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.


24 September 2016

A Dead Cow* : Mood for Modern


Sir Robert Menzies
Director of Australia from 1939 to 1941 and 
Director of Australia from 1949 to 1966
          

Sir Robert Menzies by Eric Westbrook, c.1960, when Director of the National Gallery of Victoria

J. S. Macdonald, 1936–41
Sir Ernest Daryl Lindsay, 1942–55
Eric Westbrook, 1956–73
Gordon Thomson, 1973–75
Melbourne artists in 1975 protested at the NGV about their relationship with the NGV. 


                                       click image to enlarge 
For some reason, it was not the NGV Director who addressed the protesters' grievances but Eric Westbrook, by then several years retired from that role and since installed at the new Victorian Ministry for the Arts. 

In this photo from that protest, Eric Westbrook is standing to the left; in the centre, representing the artists, is John Davis; to the right, arguing for other related matters is Terry Smith. (A detailed account around this event can be read in Jonathan Holmes' Going Solo: a report on survey exhibitions in Australian public museums in the 1970s.)


photo : FIAPCE 
Dr Eric Westbrook
Prime Minister of the NGV from 1956 to 1973
 

 above : self-sketch by Eric Westbrook, 1950.
collection National Portrait Gallery, Canberra  

 below : sketch-in protest at NGV, 2004.
collection AAA_Art Archive Australia  

click image to enlarge  
detail 
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something... 
         
LOGOS/HA HA
      
 * On 26 May 1975, Ivan Durrant dumped the carcass of a "freshly slaughtered cow" on the forecourt of the National Gallery of Victoria.[4][5][8][9] - Wikipedia

        

22 September 2016

Westbrook On Menzies : Building Modern Australia

         
ABC.TV : 
Howard On Menzies: Building Modern Australia 


Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
AAA_Art Archive Australia 
detail 
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something... 
         
LOGOS/HA HA
   
                
Westbrook On Menzies: Building Modern Australia
         
Dr Eric Westbrook
Prime Minister of the NGV from 1956 to 1973
     
Self portrait by Eric Westbrook, 1950
collection National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Pedestalsis 
busted by Peter Schipperheyn, 1992
commissioned by The Art Foundation of Victoria
collection National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
         

Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
AAA_Art Archive Australia 
detail 
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something... 
         
LOGOS/HA HA


Menzies On Menzies: Building Modern Australia
   
Sir Robert Menzies
Director of Australia from 1939 to 1941 and 
Director of Australia from 1949 to 1966
          

Sir Robert Menzies by Eric Westbrook, c.1960
           
Once more unto the breach
dear friend, once more :


Theatre of the Actors of Regard                     
AAA_Art Archive Australia                     
detail 
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something... 
         
LOGOS/HA HA


       

20 September 2016

Australia Portraitor : A Sedimental History


ABC.TV : 
Howard On Menzies: Building Modern Australia 
    
Doris Day :
Gonna take a sentimental journey
Gonna set my heart at ease
Gonna make a sentimental journey
To renew old memories


Sentimental Journey is a popular song, published in 1944. 
The music was written by Les Brown and Ben Homer
and the lyrics were written by Bud Green.
            
bLOGOS/HA HA : 
How would you like to be depicted, Sir Robert?
     
by Sir Ivor Hale, CBE , 1954
Winner of Archibald Prize for Portraiture, 1954
Collection of Art Gallery of New South Wales
           
Sir Ivor Henry Thomas HeleCBE (13 June 1912 – 2 December 1993) was an Australian artist noted for portraiture. He was Australia's longest serving war artist and completed more commissioned works than any other in the history of Australian art. - Wikipedia
              

by Sir William Dobell OBE , 1960
Commissioned for cover of TIME magazine
Collection of Art Gallery of New South Wales
               
commissioned by Clothworkers Company, London
       

by Sir William Dargie CBE , 1971
Commissioned by members of Melb Uni Council
University of Melbourne Art Collection
         

by Paul Fitzgerald AM , 1970s (?)

Paul Desmond Fitzgerald AM (born 2 August 1922 in Hawthorn, Victoria) is an Australian portrait painter who has painted more people of distinction than any other living Australian artist.
- Wikipedia 
       
Same diff! (Wardrobe Malfunction)
          
bLOGOS/HA HA : 
And how would you like to be seen, Sir Robert?
            

Theatre of the Actors of Regard                    
AAA_Art Archive Australia                    
 detail 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA



Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
AAA_Art Archive Australia 
 detail 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA
     
         

Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
AAA_Art Archive Australia 
 detail 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA
     
   
            

18 September 2016

Menzies versus Modern Art

     
Series starts tonight on ABC.TV :

Howard On Menzies: Building Modern Australia 
    
As if to disprove his own thesis, former Prime Minister John Winston Howard poses for Theatre of the Actors of Regard before the 1954 Archibald Prize winning portrait painted by Ivor Hele and meta-Titled Rt Hon. R.G. Menzies PC CH QC MP.
                 

Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
AAA_Art Archive Australia 
 detail 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA

     
      

17 September 2016

whereupon



To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour


William Blake, intro to 'Auguries of Innocence'

AAA_Art Archive Australia 
 detail 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA
          

15 September 2016

Mens Mons, On First Sighting

     
mound, mountain, heap, mind... 

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.'
     

