The Students Left Behind By Virtual Learning

Society’s attention to them has always been spotty, but they had at least been visible—one saw them on the way to school, in their blue or burgundy uniforms, or in the park and the playground afterward. Now they were behind closed doors, and so were we, with full license to turn inward. While we dutifully stayed home to flatten the curve, children like Shemar were invisible. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Society, Issues, Shemar, 09.28.20

Remembering The Complicated Life Of Stanley Crouch

Many jazz critics avoid hanging out with musicians, usually because they’re afraid of jeopardizing their objectivity. Stanley was different. Not only did he think that spending time with musicians was crucial to understanding their work, he loved being around them. His appetite for the jazz life—for life, generally—seemed to know no limits. Some musicians thought he was full of shit, but even those who did mostly liked him. – New York Review of Books
Tags: Art, People, Stanley, 09.24.20, Complicated Life Of Stanley Crouch

How Wagner Became Part Of Our Baseline DNA

Ross demonstrates how the city you live in, the government you live under, the culture you consume (high and low) and the way you consume it very likely has Wagner molecules in its DNA. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Ross, Wagner, 09.28.20

Reality Is Always Right. The Problem Is How We Perceive It

Regardless of how you view it, one thing is certain. We have an insatiable desire to fit reality within the limits of our understanding. If we don’t comprehend something, we strive to make it comprehensible. “I don’t know” is a less acceptable answer than “I will figure it out.” It’s unclear whether this attitude is culturally mediated, or if it is drilled deep into our genetic code. – Human Parts
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.15.20

The Kinds Of Theatre That Might Work Best Virtually

Plays that explore broken institutions, social unrest, and isolation may be uniquely suited to the Zoom platform with its fractured screen of boxes and its disruptive glitches, hiccups, and delays. – Howlround
Tags: Art, Theatre, 09.28.20

Survey: Audiences Are Willing To Pay For Online Performances

Frequent arts attendees’ online engagement with culture has boomed during the lockdown, more than doubling to 59% by July, according to analysis of Indigo’s After The Interval sentiment tracker survey. Altogether, 82% of the 130,00 respondents said they would consider engaging with online events in the future – and 70% were willing to pay to do so. – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, Media, 09.25.20

Theatre Directors: Some Good Things Will Come Out Of Lockdown

“In the pause, you question things and understand why they happen instead of just going along with it, in terms of structures and roles and pay. It’s going to be a really hard couple of years rebuilding, but there might be positives that come out of it. Well, there will be – because we will see change.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Theatre, 09.27.20

Say Goodbye To Movie Theatres?

If it takes 18 months, or even longer, for enough Americans to get vaccinated, could Americans simply lose the habit of going to the movies, learning to get their video entertainment from streaming series and their socializing from the backyard? – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 09.28.20

UK TV Industry Unites To Talk About Reform For Freelancers

For the first time, we are openly acknowledging industry shortcomings, and recognizing that there is work to be done on a range of issues: employment and recruitment practices, workplace culture, race and diversity, bullying and harassment, training and talent progression, new talent, mental health and wellbeing. – Variety
Tags: Art, UK, Media, 09.28.20

How Social Media Became The Tool Of Despots

“We live in a single global village with numerous shared problems crying out for collective action, from emergencies like COVID-19 to longer-term existential challenges, such as global climate change and nuclear weapons. What harbinger is it for the future when one of the principal means we have to communicate with one another is so heavily distorted in ways that propel confusion and chaos?” – The Walrus
Tags: Art, Media, 09.23.20

What It Was Like To Edit RBG

“I was a youngish editor at Random House, overseeing the Modern Library, our classics imprint. The book had come to me because of her. With her letter she enclosed two lectures she had written, one given three years earlier; the other she would deliver during her upcoming travels. “Perhaps a Random House editor could suggest a way to draw from the talks to compose an introduction.” – Paris Review
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, Random House, Modern Library, 09.22.20

Big Increase In Online Auction Sales During COVID

In 2019, global online art and collectibles sales topped $4.82 billion and are expected to soar in 2020—pacesetter auction houses Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips saw increases in online sales from Jan. 1 to June 28 of 436 percent over the previous year. The average price for digital sales grew by 207 percent to $23,612 as auction houses start to test collector appetite for buying fine art online, according to Barron’s, which has tracked the trend since the pandemic started. – The Daily Beast...
Tags: Art, Visual, Christie, Phillips, Barron, Sotheby, 09.27.20

Beethoven Was A Revolutionary. Aren’t We In Revolutionary Times?

