Today’s Meditation is about visiting an art gallery on your own.
I could probably count the number of times I’ve been to an art gallery on both hands, if not just one, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never been on my own. I’m quite sure that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. But the creator of today’s Meditation recommends it – “you can soak in the art as long as you want, imagine what they would feel like if you could touch them, choose which painting you relate most to” – so maybe I should give it a go. There’s actually a new exhibition at my local gallery, here in Leamington Spa, that I’ve been meaning to visit. It’s probably terribly basic of me, but I was drawn to the winning piece of the OPEN 2019 Award (below):
Also probably very basic of me: I really enjoyed the most recent episode of 99% Invisible – “The Many Deaths of a Painting” – about the wilful destruction and botched restoration of Barnett Newman’s Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III. I am terrified to discuss art because I am so scared of getting it Wrong, but I was tickled by the idea that destroying a work of art designed to be provocative is in itself an artistic act.
There are no reds, yellows, or blues in today’s Meditation, and perhaps that’s why it feels so calm. Like a gallery, you can rush through it, but I’m sure there’s plenty to tempt a person to reflect.