Let me start by saying I don’t think I have ever walked into an art gallery unless someone else asked me to, or lead me in. Not that I don’t appreciate art, because I really do, but I am more of a museum person than a gallery person. That all changed recently when walking by the Tim Cantor Gallery, as I looked up from the pavement my eye caught “Grassland” and I stopped mid step to admire it.
I had to go into the gallery to see it up close. It is even more beautiful than it is here online. I love his use of light and his over saturation of colors. I loved all of his work, he combines classical genres with magical realism. Just wow. While walking through the gallery I couldn’t help thinking of the under belly of the gallery world- thanks to having just finished Steve Martin’s An Object of Beauty. A book I sort of enjoyed, I can’t in good conscience recommend it without telling you that it is pretty raw and raunchy. The story was a bit bland…but I felt I had a glimpse into the seedy side of the art world. I suspect I will never own real art…the piece above is selling for $28k. However, I hope the day comes when I can afford giclee prints of art I admire.
Other books I think you should add to your “sit by the pool and watch the kids splash” list are:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Can you believe I had never read this book until a few weeks ago??? Crazy…and I was always confusing Charlotte Bronte with Mary Shelley (makes no sense, I know). I loved Jane Eyre, really loved it. Gasped out loud when Mr Rochester proposed and everything. I thought I had guessed the ending, but boy was I wrong! I suspect you’ve already read it, but its good enough to re read every few years.
I am *this* close to finishing The Help by Kathryn Stockett, people I can.not put it down (in fact I am trying to type this super fast so I can get back to the couch and read more!). It is a historical fiction novel about the hired help of Jackson Mississippi during the 1960′s. A young girl wants to write the story of what its like for maids to serve and raise white people’s children. The risk that these maids take to tell their stories, is almost tangible to the reader. This is a book that makes you think a bit about your own “lines”, the lines that you draw that dictate how you treat other people based on looks and socioeconomics. There is also a movie set to be released August 12th, based on the book. So, you know, if you want to see the movie you should really read the book first (that’s my motto anyway).
What are you reading right now?