Rain and Modern Art

Yesterday we went to the Tate Modern. The day dawned grey and drizzly, but we made it to the tube with just a few sprinkles. The Tate Modern covers the 20th century. I like Fauvism, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and the Depression-era Realism, but most of the rest does not excite me. One artist quoted John Cage, “I have nothing to say and I’m saying it.” That sums up too much of modern art in my opinion. I prefer Mark Twain: “If you have nothing to say, say nothing.” The few pieces I enjoyed at Tate Modern are not worth making a return visit.

One more comment about Tate Modern: it appears to be a poorly managed institution. Signs are everywhere saying no photography, no drinks, and no food. However, people wandered everywhere taking pictures with everything from cell phones to high end digital cameras with the museum staff looking on. Others ate and drank as they strolled through the exhibits without any feedback from staff. Below many pieces there remained plaster dust, apparently from drilling holes to hang the pieces. Finally, the lighting on some pieces seemed to make them dull and faded. This points to a lack of management direction. Other London art museums have been much better.

We got caught in a thunder storm on the way to the tube station. By the time we got on the train we were soaked below our jacket bottoms. Pants, shoes, and socks were sopping. I left a puddle where I stood on the first train and a wet seat on the second. We walked the mile back to our lodging in a light rain. Arriving “home” we decided to send out for some hot Indian food for dinner.

The locals are quite happy to get some badly needed rain. All of Europe is quite dry. The exception seems to be Ireland, where we will be next week.

About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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4 Responses to Rain and Modern Art

  1. Becky Knold says:

    I’m certainly enjoying your blog!! It all sounds like so much fun, and I love to imagine you fulfilling this great dream. Keep on enjoying.

    Today we went to SAM (Nick Cave) and the Magnuson Park in Seattle. Ice cream at Molly Moon’s in Wallingford. Fun time with the family.

    Lois and Mark are home, and Mia and I went with Lois to an art opening here in town. This was on the morning after they had arrived home! Lois was still pumped on the great time they had.

  2. Paul says:

    If it continues to storm in Ireland perhaps we will paint more in our house.

  3. Dotti says:

    An Olympia friend of ours has been in Ireland for a month and has had almost constant rain and lots of wind too. I hope it’s dried out by the time you get there.

  4. ace says:

    It’s grey and drizzly in Tokyo too but no serious rain so far. Our nephew has been very
    kind in helping us negotiate this very high intensity environment. Made our own way to a tempura restaurant that has been open since 1905 through the chaos of Shinjuku station and home again to our well designed but tiny rental apartment in the Ebisu neighborhood. May the adventures continue. Love, ace and marco

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