James Beard, The Great Emancipator Of American Cuisine

“[He] was perfectly cast. Large, broad, and jovial-seeming, a Santa of the buffet table, … the happy stout man showed that you could eat well without being frightened of eating incorrectly. … The role that Beard invented and played was vital in creating a new idea of what American cooking was.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, People, Santa, 10.05.20

New portrait of Queen Victoria's African goddaughter unveiled

Painting of Sarah Forbes Bonetta part of English Heritage project to highlight overlooked black figuresHer birth name, historians believe, was Aina but in the high society of 19th-century England she was Sarah Forbes Bonetta, an enslaved little girl from what is now the west African country of Benin who became Queen Victoria’s goddaughter.The remarkable life of Bonetta is being highlighted by curators at English Heritage who, on Wednesday, will unveil a new portrait of her by the artist Hannah U...
Tags: Art, England, Africa, Race, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Victoria, English Heritage, Queen Victoria, Benin, AINA, Sarah Forbes Bonetta, Bonetta, Hannah Uzor

Google’s new logos are bad

Google really whiffed with the new logos for its “reimagination” of G Suite as Google Workspace, replacing icons that are familiar, recognizable, and in Gmail’s case iconic if you will, with little rainbow blobs that everyone will now struggle to tell apart in their tabs. Companies always talk loud and long about their design language and choices, so as an antidote I thought I’d just explain why these new ones are bad and probably won’t last. First I should say that I understand Google’s inte...
Tags: Google, Design, Opinion, Tech, Bing, Sun Tzu, Javier Soltero, Google Workspace, Brand Google, Google Workspace Now Gmail

Break Zoom (Theatrically)

Even “live” is up for debate or redefinition. Does “live” mean in person, breathing the same air? Or does it mean, like, live TV news, that it’s happening now, simultaneously? We’re also learning to define online spaces. Are you and I in the same space now? We’re in the same Zoom room. – Howlround
Tags: Art, Theatre, 10.04.20

How Black Artists Are Investing In The Next Generation

Artists who have benefited either directly or indirectly from the Studio Museum’s famous residency program—as well as from an art market that is no longer undervaluing their work as much as it has in the past—are building spaces of their own to strengthen the infrastructure available to artists of color. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Studio Museum, 10.05.20

Of Curtain Speeches, Raising Support And Being Human

“In all cases, as nonprofits, for Pete’s sake, just do something measurably impactful without resorting to counting the number of butts in seats, how many jobs you provided, and your economic impact on the community at large. If you do, people will get it and support you. If you don’t, you’ll lead the Irrelevance Day Parade.” – 501c3 Guru
Tags: Art, Issues, Pete, 10.05.20

This Year’s National Book Award Nominees

Publishers submitted a total of 1,692 books for this year’s National Book Awards: 388 in Fiction, 609 in Nonfiction, 254 in Poetry, 130 in Translated Literature, and 311 in Young People’s Literature. – National Book Awards
Tags: Art, Words, 10.06.20

The Man Who Would Replace LACMA

“Peter Zumthor, who despises monuments, finds himself responsible for a building intended to anchor a diffuse and sporadically planned city, where the forests catch fire every fall. A year ago, when I visited him in Haldenstein, an ancient village in the low Alps where he lives and has his atelier, it seemed to him as if the project might, at the final moment, fail, and ruin his good name. He was despondent, familiarly so. “Maybe it happens, maybe it won’t,” he told me. “I always get burned.” –...
Tags: Art, Alps, Visual, LACMA, Peter Zumthor, 10.05.20

Tokyo’s Transparent Public Toilets Were Designed By A Pritzker Prize Winner

“Yes, these colorful, see-through stalls turn opaque when occupied. When not, you can literally see right through them. … The architect behind these one-of-a-kind Tokyo toilets is Shigeru Ban, winner of none other than the Pritzker Prize, the world’s most prestigious architectural prize. And when you take a deeper look into the work of the architects behind these transparent restrooms, the source of such creativity becomes more than obvious.” – Metropolis (Tokyo)
Tags: Art, Tokyo, Visual, Shigeru Ban, 09.30.20

