Yo Yo Ma Reflects On Life And Music

Music is not one thing. It’s something that people react to. But your question — “Is that good or bad?” — it depends on circumstances and individuals and timing. The invention of something starts out being more or less value-neutral. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Yo Yo Ma, 11.24.20

Judge Rules Seller Of Fake Hals Must Pay Sotheby’s

As one of the judges said of this costly procedure, the law has “to fall on someone“, as “obviously it did not fall on the forger“. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, Sotheby, 11.23.20

Remembering Jehangir Sabavala, the versatile nonconformist

In an exclusive conversation with The Morning Standard, Puneet Shah, Founder of Akara Art, and Curator of the show tells us more. Connoisseurs of Jehangir Sabavala (1922-2011), will take delight that a new exhibition titled ‘Pilgrim Souls, Soaring Skies, Crystalline Seas’, stands true to its name as the showcased works contain all the signature details that the Parsi modernist came to be known for. ​It is organised by Mumbai’s Akara Art and is on view both online and in the gallery space. I...
Tags: Art, Life, India, Paris, Mumbai, Jehangir Sabavala, Sabavala, Akara Art, Shirin Sabavala, Puneet Shah Founder of Akara Art, Afreed Sabavala, Churchill Chambers, Lalit Kala Ratna

Men’s Books, Women’s Books… Where Do Readers See Themselves?

“Men and women both write every possible kind of book—and yet, when you toss a book out into the marketplace, it will generally find more readers of one sort than the other. Publishers know this and market accordingly. And, if I’m honest, I did get some early indications of where on the spectrum my own book would fall. Over the years, I noticed who brightened up when I described what I was working on and whose eyes tended to glaze over.” – The American Scholar
Tags: Art, Words, 11.14.20, Men 's Books Women 's Books

Why Do So Many Books With Trump In Them Not Name Trump?

Why are novelists not naming this man? The reasons will naturally vary author to author, but it is not fear or superstition, as far as I can tell. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, 11.23.20

A Grand Unifying Theory Of Culture?… (Meh)

“In the same way that Darwin’s theory explains how life follows pathways of adaptation via natural selection, cultural evolution proposes that human cultures develop and transmit deep understandings and values across generations. There are many pathways of cultural evolution, Henrich contends, and no single human culture. To better understand the world and Europe’s influence on it, we need to recognise that European culture is, in Henrich’s key acronym, “weird”: western, educated, industrialise...
Tags: Art, Europe, Ideas, Darwin, Henrich, 11.20.20

Does Nudging Someone Really Change Behavior?

“Nudge theory has taken the world by storm (with organizations and governments using these techniques), and so you might be forgiven for thinking that these behavioural interventions get it right most of the time. Well, as is often the case, things do in fact go wrong in the world of nudging.” – 3QuarksDaily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.23.20

‘The Inheritance’ Playwright To Pen Major Biopic Of Tennessee Williams

Matthew López has been engaged by Searchlight Pictures to write a screen adaptation of Leading Men, the Christopher Castellani novel about Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo. López’s The Inheritance won four Olivier Awards in London in 2019 and garnered eleven Tony nominations this year. – Variety
Tags: Art, London, Media, Theatre, Williams, Tony, Matthew Lopez, Tennessee Williams, Christopher Castellani, 11.23.20, Frank Merlo López

The Holy Grail of the Beat Generation

When Neal Cassady died in 1968, Carl Solomon recalled a conversation he had about him with Allen Ginsberg: “He told me about this fabulous hipster he knew. And I, defending something or other in my head, said deprecatingly, ‘Kinetic.’ Meaning that he was a man always in motion, jumping from one exciting thing to another.” – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Neal Cassady, Ajblogs, Carl Solomon, Allen Ginsberg, 11.24.20

Could The Pandemic Decentralize The Dance Industry?

Maybe — but, says Dance/NYC’s executive director, “In order for decentralization to be sustained, it must come with intentional investment and organization. … You need cities that invest in the arts as dignified work that should be paid.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 11.24.20

Houston Grand Opera Managing Director To Depart; Company To Reorganize Leadership

Currently HGO is overseen by artistic and musical director Patrick Summers and Perryn Leech as managing director, with both reporting to the board of directors. The company’s new leadership structure will result in a new general director who will serve as a single point of leadership, to whom Summers will report as HGO’s artistic and musical director. – Opera News
Tags: Art, Music, Houston, Summers, Patrick Summers, HGO, Perryn Leech, 11.20.20

Solo's Vinyl Release Comes With Incredible New Star Wars Artwork

It’s a given that Star Wars movies have great music. So when there’s a vinyl release of one of the soundtracks, the package better have artwork to match. Thankfully, Mondo has done just that for Solo: A Star Wars Story. The company recruited César Moreno to do brand new illustrations for an exclusive release, and it’s…Read more...
Tags: Art, Star Wars, Music, Science, Disney, Soundtrack, Vinyl, Han Solo, Exclusive, Lucasfilm, John Williams, Mondo, John Powell, Cesar Moreno, Solo A Star Wars Story