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.


       
mount (n.1)  "hill, mountain," mid-13c., from Anglo-French mount, Old French mont "mountain;" also perhaps partly from Old English munt "mountain;" both the Old English and the French words from Latin montem (nominative mons) "mountain," from PIE root *men- (2) "to stand out, project" (source also of Latin eminere "to stand out;" Sanskrit manya "nape of the neck," Latin monile "necklace;" Old Irish muin "neck," Welsh mwnwgl "neck," mwng "mane;" Welsh mynydd "mountain").

mental (adj.) early 15c., "pertaining to the mind," from Middle French mental, from Late Latin mentalis "of the mind," from Latin mens (genitive mentis) "mind," from PIE root *men- "to think" (source also of Sanskrit matih "thought, mind," Gothic gamunds, Old English gemynd "memory, remembrance;" see mind(n.)). Meaning "crazy, deranged" is from 1927, probably from combinations such as mental hospital.


FIAPCE 
detail
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something...
         
LOGOS/HA HA         
   
     
   

13 September 2016

Theatre of the Athletes of Regard (TAR) versus Museum Border Force (MBF)

   
Let one who is truly free 
succeed 

to impede 
such passing by

The Private Thoughts of Sir Robert
(publication pending)


 Second shooter?  
 detail
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...
         
 LOGOS/HA HA         
   
     
   

11 September 2016

I called it :

 
One night, I couldn't get any action after the concert.
 
I went back to my hotel by myself.
 
I made some coffee and took out the music I'd been working on.
 
A piece for voice and small ensemble.
 
I called it :
 
I Have Seen The Pleated Gazelle.
 
Introduction to The Pleated Gazelle
by Frank Zappa, from 200 Motels, 1971
       

  Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
I later observed on that 1865 page of
LE MONDE ILLUSTRE

below the initials F.Z.

the following text of TAR : 

Si son regard noyé dans mon regard 

me laissait lire au fond de son âme :
Je t'aime!             
         

     Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
One night, I couldn't avoid the TAR.

I went back to the studio by myself.

I made some tea and took out the page I'd been working on.

A piece for text and TAR ensemble.
   
I called it :

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

LOGOS/HA HA
   
   
     
     

09 September 2016

on Naming a Body of Water


Among the swell of TAR gathered in curiosity around Jean-Luc Godard and his crew that day, standing together opposite Jacques-Louis David's Oath of the Horatii (1784), was the Prime Minister of Australia, Sir Robert Gordon Menzies.


Jean-Luc Goddard, 'Bande à part' (Band of Outsiders) running past David's 'Oath of the Horatii', 1964

Afterwards, he joked to Dame Pattie :
"I did but see them rushing by..."
Sir Robert Menzies
The Louvre, 1964
        

Sir Robert Menzies officially opens Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra,
1964.                           
Later that year, Sir Robert on Naming a Body of Water :

"When the time came to give the lake a name, I remember my then minister for the Interior, Gordon Freeth, coming to me and saying, 'There is a widespread feeling that, as you have been in a material sense the father of this lake, it should be named after you.' My reply was prompt. 'Gordon,' I said, 'that is a characteristically pleasing thought on your part, but the lake is not going to be named after me. Do you remember that the original designer of this city and the original creator of the whole notion of a lake was Walter Burley Griffin. So far as I know, he has no memorial in this place. He must have one. I want to have the lake called Lake Burley Griffin.' It was so named and has given Griffin a memorial which no man ever more handsomely deserved."

- R G Menzies The Measure of the Years, 1970 p 147-8.

From the National Capital, Spare Room 33 has alerted us to 
the cover of The Oath on the cover of the 2005 catalog by the German artists Konsortium. 

Members of Konsortium are exhibiting in Melbourne at the moment, at the Justin Art House Museum in the group exhibition Infinite Loop.


Katalog 2005
Lars Breuer, Sebastian Freytag, Jan Kämmerling, Guido Münch
Extra Verlag, Berlin

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

06 September 2016

before | art moderne | after


Looking at some comic sketches in a volume of Le Monde Illustre, we note with interest that by 1865 (see the various dates discussed below) there was already reckoned a readership for a public spoof about "a project for a symbolic statue of modern art". Consolidation of this new movement is clear in the terminoLOGOS/HA HA (''l'art moderne") and in its mock monumental stature. (What is that thing he's holding out?)


 Projet d'une statue symbolique de l'art moderne.
 Le Mois Comique, par Edmond Morin et Zed.
 Le Monde Illustre, p.269, 1865

History of modern Art: roots in the 19th century
Although modern sculpture and architecture are reckoned to have emerged at the end of the 19th century, the beginnings of modern
painting can be located earlier.[5] The date perhaps most commonly identified as marking the birth of modern art is 1863,[6]
the year that Édouard Manet showed his painting Le déjeuner sur l'herbe in the Salon des Refusés in Paris. Earlier dates have also been proposed, among them 1855 (the year Gustave Courbet
exhibited The Artist's Studio) and 1784 (the year Jacques-Louis David completed his painting The Oath of the Horatii ).[6] 
NB  It is The Oath of the Horatii that the Outsiders run past and leave us to regard in Goddard's 'Bande à part' (Band of Outsiders) a century after the Projet d'une statue symbolique de l'art modernes, making this another contender worthy of consideration at the starting line of post-Modernism. 
- Ed. bLOGOS/HA HA
In the words of art historian H. Harvard Arnason: "Each of these dates has significance for the development of modern art, but none categorically marks a completely new beginning .... A gradual metamorphosis took place in the course of a hundred years."[6]
- from Wikipedia


 Jean-Luc Goddard "Bande à part" (Band of Outsiders) 1964

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