The Easel

13th February 2024

Entangled Pasts 1978-Now, Royal Academy, review: An extraordinary achievement

London’s Royal Academy carefully admits in a show that slavery is a part of its history. Unsurprisingly, not everyone is pleased. One critic calls it an “act of public self-flagellation … [showing] old paintings the RA is so clearly ashamed of”. The writer differs. The show in parts is “unexpectedly magnificent” and the “historic picture that emerges melds horror and hope. It lets the art have its own voice: this is very strong stuff” An excellent essay on power and clothing is here.