Things are further complicated by the inclusion of more recognisable “invited artists”, primarily artistic duos. It’s a summer party, and it seems everyone’s invited. Wilson has assembled an all-star cast that threatens to overshadow submissions from the core group of emerging artists.
Thus big names such as Gilbert and George, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, and even Eva & Adele stand proudly alongside works by honorary Academicians including Anselm Kiefer, El Anatsui, Georg Baselitz and Marina Abramović.
Indeed, the submitted works, which are selected by a Royal Academy committee, appear to be arranged around the invited artists. The most striking piece on display is by Kutluğ Ataman, a Turkish filmmaker whose The Portrait of Sapik Sabanchi is an illuminated tapestry of 10,000 passport-style photographs, dominating the gallery in a glittering wave.