A concise view of contemporary art in 2002

Story by Jack Foley

The Galleries Show - Contemporary art in London; September 14 - October 12

ART lovers are being offered the opportunity to see a concise view of contemporary art in 2002, as part of an innovative exhibition showing at the Royal Academy of Arts until October 12.

The Galleries Show forms part of a collaboration between the Royal Academy and 20 of the capital’s leading commercial art galleries and serves to highlight the important role they play in positioning London in the international contemporary art world, while also exploring how they encourage and support artists.

The galleries featured range from small artist-run spaces to internationally-renowned galleries and offer visitors the chance to see recent work by established artists, including Peter Doig, Grayson Perry, Elizabeth Peyton and Wolfgang Tillmans under one roof.

Emerging artists are also given the opportunity to showcase their talents, while the majority of the work on display is new - some have even created site specific installations, especially for the event.

Each gallery has a room at the Royal Academy, in which it presents individually curated exhibitions.

Some galleries have chosen to feature individual artists, while others are presenting group or themed shows.

The work included encompasses the many possibilities of contemporary art – from painting, sculpture and photography, to video, installation and performance art.

The exhibition is curated by Norman Rosenthal, Exhibitions Secretary at the Royal Academy of Arts, and Max Wigram, independent curator, who previously collaborated on Apocalypse: Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art, held at the Royal Academy in 2000.

The Royal Academy of Arts aims to present a broad range of contemporary visual art to the widest possible audience, to encourage debate, and provide a focus for the interests of artists and art lovers.

The Galleries Show, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, W1 (Tel: 020 7300 8000). Until October 12.

Participating galleries
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, asprey jacques, Corvi-Mora, Emily Tsingou Gallery, essor gallery, Frith Street Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, greengrassi, Maureen Paley Interim Art, Laurent Delaye Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Michael Hue Williams Fine Art, Modern Art, Sadie Coles HQ, Stephen Friedman Gallery, The Approach, Victoria Miro Gallery, Vilma Gold.

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GUIDE TO PICTURES: Main picture features Lisa Yuskavage's Big Blonde in the Weeds, 2000–2001, Oil on linen (Image courtesy Greengrassi). Taken from Greengrassi. Click here for more details
Above right, Muntean/Rosenblum's Untitled (Strange, the Moments), 2002, Acrylic on canvas (Image courtesy Maureen Paley Interim Art). Taken from Interim Art. Click here for more details...