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 September 2017

Zombie Art History



1.30PM SAT 30 SEP 2017 

Join Dr Amelia Barikin, Lecturer in Art History, School of Communication and Arts, The University of Queensland, and special guests as they use the Australian collection rehang as a launching point for exploring alternative approaches to displaying and conceptualising Australian art, drawing upon the non-chronological hang as a focal point for thinking about broader questions of chronoLOGOS/HA HA in museoLOGOS/HA HA.
Panellists include:
Michael Aird, Adjunct Associate Lecturer and Research Fellow, School of Social Science, University of Queensland 
Dr Rex Butler, Professor (Art History & Theory), Monash University 
Dr Kyla McFarlane, Acting Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, QAGOMA
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Perhaps the panel will attempt an explanation for the macabre pictorial instability* of the recently unearthed Tom Roberts self-portrait 'Rejection'

*state of image at time of going to press  
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