Review: Episode 5 of Portrait Artist of the Year 2020

I'm very late posting my review of Episode 5 of Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 - which you can see on demand on Sky Arts or Now TV. Line up for the decision on the Shortlist The Artists, Self... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
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Ewelina Makosa & Jan Garncarek's Berlin Studio Revels in its Industrial Heritage

For artists and designers, their studio is an integral part of their practice; a place to nurture their creativity but also a haven for concentration and reflection. Everything from location to architecture to neighbours can make a difference.
Tags: Art, Berlin, Ewelina Makosa, Jan Garncarek

How the Arabic Alphabet Inspired Abstract Art

At the Grey Gallery, it’s as if you’re inhabiting the artist’s own brush as it hesitates between writing and drawing.
Tags: Art, News, Omar, Umar, Grey Art Gallery, Manhattan (NYC, Grey Gallery, Shakir Hassan, Taking Shape: Abstraction From the Arab World, 1950s-1980s (Exhibit, Madiha, el-Nagdi, al-Said

Johni Cerny, Chief Genealogist Who Helped Oprah, Bernie, And Others Find Their Roots On TV, Has Died At 76

Cerny, said Henry Louis Gates Jr., was “the proverbial dean of American genealogical research, … [whose work was] transforming raw data into narratives and metaphors about diversity and our common humanity.” Gates, the Harvard prof who hosts and produces Finding Your Roots on PBS, began working with Cerny in 2006, and their work on personal (and social) histories flowered from there. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Harvard, Pbs, Henry Louis Gates Jr, Cerny, 02.22.20, Johni Cerny, Oprah Bernie

Swimming in Paint

Creative mixed media artworks feature miniature humans swimming through giant waves made of paint strokes. Series of unique and beautiful paintings by talented artist Golsa Golchini. Also check out: Paintbrush Faces
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Berlin Film Festival’s Gender Parity Scorecard Is Mostly Good, But Not All Good

The good: Leadership. “Its festival directorships were shared equally between men and women, and … its executive board was similarly balanced.” The less good: Director numbers. “The majority of films shown at the competition were still made by male directors. At this year’s festival, 37.9% of films were directed by women, and six of the 18 films in competition were directed by women, which is down from seven last year.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, 02.21.20

Mack & Mabel - The Perennial Bridesmaid

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Watching Douglas Sills sing “Movies Were Movies”, the opening number in the recent Encores! production of the 1974 Broadway musical Mack & Mabel, one can understand just how wonderful this work has the potential to be. Sadly, the show falters almost immediately as Jerry Herman's powerful score is undone by a number of issues. Including the problematic book by Michael Stewart. While's Stewart's efforts have since been revised by Francine Pascal, the end result is...
Tags: California, Theatre, Stewart, Mack, Mabel, New York City Center, Attaway, Sills, Josh Rhodes, Judd Hollander, Peter Hanson, Jerry Herman, Amy Clark, Normand, Lilli Cooper, Allen Moyer

Vine Started The Short Video Craze, And Then Died – But It May Be Back

Vine was introduced in 2012, bought by Twitter, and killed in 2016. But in its time, it “turned everyday people into stars on other platforms and beyond. Its musical whims warped the music industry. It cultivated memes that might have been dismissed as inside jokes if not for their tendency to flourish outside the app.” Can the app make a comeback in 2020, where TikTok rules the internet? – The New York Times
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France Can’t See What’s Erotic About Two Women Falling For Each Other

This is the weirdest possible sentence to write, but director Céline Sciamma says that Portrait of a Lady on Fire isn’t considered erotic in, of all places, France. What? WHAT? Quoi?? Sciamma: “It’s a very bourgeois industry. There’s resistance to radicalism, and also less youth in charge. ‘A film can be feminist?’ They don’t know this concept. They don’t read the book. They don’t even know about the fact that ‘male gaze’ exists. You can tell it’s a country where there’s a lot of sexism, and a ...
Tags: Art, Media, France, Sciamma, Céline Sciamma, 02.21.20

Parasite Rode A Wave Of Korean Culture Across The World

K-Pop and K-Drama success wasn’t by accident. “The wave spread across Asia before reaching a global audience thanks to savvy social networking strategies and a steady stream of media with increasingly high production values.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Asia, World, Ideas, 02.22.20

Riverdance Is Now A Quarter Of A Century Old

The dance itself, and Irish dance in general, is obviously older – but it débuted as an interval act at Eurovision, and its appeal has never gone away. Its newest star says, “It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a tiny little girl. I wasn’t even born yet when Riverdance began.” – BBC
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What does your eyewear and this futuristic keyboard have in common? The acetate!

