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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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For Centuries, European Painters Used Ground Mummies As Pigment

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:03:32 +0000

(image) “From at least the 16th century until as late as the early 1900s, a pigment made from mummified human remains appeared on the palettes of European artists … Painters prized ‘mummy brown’ for its rich, transparent shade. As a result, an unknown number of ancient Egyptians are spending their afterlife on art canvases, unwittingly admired […]mummy-paint

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Using Algae And Ground Sturgeon To Restore A Painting

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:32:47 +0000

(image) “Automobile Speed + Light + Noise (around 1913), a painting by the Italian Futurist Giacomo Balla (1871-1958), is due to go back on display at the Kunsthaus Zurich in Switzerland in November following a six-month stint in the museum’s restoration studio” – whose process was, well, unorthodox.algae-and-sturgeon

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Meet The Woman Who Got Naked, Covered Herself In Paint, And Rolled Around On Paper For Yves Klein

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:16:06 +0000

(image) “As some of Klein’s Anthropometry paintings go on show at Tate Liverpool, [Elena] Palumbo-Mosca, now 81, rejects the notion that she was exploited and says she was more than just a ‘living brush’ or a traditional passive model.”yves-klein-model

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Buffalo Philharmonic Was Once As Down And Out As Its City – And Both Are Coming Back

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:02:14 +0000

(image) “‘When I got here,’ [music director JoAnn Falletta said of the orchestra’s hall], ‘there was graffiti all over this, and the glass was broken.’ That was in the late 1990s, when many assumed that Buffalo and its orchestra were both pretty much finished. … Nearly two decades later, the orchestra has proved its viability – […]buffalo-phil

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Does Wayne McGregor’s Extreme Choreography Hurt His Dancers? (He Says No)

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:47:48 +0000

(image) “His movement style, born of his fascination with extreme physicality and hyperarticulation, has redefined the look of today’s dancers and virtually turned their bodies inside out. … Sometimes it looks as if he’s putting his dancers through a very painful wringer. No way, he counters. ‘These dancers are not stupid – they won’t do whatever […]wayne-mcgregor

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Fort Worth Symphony, Amidst Strike, Cancels All Remaining Concerts In 2016

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:31:08 +0000

(image) “Symphony management announced Monday it has canceled concerts through Dec. 31 as a result of the ongoing musicians’ strike. Management and the musicians union met Saturday for the first time in almost two months to try to reach a new contract agreement for the musicians. They were unsuccessful.”fort-worth-symphony

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Philadelphia Orchestra Launches On-Demand Streaming Audio

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:16:08 +0000

(image) Orchestra on Demand “offers a sprinkling of concerts from current and past seasons, dating back to Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s inaugural 2012-13 season as music director. Additional content includes concerts by former music director Wolfgang Sawallisch.”phil-orch-on-demand

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Shakespeare’s Globe Loses First Donor Over Sacking Of Director

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:02:20 +0000

(image) “A charity that made its first grants to Shakespeare’s Globe under artistic director Emma Rice’s tenure has revealed it will not give the theatre any more money, and is threatening to demand the return of money it has already pledged.”shakespeares-globe

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Sacking Of Shakespeare’s Globe Director Is *Not* About Lighting And Decor She Chose

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:46:50 +0000

(image) Matt Trueman: “She’s clearly been pushed, but it’s the speed that’s so shocking. The decision comes at the end of her very first season … Rice has challenged a hell of a lot in a short space of time – too much, too soon it now seems.”sacking-emma-rice

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UK Equity Develops Special Contract For Small Dance Companies

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:30:34 +0000

(image) “Equity has revealed plans to draw up a contract especially for small-scale dance companies in a bid to improve pay and conditions in the independent sector. The union is working with the Independent Theatre Council on a contract that will be similar to the current Equity/ITC performers contract, but will be tailor-made for dancers, with […]uk-equity-dance-contract

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.25.16

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:04:12 +0000

From Arts Experience to Human Experience by Barry C. Hughson  A few months ago, I attended the dress rehearsal for Dreamers Ever Leave You. It was a transformational artistic and human experience. … read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2016-10-25 Great job. You’re fired Shakespeare’s Globe yesterday released a baffling public statement. It praised Emma Rice, […]

Washington Ballet Returns To Using A Live Orchestra

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:00:45 +0000

(image) “We won’t sell one more ticket if we have live music in the orchestra, and it’s about $100,000 a week. We have to move forward strategically and sensibly, and use the money for the orchestra where we can get the most out of it.”washington-ballet-announces-return-of-its-orchestra-a-jfk-themed-world-premiere-the-washington-post

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Toronto Artists Being Pushed Out By Soaring Rents

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:57:39 +0000

(image) “According to commercial real estate statistics provided by the Toronto Real Estate Board, commercial space in the city’s west end has increased on average from $15.89 per square foot (annually) for spaces under 1,000 square feet in 2006 to $26.44 in the third quarter of this year.”partheniou-jpg-size-custom-crop-1086×724

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