I’ve always liked the art by Turner. His work is often very dramatic, full of emotion and especially wonderful light. I read that the fashion in painting when he lived was having black on the canvas and painting over that but he used white and I think it accounts for the fabulous look in his work. He was a strange man, as many artists are, very reclusive, very messy. The movie, Mr. Turner, gives you an idea of how he lived and painted. It was a pleasure to go to the André Jacquemart Museum to lo...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, Instagram, Paris, Turner, Fitch, Balenciaga, Ambercrombie, Andre Jacquemart Museum, Musee Andre Jacquemart

If Cinemas Survive The Pandemic, A Glut Of Blockbusters Await Fans

Assuming we get a functioning vaccine and that some cinemas survive the pandemic, and that audiences ever trust again the idea of being stuck in a room with hundreds of other people for two or three hours, there’s going to be a lot to see. “Perhaps fans can look forward to a geeky bonanza, where a new tentpole arrives in multiplexes every other week. Or perhaps some of these films will end up moving to the small screen instead.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, 10.09.20

Writing As A Material Art

A book “is a fluid path from an idea, along a stream bed whose variations, detours and eddies are unknown until the water that flows into it finds itself moved.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 10.09.20

Roxane Gay, Margaret Atwood Sign Open Letter In Support Of Trans And Nonbinary People

Who had “Margaret Atwood versus J.K. Rowling” on their 2020 bingo card? Because that’s part of what’s happened since the author of the Harry Potter series went on an anti-trans jaunt in the past few years, culminating in her latest mystery plot. The open letter reads, in part, “We are writers, editors, journalists, agents and professionals in multiple forms of publishing. We believe in the power of words. … We say: nonbinary people are nonbinary, trans women are women, trans men are men, trans ...
Tags: Art, Words, Margaret Atwood, 10.09.20, Roxane Gay Margaret Atwood

The Concert Refunds That Haven’t Come Yet

The venue claims that the refunds are the responsibility of a Russian oligarch. One fan “has spent considerable time over the last four months hunting down the money … a quest that, for her, has involved setting up a spreadsheet to track her many communications with Ticketmaster and the Nassau Coliseum.” And, well, crickets. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Ticketmaster, Nassau Coliseum, 10.11.20

Who Broke The Noses, And Arms, Of Ancient Egyptian Statues?

A museum curator used to seeing the damage is brought up short by museumgoers’ questions: Indeed, why are so many Egyptian statues missing their noses? There’s power, divinity, and the breaking of empires in the answer. “Attacking a human image was a deeply entrenched ancient Egyptian method for dealing with an enemy.” (And it’s not as though this practice is over.) – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.11.20

The Museum Of Chinese In America, Beset By Fire And Much More, Gets A Chance At Recovery

When a fire hit the New York Chinatow museum and the staff worried priceless archives were lost, that wasn’t the only issue facing the institution: The coronavirus shutdown and anti-Asian harassment were ever present threats as well. Now the Ford Foundation has stepped up to help stabilize the institution, which is small but vital to the history of New York. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Ford Foundation, 10.09.20, Museum Of Chinese In America Beset, New York Chinatow

The Man Reshaping Gothic Classics For 21st Century Netflix Watchers

After all of the brouhaha – love, hate, reexamining, reevaluation, and a lot more – for Netflix’s series of The Haunting of Hill House, here comes an adaptation of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, called The Haunting of Bly Manor for the streaming service. That’s down to Mike Flanagan. And the challenges are similar: “Both series are fundamentally incompatible with the literary works on which they’re based.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Henry James, Hill House, Mike Flanagan, Bly Manor, 10.09.20

Misty Copeland Explains The Code Used To Discourage Black Ballet Dancers

It’s all about language choices, the ballerina says. For years she was told she had a great body for ballet, and then she joined American Ballet Theatre. Then she was being told to get rid of her muscles, her breasts, and her butt, told that suddenly she didn’t have a ballet body. “That’s language that’s used, because you’re in a visual art form, it’s about your aesthetic … so that’s what they say to Black and brown dancers to disguise saying ‘You don’t have the right skin color for ballet.'” –...
Tags: Art, Dance, 10.08.20, Discourage Black Ballet Dancers

When Britain’s Music Magazine Q Closed, A Songwriter Got In One Last Act Of Kindness

The iconic magazine fell prey to the coronavirus in July, but songwriter Paul Heaton (somewhat unlike Britain’s current government, according to recent reports) didn’t want the staff to be “left on their arse.” So he gave a large donation that the final editor shared with 40 staffers and freelancers alike. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, Britain, Paul Heaton, 10.10.20

How We Know Who Was Reading What In Medieval Times

Early medieval libraries lent books often and lending books for copying was, in fact, seen as an act of Christian charity. The books were borrowed not only by other monasteries but also by local priests and lay people. The list kept by the meticulous monks of Wissembourg was perhaps maintained until the middle of the tenth century. It is a living list. – History Today
Tags: Art, Words, Medieval Times, 10.10.20, Wissembourg

