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UK Lottery Sales Are Way Down. Arts Funding Is Suffering. Scottish Officials Say Other Arts Funding Is Needed

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:33:15 +0000

(image) With National Lottery income making up nearly 40% of Creative Scotland’s and sportscotland’s total income, these reductions are of critical concern and put both jobs and provision at risk. Figures released by National Lottery operator Camelot in June 2017 showed arts funding was down £55m, with expectations that the “disappointing” sales would continue this year. Creative […]scottish_parliament

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The (Considerable) Consequences Of Memoirs

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:01:31 +0000

(image) "At one minute past midnight on July 19, 1975, my father was hanged. For twenty-seven years, I told no one about it. Then I published a memoir. I have lived with the aftermath of that decision ever since, as does anyone who has published their own story, who has unwrapped what had previously been concealed: […]daniel-and-lions

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Love The Art, Hate The Artist?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:24:53 +0000

(image) "I expect art to be troubling because I expect people to be troubling. I am prepared to like and dislike something in every work. I can also appreciate the aesthetic genius of a moral monster without feeling that I am becoming inured to monstrosity. Just as I can read Heidegger without becoming a Nazi, I […]download

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Stabilization? Met Museum Cuts Its Projected Deficit, Adds To Endowment

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:04:18 +0000

(image) "Where a shortfall of $15 million had been projected for the fiscal year 2017, which ended in June, that figure was contained to $10.1 million, according to the report, and the Met said it is on track to eliminate its deficit by 2020. In addition, the museum’s endowments increased by almost $300 million, to a […]merlin_130153631_03ce3d57-ac85-48f5-a0fd-11e667674a79-blog427

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What Place Do Art Fairs Have In Art-Rich Berlin?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:32:45 +0000

(image) “Yet another fair feels like a car company offering another new model: there are already more than enough different cars, besides other options like bicycles, trains and planes. But, like the possibility of a new and really interesting car model entering the stage—an electric one, for instance—there’s always a chance of a new and really […]Dusseldorf

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Memphis College Of Art Says It Will Close

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:01:43 +0000

(image) The final decision had been made two weeks earlier, spurred by a combination of declining admissions — down by 35% just this year, according to High Ground Memphis — increasing real estate debt, and the school’s small endowment fund. Tuition at the school is $35,000 per year. While many remain optimistic that the school could remain open, […]memphis-college-art-building-40

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How France Is Branding Its Culture Across The Globe

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:31:31 +0000

(image) "The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi over the weekend is the latest example of how traditional French cultural diplomacy is being supplanted by brand politics: Abu Dhabi bought the rights to use the Paris museum's famous name at a price tag of over $500 million over three decades. This example of "soft power" goes […]0c621d4f8f2a44e5bf7b87c19da3afa0

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New Plays At The Center Of A Touring Scheme

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:01:23 +0000

(image) The organization acts as a producer and manager all in one, from mapping out a show’s tour route to managing it on the road. “We view ourselves as being in service to the artists and the work, and we also view ourselves as being in service to our colleagues who will be our client.”at_dec17_Tectonic_group_

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French Teachers Suggest Practical Alternative For The 'Masculine Prevails' Grammar Rule

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:04:32 +0000

(image) "The teachers' objection was not just philosophical; it was philological. The rule, they said in the French version of Slate, was a parvenu (it was enunciated in the 17th century and became widely taught only in the 19th century) and politically motivated (it buttressed French laws that denied women equal rights). ... In its place, […]french grammar

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Our Struggle With The Idea Of Scientific "Progress"

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:28:55 +0000

(image) "Accelerating scientific invention does not make human beings any more good-natured or reasonable but simply increases their capacity to achieve their goals. In practice, this means the groups that are most powerful will increase their hold over the rest. Schemes for improving the human animal by technological means will not alter these facts. What counts […]2017_45_books_lead

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Now 'Downton Abbey' Has Its Own Traveling Museum

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:01:44 +0000

(image) "All the old habitats, including Mr. Carson's pantry, the servants' dining room and Lady Mary's bedroom (faintly scandalous with its memory of Kemal Pamuk’s coital demise) are painstakingly recreated, right down to the forks and spoons arranged just so on the Crawley dinner table. Behind the green baize door lies the servants' quarters just as […]downton

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Oliver Sacks' Essential Qualities Of Creativity

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:31:51 +0000

(image) "All of us, to some extent, borrow from others, from the culture around us. Ideas are in the air, and we may appropriate, often without realizing, the phrases and language of the times. We borrow language itself; we did not invent it. We found it, we grew up into it, though we may use it, […]oliversacks_onthemove20

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Why We Still Need Chekhov's Plays, Even After A Century

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:09 +0000

(image) Lyn Gardner: "If the anniversary of the Russian revolution offers one reason for the current glut of Chekhov revivals, the other may well be the way the plays speak so directly to a world in flux, where the characters cannot comprehend or adjust to the cultural, social and political earthquakes that engulf them."chekhov

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Do Civilizations Actually "Collapse"?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:31:49 +0000

(image) "The stories are often presented as cautionary tales to frighten us into correcting the error of our ways – lest we bring about the end of our own global civilisation. They promote an ethic of environmental responsibility that we ignore at our peril. It is no coincidence that they focus on climate change, human-caused environmental […]images

