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.

13 February 2012

NGV : New Director Appointed

NGV management said it would announce its new director last week, then changed to this week and now says an announcement is expected next week.
Different strokes as top galleries seek chiefs
Raymond Gill / THE AGE
February 11, 2012

PRESS RELEASE : Ideal Applicant To Get The Job

Le marchand de gravures
The Merchant of Images
The Purveyor of Projections


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The new Director soon demonstrates his capability. At a crowded first press conference he exploits the opportunity to also unveil the institution's latest Major Acquisition.

"Purchased with the generous assistance of a local
media identity (who prefers to remain anonymous)...

... created 14 years before
Kazimir Malevich's 1918
Suprematist Composition:White on White
(pictured below) ...

... this
foundational early 20th century (1904) 'white work' by Theatre of the Actors of Regard :

Procession de communiantes sur la place Blanche. Un jour de neige.

Procession of Communicants at White Square. Snowy day.

The new Director then carefully instructs the press about the many intricacies of the Title that T.A.R. ascribed to this work :
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...