Get Out the Map, Day 4

Bethany and I are both basically sick now, but that didn’t stop us from descending upon Washington, D.C. today. We did the typical D.C. stuff, and although I do have some photos, they are pretty standard and unremarkable. The White House, the Washington Phallus Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial looked exactly like they do in the movies.

I wish I had pictures of the stuff at the National Gallery of Art. We could have spent all week there. There was a Richard Misrach exhibit of beach scenes. I got this off the internet. Click on it. Pretty, huh?

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But this is really something you have to see in person. First of all, each piece is gigantic. Then the water looks like water—not like a photograph of water but like actual water. There are more here, but, like I said, the internet doesn’t do them justice.

I often feel like I don’t give visual art enough credit. I don’t look at it long enough to consider it. I want to be the kind of person who thinks about art, but sometimes I just wander through art museums without letting the stuff make an impression on me. I wanted to do it slowly today, but I didn’t really have the time or the patience. I am writing about Misrach because I want to remember his name and I want to remember that his work impressed me.