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 February 2017

MoMA Installs Works by Artists from Countries Targeted by Trump’s Travel Ban

headline and article (3 Feb 2017) from HYPERALLERGIC :

In an unprecedented gesture, the museum has replaced works in its permanent collection galleries with eight by artists from Muslim-majority nations named in Trump’s executive order.

Theatre of the Actors of Regard :
Installation view of the collection galleries at Museum of Modern

Art, New York, after this week’s rehang (photo Robert Gerhardt)
In response to President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has replaced works in its permanent collection galleries with eight by artists from the targeted nations. Though it might sound small, the rehang is an unprecedented gesture in the museum’s history, instigated and executed by staff who wanted to react to unsettling political circumstances.

Organized by a group of curators across a number of departments, the reinstallation occurred last night on the fifth floor, following an initial discussion two days after Trump issued the order on January 27.

read full article HERE

 Theatre of the Actors of Regard :
 Parviz Tanavoli, “The Prophet” (1964) photo Robert Gerhardt

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