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What Bob Dylan’s Non-Response To The Nobel Means

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:31:31 +0000

(image) “The Nobel Prize is in fact the ultimate example of bad faith: A small group of Swedish critics pretend to be the voice of God, and the public pretends that the Nobel winner is Literature incarnate. All this pretending is the opposite of the true spirit of literature, which lives only in personal encounters between […]26kirschweb-master768

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Taking The ‘Hall’ Out Of ‘Concert Hall’ – Classical Organizations Move Into Un-Classical Venues

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:02:25 +0000

(image) “Arts administrators are united in the belief that spreading music as far as possible, in both the digital and physical worlds, is more than just a marketing gimmick: It’s a strategy for survival. The world is full of intellectually curious, artistically adventurous young people who would no more buy a ticket to hear Brahms’s Requiem […]not-a-concert-hall

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Preview Periods For Plays Will Disappear ‘In My Lifetime’, Says Leading Director

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:33:09 +0000

(image) Michael Grandage: “One of the jobs of a director, and certainly I see it as one of my jobs, is to make sure the rehearsal period is such that when you get to that first preview, you are effectively getting to an opening night. … Opening previews will be opening nights before too much longer […]michael-grandage

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Prado Mounts Its First Show Ever Dedicated To A Female Artist (It Only Took 197 Years)

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:01:09 +0000

(image) “The Art of Clara Peeters, which travels from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, is a display of 15 still-lifes by one of the few women to work as a professional painter in 17th-century Europe. The Flemish artist is among just 41 women to be represented in the Spanish museum’s permanent collection (compared […]prado-first-woman-artist

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From Joe Friday To Dirty Harry: How Pop Culture’s Cops Turned Away From, And On, Their Communities

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:28:17 +0000

(image) “As Andy Taylor [of Mayberry] became even more anachronistic, a fantasy of policing as it never really was, he was replaced by successive generations of cops who gradually came to occupy a separate, hermetically sealed sphere. Pop culture may not have predicted our current [Black Lives Matter] moment, but it captured the disconnectedness and animosity […]dirty-harry

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In American Popular Culture, There’s No Such Thing As A Bad Police Shooting

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:17:36 +0000

(image) “Decade after decade, pop culture has continued to churn out stories that justify and even lionize officers who kill. These stories first turned shootings – and they are almost always shootings – into acts of last resort by noble policemen, and later into exciting executions of dangerous villains. Hollywood has promoted the very myths that […]no-bad-police-shootings

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2,000-Year-Old Roman Statue At British Museum Had Its Thumb Knocked Off By Caterers

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:02:35 +0000

(image) “The Townley Venus, one of the British Museum’s most important Roman sculptures, was damaged when its thumb was knocked off as catering staff were setting up for an evening event last December.”2000-year-old-statue-thumb

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Pittsburgh Mayor Tries To Intervene In Symphony Strike

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:46:08 +0000

(image) “Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will meet with [Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra] management and musicians this week in an effort to mediate the bruising labor dispute at Heinz Hall.”pittsburgh-so-and-mayor

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‘The Red Detachment Of Women’ Is Coming To Australia, And People Are Fussing About Commie Propaganda

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:29:38 +0000

(image) “Chinese-Australian members of the Australian Values Alliance … are drawing up a petition against four Australian performances of The Red Detachment of Women by the National Ballet of China in February at the Melbourne Arts Centre. … The alliance says The Red Detachment was orchestrated by Jiang [Qing, Mao’s wife] ‘to brainwash civilians during the […]red-detachment-of-women

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It’s Been A Long Time And Boatloads Of Money, But Hamburg’s Landmark New Concert Hall Is Finally Opening

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:15:12 +0000

(image) “After a delay of six years and about a tenfold increase in costs, a new classical music performance space here is preparing to open its doors. The Elbphilharmonie, a glass-paneled building mounted atop a former warehouse, includes not just two concert halls but a four-star hotel, a restaurant and residential apartments.”hamburg-elbphilharmonie

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Financier David Rubenstein Named Chair Of Smithsonian Board

