Is Kenyan Literature Finally Finding Its Footing?

“Kenya’s literary dwarfism is partly a result of the virulent anti-intellectualism of the longest running regime in the country, the period from 1978 and 2002 when Daniel arap Moi was President. Those years were characterized by arbitrary arrests, detention, and the exile of scholars including world-renowned author Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Micere Mugo, both former professors of literature at the University of Nairobi.” – Guernica
Tags: Art, Kenya, Words, Ngũgĩ, Daniel Arap Moi, 10.27.20, Micere Mugo

New Research: Van Gogh’s Mental Illness

“Experts at the University Medical Centre Groningen conducted a psychiatric examination based on hundreds of letters he wrote – the majority to his beloved brother, Theo – as well as existing medical records. They found that the artist probably experienced two episodes of delirium caused by alcohol withdrawal after he cut off his own ear.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Van Gogh, Visual, Theo, University Medical Centre Groningen, 11.02.20

Fierce Debate About Whether Iowa Senate Candidate Should Have A Wikipedia Entry

During the past several months, while Joni Ernst and Theresa Greenfield debated each other (and gave us viral clips about the break-even price of corn and soybeans), a separate debate raged among Wikipedia’s volunteer editors about Greenfield’s eligibility for a page of her own. – Wired
Tags: Art, Wikipedia, People, Greenfield, Joni Ernst, Iowa Senate, Theresa Greenfield, 11.02.20

Canada Proposes Treating Streaming Like Broadcast Services

The regulations put forth by the Liberal government today in a new bill focus on clarifying that online streaming platforms like Netflix and Spotify will fall under the Broadcasting Act through a new category called “online undertakings.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Spotify, Media, Netflix, Canada, Broadcast Services, 11.03.20

“Fullnaming” Famous Composers Is Silly

Chris White’s “fullnaming” idea—an invented word for his invented crusade—seems to belong more in a social studies department at a middle school than a music department at a university. Johann Sebastian Bach versus Bach. We get the point. Doesn’t insisting on full names for everyone seem a little pretentious, annoying, tedious, and dare I say . . . elitist? – The Bulwark
Tags: Art, Music, Johann Sebastian Bach, Chris White, 11.02.20

China Has Wrecked Two-Thirds Of Uyghur Mosques: Report

“Drawing on satellite imagery, data analysis and on-the-ground reporting, the think tank [Australian Strategic Policy Institute] estimated that, since 2017, 65% of the [Xinjiang] region’s mosques and 58% of its important Islamic sites — including shrines (mazars) and cemeteries — have been either destroyed or damaged.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, China, Xinjiang, Visual, 11.03.20

Anna Pavlova And The White Russians Who Transformed Dance In China

“The stateless émigrés trained ‘Shanghailanders’ in the early 20th century, including one Margot Fonteyn. Their influence remains embedded in modern Chinese ballet.” –
Tags: Art, China, Dance, Anna Pavlova, Margot Fonteyn, 11.01.20

TRUTH/LIE neon sign lights up the US-Mexico border

At the La Casa tunnel in Tijuana, Stefan Brüggerman set up his red, white, and blue TRUTH/LIE neon installation. Via Dezeen, the Mexican artist said: These powerful words, LIE and TRUTH have eroded into a meaningless word – or shifted polarities – now perhaps the lie is the truth and the truth is the lie. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Mexico, Immigration, US, Walls, Tijuana, La Casa, Stefan Brüggerman

Nasty Fight Breaks Out Between Joffrey School, Former Director

Christopher D’Addario, who quietly resigned as executive director in March, temporarily shuttered the Greenwich Village school’s website Sept. 16, then threatened more disruptions if he wasn’t paid a hefty $450,000, the school claims in a Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit. – New York Post
Tags: Art, Dance, Greenwich Village, Manhattan Federal Court, 10.31.20, Christopher D'Addario

A Guide to Typography Basics, Part 1

Do you find yourself spending way too much time settling on a font for your presentation? Or perhaps you’re tired of the ol’ standbys and want to see what else is out there only to be overwhelmed by the choices. Fonts and typography can be visually impactful once fully mastered. By definition, Typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed. Stretching far beyond lettering, typography is also applied to the style, arr...
Tags: Design, Style, Typography, How-to, Typeface, Presentation, Speaking, Lettering, Futura, Presentation Design, Font, Futura Bold

Jeremy O. Harris Has Gotten HBO To Pay For Experimental Theater Stagings

“Harris, who is 31, has moved fast through the New York theater world — in a truncated season, Slave Play garnered 12 Tony nominations — and he now has a contract with HBO, the much-anticipated film Zola in the can, and Hollywood at or near his feet. But he hasn’t dumped the old toy for the shiny new one. As part of his HBO deal, Harris has secured a discretionary fund for experimental-theater production, essentially a weird-art slush fund.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, Media, Theatre, HARRIS, Tony, Zola, Jeremy O Harris, 11.02.20

The English manor where billionaire Richard Branson grew up just hit the market for $5 million — take a look inside

United Kingdom Sotheby's International Realty Sir Richard Branson, 70, a tycoon with a net worth of about $4.5 billion, dreamed up his first business venture in a red-brick home in a quiet English village called Shamley Green. The house, located about 30 miles southwest of London, just hit the market for $5.2 million. Take a look inside the four-bedroom, three-bathroom property, which Branson described in his autobiography as a "rambling building with many barns and sheds and some lan...
Tags: Real Estate, UK, Design, London, Finance, Trends, Features, United Kingdom, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Surrey, Branson, Caribbean, British Virgin Islands, Forbes, Luxury Real Estate

Unethical Museums Are Unsustainable

“If institutions had not already demonstrated their steely commitment to protecting power – how a museum director who depletes an endowment ends up at the helm of another museum, for instance, or how sexual harassment allegations against an administrator disappear as he moves from one post to another – it would seem that the institutional artworld was in a freefall from which it might not recover. Yet even if institutions do manage to survive, thanks to donors, endowments, and blind eyes, it ha...
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.30.20

The Mark Twain Election Story That Was Required Reading In Communist Chinese Schools

“‘Running for Governor’ is barely known in the United States. Samuel Clemens was editor of the Buffalo Express when it was published. It is the story of his run for governor, as Mark Twain, in 1870 — well, fictional run, of course.” The story was placed on the school curriculum soon after the People’s Republic was founded and remained there for half a century. – The Buffalo News
Tags: Art, United States, Words, Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens, 11.02.20, Buffalo Express

AMC Theatres Report 90 Percent Decline In Revenue

The world’s largest exhibitor suffered a brutal 90.9% drop in revenues during the most recent earnings period, with sales clocking in at $119.5 million. Losses hit $905.8 million or $8.41 cents a share. In the prior-year quarter, a time when cinemas were open around the globe and world-altering pandemics were largely the stuff of Hollywood thrillers, AMC logged revenues of $1.3 billion on a net loss of $54.8 million or 53 cents a share. – Variety
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Amc, Amc Theatres, 11.02.20

A look inside Jeffrey Epstein's real-estate portfolio, from the Palm Beach mansion set to be demolished to the NYC townhouse on the market for $88 million

Epstein's massive real estate portfolio played an essential role in his alleged sex trafficking ring. Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images Jeffrey Epstein owned an expansive real-estate portfolio that played a major role in the sexual-abuse allegations against him. The Wall Street Journal previously reported that his New York City and Palm Beach homes were hitting the market for a combined $110 million. On Nov. 2, the Journal reported that a real-estate developer signed a contract to ...
Tags: Florida, New York, Design, Finance, New York City, Trends, Nes, Features, Getty Images, Fbi, New York Times, Paris, Bill Clinton, Manhattan, Upper East Side, New Mexico

