A Tribute to Bernard Smith

3.10.1916 – 2.9.2011

Order of Proceedings

The Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria 
28 Nov 2011

GERARD VAUGHAN

Welcome

TERRY SMITH
Our Measure

SHERIDAN PALMER
Australia’s Father of Art History

RÜDIGER JOPPIEN
A 37 Year Friendship

SHANE CARMODY
An Extract of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience

JANINE BURKE
Fights, Feminism, Friendship and the Fine Art of Writing

PETER BEILHARZ
Politics and Marxism

KATE CHALLIS
A Personal Tribute

Obituary by SHERIDAN PALMER


"Today the artist cannot honestly serve the forces of social decay. He cannot subscribe to attitudes that can be turned to the destruction of art and of life; for art is the affirmation of life. He cannot be passive in the face of these things. And so to be anti-Fascist is not to be negative merely, it is but to defend the tradition, to do what Swift, Milton, and Voltaire would have done. Milton once wrote a sonnet to the massacred Piedmontese. There are more than Piedmontese being massacred upon the hills of Europe today; and the artist pursues more things than beauty. For art can do many things, but cannot exist for long upon the patronage of a lie.”

– PLACE, TASTE AND TRADITION (1945)