In Celebration of Presentation

The way a work of art is presented is important.  In fact, it’s crucial.  Sushi on a quaint floral plate doesn’t work.  A string quartet in baggage reclaim wouldn’t be appreciated.  An Antony Gormley sculpture in the front garden of a post-war semi would be just wrong.  One of the many fantastic things I love about the presentation of the arts in the UK and on the Continent is the juxtaposition of the classical and contemporary.  One of the finest annual exhibitions is the Sony World Photography Show held at Somerset House in London.  This year I was able to introduce my daughter to the incredible work of Martin Parr — the master of celebrating the British tourist.  Before she arrived at the venue, I had a a few minutes to make some images of the stunning courtyard of Somerset House.

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