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.

06 April 2016

Melbourne 1969 Melbourne 2016

Thursday 7 Apr, 5.30pm


While that's all happening at the NGV, around the corner at the VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, there's the opening of Ann Stephen's 1969: Retrieving the Black Box of Conceptual Art.
- full exhibition catalog here.
 l - r : Ian Burn, Roger Cutforth, Mel Ramsden in New York, 1969
And, before that, also at the Margaret Lawrence Gallerythe VCA lunchtime forum 'In conversation with Ann Stephen: Raafat Ishak, Fiona MacDonald, Peter Tyndall.

 Ian Burn, Installation photograph for Xerox Books, Pinacotheca,
 1969, black and white photograph. © Estate of Ian Burn.
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