The Rarest Mondo Posters in the World Are Going Up for Auction – Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’re the type of pop culture art connoisseur who has Google alerts set up for things like “Tyler Stout Star Wars,” here’s something that should make your ears perk up. Alamo Drafthouse has announced that later this month, art enthusiasts will be able to bid in an open auction for rare art prints from Mondo, one of the premier sellers of pop culture art in the United States. All of the poster posters up for auction will be coming from the personal collection of Drafthouse founder Tim League...
Tags: Google, Art, Movies, United States, Poster, Drafthouse, Cool Stuff, Mondo, Jason Edmiston, Alamo, Alamo Drafthouse, Tim League, Drafthouse Films, Daniel Danger Jaws Laurent Durieux Mother

Simon Woods: Thinking About The Ways Forward For Orchestras

“We are currently living through the longest period of uncertainty that any of us has ever experienced in our professional lives, and it feels like an eternity. The more care we spend thinking about our missions in this not-yet moment, the more fully we’ll be ready for the world more embracing that awaits us.” – Simon Woods
Tags: Art, Music, Simon Woods, 11.17.20, Ways Forward For Orchestras

How Will We Protect World Treasures Threatened By Climate Change?

Venice is just one example of the challenges of preserving iconic landmarks that are threatened by the effects of climate change, such as rising seas and recurrent, intensifying droughts, storms and wildfires. In my research as a social scientist, I help heritage managers make tough decisions prioritizing which sites to save when funds, time or both are limited. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Venice, Issues, 11.13.20

French Authors Say They’ll Pay COVID Fines For Paris Book Shops That Stay Open

At the beginning of the lockdown more than two weeks ago, the Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, pleaded – unsuccessfully – for bookshops to be allowed to remain open and asked the public not to use Amazon. The call has been echoed by the former president François Hollande. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, Anne Hidalgo, 11.16.20

5 Questions with Diego Zaccaria, Creative Director of the Centre du Graphisme

What do museums, sports and design have in common? They’re all conduits for culture – helping us foster a sense of community. Diego Zaccaria, founder and Creative Director of the Centre du Graphisme in France is deeply fascinated by the interplay between all three. And this fascination manifests through the “L’Art du Sport” exhibition which, through 150 works of art, explores the link between sport, design and creativity in the modern era. We spoke to Zaccaria about the exhibition, the changing...
Tags: Design, France, Berlin, Advertising, Spain, Barcelona, Creativity, Juventus, Francisco Franco, Hitler, Madrid, Latin America, Grenoble, Interbrand, Arroyo, Garmisch Partenkirchen

UK Universities Want Probe Into Inflated E-Textbook Prices

Johanna Anderson said the situation had become so financially serious for university libraries that it was time for MPs and competition authorities to hold publishers to account. She cited the example of an economics book that costs £44 for a print copy but is £423 for a single e-book user and £500 for three users. An employment law book costs £50 for a hard copy, but is £1,600 for three users of the digital version. – BBC
Tags: Art, UK, Words, 11.16.20, Johanna Anderson

Has Substack Created A New A New Medium For News?

In three years, Substack’s newsletters—covering almost every conceivable topic, from Australian Aboriginal rights to bread recipes to local Tennessee politics—have drawn more than two hundred fifty thousand paid subscribers. The top newsletter authors can earn six figures, an unheard-of amount for freelance journalists. – Columbia Journalism Review
Tags: Art, Tennessee, Words, 11.16.20

Spain’s Language Academy Acknowledges, Then Backs Away From, Gender-Neutral Pronoun

Late last month, the Royal Spanish Academy launched the Observatory of Words, a web portal that discusses terms and expressions which are coming into regular use in Spanish but which the Academy isn’t ready to officially include in dictionaries. The media quickly noticed that among the words indexed in the new Observatory was elle, coined as a gender-neutral alternative to el/ella (he/she). Within four days, elle was gone. Here’s why. – Global Voices
Tags: Art, Spain, Words, Academy, Observatory, Royal Spanish Academy, 11.13.20, Observatory of Words

