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Donkin's World: Heading For The Art Gallery

"I love art galleries. I put it down to the slide shows of great paintings we had in school and the enthusiasm shown by our art teacher, Bob Donald. I can remember him now, as if it was yesterday, describing the lush bits in a Renoir nude. For prebubescent boys it was heady stuff,'' writes author and journalist Richard Donkin.

These days I rarely go to a big city without heading for the art gallery. Princeton was a surprise since its relatively small gallery on the campus had a fantastic collection. http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

There are not many galleries where you are actively encouraged to get in to the exhibit but this was the case at Grounds For Sculpture http://www.groundsforsculpture.org/, a large sculpture park established by John Seward Johnson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Seward_Johnson_II, a sculptor whose work has sometimes been described as kitsch. Kitsch or not, I couldn't resist the chance to help this young lady find her soap (above). It's a work called Employee Shower by Carole Feuerman http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2035059/Artist-Carole-Feuerman-creates-stunning-waxworks-realistic-people-think-theyre-treated-like-real-people.html. Seward Johnson himself specialises in making sculptures of scenes from famous paintings, as in this depiction of Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. He likes to put himself and his pals in to these works. Not my cup of tea, but arresting nonetheless.

It was dark when we were shown around the park but that just added to the interest for sculptures such as the one below. Yes, Grounds for Sculpture is not your run of the mill kind of gallery.


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