This year’s Summer Exhibition has been co-ordinated by
Michael Craig-Martin RA, who has focused on how the exhibition is choreographed
around visitors’ movement through the architectural spaces. Entering through
the great arch into the Annenberg Courtyard, we immediately encounter Conrad
Shawcross RA’s sculptural installation The
Dappled Light of the Sun.
By the time we reach the foot of Jim Lambie’s dazzling multi-coloured staircase, we are already fully immersed in the exhibition. The removal of the historic ceiling and wall paintings from the Front Hall has allowed two oil diptychs by the recently elected Academician Rose Wylie to be hung in the large spaces on either side of the staircase, this grand position increasing their subversiveness.