Wednesday, July 22, 2009


"Nicholas Penny, the director of the National Gallery in London, has already entertainingly denounced the pedestrianised north section of Trafalgar Square as "bloody awful", and expressed nostalgia for the days when it was a permanent traffic jam, and thus reasonably free from the disrupting influences of the hoi polloi. Now, asked what he makes of Antony Gormley's One and Other project for the square's fourth plinth, he said, somewhat icily: "As a historian of sculpture it seems to me to have more to do with theatre than with sculpture. Therefore," he added, as so often elegantly ducking a direct question, "I leave it to theatre critics to decide. I have seen only one or two of the performances. Or non-performances." It seems safe to conclude that, unlike National Portrait Gallery director Sandy Nairne, who filled in a slot when there was a no-show, we won't see Penny ascending the plinth any time soon."

Nothing here I could disagree with

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