RCA Bleak Futures?

  • Sir Christopher Frayling, the RCA’s rector, remains upbeat. Looking out from his office window towards Kensington Gardens, he said: “You’ve got to believe in the future, otherwise you wouldn’t get up in the morning. In recessional times the arts become particularly important, and there’s a new seriousness in design. We don’t want to produce gaudy baubles for rich collectors.”

    Plenty of students seem preoccupied with such bleak, end-of-the-world images. And Rebecca Parkin has produced a painting where an unshaven man, battered and bedraggled, crawls wild-eyed from a turbulent sea. I guess that the world beyond his island seems in danger of imminent, apocalyptic destruction.


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