Then we happened upon this one, by William Congdon, an artist I'm not familiar with. It's a large piece, and all three of us liked this one, spending quite a lot of time looking at it from different angles. What you can't really appreciate from this small picture is that the artist has laid colours down on the canvas, painted over it in thick black oil paint (and thick cream on the left), then scratched back into the paint to reveal the layer beneath. What looks at first glance to be fine white detail painted over the black is in fact very loose scratching back. It gives it a wonderful 3D effect.
On the whole, I was a little disappointed that there weren't more pieces, but I suppose that's the nature of a travelling exhibition of this calibre...you get a couple of famous 'signature' pieces and lots of less well known works. But still, an enjoyable afternoon, I love seeing an exhibition with friends, it's always fascinating to discuss (or argue!) which ones we like and which ones we don't. And I do like eavesdropping on other people's conversations as they look at art, it's fascinating hearing how other people are affected by different pieces, whether they liked them or not and why. If you're interested, have a look at the official Peggy Guggenheim Collection website, they have lots of wonderful images of the large collection of abstract and surreal art.