How Creativity Changes As We Get Older

We tend not to associate aging with creative bursts. Historically, critics saw advancements by elderly artists as peculiar. According to twentieth-century art historian Kenneth Clark, the work of older artists conveyed a feeling of “transcendental pessimism,” best illustrated in the weary lined eyes and pouched cheeks of Rembrandt’s late self-portraits. – The Walrus
Tags: Art, Ideas, Rembrandt, Kenneth Clark, 09.16.20

David Attenborough Break Instagram Record In First To 1 Million Followers

Attenborough stated the reason he decided to join Instagram simply: “The world is in trouble. Continents are on fire, glaciers are melting, coral reefs are dying, fish are disappearing from our oceans. The list goes on and on,” he said. “But we know what to do about it, and that’s why I’m tackling this new way of communication.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Instagram, People, David Attenborough, Attenborough, 09.25.20

Philadelphia’s BalletX Experiments With A Virtual Subscription

To watch them, you have to subscribe to BalletX Beyond, which also gives you access to premieres later in the season, along with extras like interviews and making-of documentaries. The cheapest plan is $15 a month — less than a ticket to a live show but almost as much as premium Netflix. It’s a necessary experiment, especially for companies without huge endowments. Somebody has to figure out how to get people to pay for digital dance. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Netflix, Philadelphia, 09.25.20

British Royal Family Sees $35M In Lost Tourist Revenue

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and her family are facing a 35-million-pound ($60 million Cdn) hit from the coronavirus pandemic, partly due to a shortage of tourists, the monarch’s money manager said Friday. – CBC
Tags: Art, People, Britain, Queen Elizabeth, 09.25.20

Why Postponing The Philip Guston Show Is Just Wrong

Never mind that Guston, who was Jewish and died in 1980, had a powerful record, going back to his youth, of anti-racist actions and imagery. Never mind that two of today’s leading African American artists, including Glenn Ligon and Trenton Doyle Hancock, have contributed essays to the catalogue (Ligon even praising Guston in his essay as “woke”). And never mind that it’s absurd to require artists to pass such litmus tests in the first place. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, Glenn Ligon, Ligon, Guston, Trenton Doyle Hancock, 09.27.20

A Central Park Playlist That Geo-Tags You And Plays The Right Music When You’re There

For those who never manage to create an iPhone playlist that delivers the right thing at the right time, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Ellen Reid and the New York Philharmonic have created Soundwalk, a free app that plays music through your phone, programmed for each section of the park. A built-in GPS knows right where you are and how to give the setting an extra atmospheric layer, whether earthy or ethereal, which evolves with whatever way you turn. – WQXR
Tags: Art, Music, New York Philharmonic, Ellen Reid, 09.25.20

Our Theatre On Zoom? Feel-Good Escapes. Shouldn’t We Be Wanting More?

What is on offer from our stages, via podcasts, Zoom presentations, and the rare live productions? Mostly escapes to comfy territory rather than confrontations with the difficult present. These approaches often reflect a yearning for the ‘old normal’ via a focus on Boston’s history. – ArtsFuse
Tags: Art, Boston, Theatre, 09.25.20

Shakespearean Sensibilities In The Context Of Now

We are in increasing danger of reducing public language to spectacle. We are urged to judge performance in terms of crowd-pleasing; we don’t want to see our leaders engaged in reflection, or inviting us to look behind and around issues. Fascism is one of the most extreme forms of the triumph of spectacle. In such a context, theatre is all the more vital. – New Statesman
Tags: Art, Theatre, 09.16.20

Some Cultural Attractions Are Reopening. Should You Chance It?

When making your decision, John Swartzberg, an infectious disease specialist and clinical professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests asking yourself: How important is this versus the risk of it? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, University Of California Berkeley, Issues, John Swartzberg, 09.26.20

Are We At An Inflection Point In World History?

Leading philosophers and researchers are debating whether the events that occur in our century could shape the fate of our species over the next thousands if not millions of years. The “hinge of history” hypothesis proposes that we are, right now, at a turning point. Is this really plausible? – BBC
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.26.20

Hilary Mantel’s New Novel Was Thought To Be A Shoe-in For The Booker Prize. But…

After announcing the lineup, judge and novelist Lee Child said The Mirror and the Light was “an absolutely wonderful novel, there’s no question about it”, but “as good as it was, there were some books which were better”. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Hilary Mantel, Lee Child, 09.25.20

Ancient sculpture put up for auction in UK to be returned to Iraq

Archaelogists say the Sumerian plaque dating from around 2400BC may have been lootedAn ancient sculpture is to be returned to Iraq after it was secretly smuggled out of the country and offered for sale in the UK – only to be seized by the Metropolitan police.The previously unknown Sumerian temple plaque – dating from about 2400BC – is being repatriated with the help of the British Museum, which first tipped off the police after spotting its planned sale in 2019. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, UK, Iraq, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Museums, Archaeology, Art Theft, British Museum

Australia’s Archibald Prize Goes To Vincent Namatjira, First Indigenous Winner In 99 Years

“What an honour it is to be the first Indigenous winner of the Archibald prize,” he said. “It only took 99 years. I’m so proud to be the first but I also have to acknowledge all the Indigenous finalists and Indigenous sitters for this year and past years.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Australia, Visual, Vincent Namatjira, 09.25.20

The Metropolitan Opera’s Big Gamble On The Season After This Non-Season

“The shuttering of performances as well as furloughs of performers and stagehands helped save the Met some money and stem losses, and a boosted digital presence in the form of nightly streams, virtual galas and pay-per-view recitals has attracted 30,000 new donors, allowing the company to end the fiscal year in July with a balanced budget.But with a season clear of performances ahead, the Met is now an organization reliant on donations. It’s disconcerting to say the least, to see the world’s la...
Tags: Art, Music, 09.25.20

Fascinating: Bay Area Songbirds Changed Their Tunes During COVID Lockdown

Male white-crowned sparrows around the San Francisco Bay Area exploited the sudden drop in anthropogenic noise when the region went on strict lockdown in April and May. From their field observations during previous years, the researchers had lots of data to show that urban birds sacrifice song quality for higher amplitudes—basically, they’re yelling to be heard in a noisy environment. When that din suddenly died down, the birds switched to songs that more closely resemble the softer, higher-qua...
Tags: Art, Ideas, San Francisco Bay Area, 09.25.20

How To Clean Up Web Comments? Let AI Interact With Commenters

These tools work to flag and categorize potentially harmful comments before a human can review them, helping to manage the workload and reduce the visibility of toxic content. Another approach that’s gained steam is to give commenters automated feedback, encouraging them to rethink a toxic comment before they hit publish. – Wired
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.24.20

Want To Buy Dave Brubeck’s House?

Sited on a woodsy 7.5-acre lot, the spacious 6,200 sq. ft. residence was directly inspired by a trip to Japan Brubeck took on tour nearly 60 years ago — one might say he was impressed. Upon his return to the states, the jazz master commissioned his friend, architect Beverly David Thorne, known for his expert ability to build beautiful homes on challenging terrain, to create a Japanese-inspired midcentury modern estate. There are 8 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. – Variety
Tags: Art, Japan, People, Dave Brubeck, Brubeck, 09.25.20, Beverly David Thorne

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