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.


30 September 2016

AFL 2016 Grand Final : bLOGOS/HA HA says W|OOF W|OOF Go Doggies!

   
Ed Ruscha 
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One of the most famous supporters of the Blues was Sir Robert Menzies, Australia's longest-serving Prime Minister. In his latter years the club had a special ramp built so that Sir Robert's Bentley could be driven up into the ground to allow him to watch the games from the comfort of his vehicle. 
- from Blueseum
               
Sir Robert Menzies of TAR 
Get down you rabid dogs!
Go the Blue Boys!
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Menzies observes from the Bentley at Princes Park
1972 Round 22 Carlton vs Footscray
Blues won by 3 points  
photos The Age

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28 September 2016

Man with a Movie Camera : Joseph Perry, Dziga Vertov, Robert Menzies, John Gorton


John Gorton didn't own a movie camera.  


 PM John Gorton, 10 January 1968 - photo Bruce Postle
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Robert Menzies did own a movie camera - something that John Howard seemed impressed by in his Howard On Menzies : Building Modern Australia series for ABC.TV. However, it is Gorton (Prime Minister from 1968-1971) who is associated with the re-birth of the Australian film culture.

The Gorton Government increased funding for the arts, setting up the Australian Council for the Arts, the Australian Film Development Corporation and the National Film and Television Training School. - wikipedia 

Long before that, Captain John Perry of the Salvation Army had been at the forefront of still and cinematic projection in Australia.
          
The Limelight Department was the Salvation Army’s pioneering film production and presentation unit in Australia. Between 1892 and 1909 it produced many productions, including 300 films and the major multimedia presentations Soldiers of the Cross and Heroes Of The Cross. The unit also documented Australia’s Federation ceremonies in 1901.


         
Australia's first dedicated film studio was created by The Salvation Army at 69 Bourke Street, Melbourne, in a room that still stands preserved much as it was at the turn of the century.

         
By 1895 Perry, with his Limelight equipment, had visited nearly every Corps in Australasia, journeying some 46,500 km, presenting religious illuminated shows to some 522 astounded audiences.
       
- from 
Australia's first film studio | The Salvation Army
Man with a Movie Camera is the simple title of a famous 1926 film by the Russian 'cinema-eye' Dziga Vertov. In the hands and imagination of Vertov and his 'kinok' companions, the motion camera and their city-as-actor film gleanings were a means of modern critical social poetry.


     
That John Howard should present R.G.M. as also a Modern Man with a Movie Camera says as much about Howard's malnourished view of building a modern Australia as it does about Menzies'.

    
     The Dame Pattie Menzies collection no. 1 consists of a leather camera box with embossed initials R.G.M., a magazine Cine-Kodak 16mm camera, 2 boxes Cine-Kodak Kodachrome 16mm safety Colour film, lens, light filter box and cover, light filter in plastic pouch, 25mm lens, film information cards. The camera belonged to former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies and was used by Sir Robert for home movies and to record many of his overseas trips.
-  National Museum Australia


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26 September 2016

Menzies & the Art of Supreme Joy


ABC.TV : 
Howard On Menzies: Building Modern Australia 
    
Part two, last night, made no mention of Menzies aligning himself with Sir Lionel Lindsay's 1942 polemic "Addled Art", which had as its thesis that modern art was a Jewish conspiracy!
     


A letter of 1946 from Menzies to Lionel Lindsay is included in Modernism and Australia: Documents on Art, Design and Architecture 1917-1967

Menzies: “You may judge from the tone of this letter, and quite rightly, that I have recently re-read Addled Art with supreme joy.”
           

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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  

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 * 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 


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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
         

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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 :


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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.
            
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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?
            

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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.
                 

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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'

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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.


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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)


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