I LOVE TO GO TO ART EXHIBITIONS. I love to stand before a contemporary painting and think to myself: EITHER YOU ARE WACKO OR I AM NUTS–or BOTH. But I love it. Even though I live in a big old house filled with everything made before 1830, I still love huge canvases covered in red, yellow, orange, a bit of blue, and shocking green–no attempt to have meaning–it just exists as a magnificent “madrugada” of color. If it ever stops raining in the Wasatch Mountains where I live, I am going to go into my bee garden and dump loads of paint onto a canvas. I don’t think I can find a nude to dip and slide around, but I do think I can splash a big brush and away I go.
Well, better than that, LET’S GO TO THE ROYAL ACADEMY’S SUMMER EXHIBITION on Piccadilly from 14 June -22 August. I will be in London for much of that time, and I plan to haunt the galleries. I am not much for the bright red vehicles or the portrayals of butchered beef, but I love the images with masses of colorful abstract blobs. Reynolds would not have approved, but then again times have changed without any disrespect to all the ol’ boys who indulged us with their magnificent paintings.
The ROYAL ACADEMY’S SUMMER EXHIBITION SUMMER EXHIBITION is billed as the world’s largest open submission contemporary art exhibition of established and unknown artists alike. The artists submit their works for consideration; this year’s show will feature 1,267 exhibitions.
NOW IN ITS 242ND YEAR, the 14 June -22 August show will include works in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture, and film.
If you like contemporary art, you will be in heaven. If you are a closeted admirer of contemporary art but don’t want your friends to know, PUT ON A WIG AND SOME DARK GLASSES, and enjoy yourself– all by yourself– totally incognito. Come on, admit it, there is nothing better than standing in front of a modern picture, full of strange figures and wonderful colors, and saying to yourself: WOW, I LIKE THAT. You don’t have to take it home and shock the spouse who might think you have gone crazy–hopefullyreally crazy,
but you can take it home in your mind and heart and join the world of fantasy–YIKES, that is what art is really all about. That is why we have homes which are filled with things that make us happpy and remind us of our hopes and memories.
See you at the Royal Academy for this wonderful event. I am really excited to attend, and I hope I see you there.
Thomas Moore 801.791.9918