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.

14 December 2016

Beep Beep

Subject: Major exhibition announcement

In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior the NGV will present the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture.

Exclusive to Melbourne, this exhibition has been developed by the NGV in collaboration with the House of Dior, and will feature a sumptuous display of over 140 garments. Highlights include Christian Dior's iconic Spring 1947 'New Look' collection, magnificent ballgowns and current contemporary designs from the House's first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Trump in NY golden Tower
Versailles @ NGA ] man with a golden tie (
Sydney (duh!)

Classy Melbourne : 'New Look' 1947
   ] understated (

Images above supplied by FIAPCE in error      
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Images below supplied by TAR as corrective     

'On Being : Subjects in the Darkness of the Sun King'
Performance by Theatre of the Actors of Regard at the National 
Gallery of Australia's 'Versailles : Treasures of the Palace',
featuring :
Have you seen another painting ] standing in the shadow (
- from Rebel Songs of TAR 

[Verse 1]
I'm glad I opened your eyes
The have-nots would have tried to freeze you in ice 
Have you seen your mother, standing in the shadow
Have you had another, baby, standing in the shadow 
[Verse 4]
You take your choice at this time
The brave old world or the slide to the depths of decline 
- from "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby,
Standing in the Shadow?", Rolling Stones (1966)
TAR 'refusalist' demonstrates at NGV, Melbourne.
"Increasingly, we are seeing the public turning their backs on Art," a spokesperson for TAR said. Photograph by Bruno Benini

Daruma Muralists versus The New Look
'Protester at NGV awarded Gown of the Year', The Argus, 1956
Photograph by Bruno Benini
Turn to the left
Turn to the right
Oooh, fashion!
We are the goon squad and we're coming to town
Beep-beep, beep-beep 
- Tobias Andre Helmlinger, Thomas Karl Lang, Markus Steckert, Johannes Uschalt, Matthias Wendl

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