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:02:52 +0000

(image) “David M. Rubenstein has resuscitated some of this city’s icons with multimillion-dollar gifts to the Washington Monument and the National Archives. … With his newest duties, Rubenstein – whose day job as co-founder of the Carlyle Group has him steering one of the country’s largest private-equity firms – will oversee both of the city’s major […]david-rubenstein

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Turin’s Top Museum Official Forced Out By Maverick Reformist Mayor

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:45:28 +0000

(image) Chiara Appendino, a member of the populiist Five Star Movement who took office this summer, demaded the resignation of Fondazione Torino Musei president Patrizia Asproni “after it was revealed that a major sponsor of a proposed Edouard Manet exhibition was backing out of a plan to host the show in Turin” – a show that […]turin-mayor

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Esperanto: The Constant Battles Over The Language Of World Peace

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:31:03 +0000

(image) The inventor of Esperanto, Ludovik Lazarus Zamenhof, explicitly hoped that his simple, easy-to-learn language would lead to easy communication between nations and peoples – and thus to an end to conflict between. Even that ideal was controversial, and was rejected at Esperanto’s first international congress. And the arguments kept going from there.esperanto

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.26.16

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:54:03 +0000

A Star Turn for Giovanni di Paolo Ever since I first saw Giovanni di Paolo’s The Creation and the Expulsion from the Paradise in the Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum, I’ve been a huge fan of the Sienese painter. … read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2016-10-26 Get a room! Looking at an […]

What Happens When You Mix Classical Music And Electronica? It’s A Bit Confusing

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:32:25 +0000

(image) “There was a disconnect to Mercury Soul that couldn’t be solved, no matter how clean the cross-fade between DJ and orchestra. The audience was entreated to dance to standard-issue house music and pedestrian pop fare (“Billie Jean,” Prince’s “Controversy”), but only for 15 minutes at a time. Meanwhile, Roumain shredded on his violin — impressive […]mercurysoul1

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Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego Turns 75 And Announces Huge Expansion

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:32:06 +0000

(image) “The expansion, which will double the size of the museum to a total of 102,000 square feet — including galleries, administrative areas and other public spaces — will finally allow MCASD to show its collection in a permanent way. (Currently the museum has only 10,000 square feet of gallery space, which allows for the display […]la-1477329707-snap-photo

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Philip Roth Gives His Book Collection To The Newark Public Library

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:02:21 +0000

(image) Mr. Roth’s library, some 4,000 volumes, is now stored mostly at his house in northwest Connecticut, where it has more or less taken over the premises. A room at the back of the house has been given over to nonfiction. It has library shelves, library lighting — everything except a librarian, Mr. Roth said recently […]26philiproth2-master768

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Claim: Superhero Stories Work Great For Comic Books But Are Terrible For Movies

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:32:24 +0000

(image) Jonathan Lethem, who initially set out to become a visual artist, says that comic books are a unique storytelling medium with pleasures that don’t necessarily translate well to live action. “It seems to me there’s a disconnect at a fundamental formal level between what a comic book does when you encounter it and what a […]lethem_ta

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National Theatre Of Scotland Gets A New Director

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:02:21 +0000

(image) “Jackie Wylie will be the first Scottish leader of the theatre, and follows the surprise departure of Laurie Sansom earlier this year after three years in the post. Wylie was previously artistic director and joint chief executive of the Arches in Glasgow. From 2008 until its closure in 2015 she transformed the theatre and clubbing […]jackiewylie-700×455

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How Artificial Intelligence Can Connect Us (Or Not) To Art

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:31:21 +0000

(image) “In areas like health care and transportation, we spend a lot of effort characterizing the performance and having a crisp understanding of how A.I. does what it does,” Eric Horvitz said. But with art, he added, “we want A.I. to be creative and make mistakes and meander.” Something may be gleaned from that whimsy.30archives2-master315

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London Mayor Proposes Plan For Work/Housing Spaces As High Rents Push Artists Out

