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From Life at the Royal Academy of Arts

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Time 10:00
Date 11/12/17
Price £12

From Life explores the past, present and future of life drawing, and how the practice is changing with the evolution of technology, providing new ways of creating and viewing art.

Running from: Mon 11 Dec - Sun 11 Mar 2018.

Drawing from casts and life models was long considered essential training for any aspiring artist, and was once a staple of the Royal Academy’s own art school. Now, on the cusp of the RA’s 250th anniversary, this special exhibition project takes an inquisitive look at the tradition and its ongoing relationship with artists today.
Beginning with historic works drawn from the RA Collection, From Life will trace a line from the origins of the RA in the 18th century to the present day. Alongside a room devoted to Jeremy Deller’s Iggy Pop Life Class, we will show contemporary work in diverse media by various artists including Jonathan Yeo and numerous Royal Academicians who continue to interrogate the practice of working from life, among them Jenny Saville, Chantal Joffe, Antony Gormley and Gillian Wearing.
Finally in the Tennant Gallery, subject to availability, new interactive work of artists Yinka Shonibare and Humphrey Ocean, and architect Farshid Moussavi will offer a glimpse of possible future applications of virtual reality in the art of tomorrow. Through these, we will see how emerging technologies such as HTC Vive and Tilt Brush by Google are presenting artists with new ways to both observe and represent themselves, opening up unexplored techniques and pushing back physical limitations.