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So, When Are We Going To See The First Billion-Dollar Painting? (Probably Not For A While)

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:03:17 +0000

(image) Some people are asking that very question following the record-smashing sale of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi for $450 million. But there were some special factors at play here that are unlikely to be repeated - as Robin Pogrebin reports, "the artwork achieved an unprecedented price because it was an unprecedented piece."billion dollar painting

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*This* Is Probably The Right Way For An Orchestra To Do A Nightclub Concert

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:35:04 +0000

(image) Anne Midgette on a National Symphony Orchestra concert at Anthem, a new riverfront club in southwest DC: "[Rather than] pander to a younger audience by giving it what they think it wants to hear, ... this performance had the orchestra, in street clothes, simply playing the music it does well, including large chunks of this […]NSO nightclub concert

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Athens - 'Whatever You Do, Don't Call Us The New Berlin'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:04:53 +0000

(image) "Artists, collectives, new bars, farm-to-table restaurants, startups, and alternative music venues are amassing in Athens. Abandoned buildings, the scars from what Greeks simply call 'the Crisis', are turning into cultural spaces and homes for startups. Political statements are now emblazoned as street art. Artists from Mexico, Bali, New York and Western Europe are making Athens […]athens

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Kyle Abraham Explains Why He's A Political Choreographer

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:48:20 +0000

(image) "There are times when I do just want to make a dancey dance. ... But for me, I always get to a certain point when I feel it's a waste of time and energy. Being black and gay there's so much that I've faced in my life that I can't be oblivious to what's happening […]kyle abraham

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From A Rural South African Township To The National Ballet Of Canada

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:33:59 +0000

(image) Siphesihle November, aged 19 and a new member of the NBC corps de ballet, talks to Q about his personal and artistic journeys to the far side of the globe. (audio)siphesihle-november

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An Angry Marina Abramović Explains What Happened To The $2 Million Raised For Her Institute

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:17:26 +0000

(image) Responding to a New York Post article - headlined in the print paper "The Art of the Steal" - questioning the fate of the funds intended for her now-abandoned performance-art institute in Hudson, New York, Abramović - in a statement titled "The Art of the Truth" - wrote that "the [tabloid's] allegations are so false, […]marina

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Last Missing Piece Of Magritte Painting Found After 85 Years

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:02:48 +0000

(image) "The enigma of The Enchanted Pose, which depicts side-by-side female nudes, began decades ago. It is listed in the comprehensive catalog of Magritte's works, but its location had been marked as 'unknown' since 1932. Magritte, who died in 1967, never said anything about its fate." Turns out he cut it into four, painted over the […]magritte

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L.A. Phil Picks Seattle Symphony's Simon Woods As Next CEO

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:46:34 +0000

(image) "The Los Angeles Philharmonic's spring news earlier this year that its longtime president and CEO, Deborah Borda, was departing for New York sent the arts world spinning. Since then, one question has hung - or rung, like a symphonic triangle - in the air: Who would replace her?" We now have the answer.LA Phil simon woods

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Matthew Halls Says No One At Oregon Bach Festival Notified Him Of Any Complaints About Behavior

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:31:58 +0000

(image) Following the report that, at the time Halls was fired from the OBF artistic directorship, he was being investigated over claims that he discriminated against women, he wrote in a statement, "I am reading about these complaints for the first time now. At no stage did anybody from the University of Oregon or the Oregon […]OBF-Halls

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Comcast In Talks To Buy 21st Century Fox: Report

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:15:42 +0000

(image) "Comcast is interested in the same set of assets that Disney approached Fox about earlier this year, sources said. Also of interest to Comcast is acquiring the international assets of Fox, given that the Philadelphia-based company is heavily concentrated in the U.S." (includes video)comcast 21st cent fox

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'How To Survive A Plague' Wins UK's Top Prize For Nonfiction

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:10:08 +0000

(image) "Opening with a quote from Paul Monet, 'Grief is a sword, or it is nothing', [David] France's book chronicles how the activist community fought to develop the drugs that would turn HIV into a largely treatable condition. ... [The book] beat titles including Simon Schama's Belonging and Christopher de Bellaigue's The Islamic Enlightenment to win […]how to survive a plague

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Gaudí's First Masterpiece, Casa Vicens, Opens To Public In Barcelona

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:00:37 +0000

(image) "The Moorish-influenced Casa Vicens, commissioned by the stockbroker Manuel Vicens Montaner [as a residence] and built between 1882-88, was the architect's first major project. ... Fifteen lavishly decorated rooms by Gaudí have been restored with input from the descendants of its original tenants as well as extensive archival research."gaudi casa vicens

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Sydney's Largest Art Museum Announces New Wing, Which Everyone Will Now Argue About

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:44:20 +0000

(image) "[The Art Gallery of New South Wales's] new wing, Sydney Modern, will step across the Cahill expressway and spill north down the Domain towards the harbour, under an ambitious plan to increase visits to the city’s pre-eminent gallery. But the latest plan, though more modest than the first version released in 2015, is still likely […]art gallery of nsw

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