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.

07 April 2015

Upstairs Downstairs at NGA

rock paper scissors nudes ?

Nudes trump all, every time. So it's not surprising the amount of 'coverage' Stuart Ringholt's nude gallery tours receive. 

The latest of these outings is to James Turrell : A Retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia.
Skinny-dipping in the void: the day I toured James Turrell's art show naked here
Monica Tan / The Guardian 
Naked art lovers tour National Gallery of Australia in after-hours, adult-only viewing of James Turrell exhibition here
The National Gallery of Australia is hosting nude tours of its new exhibition here
Business Insider_Australia : Executive Life
Art And Private Parts here
Patrick Boyle / Broadsheet : Arts 
Art lovers visit James Turrell in the nude as first naked tours hit the National Gallery of Australia here
Jill  Hogan / Sydney Morning Herald 
Naked art lovers attend after-hours tour of Australia's national gallery here
Jonathan Peralman / The Telegraph (UK)
James Turrell Nude: the naked truth here

National Gallery of Australia launches its first ever naked art tour here
Karla Cripps / CNN
Each of these reports shows at least one photo of the event. Only coy CNN imposes rectangular blurs over the naughty bits.

Would I do a nude art tour? Sod that here
Jonathan Jones / The Guardian
James Turrell: Art lovers must turn up NUDE for after-hours tour of national gallery here
Mhairi Macfarlane / Mirror (UK)
Putting everything on display: National Gallery of Australia's first ever naked art tour promises to reveal all
Heather Mcnab and John Carney / Daily Mail (UK)
Art in the buff: Australian museum offering naked tours of Turrell exhibition here
Art lovers get naked in Canberra here
Amber Elias / ELLE Australia
Gay News Network : Gay Life
National Gallery of Art in Canberra Offers Naked Tours of James Turrell's Artwork here
Cait Munro / ARTNET News
First ever nude tour exhibition to be hosted by National Gallery of Australia! here
Nude Canberra museum exhibit attracts art-loving starkers visitors here
AFP / The China Post
and so on ...

Duchampian Theatre of the Actors of Regard
'Upstairs Downstairs'

Marcel Duchamp 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...