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Art? Bllllggrrrhhhs##!

12 Dec
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I am off to my writing group today.  It is our Christmas social so we are each taking a plate of food to share and a Secret Santa gift.  The gift is an envelope of writing prompts – pictures, newspaper cuttings, headlines, that sort of thing.  It was suggested by our leader; what a great idea for impoverished writers!

I remember the first time I went to a social event at Stockport Art Gallery: I gasped in horror when someone ate from one of the exhibits.  It was only when everyone started doing it that I realised it was not, in fact, a piece of modern art, but the refreshments.

I think I can be forgiven: four wicker baskets propped at an angle, each containing a single colour-food and sat on a table in the middle of a gallery full of conceptual art pieces sounds like a Turner Prize-winner to me.

That reminds me of my honeymoon: we went into a museum of modern art in Cape Town.  Everything was called ‘Untitled’, presumably because it defied description.  We came out of there enraged at the biggest waste of money we ever spent, but they refused to give us our twenty cents back. 

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