Do you remember that blue cockerel on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square a few years ago? Well it has just landed on the roof terrace of the newly restored and rearranged East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington DC, where I had the privilege yesterday of getting up closer than was possible in London, and (as you see) of gazing right up his bum. He gazes off the terrace, more or less in the direction of the Capitol -- as if, we couldn't help thinking, he was making a comment on the current political scene. Come on Washington DC, wake up!
But fun as it was, I wasn't actually in the United States for the modern art (though I must put in a plug for Alexander Calder again, and recommend the stunning new room devoted to him in the new hang). I was doing some revision for my emperors' project, both in the National Gallery and at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.