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.


28 January 2012

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Here's another detail from the mid-80s set, one of which was shown in yesterday's post.

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In the collection of Heide Museum of Modern Art, it is also included in the Heide 30th Anniversary exhibitions, FOREVER YOUNG (until March).

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Tomorrow, at that exhibition :
IN CONVERSATION (Free with admission price)
Sunday 29 January 2:00 pm
Tony Clark, John Nixon, Peter Tyndall & John Young

Venue
Heide III: Central Galleries

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27 January 2012

Authenticity when viewing art...

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We do miss listening to The Book Show (ABC Radio National) with Ramona Koval and her knowledgeable team. What a loss! (Here's the link to Don Watson's comments about this at The Monthly.)

In place of The Book Show is an arts mix, Books and Arts Daily.

One of yesterday's items was right up our street :
NEW STUDY SAYS THE WAY WE VIEW ART IS IRRATIONAL

Imagine this. There's a picture you love. Suppose it's a Picasso. Or a Sidney Nolan. You just love it. Then one day an expert tells you that it's a copy. Or a fake. How do you react? What happens inside the wiring of your brain?

Martin Kemp is professor emeritus in Art History from Oxford University and a leading expert on the Italian Renaissance, particularly the work of Leonardo do Vinci. Telling authentic works from copies is his bread and butter. Now he's got together with a couple of neuro scientists to explore this fascinating question about how our brains respond to fakes and the genuine article.

Click here for that program
The article discussed, as listed at Radio National :
Title Authenticity when viewing art
Author Martin J Kemp et al
Publisher Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 28 November, 2011
The blue link above will take you to the abstract. From there you can link to the original research article. It's full poetic title is :

Human cortical activity evoked by the assignment of authenticity when viewing works of art

Mengfei Huang1†, Holly Bridge2†,
Martin J. Kemp3 and Andrew J. Parker1*

1 Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
2 Department of Clinical Neurology, FMRIB Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
3 Trinity College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Mengfei Huang and Holly Bridge Joint first authors.
"The expertise of others is a major social influence on our everyday decisions and actions. Many viewers of art, whether expert or na├»ve, are convinced that the full esthetic appreciation of an artwork depends upon the assurance that the work is genuine rather than fake. Rembrandt portraits provide an interesting image set for testing this idea, as there is a large number of them and recent scholarship has determined that quite a few fakes and copies exist. Use of this image set allowed us to separate the brain’s response to images of genuine and fake pictures from the brain’s response to external advice about the authenticity of the paintings....


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bLOGOS/HA HA wonders if the core of the reality-instability problem might lie in the persistence of our self-cherishing integrity delusion; in our general refusal to wholly appreciate and practise a view that is not based on a notion of fixity and singularity.


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26 January 2012

Australia Day / Invasion Day

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On this National Public Holiday, here we're listening to the Australian Open while sorting through some image files.

This pic is from the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania, and seems apt to today : Australia Day / Invasion Day

Set in a Jesus+Dreaming Golden|Guillotine, Robert Dowling's Aborigines of Tasmania 1859.



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25 January 2012

THIS IS MISSING

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Our previous blog post started with a French Poste stamp by Ben.



this is a letter/
this is a stamp/
this is a language/
this is a blog/post/
this is a digital/image/
this is an act/of regard/
this is a moment/of mind/ / / /

The French Phrase it double well :

Qu'est-ce que c'est?

For Korean Zen it is the key koan :

What is this?

It is part of the Western (via negativa) way too :



What a delight then to see the front page of today's THE AGE.

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What is this? It's about the theft, from the National Gallery of Victoria, of a contemporary artwork: Have you seen this painting? (2012) by Theatre of the Actors of Regard.

Described as "conceptual-text-on-traditional-landscape-painting intended-for-regard", it is rumoured to have been 'dis-appeared' by a rival practice of young Melbourne artists, The Absence.

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23 January 2012

Re. some French stamps

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We don't have a philatelist among our staff but we do all take an interest in the contents of the IN TRAY. For stamps and their arrangements, it is our French correspondents who delight us most often. Here are just a few recently received.

The first is by the artist Ben (Ben Vautier). A gentle mind sharpener in the French manner, is it not. Not a bill of post - there are other stamps for that.



Under Ben's stamp are two 2008 definitive 'Head of Marianne'. Designed and engraved by Yves Beaujard, these are also known as 'Marianne and Europe'.

Two more...

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At the top is another version of 'Head of Marianne', designed for La Poste by Salvador Dali, 1979. (There's an interesting website here with a history of Frances's 'Head of Marianne' stamps, including the one above by Dali and another by Jean Cocteau, from 1937.)

The stamp beneath Dali's is from 1977, by the French font designer Roger Excoffon.

Fonts by Excoffon : Chambord (1945), Banco (1951), Mistral (1953), Choc (1955), Diane (1956), Calypso (1958), Antique Olive (1962–66).

These two stamps, with their free-flowing calligraphy in common, have obviously been brought together by a thoughtful, creative and generous sender.

As if to emphasise, this morning these arrived. One celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the other, a meta stamp, celebrates the French Republic's JOURNEE DU TIMBRE.

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15 January 2012

Chamber of Regard

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We're watching Gordon Liu in The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Shaw Brothers, 1978)...



A Praise to Master Drum View Practitioners :

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09 January 2012

Regardism Movement Popular In Europe

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Cheers to J.A. for alerting bLOGOS/HA HA to the performance by Theatre of the Actors of Regard at the opening of Dynamics of Painting (Kunstruimte 09, Groningen, The Netherlands).




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05 January 2012

Tremendous Wall Flower

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Theatre of the Actors of Regard alerts us to the latest tableau of GV at the NGV :
He has no doubt about the painting's impact on visitors. ''It has tremendous wall power,'' he says.

Benches have been placed in front of it to encourage people to lose themselves in the work. ''There is the potential for abstraction to have a spiritual quality,'' he says.

Global crisis brings modernist 'old master' to the NGV
Robin Usher / THE AGE
4 January 2012
( click here to read the article )


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01 January 2012

Update Now

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HAPPY NEW GREGORIAN YEAR

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