Saturday, September 02, 2006

The Path to Abstraction

My great friend Phillip arrived from Sydney today for research and meetings on various musical/theatrical projects he has on the boiler. Since his daughter Phoebe is finishing up a postgraduate diploma here, the three of us met up near London Bridge to visit the Kandinsky exhibition at the Tate Modern.

This exhibition focuses on his work up to 1921, tracing his evolution from landscape painter to abstract master. It was my first visit to the Tate Modern, and we cruised through some of the general collection (free to visitors). I missed seeing Roy Lichtenstein's Whaam!, which I'd knitted into a sweater (distributed between front, back and sleeves) about twenty years ago.

We had a very nice lunch at the restaurant up in the Oxo Tower Wharf, passing these stencils celebrating the Muses.

Phoebe suggested we drop into the Courtauld Institute at Somerset House to see the rather splendid small collection housed there, which includes some very well-known Renoirs, Degas (left) and even some later period Kandinsky.

Out the back, children and adults alike were cooling off in the jets of water arrayed through the Safra Fountain Court.

I picked Chris up from work today, and happened to have Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to "A Fistful of Dollars" in the car CD player. He looked alarmed when it started, and I asked if he could place the music.
Well it sounds as if a famous guitarist has gone into a pre-school and the kids are allowed to bang on things...oh and the teacher can sort of play the recorder.... Now the strings are trying to play Scarborough Fair in the background.
The upshot is that Chris now has the music imprinted on him as a production of "Ernie Morecambe's recorder".

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