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Friday, February 11, 2005

Randi's phone turns Turner...


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It's snowing again back home in Beverly, and I suspect posting pictures of the accumulating snowfall is Randi's way of telling me she misses my snow shoveling powers....

What this image does being to mind, however, are those that were featured in the BBC's The Culture Show coverage of a new exhibition at the Tate that brings together the works of Turner Whistler Monet. The show is based on the premise that Turner's paintings, especially those of London's landscape along the Thames seen through the smoggy air of the times, had a major influence on the work of both Whistler and Monet, and was central to the development of modern art. The exhibition just came over from Paris, and I am hoping we get a chance to see it before it closes in May (after all, Randi needs a break from all that snow!).

And while I am on the subject, let me say a few words about The Culture Show. This is an on-air "magazine", organized as such (last night was "Issue No. 10"), and truly well done. Last night, for example, featured an interview with Kurt Vonnegut, an interview/essay on REM, a segment on space (as in outer) art, and a story on the latest opera by the team that brought "Jerry Springer, The Opera" to the stage (and more recently to the BBC, along with some degree of controversy). Interesting spots each, and it is really a pity that they don't stream these for viewing for those outside the reach of the BBC.

On a positive note, this is one TV distraction that I don't have to be embarrassed about....
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