Palm Springs Debate Over Hosting Giant Marilyn Munroe Statue

“Palm Springs City Council has agreed to give the “Forever Marilyn” statue a temporary home along Museum Way for three years, but the plan with PS Resorts, which has been working to bring the statue back to Palm Springs for sometime, will contain an option that would allow the city to terminate the agreement before it expires should issues arise.” – Desert Sun
Tags: Art, Palm Springs, Visual, Marilyn, Palm Springs City Council, 11.12.20, Marilyn Munroe, PS Resorts

“Fraudulent Avoidance of Sales Tax”: NY Attorney General’s Lawsuit vs. Sotheby’s

NY State Attorney General Letitia James has sued Sotheby’s for its alleged role in helping a client to “pose as an art dealer so he could illegally qualify for sales-tax exemptions reserved for the art trade.” – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Sotheby, Letitia James, 11.17.20

Economic Impact: A Quick and Dirty Critique

Teaching arts policy this fall, I needed a two-page briefing to warn my students off using economic impact studies as an arts advocacy tool. Here’s the result. – Michael Rushton
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 11.17.20

Political Theater Moves Into Nonfiction — Is It Drama Or Seminar?

Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me has become “the grandmother of [a] genre” that includes, just this fall, Kristina Wong for Public Office (about Wong’s run for a local commission in Los Angeles), Lessons in Survival (actors repeating, complete with pauses and tics, observations of prominent Black Americans about society), Denis O’Hare’s What the Hell Is a Republic, Anyway? (using the history of the Roman Republic to examine the American one), and Melissa Dunphy’s The Gonzales C...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Los Angeles, George W Bush, Wong, Denis O Hare, Roman Republic, Heidi Schreck, Public Office, Kristina Wong, Melissa Dunphy, 11.16.20, Senate Judiciary Committee Jesse Green

Why The Arts Are Important In Times Of Crises

“Some people were willing to forego their meagre ration of food and forget their fatigue to attend the artistic performances in the concentration camp. For me this is a potent reminder to challenge crude approaches to ranking basic human needs and the components of a decent human life.” – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.16.20

Broadway Actors Are Losing Their Health Care

This year, the number of work weeks has plummeted by 65 percent to about 92,000 — including nearly three months of normal work before the shutdown.  The lack of work weeks is pushing somewhere between 200 and 300 union members off their health insurance a month, Actors’ Equity told CNBC. – CNBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, 11.11.20, Broadway Actors Are Losing Their Health Care

Bruno Barbey, Famed War Photographer For Magnum, Dead At 79

He captured some of the most memorable journalistic images of key events of the late 20th century: the 1968 riots in Paris; the Troubles in Northern Ireland; the Biafran war in Nigeria; the Solidarity demonstrations in Poland; the first Gulf War and the burning of the Kuwait oil fields by retreating Iraqi troops. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Nigeria, People, Paris, Northern Ireland, Poland, Kuwait, Solidarity, 11.16.20, Bruno Barbey

Philadelphia’s Count-All-The-Votes Dance Party Was A Deliberate Plan To Avoid Street Violence

“It seemed impromptu. It wasn’t entirely. The undeniable joy before, on, and after Election Day was organic. But a coalition of Philadelphia progressive organizations, many of them Black-led, have for months planned for political tension and unrest, determined to turn down the temperature.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Dance, Philadelphia, 11.09.20

The Art Of The Trump Goodbye

Is Trump like King Lear, raging naked on the heath and desperately hanging on to the increasingly diminished trappings of power even as they are stripped from him? Or is he more like Bartleby the Scrivener, the inscrutable model of passive resistance who one day declines to do any more work or indeed leave the building, declaring: “I would prefer not to?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, King Lear, 11.16.20

Study: Americans Feel Positive About The Arts, But There Are Demographic Differences

“The extensive survey, coordinated by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’s Humanities Indicators project, … [found that] 80% of American adults hold a ‘very favorable’ or ‘somewhat favorable’ view of the arts … but only 11% of them said they visit art museums or attend arts events regularly, while another 29% said they do so ‘sometimes.'” Interestingly, Black and Latinx Americans are far more likely to attend poetry and literary events than are their white compatriots. – Hyperallergic ...
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 11.13.20

How Big Is The New Find Of Ancient Egyptian Artifacts At Saqqara? This Big

“After hinting at a big announcement for days, the Egyptian antiquities ministry revealed the details this morning: more than 100 intact wooden coffins with brightly painted scenes and hieroglyphs, and well-preserved mummies inside.” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Visual, Saqqara, 11.14.20

