Thursday, July 24, 2008

One ticked off the list

I'm a list addict. I can't get enough of them. I've recently discovered the "1001 Books to Read Before You Die" (a feeble 9% read) and "1001 Films to See Before You Die" (a not great 24% seen). I haven't got around to the "1001 Albums" list yet - I'm too busy reading books and watching films.

I've mentioned our office works of art before, mainly to moan that I'm not a fan. Then yesterday, we had a woman arrange to come to the office specifically to see one of our pieces, because it is in the book "1001 Paintings to See Before You Die".

It had to be removed from the wall in our Chief Executive's office and brought down to reception for her to view it. She was apparently very pleased to have seen it and quizzed our operations manager on how much he knew about it (nothing) and how often he allowed himself to ponder it (never).

It is "The Edge of Night" by David Austen. It is a black square canvas with a blue line in the middle. I don't have any strong feelings towards it one way or another, although I do wonder if we could make a little money on the side by charging people to look at it.

I've definitely seen Picasso's "Guernica" too, so I can't have more than 999 left to see.


M said...

I spent some time at the Louvre last week. Surely I saw a few paintings from that list?

SandDancer said...

No doubt. I should imagine I have seen more than just two of them but it was a daunting looking list even for me. I don't imagine we have any more of them in our office though.

Arukiyomi said...

If you're interested, there's a brand new improved edition of Arukiyomi's 1001 books spreadsheet available at Arukiyomi's blog for you to chart your progress with both the old and new lists.

For more info and a free download click HERE

Happy reading!

SandDancer said...

Arukiyomi - thank you for update on your spreadsheet. I was already using the old version. Well done to you for updating it.