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Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.18.18

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:49:42 +0000

Ken Burns, Collector, Gets An Exhibition There’s nothing like a celebrity, even a person behind the camera instead of in front of it, to attract attention – sometimes even deservedly so. I think that is the case for an exhibition opening Friday, ... read more >AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2018-01-18 Women in jazz journalism on gender […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.17.18

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:49:11 +0000

Recent Listening: Young/Promane Octet Dave Young / Terry Promane Octet Volume 2 (MAPL) ... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2018-01-17  



Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.16.18

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:50:26 +0000

Baby Steps Over the last eighteen months I have begun to put greater emphasis on the need for (and advantages of) simplicity and gradualism in beginning community engagement efforts. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2018-01-16 Pay-to-Play? Maezawa Bankrolls Brooklyn Museum Show of His $110.5-Million Basquiat Should a museum accept money from a private collector to show […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.15.18

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:00:15 +0000

Museum Admissions, Deaccessions: Let's Get Real I have not waded into either of the debates that are raging across the art museum world at the moment. So far, I've avoided commenting on ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2018-01-15 Michael Gordon's Acquanetta: Backstage carnage amid on-screen horror Mystery is the canny substitute for substance. The […]



Top AJBlogs From The Weekend Of 01.14.18

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:45:28 +0000

Assailing the Sales: La Salle’s Art History Chair Says: “We Were Not Consulted” With opposition continuing to growover La Salle University’s plan to sell 46 prime artworks from its collection through Christie’s to fund non-museum activities, Susan Dixon, chair of the Philadelphia institution’s art-history faculty, has circulated ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrlPublished 2018-01-12 Recent Listening: Kathrine Windfeld Big Band Kathrine Windfeld Big Band, […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.11.18

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:02:34 +0000

Derision for Admission Revision: Parsing the Metropolitan Museum’s New Mandatory Fees Although I share the dismay over the Metropolitan Museum’s new admissions policy (which, nevertheless, I grudgingly acknowledge may be necessary), I've been equally unsettled by the misconceptions and misinformation promulgated by many of the pundits ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2018-01-11  



Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.10.18

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:30:08 +0000

McLuhan’s Notes on Finnegan’s Wake When Gary Lee-Nova read a recent blogpost about a new posthumous collection of Mary Beach’s writings, Electric Bananas, it drew him to Marshall McLuhan’s notated copy of James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. Gary was kind enough ... read more AJBlog: Straight|Up Published 2018-01-10  



Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.09.18

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:10:39 +0000

What You Need to Know Community engagement and its potential for enhancing the viability of arts organizations is too often poorly understood or just plain misunderstood. It is conflated with other tasks and minimized by people who cannot envision its ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2018-01-09 Should museums have free admission? A common refrain is […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.08.18

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:07:33 +0000

Is There Anything New In Costume Exhibits? Yes, maybe. Vogue magazine recently wrote: “Couture Korea proves that in the often choked-up calendar of museum fashion exhibitions, there are still fascinating new subjects to explore that are fresh and full of feeling.” ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2018-01-08 Britain, Rock 'n' Roll, and 1966 What was the real heart of […]



Top AJBlogs Posts From The Weekend 01.07.18

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 20:15:21 +0000

Recent Listening: Django Bates Trio Django Bates’ Belovèd, The Study Of Touch (ECM) Following his engrossing participation in Anouar Brahem’s Blue Maqams, pianist Bates returns to ECM with his trio in nine of his compositions, a Charlie ... read more AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2018-01-05 Intersession Deaccession: AAM and AAMD Issue Joint Statement Deploring the La Salle Sales As […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.04.18

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 09:36:44 +0000

Admission Revision: Metropolitan Museum Raises Eyebrows with Mandatory Fees for Non-New Yorkers Were it not for my free-admission press pass, I’d be personally affected and affronted by the Metropolitan Museum’s new admissions policy. I’d feel as if a longtime lover had jilted me. ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2018-01-04 Artichokes, Hearts A while back I read that […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.03.18

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:20:44 +0000

It’s complicated, or complex, or chaos, or… The idea of “best practices” has always driven me a bit nuts. The world is full of complexity and context and interconnections, I figured. ... read more AJBlog: The Artful Manager Published 2018-01-03 A New Leonardo? Has the unprecedented sale of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi brought more paintings by the Renaissance master out […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.02.18

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:53:55 +0000

Docents as Engagers Some time ago in a forum discussing community engagement, someone asked me what the role of docents should be in engagement work. It was a light bulb question for me. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2018-01-02



Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.01.18

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:12:32 +0000

Fade to gray Both of us had a feeling that we might not be coming back to Florida this January, and sure enough, the doctors told us a couple of months ago that the time had come at last for Mrs. T to hang up her traveling shoes and start waiting for the Big Call. This is, […]