There’s something so futuristic about Tim Zarki’s Lapis Keyboard. One look at it, and it’s like none of the other conventional keyboards on the market, even though there’s no stark difference to other keyboards. The secret probably lies in the fact that Zarki used machined acetate to create the keyboard. You might be familiar with machined acetate, as it’s commonly used in the production of eyewear. But to craft a keyboard? Not a very common usage of it.The machined acetate was used to manufactu...
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BWW Review: Encores! MACK & MABEL Boasts Jerry Herman's Best Score and Terrific Turns By Alexandra Socha, Douglas Sills

Count this reviewer among those who, contrary to conventional musical theatre wisdom, never thought there was anything horribly wrong with Michael Stewart's original book for MACK MABEL, the big, splashy 1974 musical about silent movie director Mack Sennett and the star he discovered, Mabel Normand. [Author: Michael Dale]
Tags: Theatre, Mack Sennett, Michael Stewart, Michael Dale, Jerry Herman, Mabel Normand, Alexandra Socha Douglas Sills

BWW Flashback: Relive the Greatest Onstage Moments of Jessie Mueller!

Jessie Mueller was a little-known performer from Chicago when she made her Broadway debut in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever in 2011. Since then, she has taken Broadway by storm, appearing in three Broadway revivals Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Carousel and creating two original characters Beautiful and Waitress- the former of which earned her a Tony Award in 2014. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Chicago, Broadway, Jessie Mueller, Edwin Drood, BWW News Desk

The Vibrant Electronic Music Of Video Game Soundtracks

They’re different from the quality of movie soundtracks, many of which don’t stand alone, and they’re “a marvelous untapped source of experimental instrumental electronica. … The context of gameplay encourages compositions that are melodically specific, sharp-edged, and hummable.” – Hyperallergic
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The Scottish Artist Who Brought Oz To Life

Sound stages of the 1930s and 1940s needed lots of stage sets, and at MGM, George Gibson was the man in charge. “The backdrops he created appeared in films such as The Wizard of Oz (1939), An American in Paris (1951) and Brigadoon (1954). His backdrops were as large as 60ft x 150ft (18m by 45m) and so realistic that the audience often did not realise the setting was a soundstage.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Paris, MGM, Visual, George Gibson, 02.21.20

Archaeologists Find A New Shrine In Rome, Perhaps To Romulus

The find is in the Roman Forum, where authorities revealed on Friday that they believe this may date to the 6th century B.C.E., 200 years after Romulus was said to have lived. That means it’s a memorial site, if indeed it is a site to Romulus. Also, oops: “It’s the second time the sarcophagus and cylindrical stone stub have been unearthed, but it’s only now that archaeologists are attributing an exciting significance to them.” – The Washington Post (AP)
Tags: Art, Rome, Visual, Romulus, Roman Forum, 02.22.20

We Lost A Lyric Poet When We Lost Amelia Earhart

But no one really knew it because her husband kept it one of her carefully guarded secrets. Now, “searching the archives for Amelia Earhart’s lost poems is a study in fragments—every tucked-away line on the back of a receipt hidden in a notebook an invitation to speculate on her thoughts. Even when her widower published pieces of her verse in his memoir, he had an independent source verify the authenticity of one of them, unsure if the private voice on the page was indeed hers.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Amelia Earhart, Words, 02.21.20

Podcast: BroadwayRadio's Chats with Tovah Feldshuh about Powerful Women, her Connection to SIX, and Broadway by the Year

On today's episode of 'Tell Me More,' Matt Tamanini talks to a literal legend. A four-time Tony nominee and two-time Emmy nominee, Tovah Feldshuh is like the energizer bunny of performers. [Author: BroadwayRadio]
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Tate and MoMa 'playing catch up' in collections of modern African art

Art fair founder says western institutions belatedly investing in contemporary art from AfricaMajor western culture institutions – including Tate and MoMA – are “playing catch up” to create truly global collections that recognise modern art from the Africa, according to the founder of an influential art fair devoted for contemporary African art.Touria El Glaoui, the director and founder of 1-54, said that only in the last decade have institutions begun to take it seriously. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Africa, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Moma, Tate, Touria El Glaoui

How Autumn De Wilde Came To Direct A New ‘Emma’

Take one cane, add whiskey, then gather a “mood” pitch for movie financiers, decades of photography, years of moving pitching, and presto! A new Emma. Miranda July on the director: “If there were more female directors, Autumn’s story wouldn’t be such a rare and precious thing to us. … Basically a single mom who worked so hard and at this age is coming into her own. I think we all feel really tender because it’s a very powerful example.” – Los Angeles Times
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VIDEO: Watch How the Olivier Award Statue Gets Made!

