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Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.16.17

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:35:21 +0000

Did Ken Griffin Buy the Leonardo (or provide $$$ for Art Institute of Chicago to acquire it)? While we’re all still coming to terms with the fact that a damaged 26″ x 18″ oil-on-walnut painted panel has just sold for $450.3 million, here’s a potential scoop that is based on some data, ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.15.17

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:31:54 +0000

Another classical music critic is sent into the night … and this time it’s me. Life in the newspaper world these days can’t help but feel like Russian Roulette. With every wave of layoffs, my position has seemed that much closer to its end. And I’m surprised that I lasted as long as I did. […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.14.17

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:54:29 +0000

External Connections Fundraising, sales, education, and engagement. All are concerned with making connections between an arts organization and individuals (and groups) outside the organization. The first two have long been focused most on people who ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-11-14 Strange Interlude: Al Jazeera Interviews Me About the Berkshire Museum (with video) I was […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.13.17

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:26:13 +0000

Long Overdue: Women Artists In 19th Century Paris The exhibition entitled Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, which debuted recently at the Denver Art Museum, is long overdue. It has been ten years in the making, the brainchild of independent ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-11-12 Cool Heat Garth Fagan Dance comes from […]



Top Posts For AJBlogs From The Weekend 11.12.17

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 21:45:50 +0000

Berkshire Museum’s Deaccession Debacle: Reactions of the Protagonists & Antagonists In their initial responses to last night’s Massachusetts Appeals Court preliminary injunction, neither the Berkshire Museum nor Sotheby’s has explicitly vowed to continue what could be a self-defeating legal fight in the museum’s misguided attempt ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrlPublished 2017-11-11 News Flash: Massachusetts Appeals Court Delays Berkshire […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.09.17

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:41:40 +0000

Arts Funding, US vs. UK, and Chamber Music One of the key issues which underlies this blog and the book which inspired it is the role of public funding in the arts. I hate to give the end away, but ... read more AJBlog: CultureCrash Published 2017-11-09 Who is the greatest living publisher of cookery books? Read […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.08.17

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:10:19 +0000

Trusty Rusty: Powell to Retire from Longtime Gig at National Gallery It’s entirely in keeping with Rusty Powell‘s self-effacing nature that the National Gallery’s homepage today is all about the art, with no hint of its big news: The museum’s longest-serving director, who assumed that post ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-11-08 Camerata Pacifica and Chamber Music in SoCal […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.07.17

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:56:51 +0000

Community Knowledge It's no secret that I advocate for arts organizations addressing community interests. (Well, duh!) And, in order to do that, we have to know what those interests are. (Again, duh!) On my website I address ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-11-07 About that Arts Council England economic report I've been away from the […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.06.17

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:09:13 +0000

Take A Look At Folk Art Masterpiece(s) in We The People It is John James Trumbull Arnold’s Portrait of Mary Mattingly (1850). She is, as many people have told me since Saturday, after reading my piece, just adorably cute and well as beautifully executed. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-11-06 Ballet Up Close and Personal New York […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 11.05.17

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 21:19:54 +0000

The Red Shoes Redux Matthew Bourne/New Adventures brings the 1948 movie, The Red Shoes, to the stage. Victoria Page (Sara Mearns) “auditions” for Boris Lermontov (Sam Archer on settee) at a party given by her aunt, Lady Nestor (Daisy May ... read more AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2017-11-04 Unions, Journalism, and the Creative Class IF we needed another reason to […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.02.17

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 07:29:56 +0000

What Can Augmented Reality Do For Museums? I tend to me a bit skeptical about the use of technology in museums. But on a recent visit to Denver, I stopped in at the Clyfford Still Museum to see Still & Art,which puts augmented reality to an interesting use. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-11-02 Berkshire […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.01.17

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 07:30:08 +0000

After Inconclusive Hearing, Attorney General Steps In as Possible Plaintiff in Berkshire Museum Case After hearing more than two hours of arguments today (Wednesday) from two sets of lawyers for plaintiffs, as well as a response to the plaintiffs’ motion by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Judge John Agostini ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-11-01  



Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.31.17

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 01:14:24 +0000

From Mileposts to Through Line Mileposts are those small signs we see (or, usually, ignore) as we speed along the interstate that indicate how far we’ve travelled. It’s only in the rarest instances that anyone pays them any attention. ... read more >AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-10-31 Deaccession Obsession: AG Enters the Fray; Compendium of My Berkshire […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.30.17

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:20:53 +0000

Matisse and Bonnard: A Perfect Pair? It has been almost a month now since I stopped in at the Staedel Museum during a layover in Frankfurt to see “Matisse–Bonnard: Long Live Painting!” but when I have mentioned it in conversation to curators, dealers and other people in the art world, many have not known about […]



