2017 has seen a stellar line-up of exhibitions of African art in France. This prominence has brought the art of this vast continent of 54 countries to the forefront of the Parisian scene. Sometimes referred to as 'a fad', African art, both from the continent as well as from the Diaspora, is putting its mark on the French cultural landscape and these summertime exhibitions throughout France act as irrefutable proof.
With a strong focus on showcasing the artists of today and unearthing new talent within the field, the 249th edition of The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is praised as one of the most diverse and inclusive shows ever organised by the institution. This annual event is known as the world’s largest open submission art exhibition. Heading up this year’s selection committee is Keeper of the Academy, Eileen Cooper; RA graduate, painter, printmaker and past Summer Exhibition participant. Other committee members include Academicians such as Ann Christopher, Gus Cummins, Bill Jacklin, Farshid Moussavi, Fiona Rae, Rebecca Salter and Yinka Shonibare MBE. The committee selected 1,200 works out of an impressive pile of about 12,000 submissions with applicants ranging from established to amateur artists, all hoping for a spot on the Academy’s coveted walls.
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