Carol Paumgarten, Co-Founder And Longtime Artistic Director Of Steps On Broadway, 76

Paumgarten opened Steps in 1979, in a dingy one-room studio. She “went on to nurture three generations of New York dancers, becoming an instantly recognizable presence with her long silver hair and stylish black outfits as she presided over roomfuls of bodies in motion.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, People, Broadway, Paumgarten, 10.09.20, Carol Paumgarten Co

Black Museum Trustees, More Ready Than Ever For Institutional Change, Join Forces Formally

They’re tired of tokenism and ready for actual progress, so they’re joining together to become a stronger force. “Often the only Black people on the boards of major museums, these trustees are pooling their efforts to help institutions identify new talent and insist on diverse perspectives to better reflect the communities they serve.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.09.20

Books: Great Gardens of NY & CT

Whenever we visit gardens, what we see is just a snapshot in time. We're left wondering what the garden might look like at other times of the year. Some years ago, when I visited Innisfree, I vowed to go back in another season ... and still haven't made it. But... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Books, Gardening, Design, Innisfree, Garden Design, Jane Berger, Garden Books, Larry Lederman, Kykuit, Monacelli Press, InnisfreeGarden, Great Gardens of NY

Independent Bookstores Are Reaching More Truly Terrifying Crossroads

Terrifying for book lovers, that is. Take Vroman’s in Los Angeles, for instance. “The past several years had been among the bookstore’s most profitable, ‘and all of a sudden, you fall off a cliff.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Words, Vroman, 10.08.20

What ‘Angels In America’ Means During The New Pandemic

The play means something different now than it did a year ago. “The light of Covid-19 turns out to be especially harsh and revealing, turning the play, so concerned with prophecy, into a prophet itself. How, it now seems to ask, can we have squandered in just a few months the decades’ worth of suffering and organizing and scientific advances invested in the struggle against AIDS?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, 10.09.20

A Texas Grand Jury Indicts Netflix Over ‘Cuties,’ Showing No Understanding Of The First Amendment

That’s because Texas is, of course, special (in terms of its own laws), but also, perhaps the grand jury didn’t watch the actual film? “The Miller test says that works are protected by the First Amendment if they have what could be characterized as ‘serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value’ when the works were each ‘taken as a whole.'” With Cuties, it would be hard to argue otherwise. – Slate
Tags: Art, Texas, Issues, Miller, 10.09.20

What Louise Gluck’s Poetry Tells Us About Beginnings

The new Nobel laureate’s themes remain all too relevant. “Glück examines the human compulsion to retell stories and reimagine scenes; in the face of grief, sadness, and destruction, she asks, how can belief in new beginnings possibly still persist?” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, Gluck, Louise Glück, 10.10.20

So, How’s It Going With The Attempt To Restart Film And TV Production In The U.K.?

Like the virus in the rest of the country, the perhaps too-soon begun production restart is not going well. “As the threat of new COVID-19 restrictions looms large, the industry is rushing to crank out film and TV productions this fall, in what could be the last gasp for production in 2020.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, 10.10.20

Duncan Grant’s Recently Rediscovered Erotic Art Is ‘A Blast Of Joy’ In Tough Times For The Arts

“What images they are: defiantly subversive and explicit multiracial homoerotica, bursting with passion, flesh, joy, love, freedom and everything else gay people were legally barred from experiencing and expressing at the time. The underlying message of Grant’s paintings is still uplifting in 2020: art will always find a way, whatever the obstacles, hardships and dangers.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Grant, Visual, Duncan Grant, 10.10.20

The gangster vanishes: twist in hunt for world’s largest haul of stolen art

Irish criminal disappears after leading BBC film crew to gang behind infamous Boston heistSome of the most precious paintings in the world, a billion-dollar haul including work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas and Manet, were stolen from a gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, in an audacious heist 30 years ago. But now, just as a British detective closes in on what he believes are the best clues so far to the masterpieces’ hiding place, his key contact, an Irish gangster, has disappeared.Martin “the Vi...
Tags: Art, Crime, Boston, UK News, US news, Bbc, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, US crime, Art Theft, Martin, Manet, Foley, Boston Massachusetts, Vermeer

Portland’s Elk Wasn’t Targeted By BLM Protesters, And Other Public Art Discussions That Matter

Portland’s Barry Johnson has some musings about the Elk, statues of Robert E. Lee, and all of art history. “Art is emancipatory. … It can lead me almost anywhere, even to thoughts about the intent of the artist, the times the artist lived in, the artist’s relationship to those times, the times and art and artists that followed and preceded the art+artist+times I’m focusing on.” – Oregon ArtsWatch
Tags: Art, Oregon, Portland, BLM, Visual, Barry Johnson, Robert E Lee, 10.08.20

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