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.

19 February 2011

NGV vs 21C

To celebrate its 150th anniversary the National Gallery of Victoria has launched an exciting new online competition.

So who says they're a bunch of fuddy duddies?!

Gallery fights 'moribund' tag
Gabriella Coslovich
February 19, 2011
read the article here

With colourful balloons and prizes galore,
who says they're a bunch of fuddy duddies?!

from the NGV150 MY TOP TEN website :

Choose your favourite works and your vote will contribute to the My Top Ten self-guided trail, launched during the NGV pARTy Weekend 28–29 May. Also, tell us why you like a particular work and your comments could be reproduced within the trail and on the wall labels accompanying the work!

Prize 1
Playful office art Have the best looking desk in the office with this bamboo covered calculator and matching travel clock. Valued at $128.95

Prize 2
Hanging with style Your clothes will thank you for this fun and stylish bike coat rack made by Daniel Sheiner of Loop Designs. Valued at $165

Prize 3For fashion lovers Relax on a kooky robot cushion while flicking through a stunning copy of Fashion: Australian and New Zealand Designers. Valued at $139.90

Prize 4
Tea for two Enjoy a sparkling Afternoon Tea for two in the beautiful surrounds of The Tea Room. Located on Level 1 at NGV International. Valued at $120

Prize 5
Homeware with flare Make your home a work of art with this yellow porcelain nest bowl by Mud Australia and giant red peg. Valued at $149.95

Prize 6
Art on a plate Make your next dinner party special with this designer salad bowl complete with servers. Also included is a set of Mimi Me bowls. Valued at $144.85

Prize 7
Lunch and von Guérard Enjoy a delicious lunch for two at Gallery Kitchen and see the beautiful Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed exhibition. Valued at $90.0

Prize 8
Eat and sleep with art More great homewares; a designer felt grey oblong cushion, a hotplate 'Hotman' and flower measuring cups. Valued at $146.90

Prize 9
For kids and kids at heart Get playful with KLOP! – a log tossing game. Little artisans can also enjoy a stylish dog toy designed by Vilac. Valued at $149.90

Prize 10
Hosted Persimmon dinner for 10! Dinner for you and ten of your friends at Persimmon, hosted by a surprise Melbourne personality. Valued at $ priceless!

So who says they're a bunch of fuddy duddies?!

bLOGOS/HA HA votes as follows

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