the final fall out from princeton activity; laboured over in perivale at brad faine’s new workshop behind the hoover building. two editions of prints celebrate the leaves on einstein drive. the smaller seen here is exclusive to the institute for advanced study. a larger version (though in a smaller edition of 25) unites princeton, peckham (where some last minute substitute leaves were hoovered up and shoehorned in) and perivale itself.
what I had initially planned to do at the institute was to make some first steps towards the next version of a humument. i completed a few new pages before my study was submerged in dying foliage. as is usual on princeton visits old plans were abandoned in favour of new projects but here is one of the revisions. another will appear in the next issue of Art In America and all of them will be on show in the keiller library at the scottish national gallery of modern art from 6th october 2007 to 6th january 2008.
also I had the solicited pleasure of drawing freeman dyson, pioneer physicist and lucidest of writers on science and its moralities, one of my heroes. In this woven world connections must come to light. It turns out that freeman’s father was the eminent sir george dyson familiar to all church choristers, among whom I had often sung Dyson in G one of the evergreens of the Anglican litany. when I mentioned that my wife is working on the theme of salome we fell to talking about richard strauss. freeman remembers his coming to tea just after the war.