David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.


15 December 2018

Robert Morris and the Fabric of Regard


Robert Morris (1931-2018) obituary

Radical American artist and sculptor whose work always had a quality of risk

Charles Darwent | The Guardian

Tue 4 Dec 2018 04.48 AEDT



 A visitor looks at an untitled work by Robert Morris, included in 
 Guggenheim Collection: The American Avant-Garde 1945-1980
 in Rome in 2012. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

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13 December 2018

David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948–2018 MCA, Sydney


David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948–2018

from MCA NEWS : Here’s to summer! WHAT'S ON this gob-smacking Theatre of the Actors of Regard image by David Goldblatt.



and this TAR image of R&Regarding the Exhibition


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08 December 2018

Theatre of the Actors of Regard | A Kind of Strangeness


Due for release in January 2019, a memoir about showbiz in the early 20th century that travels from the theatres of Vienna, Prague, and Berlin, to Hollywood during the golden age, complete with encounters with Franz Kafka, Albert Einstein, and Greta Garbo along the way.


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02 December 2018

The SMH Vintage Photo Archive Collection : An Online Auction via Leonard Joel


TAR | Strings Section  
The Sydney Morning Herald Vintage Photographic Archive Collection: An Online Auction is now live and presents an opportunity to acquire works by some of Australia’s most celebrated photographers, including Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain, David Moore, Wolfgang Sievers, Jeff Carter, Olive Cotton and Carol Jerrems.

For instance :


Description: ARTIST UNKNOWN Danger Radiation 
Silver gelatin photograph 
Stamped, inscribed and dated verso 
A box marked 'Danger Radiation' block a traffic lane in Castlereagh street yesterday. It was planted as a University of N.S.W. Foundation Day stunt 
23 x 30.5 cm 

LITERATURE: 
Herald, July 8, 1970



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30 November 2018

see three | the speakers list | Look at what they've become.



FIAPCE 
The extract below is from Hansard, yesterday :
Tony Burke in the House of Representatives, Canberra
The video of these proceedings can be viewed here

The SPEAKER: Is the motion seconded?
Mr BURKE (Watson—Manager of Opposition Business) (14:53): I second the motion. Look at what they've become. Let's not forget what we were told before they became the government. Let's go back six years to what they told us a Liberal-National Party government would be like. What did they say about a surplus budget back then? Joe Hockey said this: 'We will deliver a surplus budget in our first budget and every budget after that.' Well, since then, they've doubled Australia's debt and taken it to half a trillion dollars and are now boasting that maybe in the financial year after the next election they'll, for the first time, fulfil what they said they'd do before they ever came to government. That's where they're at now.

That's because the first Prime Minister they tried on, the first Prime Minister they had a go with, started by saying, 'We can now bring back adult, stable government.' That's what he said—that he'd be able to deliver a stable government. It might not have been stable, but it's been consistent, because the number of prime ministers is three, the number of treasurers is three and the number of deputy prime ministers is three. There's been a consistency to what they've done, but it has been the exact opposite of what Liberal Party voters thought they were going to get when this mob were elected. They promised cabinet government. That was one of the things they said they would deliver: proper, orderly cabinet government. Well, there's an embassy decision that you might have thought you would have had a cabinet submission for, an embassy decision where you might have thought, 'Maybe we should let the security agencies know before we announce this one.' But there was no process, nothing other than, from the Prime Minister in this despatch box, 'Our candidate told us it would be a good idea.' That was with all the resources of government and all the things they told us they would be.

The Leader of the House, when he was the Manager of Opposition Business, would say time and time again, every time the parliamentary program was brought down, 'The House is not sitting enough.' He'd tell us each time: 'You're running scared if you're not willing to have the parliament sit. It's a test of whether or not you're a government.' And now, for the first time since 1901, the parliament is planning to sit for only 10 days in an eight month period. A lot of the debate has been, 'Maybe that's because they're scared of the numbers on the floor of the parliament,' but we're missing the other point: every time the parliament meets, the party room meets. The Prime Minister says to us: 'You're all getting so cocky. You all think you're going to be able to beat a Morrison government.' Well, we don't even know if we'll be up against a Morrison government. All the indications and the little publicity stunts from the people who are a little bit more popular than the Prime Minister raise a whole lot of questions. I can understand why they want to reduce the number of party room meetings between now and the election.

We were also told that, if they won the election, there'd be no cuts to health, no cuts to education, no changes to pensions and no cuts to the ABC—every single one of them untrue. But we don't need to go through our critique of them because, in truth, the brutality of our critique of them doesn't match the brutality of their critique of them. In the newspaper articles we're reading now, it's really hard to get a Labor Party quote in because we're competing with every anonymous backgrounder from the front bench and the backbench, and their language is so much more colourful than ours. Having promised adult government, they then give us a Prime Minister describing his own mob as a 'muppet show'. It wasn't us who described the Minister for the Environment as being on L-plates; it was one of their own senators. It wasn't us who ridiculed the Leader of the House as being a legend in his own lunchtime; it was the man sitting next to him, the Treasurer of Australia.