There is something incongruous about the attendance of the lavishly dressed, moneyed elite at public concerts of Beethoven symphonies or concertos, given his music’s expression of such a revolutionary, democratic, humanitarian spirit. Such are the ironies that result when the historical specificity of art is denied or forgotten and all that is left is a vague feeling of aesthetic enjoyment. Still, even the pure aesthetic enjoyment is significant. – Dissent
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, 09.25.20, Revolutionary Times

La Boheme At The Drive-In

“We listened on car radios. Mine conked out halfway through. Someone else got a flat battery. Hearing through the window was fine. I saw the admirable second cast led by Nardus Williams and David Junghoon Kim as sympathetic and touching lovers, conducted by Martin Fitzpatrick. The event was well organised if, at £103 per car (plus congestion charge), costly. This was a brave experiment – a starting point, if not yet an arrival. The next venture will be better.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, David Junghoon Kim, Nardus Williams, Martin Fitzpatrick, 09.26.20

The End Of Art History?

If we think of abstraction, as many did in the mid-20th century, as marking the endpoint of art’s history, coming after the figurative tradition is essentially exhausted or abandoned, then, by that logic, abstract art would have no history. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.26.20

A Sophisticated Livestream Of Dance

Such viewing from afar, once rare in concert dance, has become ordinary. But where most such performances these days are free and prerecorded, this one was ticketed and livestreamed. If you missed the show, you couldn’t catch it later, so it had immediacy. But, unlike most livestreams, this was not a static recording or a glitchy presentation over Zoom. Watching it felt more like watching a movie, immersive and absorbing, yet easily the most technically sophisticated live dance production I’ve ...
Tags: Art, Dance, 09.27.20

How COVID Has Changed Hollywood Auditions

As Hollywood begins to resume production, actors and casting directors are navigating a whole new world for auditions: Socially distanced studio layouts, elaborate self-tape setups and awkward Zoom meetings. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 09.27.20

‘MAD Magazine’ Movie Parodies Live on in New ‘Claptrap’ Book by Artist Tom Richmond and Writer Desmond Devlin

Last year, the comedy publishing pioneer MAD Magazine announced that it would no longer be publishing new, original issues. After 67 years in publication, DC Entertainment started to distribute MAD Magazine with previously published material, making it only available in comic book shops instead of various newsstands. However, two of MAD Magazine‘s most talented contributors are teaming up to bring back one of the most beloved parts of the publication in the form of a new book. When MAD Magazine...
Tags: Art, Books, Movies, Mad magazine, Cool Stuff, Skywalker, Tom Richmond, Star-Wars, Claptrap, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Desmond Devlin

How Language Has Changed During COVID

Most of the coronavirus-related changes that the editors have noted have to do with older, more obscure words and phrases being catapulted into common usage, such as reproduction number and social distancing. They’ve also documented the creation of new word blends based on previously existing vocabulary. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Words, 09.26.20

Translators Versus Writers

If I don’t write this novel, no one else will. No one will know what hasn’t been written. If I don’t translate Calasso, someone else will quickly replace me. – New York Review of Books
Tags: Art, Words, 09.21.20, Calasso

Photorealist Painter Robert Bechtle, 88

Best known for his realistic oil paintings that captured snapshots of everyday life in the Bay Area, where he was a life-long resident, his work primarily featured automobile subjects, with occasional people. – ArtNet
Tags: Art, People, Bay Area, Robert Bechtle, 09.26.20

'I felt unwanted': Zodwa Nyoni on the immigration tales behind Nine Lives

The playwright’s monologue, staged at the Bridge theatre, reflects the anger and pain of refugees and asylum seekersMy family migrated from Zimbabwe to England in the late 90s. Most of my teens and all of my 20s were shaped by applying for residency. I spent a lot of time feeling unwanted despite giving back to communities and to the arts, representing the UK at international poetry festivals and exchanges, and contributing to the landscape of British theatre.In 2014, I was commissioned to write...
Tags: UK, England, Africa, Theatre, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Culture, Stage, Home Office, Zimbabwe, Glasgow, Leeds, Ishmael, Oran Mor, Zodwa Nyoni

Judge Blocks Trump’s Ban Of TikTok

The Commerce Department originally set Sept. 20 for the TikTok download ban, citing Trump’s declaration that the Chinese-controlled app represents a threat to U.S. national security. The agency delayed the deadline to Sept. 27, given Trump’s preliminary approval of owner ByteDance’s deal to transfer ownership to American firms including Oracle and Walmart. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Trump, Commerce Department, Bytedance, 09.27.20, Blocks Trump

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