Here’s One Country Where Theatre Is Alive And Well Despite COVID

“When the second wave of [the pandemic] hit, theatres in South Korea remained open. How? By approaching theatre as a controlled event, says New York-based director Sammi Cannold, who observed Seoul’s approach first-hand.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, South Korea, New York, Theatre, Seoul, Audience, 11.13.20, Sammi Cannold

Assessing The Art World’s Performance During Trump

The arts exist as a smaller bubble within the larger bubble of liberal media culture. And doubling down on affirming the sense of enlightened cultural superiority has larger potential negative consequences. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.16.20

Amplify Your Bland Backgrounds

There’s a time and place for using flat color backgrounds. However, taking a little extra time to make a more interesting setting using unique patterns and subtle imagery can really pay off. No, we don’t mean the pre-installed PowerPoint backgrounds that were introduced in the 90’s. If you’re feeling like you don’t know where to start mixing it up, let us help with this quick tutorial on how to amplify your bland backgrounds. Image sourcing First, try going to a source for free images like uns...
Tags: Design, Microsoft, Uncategorized, Backgrounds, Templates, Presentation, Boring, Speaking, Bland, Presentation Design, Amplify, Powerpoint backgrounds, Best Creative Presentations, Creative Presentation, Background Images, Background Templates

Israeli Opera Moves To Lay Off Its Entire Chorus

At least 55 of the chorus’s 62 members have received notice of the mandatory hearing that precedes layoffs in Israel; the singers have been on furlough since the spring. Their union reports that the company abruptly ended negotiations on a new contract and evidently plans to hire freelance choristers at cheaper rates. – The Jerusalem Post
Tags: Art, Music, Israel, 11.15.20

Chinese Gov’t Is Cracking Down On Hong Kong’s Public Broadcaster

“Amid the political turmoil since the pro-democracy movement erupted last year and the national security law was enacted in July, [RTHK] has been under fire from various quarters as the government appears to tighten its grip.” Producers have been taken for questioning, programs have been cancelled, staffers (who are considered civil servants) are being made to take a loyalty oath, and the national anthem of the People’s Republic of China is now played every day before the 8 am news. – Global Vo...
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Media, People s Republic of China, 11.13.20

Met Opera’s Custom-Made Marc Chagall Stage Curtain Is Up For Auction

The artist — whose two murals for the opera house’s lobby, famously visible to passersby from well beyond Lincoln Center’s central plaza, were put up as collateral for a loan in 2009 and again in 2014 — created the 65′-by-48′ curtain for a 1967 staging of Mozart’s Magic Flute, the only opera production he ever designed. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Lincoln Center, Mozart, Visual, 11.15.20, Met Opera 's Custom Made Marc Chagall

Huge wall art made from old typewriters

Jeremy Mayer is an artist who makes amazing sculptures out of old typewriters — "the more broken the better", as he notes. He's appeared in Boing Boing many many times before, with posts about his sculptures of a chihuahua skeleton, a life-sized nude, a deer and a human head, among others. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Cthulhu, Jeremy Mayer, Typewriters

Another COVID Casualty: Toronto Company Dancemakers Closes Permanently

“Starting as a summer project in 1974, Dancemakers went on to curate award-winning Canadian and international performances and play host to a multiyear resident artist program, as well as many presentations and workshops. More than 4,000 audience members and artists passed through each year.” – The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Tags: Art, Dance, Globe, 11.13.20, Toronto Company

Rubens’ Cupid Escapes His Painting & Flies Around Brussels Airport, Thanks to Projection Mapping Technology

Peter Paul Rubens’ zaftig beauties and plump little angels burst with health. His “powerful and exuberant style,” notes one analysis of his technique, “came to characterize the Baroque art of northern Europe.” Rubens’ name became synonymous with figures who were “realistic, fleshy and indeed corpulent… set in dynamic compositions that echo the grand organizations of the Renaissance masters.” An excellent example of such a composition is The Feast of Venus (1636), painted in the “ecstatic in...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, Technology, College, Rembrandt, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Rubens, Titian, Brueghel, Brussels Airport, Peter Paul Rubens, Durham NC Follow, Skullmapping, Nina Katchadourian

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