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.

12 May 2015

regarding certain black milestones...

Given the postings of recent days, 

AUSTRALIA : new pavilion opens for 56th Venice Biennale

More Melbourne Black : Herald Outdoor Art Show   
and having just received an auction notice for Noel Counihan's
Albert Namitjira (1959)
screenprinted in black ink, from a stencil from original linocut

it seems appropriate to include this work too.

See NGA website for further information about this work.

 NOEL COUNIHAN (1913-1986) 
 Albert Namatjira on the Cross 
 serigraph from an edition of 50 
 Accompanied by a letter from the artist 
 41 x 18cm 
 Estimate $700-900

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