Try to Praise the Mutilated World 

Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June’s long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
one of them had a long trip ahead of it,
while salty oblivion awaited others.
You’ve seen the refugees heading nowhere,
you’ve heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
in a white room and the curtain fluttered.
Return in thought to the concert where music flared.
You gathered acorns in the park in autumn
and leaves eddied over the earth’s scars.
Praise the mutilated world
and the grey feather a thrush lost,
and the gentle light that strays and vanishes
and returns.

-Adam Zagajewski

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Closed Path

I thought that my voyage had come to its end 
at the last limit of my power,---that the path before me was closed, 
that provisions were exhausted 
and the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity. 

But I find that thy will knows no end in me. 
And when old words die out on the tongue, 
new melodies break forth from the heart; 
and where the old tracks are lost, 
new country is revealed with its wonders. 

Rabindranath Tagore

This fall The Frick Collection will present Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier). The painting has not left its home institution, the Norton Simon Museum, in Pasadena, CA, in nearly forty years, making this a particularly rare and exciting viewing opportunity for East Coast audiences. This modern masterpiece will be shown in the Frick's Oval Room from October 30, 2012, through January 20, 2013, and will be accompanied by lectures and gallery talks. The special loan is part of an ongoing exchange program with the Norton Simon Museum that began in 2009 when a group of five works from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries travelled to New York. Other loans have followed: the Frick's Comtesse d'Haussonville by Ingres was shown at the Norton Simon in the fall of 2009, and Memling's Portrait of a Man is currently on view there, remaining through the end of April. 
The van Gogh presentation in New York is being coordinated by Frick Senior Curator Susan Galassi, who comments, "Our exchange program with the Norton Simon Museum has offered both institutions opportunities to see their works in different contexts. For the most part, we have featured artists not represented in our own holdings, as is the case with the selection of this remarkable van Gogh portrait. In this instance, the timing feels particularly fortunate, as we've spent the last year focusing on artists — Renoir and Picasso — active in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and somewhat contemporary to museum founder Henry Clay Frick. These efforts have led us to consider, among other things, the influences upon these later artists by forebears such as Rembrandt, and placing a van Gogh among our holdings in the coming fall is sure to continue this exploration fruitfully."


When: Friday, 24 February - 5:00pm
Where: King George Square, King George Square, Brisbane City
How much: FREE

Prefer your markets Twilight style? Welcome to the BrisStyle Indie Twilight Markets. Will there be Edward vs. Jacob heart t-shirts or the odd lock of werewolf hair? Absolutely not - why would you even make such an awful connection? For shame… there will, however, be crafty handmade trinkets and oddments galore all to browse by lantern light.

BrisStyle are a collection of talented crafters and designers from Queensland who sell their wares through Etsy, but these creatives want more than just an online presence, so every second month they set up shop in the heart of the city to show their goodness to all under the stars.

Meander through the stalls of over sixty emerging and established local artisans, all 100% hand made in Australia. It’s guaranteed to be a more enjoyable experience than sitting through two hours of deadpan pouting and unspoken longing (unless you’re into that sort of thing…), so get yourself down to King George Square this Friday evening.

By Chloe Cooper


When: Thursday, 1 November - 6:30pm
Where: Alaska Projects, Kings Cross Car Park, Level 2, 9A Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
How much: FREE

Andy Warhol bought a 16mm camera in the '60s and thought he’d give the whole filmmaking thing a go. He ended up making quite a few between 1963 and 1968, which begun underground before becoming more widely known.

If you’ve got a bit of paper on your wall that has the words BA Arts on it, you have possibly already watched some of his works. But if you haven’t or want to watch them again in a Factory-like space at Alaska Projects, this is your chance. The University of Technology Sydney in collaboration with Alaska Projects have decided to screen some of Warhol’s radical films, which play with expanded forms and have a bit of a subversive content with a minimalist style.

This is a one-off happening that will show The Chelsea Girls (a work that captures the 1960s New York art crowd) and other Warhol films from the Museum of Modern Art collection, including The Velvet Underground and Nico and Poor Little Rich Girl. There will be plenty of experimental shots of Edie Sedgwick in her lingerie, wearing a rather large earring sitting around smoking, and impromptu jam sessions filmed at The Factory. All films will be projected on 16mm celluloid, with The Chelsea Girls in its original double-screen format.

If you’re a 16mm film lover, a massive Warhol or Velvet Undergrond fan, or maybe you want to see what the movie Factory Girl is based on, this night will be right up your alley.

Dear friends, as The Breakfast Club and the Saraswat Friendship Society have such a similar vision the decision has been made to merge this group with The Breakfast Club. It has been decided to keep the name The Breakfast Club but to feature works at the Saraswat Friendship Gallery. I would like to request that you join the breakfast club if you have not already done so. Prievious features will remain unchanged at the Friendship gallery

Thank you for your participation in the past and I hope you will continue to participate at The Breakfast Club

with love and peace