BUT IS IT ART?

Today was the final day of the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition, which I try to get to most years and managed to visit only yesterday.  Each year I'm baffled by the apparent lack of skill applied by most of the Royal Academicians who have their work exhibited, and this time I'd like to single out Herr Rehlinger in White Armour by Rose Wylie RA, who set a price of £24,000 on her painting but for some reason it didn't sell, however the blow must have been softened by the £25,000 she received for the Charles Wollaston Award given to the "most distinguished work" in the exhibition.  There were lots of signs around to encourage visitors to take photos and share them on social media but this shot was the only one I took, through the legs of Matthew Darbyshire's Captcha No. 11 (Doryphoros).  This at least must have taken some effort to create, unlike Alan Charlton's Triangle Painting, which you can see in the centre of my photo.  Presumably as some kind of homage to Kasimir Malevich's Black Square, this is a triangular panel covered uniformly with a coat (or possibly two) of matt grey acrylic paint.  At the time of writing this was also still available, for £60,000.  30% of all sale proceeds go to the RA.  It makes you think, doesn't it?