The Power Books Wielded In The Middle Ages

The written word wielded power in part because of the rarity of the skills required to comprehend it, let alone compose in it. In the later Middle Ages, books were produced in increasing quantities for increasingly diverse audiences, but even then, as earlier, in Christendom, literacy was always the reserve of the few. – Lapham’s Quarterly
Tags: Art, Words, Christendom, Lapham, 09.17.20

This Year’s MacArthur “Genius” Award Winners

Known colloquially as the “genius” grant (to the annoyance of the foundation, which sees “genius” as a much different concept than creativity), this year’s fellows include writers, performing artists, scientists and academics. There is a wide range of specialties encompassed in the list. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, MacArthur, 10.06.20

Typeface matters: Donations go up depending on typeface choice

Ohio State University researchers found that the right type choice drives up donations in the hospitality industry. Warmth-focused versus competence-focused messages were matched with handwritten or machine-written typefaces.This research could help restaurants and hotels make targeted design choices as they struggle to survive. Want people to take your business seriously? You might want to rethink using the Papyrus on your business card.The medium is the message, even when it comes to choosin...
Tags: Design, New York City, Trust, CSR, Economics, Charitable Giving, Innovation, Consumerism, Derek, Ohio State University, Twitter Facebook, St Jude Children s Research Hospital, Stephanie Liu, COVID-19, Huiling Huang, Department of Human Sciences

The 100 Most Influential Sequences In The History Of Animation

“We chose the deliberately flexible element of a ‘sequence’ because it felt the most focused: It is often in one inspired moment, more so than a single frame or entire work, that we are able to see the form progress. … This list is not intended to be comprehensive. One hundred is a crushingly compact number of slots with which to encapsulate the totality of a medium. That isn’t to say we didn’t try.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Media, 10.05.20

‘My Neighbor Hayao’ is Filled With Whimsical Art Inspired by the Works of Hayao Miyazaki

In 2017, Spoke Art Gallery held its first annual Hayao Miyazaki-inspired art exhibit in San Francisco, featuring art from over 250 artists who celebrated the legendary filmmaker with creations that brought guests into the whimsical worlds created by Miyazaki. Now, Spoke Art has collected the Miyazaki-inspired art into a book, My Neighbor Hayao: Art Inspired by the Films of Miyazaki, which goes on sale today. In the introduction for My Neighbor Hayao, curator Ken Harmon Hashimoto cites a scen...
Tags: Art, Books, Movies, San Francisco, Features, Ursula, Miyazaki, Hayao-Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, Cool Stuff, Ken Harman, Kiki, San Francisco Los Angeles, Spoke Art, Featured Stories Sidebar, Jorge R Gutierrez

Chanel and Louis Vuitton veer between future and past

Evocative shows by two of fashion’s biggest names light up a bizarre Paris seasonThe strangest ever season of catwalk shows ended in Paris with Chanel and Louis Vuitton, displaying an industry divided between nostalgia for the razzmatazz of the old normal and a futuristic vision of what fashion could be.The 14-metre white capital letters of the Hollywood sign that crown the Santa Monica Mountains do not just designate a place name. Since they were erected in the roaring 20s, they have stood for ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Fashion, Hollywood, Design, France, Life and style, UK News, World news, Paris, Chanel, Fashion Weeks, Paris Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton, Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills Continue

Why Conservatives Should Support Aid For The Arts

Arts audiences are passionate and, especially in turbulent times, hunger for the fulfillment that a transcendent performance can bring. Even skeptics of government funding for the arts should support making those experiences possible again. As no less a conservative than Winston Churchill once said, “The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Winston Churchill, Issues, State, 10.05.20

Death Of Young Bollywood Actor Has Completely Obsessed India

“News outlets have focused on every twist in a tale” — the apparent suicide of 34-year-old Sushant Singh Rajput, and the blame and abuse that have been hurled at his girlfriend — “that … has puzzled and infuriated social critics. With hard proof lacking, they say, the investigation and coverage appear to be fueled by institutional misogyny, a taboo against discussion of mental health issues and an increasingly partisan news media.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, India, People, Sushant Singh Rajput, 10.03.20

Report: Arts Engagement In UK Same As It Was 15 Years Ago

This despite campaigns to increase engagement. Older people are least likely to engage, say the data. – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, 10.04.20

