A Letter Home…
Sorry for my curt response last night. I was just glancing through emails on my phone in the last five minutes of consciousness. Coincidentally, Amy had just sent our class an email about the British Telecommunications Tower – at the same time I got your email, so I thought I’d pass that along. 🙂
It has been a wild adventure since we arrived here a week and a half ago. Amy has been directing our itinerary, and we have seen so much amazing art and walked all over the city. Notably, the Giacometti show, “Pure Presence,” was outstanding… His paintings in particular are un-photographable… They only make sense when viewed in person. Such wild, expressive marks. In the portraits, he captures more than the person’s likeness… You get a sense of who they are as a person. Really remarkable work.
The other day we saw Frank Auerbach, a living artist, and wow talk about impasto paint handling. I was jumping from two inches away with my nose almost touching the glass, to back… back and forth. Such fun and different experiences from up close and far away. Sadly, there was no photography allowed during these shows, for copyright reasons I’d assume.
We’ve also been to Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, and I’ve explored some local contemporary galleries on my own. I have now seen in person William Blakes, Kandinskys, Waterhouses, Manets, Monets, Rembrandts, Leonardos, van Goghs!