I love the fact that my dear wife knows her way around London! One of her favorite spots, and now mine, is the Victoria & Albert Museum or as it is more commonly known, “The V&A.” We were recently enjoyed another visit and again delighted in being greeted by a large, fabulous glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly hanging in the entryway (on another trip to London in 2005 we happened onto an exhibit of thousands of pieces of his work on display in Kew Gardens).
We also enjoyed an exhibit of the work of painter John Constable. We took away several things, other than the stunning beauty of his work, including the fact that he learned a great deal from copying the work of others. Isn’t it interesting how we’ve come to think of copying as bad when, in fact, it can lead us to finding our own path through art (or life for that matter).
Another exhibit, Disobedient Objects, was a more sobering look at how we human beings have worked for social change over the past fifty years and the objects that represent those struggles. It was gratifying to see some of the work of Vermont’s Bread & Puppet represented.
There was, of course, way too much to see in a long afternoon, but these two pieces of “furniture” particularly stood out as especially delightful.
And, as clear evidence that nature serves as the model for much of human art, I enjoyed these small gems out in the courtyard while Liz grazed the shop.