My Grandpa Was Part Of The Nazi Language Police

Martin Puchner, Harvard comp lit professor and editor of The Norton Anthology of World Literature, writes about Rotwelsch — an amalgam of colloquial German, Yiddish, and Romani spoken for centuries by itinerant people in Central Europe and incomprehensible to outsiders — and about how he discovered that his grandfather, a historian named Karl Puchner, had worked with the Nazi regime to suppress Rotwelsch and keep the German language pure. – Literary Hub
Tags: Art, Nazi, Words, Central Europe, Romani, 11.20.20, Nazi Language Police, Martin Puchner Harvard, Norton Anthology of World Literature, Karl Puchner, Rotwelsch

Josh Kosman: My Encounters With Classical Music

“If you think of Classical Music as a vast and imposing monolith, with both words capitalized, it isn’t an easy thing to take on within a single encounter. Individual pieces, on the other hand, are like people — each one quirky and distinctive, and each one carrying the promise of a lifelong acquaintance.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, Josh Kosman, 11.23.20

Metal Monolith Discovered In The Utah Desert

Wildlife officials spotted the “unusual” object while counting sheep during a flyover in a remote south-eastern area of the US state. They said the structure had been planted in the ground between red rock. There was no indication who installed the monolith, which was about 10 to 12ft (3.6m) tall. – BBC
Tags: Art, US, Visual, Utah Desert, 11.23.20

Understanding Iconography

Iconography is everywhere. From signage and wayfinding, to websites and packaging, and, of course, in great presentations. Icons represent a universal language easily understood at a glance, regardless of native tongue. We believe that incorporating simple visuals with clear content speaks volumes. Content is more digestible and comprehendible with icons, elevating the overall look and feel of the design. There is, however, a right and wrong way to do this. Let’s dive in. Message Understanding...
Tags: Icons, Design, How-to, Presentation, Speaking, Presentation Design, Simple Messaging, Iconography, Simple Design, Ideogram, Pictogram, Pictogramme, Pictograph, Understanding Iconography, Understanding Icons

Remember Those ‘Very Special’ TV Series Episodes? Some Of Them Really Did Change People’s Lives

“Very Special Episodes — i.e., the ones in which a TV series would take a break from its regularly scheduled programming to deal with a difficult or controversial subject (like The Next Generation‘s two-part school shooting arc) — are as old as television itself. Case in point: Leave It to Beaver grappled with divorce, and The Andy Griffith Show tackled alcoholism. But they really took off in the 1970s when TV legend Norman Lear wove the social issues of the era into his numerous prime-time hit...
Tags: Art, Media, Norman Lear, Andy Griffith, 11.21.20

As Book Reviews Disappear From Mainstream Outlets, A Tennessee Nonprofit Fills The Gap

“Humanities Tennessee [has] created something called Chapter 16: a part-digital, part-print publication that covers literature and literary life in the state by doing what almost any other outlet would — running reviews, profiles, interviews, and essays — but also by doing what almost no other outlet could afford to do: giving away its content for free, not only to readers but to any publication of any kind that wants to reproduce it.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Tennessee, Words, 11.22.20

Fred Hills, Legendary Editor At McGraw Hill And Simon & Schuster, Dead At 85

“During his four decades in publishing, Mr. Hills brought to market both commercial hits and literary prizewinners and edited more than 50 New York Times best sellers. His stable of authors encompassed an eclectic assortment from multiple genres — Heinrich Böll and Jane Fonda, Justin Kaplan and William Saroyan, Raymond Carver and James MacGregor Burns, Sumner Redstone and Joan Kennedy, Phil Donahue and David Halberstam.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, New York Times, Hills, Simon, McGraw Hill, David Halberstam, Heinrich Böll, 11.20.20, Jane Fonda Justin Kaplan, William Saroyan Raymond Carver, James MacGregor Burns Sumner Redstone, Joan Kennedy Phil Donahue

What Intellectual Thought In Silicon Valley Looks Like

In an erudite new book, “What Tech Calls Thinking,” Adrian Daub, a professor of comparative literature and German studies at Stanford, investigates the concepts in which Silicon Valley is still staked. He argues that the economic upheavals that start there are “made plausible and made to seem inevitable” by these tightly codified marketing strategies he calls “ideals.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Stanford, Ideas, Silicon Valley, Adrian Daub, 10.13.20

Christmas Panto In The Pandemic

It seems you can’t keep England’s antic, anarchic holiday tradition down, even as disease stalks the land. Chris Wiegand talks to producers who are putting their pantos on film and in car parks. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, England, Theatre, Audience, Chris Wiegand, 11.19.20

