I’m a Clockwise Shuffler

Excellent article by Stuart Jeffries in today’s Guardian about the problem of popular exhibitions. In the major cities especially, its becoming impossible to just stand or sit in quiet contemplation in front of a painting for more than a few seconds. When I went to Tate Britain at the weekend I didn’t for one moment entertain the idea of pre-booking, queuing and being shepherded round the Turner/Whistler/Monet, much as I’d like to see the paintings. Instead we had a relaxing wander round the Caro sculptures – then used up our queuing quota at the overcrowded cafe!