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.

27 January 2017

Drawing People :-) The Human Figure in :-[ Contemporary Art :-| by Roger Malbert } {

Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art
Published by D.A.P. / Distributed Art Publishers
Edited and with text by Roger Malbert
Flexibound, 9.5 x 13.5 inches
256 pages, 275 color images
ISBN 9781938922688, 45 USD / 23 GBP / 33 EUR (appx.)
Distributed by ARTBOOK | D.A.P.

Drawing is now back in the spotlight … this book is asserting the importance of drawing in its own right, as an autonomous artform and not a means to an endThe Independent
Invasion Day Melbourne rally draws tens of thousands of protesters :
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Melbourne's CBD for an 'Invasion Day' rally on Thursday. The crowd at Federation Square - estimated by some to be up to 50,000 people - is believed to have eclipsed the number of people who attended the earlier Australia Day march along Swanston Street.
The Age (today)
'Whatever happens on the other side of the draw, I think is great for tennis."  Rafael Nadal
extract writ large in The Age print version (today)
Postscript : after midnight at the Australian Open, at four-all in the hard fought fifth set, the Channel 7 commentator exclaims "Nadal draws level.". Nadal then goes on to win, and will play Federer tomorrow in the final.

R. Nadal

G. Dimitrov

 cover image by Mircea Sucia                                                      TAR

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