Have you ever wondered how the Olivier Award statue is made Now you can find out in this all new video from Official London Theatre [Author: Stage Tube]
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BWW TV: Tony Goldwyn Opens Up About His New, Epic Role in THE INHERITANCE

Tony Goldwyn is back onstage this season in one of the most poignant roles of his career, which happens to be in one of the most powerful plays that Broadway has seen in many years. The play is The Inheritance, and you can catch it now through March 15 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. [Author: Backstage With Richard Ridge]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Tony Goldwyn, Backstage With Richard Ridge, Richard Ridge, Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Holocaust Educators Want Amazon To Stop Selling Nazi Propaganda

Yes, in recent months, Amazon has removed sellers who are peddling Nazi imagery on ornaments and a beer opener. But these are books, and “Amazon takes a different approach with books than it does with home goods. ‘Amazon’s Offensive Products policies apply to all products except books, music, video and DVD,’ the retailer’s guidelines state.” – The New York Times
Tags: Amazon, Art, Issues, 02.21.20

The People Who Decide What Books Are Allowed In Prisons Censor Thousands

Of course, the officials say, books and article about how to strangle someone or how to escape handcuffs must be censored. But what about Angie Thomas’ young adult book The Hate U Give? What about The Bluest Eye or The Color Purple? (All have been banned in some prisons – some while Mein Kampf was allowed.) – NPR
Tags: Art, Words, Angie Thomas, 02.22.20

Fleabag And Feminism

Well, that’s a fraught subject. Phoebe Waller-Bridges, who wrote the show and plays the character, says, “Actually, she wishes she were more perfect, and that feels like it was an attack on feminism itself.” (The writer says she does, sometimes, share her character’s views.) – BBC
Tags: Art, Ideas, Phoebe Waller Bridges, 02.21.20

Technology Recreates The Sound Of 500-Year-Old Singing In The Hagia Sophia

This is a rather unbelievable story. “When [the two researchers] met, Pentcheva started telling Abel about the Hagia Sophia – how we couldn’t really understand the experience of worshipers there unless we could hear the music the way they did. And as she talked, Abel started to feel a prickling of excitement. They could recreate what that music would sound like. If only they could get in the Hagia Sophia and pop a balloon.” (Note: They did.) – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Sophia, Abel, 02.22.20, Pentcheva

Listen Up

Surf-rock, dance-pop, and funk-inflected tunes, as well as a few of our other favorite tracks this week U.S. Girls: 4 American Dollars A playful tune about the perils of living in our money-driven society, “4 American Dollars” by U.S. Girls (aka Meghan Remy) features poignant lyrics about the inner workings of our economy and Remy’s bank balance: “In this world where they say: ‘It’s not personal, it’s business’ …
Tags: Design, Music Videos, Rock, Pop, Indie, Rb, French, Listenup, The Weeknd, Electronic, Funk, New Music, Remy, U.S. Girls, Meghan Remy, Surf Rock

BWW TV: Watch Just-Released Promo for THE MINUTES on Broadway!

In just a a matter of minutes... well, days...The Minuteswill begin Broadway previews at the Cort Theatre 138 W 48th St, where it will officially openon Sunday, March 15, 2020. This is a 16-week limited engagement through Sunday, June 14, 2020. [Author: BroadwayWorld TV]
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Sure, Years Elapsed Between Book Two And Book Three, But Hilary Mantel Did *Not* Have Writer’s Block

Mantel says there are so many stories in the Cromwell trilogy that the books are like a pamphlet. But of course: “At a combined total of more than 2,000 pages – with [forthcoming book three] The Mirror & the Light accounting for nearly half of them – you couldn’t get much further from a pamphlet. ‘I’ve got quite amused at people suggesting I have writer’s block, you know. I’ve been like a factory!’ She also chafes at the suggestion that her latest book was delayed because she was reluctant to k...
Tags: Art, Words, Cromwell, 02.22.20

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