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But is it art? [Feb. 11th, 2007|10:38 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Last night, oursin posted about this exhibition at the Barbican. I've liked this kind of thing since I saw a George Rhoads sculpture in the Boston Science Museum, so I went to look at it today, and it's fantastic. It's a great big roller coaster for balls to roll around, and loop loops and go up lifts and the like. No photographs were allowed, which was a shame because it would have made for great pictures. But is it art? After all, it was all based on physics, especially the clever bits where the ball appeared to have stalled before getting on its way again. But it was very aesthetically pleasing, so yes, it is art. It's on until April 29, so go and see it. It's great. I want to go and see it again, that's how good it is.

While I was in the area I thought I'd go to the Guildhall Art Gallery because I'd been wanting to look at the amphitheatre for a while. It's slightly disappointing really - I was hoping it would be on the scale of the Tarragona amphitheatre but it's just a few stones with some pretty speculative extrapolation. It wasn't a wasted trip though, because there's a temporary William Powell Frith exhibition on, which was very good - I particularly liked The Railway Station:

and Derby Day:

This is recommended too, but if you value my art judgment you'll have to hurry as it's only on until March 4.

[User Picture]From: shermarama
2007-02-12 12:57 am (UTC)
Yay, physics-gravity-art! I've got to go and see that.
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