Monday, December 30, 2013

The pilgrim facebook page

I had the opportunity to visit the New South Wales Art Gallery recently whilst the America art collection is being shown.  Paintings by James Whistler, Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock. The collection was staggering not only for beautiful paintings of landscapes and history but the sheer size of some of the paintings.  There were a few subjects about relocation and settlement and the sheer massiveness of their new land came through in the artists work of the time.  What I found really interesting were some of the people in these paintings.  The look on their faces looking back at you, a look of fear and worry.  Fear of a different world, different looking people and values.  Fear of failure maybe.  Like most art work it's a snapshot of a place and time.  How do they paint us today, have we changed?  Less linen and more spandex obviously.  You could go onto Facebook to get a snapshot of our lives and stories today.  Oh dear, better not.  Maybe our newspapers would better reflect who we are.  Then again. Better stick to landscapes.

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