"Then it is dark; a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains." - John Cheever

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hammershoi


On at the Royal Academy. It's only till 7 Sep though so I don't imagine I'll make it down, which is a shame as I'd really like to see this. And the Hadrian one.

5 comments:

Colin said...

Thanks for reminding me about this John. I really wanted to see this too, but had forgotten about it. Have now booked my ticket.

john said...

Yeah - I was chatting with Tom when he passed through Edinburgh and could't remember it either - I knew I wanted to see the Hadrian exhibition and "another one."

Tom said...

Thanks John, and good to see you briefly in Edinburgh. The Hadrian exhibition was great, though I made the mistake of taking Asa with me and naturally he was bored and wanting to go home within a minute of us getting in.

Colin said...

Well, it was fairly good, although suffered from the typical London gallery problem of there being far too many people crammed in, so that you couldn't really look at the pictures properly. Which drives me nuts - unless you can go on a work day, all the best exhibitions can only be experienced while shuffling around in a bovine herd. Which is kind of annoying when you've shelled out £8 for the privilege. They should sell fewere tickets in each time slot, although difficult to justify if you run a gallery. But enough whingeing - I shall just have to take time off work to see these things. There were only 3 or 4 of the paintings that I really like - of bare, empty rooms with sunlight coming through the windows. A lot of the back of his wife. Either he was sick of the sight of her face, or he was some kind of neck fetishist.

Tom said...

Yes, gallerys in summer do tend to be packed, and that does really diminish the experience. I guess the cultural elite, especially critics, go to all these things as private views which is a very different thing.