Friday, February 22, 2013

How the Powerful Fall

We visited the “Collection Lambert” Museum in Avignon yesterday. Part of my sabbatical is to accompany Martha to as many museums (preferably contemporary) as possible to “stretch my eyes” about what is art and what is beautiful
            The current exhibit there was about “The Orient”,  which is kind of strange for me. Orient is not a word I use any more except as a designation for restaurants. Orient seems to be term to lump various people-groups into a convenient category. In this exhibit, “oriental” referred to North Africa. It was an odd amalgam of images and artifacts, photos by Robert Rauchenberg, and contemporary works by Anselm Kiefer.
            But the one that grabbed my eye had to do with both the content and the light of the day. It was a painting of Muammar Qadadfi in a “screaming pose” with the light making the painting into prison bars. How quickly despots rise and fall!


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