Canberra, August 2017
We have used our pleasant stay in Canberra, in visits to the National and National Portrait Galleries, to fulminate about the decline of portraiture and the absurdity of abstract expressionism. But while The Varnished Culture sauntered between the rooms, talking of Michelangelo, we did pipe a bunch of interesting stuff, familiar and new.
Some good old and new:
A nice moony Streeton
…in fine silver, gold and steel.
Some fine Filippino figurines (above) and the well-known Magritte…
A beautiful piece of blown glass, “Cobalt Blue Venetian No. 9” by Dale Chihuly (1989), the same artist who created the huge foyer piece at Atlantis in Dubai.
Even Tiffany got a Guernsey:
and the equally famous phone:
or this modern bust of a paediatrician: