Here Are Some Soothing Movies You Could Watch Multiple Times

If you needed to this week. No reason. Just in case. For instance, Moonstruck. “The deepest, richest, most romantic kind of a movie, a full-bodied glass of red wine to be enjoyed anytime one’s faith in humanity is fraying, Moonstruck might be the most comforting film ever made.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Uncategorized

Conductor Alexander Vedernikov Has Died Of The Coronavirus At 56

Vedernikov conducted at the Bolshoi Theatre from 2001 to 2009, “a tenure that is hailed for its renewing of the Bolshoi Theatre’s long reputation for artistic excellence.” He also founded the Russian Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra in 1995 and served as chief conductor for Denmark’s Odense Symphony Orchestra for many years. – Gramophone
Tags: Art, People, Denmark, 10.30.20, Alexander Vedernikov Has, Vedernikov, Russian Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra

The Best Place For An Artist To Be Right Now Is Her Studio

Joy Labinjo, a 25-year-old British-Nigerian painter, doesn’t get lonely in her studio. Instead, she says, “It’s easier to focus with fewer social engagements.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.01.20, Joy Labinjo

As A Big Company’s Streaming Service Turns One, It’s Falling Behind

Apple TV Plus’s big problem? No back catalog. It has 400 times fewer movies than Netflix. But that’s not really the point: “Apple TV Plus doesn’t need to be Netflix to help Apple achieve its primary goal of creating a services ecosystem that is just tantalizing enough for people to pay for a bundle and get locked into Apple’s universe.” – The Verge
Tags: Apple, Art, Media, Netflix, Big Company

Using Books – Cookbooks – To Escape, And To ‘Travel,’ Right Now

Samin Nosrat: “What has occurred to me in the last several years — and what feels particularly acute right now — is how unevenly represented different parts of the world are on my shelves.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, SAMIN NOSRAT, 10.28.20

Repainting Colorado

Or at least repainting murals on an Arkansas River levee that spent six years in various stages of repair. “Muralists have to rope up for safety to work on the steeply sloped concrete. But that isn’t slowing any of them down.” – Colorado Public Radio
Tags: Art, Visual, Arkansas River, 10.29.20

Want Better Theatre? Fund Writers

Maybe that seems obvious: Playwrights can make better work if they’re not suffering or working four other jobs to grasp for financial stability. But also, it has what the British call a knock-on effect: “If you give money to a playwright, they will give it to other artists.” – HowlRound
Tags: Art, Theatre, 10.29.20

The Australian Comedian Who’s Now Famous For Watching Paint

Christian Hull is popular not for watching paint dry, but for watching it mix – and guessing the colors that will result. – NPR
Tags: Art, Media, 10.31.20, Christian Hull

The Public, Distanced, Sadly Large Celebration Of Day Of The Dead This Year

How to do Day of the Dead safely – especially since it’s so large this year as many Mexican Americans, many of them essential workers, have died? “The most beloved celebration in Los Angeles takes place every year at Self-Help Graphics & Art in Boyle Heights. Betty Avila, executive director of Self-Help, said there was no doubt that the venerated arts organization would hold an event — in some form — this year. The customary art exhibit is now virtual, and the group is leading a drive-by carava...
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Self Help, Visual, Boyle, Dia de los Muertos, Betty Avila, 11.01.20, Grand Park Los Angeles

In Isolation, Listening To The World

You want to hear Japanese psychedelia from 1971? Johnny Hallyday and Edith Piaf? The indie music of Mexico? The internet, of course, is there for you (and for all of us). – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Mexico, World, Audience, Edith Piaf, Johnny Hallyday, 10.31.20

A Medieval Mason Earns His Self-Portrait Fame 900 Years After He Carved Himself In Stone

Millions and millions of pilgrims have made their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. They’re not usually there for the art history of the place. Meanwhile, the stonemason’s selfie “has looked down on them from the top of one of the many pillars that soar upwards, each decorated with carved foliage, among which he is concealed.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Spain, Santiago De Compostela, Visual, 11.01.20, Medieval Mason

Enzo Mari obituary

Designer of everyday objects whose work was infused with radical politicsPolitics infused everything that the designer Enzo Mari touched. Mari, who has died aged 88 of complications related to Covid-19, produced thousands of objects over a 60-year career, from pen holders and toys to chairs and vases. Each of those items drew inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement, in the simplicity of their form, and from his own uncompromising belief in communism.His stackable Delfina chair, designed fo...
Tags: Europe, Design, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Enzo Mari, Mari, Delfina, Driade, Danese

Britain’s So-Called Equalities Minister Suggested That Some Black Authors Wanted Racial Division

