So what did I think of the state of art in the UK, now?
Notably there is a dearth of photorealism. Score. That some famous names do busy or outrageously bold nothing very much but big. That if you have a "name" you can get away with just about anything and charge a lot, which also says something about the purchasing public. That the room for small paintings was by far the most interesting. That there is not much behind glass unless it is a print. That the best selling prints are of conventional, "safe" subjects, done in a traditional way. That oil is best (for hanging and selling). That we live in a safe, unthreatening country where war or disturbance (other than by weather) is almost unknown. That we can afford to be artisticly self indulgent (no bad thing, up to a point).
Would I try to get hung here? Probably not worth it at this stage of the game for me, but nice for older artists who already have a name (as actresses). Oh yes, and I saw paintings too similar to those hung at the Threadneedle prize in October. A mistake to do the same thing twice with little difference, I thought and in London, too.
There. Now you needn't go. The Victoria Gallery at Bath has a super show of the Radev collection part 2, on to 31st August. Now that's worth going to.