Playing In The First Post-COVID Rehearsal Of A Socially-Distanced Orchestra

“As live music begins to make a cautious comeback, Matthew Bain, a freelance violinist with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia amongst other ensembles, shares his experience of returning to orchestral playing.” – The Strad
Tags: Art, Music, Philharmonia, First Post, London Philharmonic, Matthew Bain, 10.02.20

How Online Theatre And Its Audience Are Changing Each Other

“Our great crisis, the coronavirus, forces us to watch plays alone, in the crannies of our homes, instead of drawing us into proximity with strangers. Our current government, unlike that led by Franklin Roosevelt, doesn’t see a connection between economic privation, social estrangement, and the kind of nourishment that can come only through an encounter with art — and has no sense of responsibility to encourage the flourishing of art and public life. And so, in a very real way, each of us is on...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Franklin Roosevelt, 10.05.20

Tutorial Tuesday: Full Gradient Color Overlay

Have you ever found yourself creating a PowerPoint really wishing you had gone to art school? You are not alone! In fact, 99% of Americans do not possess professional design skills. If you’re always searching for another tool for your arsenal, you can play around with full gradient color overlays and see how those might spice up your slides. When might these be appropriate, you may ask? The most common uses for a full gradient color overlay in Powerpoint are for title slides and when using photo...
Tags: Design, Uncategorized, Inspiration, Tutorial, How To, Tips, Powerpoint, Visuals, Presentation, Slideshare, Color Design, Speaking, Don, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Design Trends

Yes, Reading Is Important, But It’s Not A Moral Good In Itself

Katherine Gaudet on trying to make children into lifelong readers: “I teach humanities courses to undergraduates; I facilitate reading groups at public libraries; I have seen over and over how engagement with literature leads to understanding, empathy, and exploration. What I don’t believe in anymore is the moral undertone of reading promotion: that people who read for pleasure are more good and more deserving than those who don’t.” – Literary Hub
Tags: Art, Words, 09.30.20, Katherine Gaudet

Adam Smith On The Perils Of Sympathizing

Sympathy, Smith believed, was inseparable from imagination and from reasoning. We can’t access what other people feel. Instead, we imagine what other people must be feeling, or rather what we believe that we would feel if we were in their position. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, Smith, Adam Smith, 10.05.20

Boston Symphony Gives Andris Nelsons Evergreen Contract

“The Boston Symphony Orchestra and music director Andris Nelsons have agreed to a three-year contract extension, … ensuring he will lead the symphony through the 2024-25 season and possibly beyond: An evergreen clause allows his commitment to stretch well beyond the new term. … Nelsons has signed a similar contract extension with the BSO’s sister orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig.” – The Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Music, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, BSO, Nelsons, 10.05.20

Using Limestone Remnants Of Ancient Greek Sculptures To Make New Reproductions: Okay Or Not Okay?

2,600 years ago, the world’s largest Doric temple to Zeus stood in southwestern Sicily, and its façades incorporated 38 towering statues of Atlas, seeming to hold up the roof the way the Titan held up the sky. All but one of those statues have long since fallen to pieces, but the monument’s director wants to use pieces of the ruins to reproduce eight of the ancient Atlas figures and incorporate them into a contemporary sculpture. Archaeologists are appalled. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Atlas, Zeus, Sicily, Visual, 10.05.20

Scottish Gov’t Orders Edinburgh Int’l Festival To Diversify Artists It Presents

“The government has revealed that the festivals has ‘accepted’ there were a lack of ‘female artists, artists with disabilities and artists from non-white backgrounds’ in [this year’s] online programme, which was announced in early August. … The event is to be closely monitored in future to ensure it makes improvements and meets official ‘obligations’ on equality, diversity and inclusion.” – The Scotsman
Tags: Art, Issues, 10.03.20

Paris Opera Ballet Finally Starts Reconsidering Blackface And Other Racial Issues

Following a manifesto signed by nearly one-fourth of its employees, the world’s oldest ballet company, and perhaps its most tradition-bound, has invited a pair of outside experts to write a report and make recommendations about matters onstage (eliminating blackface, dying tights to match dancers’ skin tones, reworking the traditional ballets blancs that use only white tutus) and off. – France 24 (AFP)
Tags: Art, France, Dance, Paris, 10.05.20

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