So much to see, so little time! Have you visited the Tate Modern in London? First of all, it's free. I'd never heard of such a thing. All you could wish for in two buildings with several floors and free. In my attempt to shake loose from the Impressionists and Abstract art, I have begun looking at the most modern I can find to jar me into now. I've found it. When I describe it to you, you make think me mad as well. An African artist, now well known, makes huge wall hangings, lovely to behold, from aluminum bottle caps. I've seen his work in Australia and now here. From a distance it appears spun from gold. An India artist uses human hair woven like strands of knitting wool hanging in every pattern you can imagine from auto bumpers. Another artist uses tools like levels to create linear statements about the beauty in work. I have so much to learn. How about you? Do you like art? Do you go to museums or art openings? Do you introduce your children to the world of creativity using whatever is at hand?
Dear Readers, sometimes while in the middle of social justice issues it's refreshing to have a change of scene and thought. I'll be sharing some reactions to all I'm seeing. I spent my birthday in Russia at the Hermitage Museum and was told by the guide that if I stopped at each painting for less than a minute it would still take me three years to see all the artworks in its 1057 rooms. It's like Versailles but not as flashy. That evening I attended the ballet Cinderella brought up to the 1920s, with incorporated modern dance. It was stunning. The costumer selected for the dresses the same color in different intensities. The dancers, when in a line, shimmered like reflections on a lake. I was captivated. The streets were abustle with activity, the citizens looked happy or focused, the shops were inviting and the architecture preserved.