Top AJBlogs Posts From The Weekend Of 12.31.17

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:45:00 +0000

What We Liked in 2017 When Doug McLennan asked me to write a description for my blog that ArtsJournal would begin hosting in 2017, I thought about the topics which move me to spend time writing—the things that I feel ... read more AJBlog: The Bright RidePublished 2017-12-30 Recent Listening And Viewing: Ernie Watts Ernie Watts, Wheel […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.27.17

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:01:53 +0000

The Year in CultureGrrl: Kicking the “*!%&@” Out of Plan B (for “Blog”) Once again, art-lings, allow me to offer you my Best Wishes for an Art-Full New Year, along with CultureGrrl’s Top 20 Stories for 2017, in chronological order, with an emphasis on the controversies that we've been following and exhibitions that caught my eye. […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.26.17

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:14:39 +0000

Al Cohn, Twice It is neither Al Cohn’s birthday (November 24, 1925) nor the anniversary of his death in 1988. As on any day, it is simply a good time to listen ... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-12-26



Top AJBlogs Posts From The Weekend Of 12.24.17

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 20:15:49 +0000

Merry Christmas: The Annual Gift My Christmas painting for RCA readers this year is Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Nativity from the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University. It’s dated c. 1492 and was bequeathed to the museum by Charles Brinsley ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear ArtsPublished 2017-12-24 Brownlow’s Christmas Music, By Request When we posted this visit with […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.21.17

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:35:48 +0000

National Gallery Does It Again: A Wonderful Christmas Theme “The first Christmas gift is gold …” says the National Gallery’s Caroline Campbell as she begins a video inviting visitors to explore the theme of gold in the stories told by art at the London museum. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-12-20 A Plenitude of […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.19.17

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:55:38 +0000

A Room in India at Park Avenue Armory: A theater titan stumbles? Or fights back? Those who like theater that's epic, brainy and political couldn't have had a more irresistible ticket than A Room in India – no matter how expensive it was. Théâtre du Soleil, the Paris-based crucible headed by director Ariane Mnouchkine, ... read more AJBlog: Condemned […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.18.17

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 07:09:47 +0000

What have you LEARNED from 2017? No doubt you have worked hard. You have challenged your creativity, stretched every penny, and exhausted every option. Good job! So, in these last two weeks of this year, how about taking a moment to ... read more AJBlog: Audience Wanted Published 2017-12-18 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Boeuf We have so […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.14.17

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:38:55 +0000

Wanna Pay $125 to See Two Shows at the Met? Now You Can! "Have you dreamed of getting VIP treatment at The Met? ... Now you can." That sounds like a quip I've used repeatedly on CultureGrrl. But the Metropolitan Museum is dead serious: If you wanna be a Met ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-12-14 American Television's Götterdämmerung Frightens […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.13.17

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:07:16 +0000

Time to Rethink: Court Extends Injunction Preventing Berkshire Museum Disposals It's time for the Berkshire Museum to face reality: Its pursuit of easy money through art disposals has backfired, devolving into a litigation exhibition with no end date, costly to both its reputation and what's left of ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-12-13 Celebrating Chicago pianist […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.12.17

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:37:07 +0000

More “Mundi” Conundrums: Exactly Who Paid the Leonardo’s Princely Price (and why)? In my Friday post about those said to have “acquired” the $450.3-million Leonardo da Vinci, I suggested that the convoluted Salvator Mundi story was still developing and hard to predict. Sure enough, ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-12-12 Janine Jansen at Carnegie Hall without veneer – or microphones […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.11.17

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:56:13 +0000

Janine Jansen at Carnegie Hall without veneer – or microphones breathing down her neck What price freedom? Carnegie Hall's Perspectives series allows its selected artist-curators to have something close to carte blanche over multiple concerts in numerous different forums. This year, the glamorous Dutch violinist Janine Jansen is one of those artists, ... read more AJBlog: Condemned […]



Top AJBlogs Posts From The Week Of 12.10.17

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:45:15 +0000

Mostly Other People Do The Killing…Downsized, Full Bore http://hotcuprecords.com Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Paint (Hot Cup) Mostly Other People Do The Killing has been a septet, a quintet and a quartet. For Paint , now that saxophonist Jon ... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-12-09 “Mundi” Conundrum: Latest Head-Spinning Chapter in Tangled Trajectory of Leonardo’s “Salvator […]



Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.07.17

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:04:52 +0000

Attorney General Asks to Extend Preliminary Injunction Preventing Berkshire Museum Sales The legal jousting in the Berkshire Museum case continues: The State Attorney General’s Office has filed a new motion in Massachusetts Appeals Court, seeking “to extend the current injunction and stay until Jan. 29, 2018.” ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-12-07