Across The Dead Continent

Pictures from a summer in the USA
Society Hill Towers, Philadelphia, PA- designed by IM Pei, 1963.

Society Hill Towers, Philadelphia, PA- designed by IM Pei, 1963.

Tennessee State War Memorial, Nashville, TN.

Tennessee State War Memorial, Nashville, TN.

Boston, MA.

Boston, MA.

Mile-high Tudor revival, Chicago, IL.

Mile-high Tudor revival, Chicago, IL.

Chicago disappearing into the mist.

Chicago disappearing into the mist.

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Rodin, Eternal Idol, Arthur Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

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Even by Rodin’s standards, startlingly erotic.

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Rodin, The Hand of God, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

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Says so, so much about creation and art without ever seeming wanky or po-mo. Interesting how Rodin’s best work tends to be in bronze, but this wouldn’t have worked so well in bronze, because that would have been an artificial material.

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Rodin, Bust of Aime-Jules Dalou, in the Detroit Institute of Art.

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Details from Rodin’s The Five Burghers of Calais, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

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Something about the way bronze, especially his bronze, catches pools of light and darkness across its surface…

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This - more even than other Rodin work - is one of the most Expressionist pieces of art I know.

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The Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, PA. One of the best small museums I have ever been to, for one of the best artists there has ever been.

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I saw lots and lots of Rodin in the USA, I guess partly because there are several copies of most of his works, so they’re easier to see. In one or two cases I would see something, get on a bus to another city, go to the museum there, and see exactly the same Rodins, which was a touch surreal.

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John the Baptist Preaching.

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Old Woman. Expect lots more Rodin in the next few days…

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