LONDON (Reuters) – A “Vote Leave” Brexit referendum poster that graffiti artist Banksy has remodeled to learn “Vote to Love” is among the many highlights of the summer time exhibition on the Royal Academy of Arts, which curator Grayson Perry opened to the media on Tuesday.
Dressed in an multicolored, over-sized onesie embellished with teddy bears, a pair of yellow platform sneakers and a tiny orange plastic sombrero perched on his purple wig, Perry referred to as his version of the annual show a “celebration”.
“I’ve tried to channel the basic spirit of the summer show, which is one of a kind of democratic rough and tumble … the great and the good – the established artists – have to hang next to Joe Bloggs who does it for a hobby,” the Turner Prize-winning ceramicist instructed Reuters.
“It’s a festival of art making … It’s a celebration of all the different kinds of genres.”
The first art work guests will see is “Symphony for a beloved daughter”, an enormous pink circle erected like a satellite tv for pc dish within the courtyard of the grand Palladian mansion that homes the Royal Academy, close to London’s Piccadilly Circus.
That is without doubt one of the greater than 1,300 items on show in what the Academy calls the “largest and oldest open-submission art show in the world,” this 12 months in its 250th version.
Also on show on the show, which runs from June 12 to Aug. 19, are works by David Hockney, Wolfgang Tillmans and Tracey Emin.
Reporting by George Sargent; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Robin Pomeroy