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:02:31 +0000

(image) “Between 2014 and 2019, 3,500 artists are predicted to lose their places of work in the UK capital—a 30% cut, according to a report by the Greater London Authority. Launched in March 2016 and led by Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Studiomakers is working with local authorities, private landowners and property developers to find alternative ways […]4a5a5917ff57636e45d252c3e51e50f3_051aaf21ea09b12eb1cbe959292d2af22000x1500_quality99_o_1b009ocehksa1u3e1la41ad122ua

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This Is The Science Fiction That’s Shaping How We Talk About Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:32:55 +0000

(image) Ideas generally don’t just pop out into the world and get traction. They’re set in the context of what we know and what we dream about. Science fiction has helped frame discussions about the future for a long time. So here are the stories that inform us now…21robots-listy2-1476831553104-popup

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How A Young Hollywood Actor Stays Motivated Through Countless Unsuccessful Auditions

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:03:11 +0000

(image) “Annie Truex, an aspiring actress in Los Angeles, notes how much she’s learned much about the business of entertainment since moving to the city. For The Atlantic‘s ongoing series of interviews with American workers, I spoke with Truex about why she pursued acting, how she stays motivated throughout the audition process, and how beauty standards […]A Screen Actors Guild statue is seen in front of the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles

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Tired Of That Mega-Gallery Experience? Smaller Galleries Get Creative About Where/How To Show

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:32:53 +0000

(image) “We live in an era when much of what you read about are mega-monster galleries that are very rich and powerful, with tons of money and satellites. But that’s really only 5 percent of the market. The vast majority of galleries are small single- or double-venue operations that are looking for creative ways to extend […]30dealers1-master768

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Is There A White Writer Who Can Tell Stories About People Of Color Without Appropriating? This One

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:01:06 +0000

(image) “What of the white writer who wishes to be artistically engaged but who simultaneously does not want to re-create cultural dominance in her work? Are there complex, nuanced representations by other white people which we might turn toward? I suggest that one answer may lie in the unlikely legacy of a pale, sickly writer from […]carson-mccullers

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Nostalgia For Cursive – It Conveyed So Much

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:31:22 +0000

(image) “The sight of my father’s or mother’s script on a small white envelope was what I anticipated right until mail call, after lunch, and what kept me going for the long afternoon hours afterward. I liked letters on which their handwriting was rushed and slightly illegible, because if I had trouble deciphering the handwriting the […]oppenheimer-thelostvirtueofcursive-1200

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The Most Widely-Read Theologian In Human History? Jack Chick, Author Of Hellfire-And-Brimstone Cartoon Tracts, Dead At 92

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:02:21 +0000

(image) “A lot of people hated Jack Chick. He wrote furious screeds against Dungeons & Dragons, against Catholicism and against rock music; he waged a long and ultimately unsuccessful war on Halloween. If you were Jewish or Muslim or gay, Chick wanted you to be saved from the fires of hell and wrote a comic to […]jack-chick

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Claim: Our Museums Have Been Taken Over By A Culture Of Complaining

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:29:33 +0000

(image) “Since Robert Hughes wrote his book over 20 years ago, the culture of complaint has become ever more prevalent. Complaining has become an art form and a way of life. Much of contemporary art (as represented on the other floors of Tate Modern’s new extension) is a complaint about greedy corporations and the inhumanity men […]tate_complaints_board

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Presidential Elections And The Laws Of Comedy

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:03:27 +0000

(image) Ian Frazier: “Certain timeless laws apply to comedy – ‘Put the funniest word in the sentence at the end,’ for example. But in the modern era, in the world of political comedy, strange laws never seen before seem to be kicking in. The law that the efficiency of microchips increases exponentially every few years may […]laws-of-comedy

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What Will English Sound Like In 100 Years? Here’s What Some Scholars Think

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:32:49 +0000

(image) One influence will certainly be our language’s centuries-old habit of shifting vowel sounds over time. The other will be the huge number of people – well over a quarter of the world’s population – that speaks English as a second language. Here are some educated guesses as to how those influences will take shape. (includes […]english-in-100-years

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