More than 100 British authors reacted quickly. “The allegation here is not only clearly false but dangerous. It risks endangering the personal safety of anti-racist writers. In recent years progressive writers, politicians and activists across Europe and the United Kingdom have been physically attacked and killed by far-right extremists.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Europe, Britain, United Kingdom, Words, 10.30.20, Black Authors Wanted Racial Division

Two Museums Tried To Deaccession Some Art Through Sotheby’s Last Week

But only the Baltimore Museum caught so much grief that it “paused” its sale. The Brooklyn Museum? Well, its sales were “almost $20 million for seven works by artists including Henri Matisse, Joan Miró and Claude Monet.” What’s up with the tale of two museums? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Sotheby, Claude Monet, Brooklyn Museum, Baltimore Museum, 10.30.20, Henri Matisse Joan Miró

Is Hollywood Changing For Women Of Color?

Well, the two actors who responded in this interview had their own show when they did the interview – but by publication time, it was gone. Gabrielle Union: “When you talk about who is in positions of power, who has the ability to green-light something, who has the ability to help get someone paid, who has the ability to keep something on the air or yank it off … we are under-indexed on positions of power that control this town.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Media, Gabrielle, 10.30.20

Books: Chicago North Shore Gardens

Chicago is known for its architecture, and the leafy suburbs north of the city along Lake Michigan are home to many amazing landscapes by some of the country's most distinguished landscape architects, past and present. In Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago, (Monacelli Press, 2020), author Benjamin Lenhardt profiles... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Books, Gardening, Design, Designers, Chicago, Gardens, Lake Michigan, Garden Design, Jane Berger, Garden Books, The Garden Conservancy, Monacelli Press, Deborah Nevins, Hoerr Schaudt, Chicago North Shore Gardens, North Shore of Chicago Monacelli Press

The Dream Of Private Theatre Support Lives

Outdoor theatre was a risky bet in 2020, but in the Berkshires, it more than paid off. The artistic director of the Barrington Stage Company on the conversation that changed this winter’s planning: “My development director almost passed out.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Berkshires, Barrington Stage Company, 10.29.20

The NEH Will Pay To Erect New Statues Of Columbus And Others

In an open slap at protesters who took down statues they considered to be celebratory of racism, colonialism, and sexism, Trump’s National Endowment for the Humanities is giving money to rebuild or repair three toppled statues. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, 10.30.20, Trump s National Endowment for the Humanities

Even Its Founders Couldn’t Figure Out How To Market Quibi

They tried, sort of. When app downloads dropped, they brought in experts. “The marketing experts pitched multiple ideas to shake up Quibi’s approach. One plan was to heavily promote several marquee shows on the app, similar to how Netflix used House of Cards to legitimize itself.” But the founders weren’t into it. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Quibi, 10.31.20

Turns Out Universal Accessibility At Museums Can Help During A Pandemic

For instance, the Guggenheim’s audio guide, “Mind’s Eye,” was designed for the blind and low-vision community. Now it’s also serving the sighted people who miss the musuem. “It’s a vivid escape for those of us stuck inside during the pandemic.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.30.20

Games Are The New Battleground (State)

Games, and their social context, are where many people shape their political ideas. And, of course, they’re where candidates go as well. “The presidential campaign for Joe Biden took the former vice president’s message to Animal Crossing, where players could visit a Biden HQ island. And on Oct. 19, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) proved to be an affable Twitch personality when she brought a low-key get-out-the-vote effort to indie game sensation Among Us.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Joe Biden, Ideas, Biden, Animal Crossing, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, 10.30.20

Sean Connery, Scottish Definer Of James Bond, 90

Connery was Bond for seven films and embodied him for many Bond fans. He dismayed those fans “by walking away from the Bond franchise and went on to have a long and fruitful career as a respected actor and an always bankable star.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Bond, Connery, 10.31.20, Sean Connery Scottish Definer Of James Bond

What Is Novelist Elizabeth Strout Doing To Stay Culturally Alert During The Pandemic?

The author of Olive Kitteredge (for which she won a Pulitzer) and many other novels, including 2019’s Olive, Again, just fell for the playing of pianist Hélène Grimaud, and continues to find Edward Hopper’s art comforting. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Elizabeth Strout, Words, Edward Hopper, Helene Grimaud, 10.31.20

A selfie set in stone: hidden portrait by cheeky mason found in Spain 900 years on

A British art historian’s painstaking study of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela uncovered a medieval prankHe is a medieval in-joke, a male figure carved in the early 12th century for one of the world’s greatest cathedrals, but no one has known of his existence until now. The figure has gone unnoticed by millions of worshippers who have made the long pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, north-western Spain over the centuries. He has looked down on them from the top of one of th...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, Spain, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Santiago, Galicia, Santiago De Compostela, Sculpture, Archaeology, Spain Holidays, Santiago De Compostela Holidays

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