Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Late Tuesday / Very early Wednesday
Just back from London where the Palladio exhibition, featuring, among others, work by C, is opening. A dash down from class for me, writing reports all the way down. Place was packed. C had gone down earlier and was talking daughter H and R when I spotted them in the throng. Son T arrived about 8pm. Two ex-MA students from the art college were there. I hadn't expected to see them, so we talked about what they were doing now. One is writer in residence at the Hackney Empire, writing plays. The other is about to set off on a long walk abroad.
Expensive works, up to £40K, some sold. C's two drawings are in the window, facing the street so you have to be outside to see them, on the other hand you can't help but see them as you are passing and as you enter. Her painting is rich and painterly, whereas most employ minimal paintwork, very little contrast in light, more form than drama.
By the time I rise there will be a new American president. Some of my university students are planning to stay up all night. The car radio was full of it on the way home, nothing actually happening, just mile after mile of expectation. I expect little will change either way except the mood, and that will change enormously if Obama wins, which I expect he will.