France’s Anti-Colonialist Art Thief-Activist Acquitted On Free-Speech Grounds

Mwazulu Diyabanza and three accomplices were found not guilty of attempted theft by a judge at Marseille’s High Court over a July 30 incident in which the four men took a ceremonial ivory spear from its perch in the city’s Museum of African, Oceanic, and Amerindian Arts, carried the object to the museum’s courtyard, denounced the “plunder” of African art by European colonials during the 19th and 20th centuries, and awaited the arrival of the police. – Artnet
Tags: Art, France, Visual, Mwazulu Diyabanza, 11.19.20, Marseille s High Court

Why I Steal From Museums: Mwazulu Diyabanza Makes His Case

“These artefacts belong to me, because I am African and Congolese. But also because I am a descendant of Ntumba Mvemba, one of the royal families that founded the Kingdom of Kongo in 1390. … People have to understand that if someone stole their heritage they would react as I am now. Many of my ancestors died protecting these items: they were beheaded. … Their pain is inside me.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.20.20, Ntumba Mvemba, Kingdom of Kongo

As Philadelphia’s Arts Sector Closes Up For Second Time, Fears About What Might Not Survive

“After initial COVID-19 shutdowns in March, many organizations made significant investments in reopening this summer or moving activities online, … ‘and now it appears they won’t be able to reap any impact from that investment, at least for quite a while.’ … For groups that showed resourcefulness in moving operations online and making attendance safe for visitors, the new restrictions feel like a step backward. More critically, the new constraints threaten an already fragile sector.” – The Phil...
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, Issues, 11.21.20

The Eden Project Built a Rainforest Ecosystem Inside Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Geodesic Domes Buckminster Fuller had a difficult time as an inventor in his early years. “Having been expelled from Harvard for irresponsible conduct,” notes The Guardian, “he struggled to find a job and provide a living for his young family in his early 30s.” Despite later successes, and a later reputation as legendary as Nikola Tesla’s, he was often, like Tesla, seen by critics as a utopian visionary, whose visions were too impractical to really change the...
Tags: Google, Europe, Design, Technology, College, Life, Environment, America, Tesla, Creativity, Harvard, Nikola Tesla, Hyde Park, Eden Project, Facebook Twitter, Alexandra

Traditional healers need new spaces

Proper facilities supported by well-researched cultural principles will go a long way to improving the image and perception of the practice of traditional medicine The post Traditional healers need new spaces appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Design, Markets, Healing, Regulation, Infrastructure, Architecture, National, Patients, Openaccess, Holistic Medicine, Top Six, Traditional Medicine, Traditional Healers, South Africa (country, Traditional Health Practitioners Act, Traditional Healthcare

‘The Triumph of Death’: Mysterious Plague Painting in Palermo

Throughout the long, lonely months of our modern pandemic, I’ve been thinking about a dark and mysterious painting in Palermo known as “The Triumph of Death.” Known in Italian as Il Trionfo della Morte, the painting hangs in Palazzo Abatellis, a regional gallery in the Kalsa quarter of the Sicilian capital. Measuring 6 m x 6.42 m (19.7 ft x 21 ft), the massive, detached fresco is housed in a domed hall, once part of a 16th century chapel, and is one of the first works of art you will see short...
Tags: Travel, Art, Palermo, Sicily, Art & Architecture, Triumph Of Death, Palazzo Abatellis, Kalsa

Ralph Steadman: 'We're really living in a hell of a year, aren't we?'

The outspoken artist talks about his new book arriving in an ‘absolutely weird’ year and why Trump remains ‘the worst person in our known history’When the Welsh artist Ralph Steadman picks up the phone, he sounds a bit paranoid.“It’s Friday the 13th, you know,” he says with a doomsday tone. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Design, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Trump, Ralph Steadman

Windows on The Wallis projects art of hope and joy in Beverly Hills

Rob Santoro, from left, Spencer Rudin and Spencer Mar Guilburt gather during a free drive-by art exhibition consisting of the work of more than 40 artists being projected on the windows of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Thursday, Nov 19, 2020. The City of Beverly Hills, TZ Projects and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts launch Visions in Light: Windows on The Wallis on Thursday. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Contributing Photographer) Peopl...
Tags: Art, News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, Community, Wallis, Wallis Annenberg Center, Top Stories LADN, Ed Crisostomo, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Rob Santoro, Spencer Rudin, Spencer Mar Guilburt

Is This The Dream Sheet Music App We’ve Been Waiting For?

“Artificial intelligence experts working with musicologists at a Berlin startup have spent years gathering hundreds of thousands of published scores and creating digital editions of each of them. The Enote app will give musicians the chance to interact with sheet music by instantly transposing it, switching between movements or measures, turning pages, changing the size of scores, and printing them on the go.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin, 11.20.20

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