I felt very arty on Monday. With a little snark thrown in for good measure. In the spirit of the season, I vote for the snark first.
It was a beautiful day, and I'm definitely glad I took the opportunity for a ride downtown. I took the long way around by the Lincoln Memorial because they're still working on the GW between the 14th Street bridge and the Pentagon. If they'd hurry up and finish that work I'd be ever so grateful.
But that little detour gave us the first picture of the day:
What's so special about this sign? Nothing really, until you zoom out a bit:
Yeah, that's the Washington Monument in the background. Seriously? It's a state law to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks? In the District? Who the hell put these signs up? Now I'm thinking it could have been the Park Service because this is right next to the Lincoln Memorial, but c'mon folks, put down the pipe and get it right.
Anyway, just to illustrate how nice a day it was, I give you a nice shot of a bendy Washington Monument. I really like my new little digital, but it does have a habit of curving straight lines. Still, it was a great day for a ride.
On to the National Gallery. I started off with the old masters, but didn't take any pictures 'cause I didn't want the docent's to put a boot in my ass. I headed over to the East Wing where they had a exhibition of some more modern art.
A Jackson Pollock. I know I've said, "Hell, I could do that."
Of course I could, but Pollock did it first and did it best.
Sol Lewitt's "Objectivity." I kinda liked this piece.
Colors, lines, depth, it has it all.
This one I could have done. This is not art. This is spilling a gallon of
beige paint on a canvas. I didn't bother getting the artist's name.
Jasper Johns' "Dancers on a Plane." This is pretty cool.
Especially up close. Really close. (Also not the bent frame, not the fault
of the Gallery, my camera again. Doh!)
Gerhard Richter's "Abstract Painting 780-1." I liked this
one too. It would look great in my living room.
This is a view of Sol Lewitt's "Wall Drawing #65. Lines not short, not straight, crossing and touching, drawn at random using four colors, uniformly dispersed with maximum density, covering the entire surface of the wall." Yeah, that's the whole title. It's a pretty cool piece covering a wall about 20 feet tall by 30 feet long. Here's a close-up:
The picture below is one of the last ones I took. The light was dim, making the image very soft and when I cropped it a bit it kind of reminded me of an Edward Hopper. A solitary person who's identity is unknown. The figure, colors and white walls just kinda work.