 2017, and,
America after The Fall, on until 4 June 2017.
Both exhibitions show art from fascinating periods of history that bridge the transition from one way of life to another. Of the two, I preferred America After The Fall, click the link to my +Black blog to read my thoughts on it.
My personal preference favoured the exhibition that, I felt, was more focused on the impact of transitional events on the artist rather than on the depiction of the history of transitional events through the medium of art (my impression of the Russian exhibition).
That’s not to say the Russian exhibition was not of interest – I really loved the posters and the evidence of abstraction defying conformity – but it didn’t engage me emotionally even though it is a period of history that I am familiar with. Nevertheless, I’m sure others will respond differently.
In contrast, at America After The Fall, whilst admiring many of the well-known works, I was blown away by the impact of the lesser-known artists, especially by this: American Justice, 1933, by Joe Jones, the image included above. I left America After The Fall enthused to learn more about Joe Jones and several other artists, unfamiliar to me, whose details I noted, loving their work.
I’d encourage any wheelchair user who enjoys art to visit The Royal Academy which is a very wheelchair accessible venue, as I’ve blogged before. You can never praise good access often enough, I think.
With an advance call, it’s possible to book a Blue Badge space in their court yard – there are only a few spaces and it’s often busy plus it’s in Piccadilly so their free parking offer is (supiciously shopping) crazy-popular. Grr. If you wanna shop: pay up for your parking outside. Don’t abuse free disabled parking meant for those who have no choice but to travel by car. The policy is clear. No booked space: no parking. So, be sure to call first.
They even have a decent cafe, over-priced as is the norm in London but the food seems fresher than in similar such places elsewhere. Their restaurants are accessible too, if you’re interested in eating rather than snacking.
My only caveat regards members previews – which both my visits were. They’ve so many members that these previews seem busier than many a regular day. If you’re not bothered about going to advance openings and can manage off-peak hours, you might find more easy-wheeling space at off-peak, post opening week, times.
Click across to see what’s on at the moment and enjoy your visit: The Royal Academy, London.