Top AJBlogs For The Weekend 10.29.17

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 19:45:18 +0000

Tea for Three? Take a Seat Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, and Yvonne Rainer get together at Saint Mark’s Church. (L to R): Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer, and Steve Paxton rehearsing. Photo: Ian Douglas “It is better to have loved and lost ... read more AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2017-10-28 A Turning of The Tide? SINCE I turned my book Culture […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.26.17

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:06:42 +0000

Music Lessons for Museums Over the past year or so, I have had the pleasure of working with the Wallace Foundation on its Building Audiences for Sustainability program, which has been funding initiatives at performing arts organizations for ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-10-26 Parsing the Arguments: Second Lawsuit and Reply Brief Filed Today […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.25.17

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 07:34:36 +0000

Excellence and Engagement: III In my two previous posts I have been exploring the question of excellence as it applies to community engagement in the arts. Here, I want to address issues of equity and respect for communities in this context. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-10-24 The Legacy of ’90s Indie Rock If you live long […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.24.17

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:59:08 +0000

News Flash: Berkshire Museum’s Head on Medical Leave; 21 of 40 Consignments Pulled from Sotheby’s Auctions There have been two major plot twists in the convoluted saga of the Berkshire Museum’s highly controversial plans to sell 40 works from its collection at Sotheby’s. This just in from the Berkshire Museum: ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-10-24 Get Out And […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.23.17

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:08:54 +0000

Dark Matters from Finland Tero Saarinen Company performs at the Joyce Theater. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-10-23 Music as Communication: with you, with myself, with it I write music for three reasons that I can name, though there may be others that elude me.  These three reasons jockey with one another for primacy from one work […]



Top AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 10.22.17

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:45:52 +0000

How élite does opera get? From the private loo to the movie & the museum – opera’s for all Watercolour showing Covent Garden Opera House, The Colonnade, Walter Bayes, about 1940, England. Museum no. E.1762-1949. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Who knew? To the right of the Royal Box at the Royal Opera ... read […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.19.17

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:12:03 +0000

The Society of the Spectacle Does one really need to see Swiss filmmaker Jean-Stéphane Bron's The Paris Opera? ... read more AJBlog: Fresh Pencil Published 2017-10-19 What's Growing in Albion? The title of the new Mike Bartlett/Rupert Goold collaboration at the Almeida Theatre (until 24 November) tells you everything. “Albion” is, after all, just another name for […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.18.17

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:15:01 +0000

Dandy Danforth: Framingham Approves Win-Win University Partnership to Rescue Museum & Its Collection I recently denounced as a bad role model for the Berkshire Museum the deplorable disposals by the New-York Historical Society in 1995. Those selloffs were recently touted by Felix Salmon in a Berkshire Museum-related article as ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-10-18 Lauren Greenfield and “Generation Wealth” Generally, I think […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.17.17

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:10:30 +0000

Excellence and Engagement: II Last time I began a discussion of excellence in community engagement ... This time I continue with a consideration of three potential categories of excellence that are often not part of our discussions in the arts. ... read more >AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-10-17 Warhol Effect: Can Leonardo’s Strange Bedfellow Make Christie’s Bidders Salivate for […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.16.17

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:34:09 +0000

The Voracious Collector That headline could apply to dozens of people, especially nowadays in this age of competitive, ostentatious collecting of contemporary and modern art. But I was referring to J. P. Morgan, who in his lifetime purchased ... read more >AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-10-16 Salvaging "Salvator Mundi": Inside Look at "Extensive Restoration" of Leonardo […]



Top AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 10.15.17

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:55:25 +0000

On playwrights attempting to be in the driver’s seat: my experience at Dominique Morisseau’s “Pipeline” at LCT I’ve recently starting working as an assistant professor and program director for a new MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship (MA AME) at The New School. If you don’t know it, The New School is ... read more AJBlog: JumperPublished 2017-10-15 ‘Just […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.12.17

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:58:32 +0000

Sovereignty or service We often talk about an organization having a mission, as if the organization exists as some separate entity with its own individual will. But increasingly I’m wondering if that attribution hasn't always been upside-down. ... read more AJBlog: The Artful Manager Published 2017-10-12 A Shroom With a View “Sex” in a headline could once […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.10.17

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:35:18 +0000

Excellence and Engagement: I Advocates for community engagement in the arts often get pushback from people who assume that concern for the interests of our communities necessitates a “lowering of standards.” What follows is my attempt to address the misgivings (legitimate and otherwise) people have ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-10-10 New Yorker’s Bad Role […]