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.

22 June 2011

exhibition announcement

The fine art of the exhibition announcement. Something already disappearing as many galleries defer to email announcements.

Here's one from the heap, from 1895. Something on the back of which one might pen an account to another.

1895 VB_Letter verso_sRGB_400

Something for a stamp, for an obliteration. Something to be sent, to be delivered, to be received.

1895 VB_LHS_sRGB_400

Something to be kept, perhaps, to be put somewhere ...

1895 VB_RHS_sRGB_400

... to show someone sometime.

Prima Esposizione
nternationale d' Arte
della Citta di Venezia 1895

A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...