The Prime Minister seeks to describe who cares about the real issues and what sort of work people are doing here. This is the speakers list that's been distributed on the Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill, which is being debated in the chamber right now. It's a list of Labor speakers, with only one government member speaking for the government's own bill. It's not that their backbenchers are busy—they're on the phone, ringing up people there. They've got lots to say about the government but very little to offer to the Australian people. (Time expired)


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28 November 2018

c3 fundraiser



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TRAIN/ENNIAL 
Arts Practice in the Age of the Spectacle 
c3 Annual Fundraiser
29th November - 9th December, 11am – 5pm daily
OPENING LAUNCH: 29th November 6-8pm
Exhibiting Artists
Alexandra Nemaric, Ali McCann, Alicia KING, Allyn Laing, Amy May Stuart, Andrew Atchison, Andy Butler, Audrey Tan, Ben Hattingh, Ben Kelly, Ben Sexton, Bettina Willner-Browne, Betra Fraval, Brigit Ryan, Callum Morton, Casey Jeffery, Chaco Kato, David Attwood, Dell Stewart, Diego Ramirez, Emanuel Rodriguez-Chaves, Georgie North, Grace Wood, Hannah Gartside, Ingmar Apinis, James Little, Janelle Low, Jaye Early, Jem Olsen, Jeremy Eaton, Jo Scicluna, John Brooks, John Gosper, Jon Butt, Jonas Ropponen, Jordan Mitchell-Fletcher, Karima Baadilla, Kate Beynon, Kate Golding, Katie Lee, Katie Paine, Katie Ryan, Kenny Pittock, Kirsten Perry, Lara Chamas, Lauren Dunn, Lorilee Yang, Louise Meuwissen, Marcelle Bradbeer, Matt Fairbridge, Melanie Upton, Miranda Skoczek, MJ Flamiano, Moorina Bonini, Natalie Ryan, Natalie Thomas, Neika Lehman, Nicole Breedon, Olga Bennett, Pascale Dawson, Patricia McCarthy-Henry, Peta Clancy, Peter Tyndall, Pia Murphy, Pierra Van Sparkes, Pip Ryan, Rebecca Delange, Renee Cosgrave, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Saskia Doherty, Shannon Lyons, Simon MacEwan, Steven Rhall, Tai Snaith, Tessy King, Tom Hvala, Tracey Lamb, Tyson Campbell, Vivian Cooper Smith, Yumemi Hiraki, Yuval Rosinger and Yvette Coppersmith
c3 contemporary art space 
The Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St. Abbotsford
VIC 3067 Australia

+61 3 9416 4300
c3@abbotsfordconvent.com.au 
c3 online fundraiser catalog here


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24 November 2018

APT9


The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) opens today at QAGOMA




 Zico Albaiquni, Indonesia b.1987 
 The Imbroglio Tropical Paradise 2018
 Oil on canvas 
 120 x 80cm 
 © The artist 
 Courtesy: The artist and Yavuz Gallery

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19 November 2018

Avert, avert!


Theatre of the Actors of Regard : A painting by the British artist David Hockney has sold at a Christie's auction in New York for $US90 million. 

In this TAR tableau, a refusalist turns her gaze away from that work.


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18 November 2018

Matriarchs: Motherlines of the Yolgnu and Tiwi Islands



by Raelene Kerinauia  
Matriarchs: 
Motherlines of the Yolgnu and Tiwi Islands

15 November to 15 December 2018


Opening conversation: Sunday 18 November at 2 pm
With Will Stubbs, Co-ordinator Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre and Nongirrnga Marawili, artist
Exhibition dates: 15 November to 15 December 2018
Artists: Kaye Brown, Raelene Kerinauia, Banduk Marika, Nongirrnga Marawili, Liawaday Marawili, Marrnyula Munungurr, Mulkun Wirrpanda, Mrs Wirrpanda (Galuma Maymuru) and Michelle Woody Minnapinni
Presented with: Buku Art Centre and Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, Milikapiti Community (Snake Bay), Melville Island, NT
Matriarchs: Motherlines of the Yolgnu and Tiwi Islands brings together generations of artists committed to keeping Yolgnu and Tiwi law and culture strong. The exhibition considers their work from the perspective of a feminist genealogy tracing matriarchal and collegiate relationships.
8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross, Sydney
Opening Hours
11 to 6 Thursday to Saturday*, (Saturday close at 4pm)
Closed public holidays.

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17 November 2018

Chop wood, carry lines


This scroll about a woman carrying firewood and flowers is by the Zen nun Otagaki Rengetsu aka Lotus Moon, renowned in her own time (1791-1875) as now for her poetry, calligraphy and pottery.


collection FIAPCE        
Rengetsu hand-formed her own pottery and painted her own scroll imagery. She also often combined her inscriptions with the work of other potters and painters. The signature and seal on this scroll's image are by another artist. 



Her haiku here appears close to that on a similar scroll dated 1867 :

  The tips of firewood
  she breaks off and bundles
  are also flowery—
  the spring wind
  of Mount Oohara.

Born around this time, the Irish poet WB Yeats (1865-1939) would later write :

  ALL the words that I gather,
    And all the words that I write,
  Must spread out their wings untiring,
    And never rest in their flight,
  Till they come where your sad, sad heart is,
    And sing to you in the night,
  Beyond where the waters are moving,
    Storm-darken'd or starry bright.


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