Quibi’s Closure Announcement ‘Blindsided’ People Who Actually Make Its Content

Said crew members on one of the service’s original short-form series, “We were blindsided. We had just signed contracts and turned down other jobs to keep working on this show. … Our own execs had to constantly hound Quibi for further information.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Quibi, 11.02.20

Daniel Menaker, Author And Editor, Dead At 79

“[He wrote] a half-dozen acerbic and poignant books and became a senior editor at the New Yorker and Random House. Along the way, he helped champion and shepherd works by authors such as Billy Collins, Alice Munro and George Saunders.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Random House, George Saunders, 10.29.20, Daniel Menaker, Billy Collins Alice Munro

Venice’s Guidelines For New Flood Barrier Will Sacrifice St. Mark’s For Sake Of Container Port

There was huge relief and even some jubilation lat month when, for the first time, Venice’s long-delayed, wildly over-budget contraption for keeping flood tides out of the Venice Lagoon was successfully deployed and the city stayed dry. But new rules say the barrier should be used only when the water level is 103 cm, at which point two-thirds of the old city will be wet. (St. Mark’s gets flooded at 80-85 cm.) Why did the authorities decide this? Read on … – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Venice, Issues, Venice Lagoon, 11.03.20, Sake Of Container Port

Artists And Our Cultural Divide

What role can artists play in the healing of a nation wounded by a viral pandemic and the chronic diseases of racism, inequality and rabid partisanship? Even for the proponents of art for art’s sake, politics is inescapable. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.02.20

Documentary on NYC's new real-time interactive subway map

"The Map" looks at the history of the famed MTA subway map in New York City and describes their process in creating a live map that shows train locations, temporary reroutes, and other real-time updates. I was very pleased to see the clip from The Warriors, because that is what I think of when I ponder Massimo Vignelli's amazing and controversial 1972 design. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Maps, Design, News, New York City, Transit, Mta, Massimo Vignelli

A Recap of Trump’s, Pence’s, Biden’s, And Harris’s Records On the Arts

“The arts, writ large, rarely represent more than a footnote in election discourse (if we’re lucky). … But for those wondering what the election will mean for creative industries specifically, we’ve laid out the candidates’ respective histories with art — their policies, voting records, donations, and more — in a digestible breakdown below.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Biden, Issues, Trump, HARRIS, 11.02.20

Rehearsals And Streamed Performances May Continue Under New Lockdown In UK

As Culture Minister Oliver Dowden clarified on Twitter, “Arts venues are places of work, so people can come into them for work, if it cannot be undertaken from home. This includes rehearsals and performance. Audiences are not permitted.” – Yahoo! (Press Association UK)
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, Yahoo Press Association, Oliver Dowden, 11.02.20

Which Museums Have Closed As Europe’s Second Wave Of COVID Worsens

“Countries such as Belgium, Germany, and France have imposed new lockdowns and forced the closure of institutions for a month and, in some cases, potentially longer. Below, a look at some of the major institutions that have planned closures in response.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Visual, Belgium Germany, 11.02.20

Strap-ons, style and self-invention: Zanele Muholi – review

Tate Modern, London With provocative images of lesbian empowerment and gender play, the photographer celebrates the resilience, style and creativity of South Africa’s queer communityA woman clasping her hands over her jockey shorts, protecting her privacy in the aftermath of rape. The long scar running down her leg is evidence of an even earlier assault. In another image, hospital bracelets tether their wearer to the hate crime that led them here – rape, assault, GBH. These jolts, from Zanele Mu...
Tags: Art, Photography, Gender, Activism, Africa, Society, Culture, South Africa, Art and design, Sexuality, Exhibitions, Tate Modern, Zanele Muholi, Tate Modern London With

Researchers Have Some Good News About Indoor Concerts And COVID

“Analysis of an indoor concert staged by scientists in August suggests that the impact of such events on the spread of the coronavirus is ‘low to very low’ as long as organizers ensure adequate ventilation, strict hygiene protocols and limited capacity, according to the German researchers who conducted the study.” Be aware, though, that the paper has not yet been peer-reviewed. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, 11.03.20

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