A Landmark Supreme Court Case May Change Art Restitution Worldwide

It’s complicated, but basically: SCOTUS “will hear oral arguments on whether the dealers’ heirs can sue in US courts to retrieve the church reliquaries, known as the Guelph Treasure or Welfenschatz, from Germany.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, US, Visual, Guelph Treasure, 12.06.20, Landmark Supreme Court Case

It’s Hard To Write About America

Not that you would know it from the number of books out there – but capturing the country isn’t easy. “Gross simplification comes along with trying to describe America. I’m convinced that trying to do this is like pouring Lake Michigan into a shot glass. It just can’t be done.” And yet. – LitHub
Tags: Art, America, Words, Lake Michigan, 12.04.20

Not To Be Hyperbolic, But Writers Save Lives

Just ask author Alex Wheatle, the (fictionalized) subject of one of Steve McQueen’s new Small Axe series of films. Wheatle served time in prison after the Brixton riots of 1981. A cellmate told him to read Black British history and books by Black authors. “Wheatle, now an author with 15 books to his credit, says the fiction novels which gripped him most in jail were those of Chester Himes.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Words, Steve McQueen, Brixton, Alex Wheatle, Wheatle, 12.06.20

By The Numbers, Gender Inequities In Opera Are ‘Staggering,’ Says New Study

The numbers are truly, deeply bad for women in opera. “Approximately seven out of 10 voice and opera graduates are women, but since the most popular operas in the canon have many more roles for men, female singers are much less likely to be given career opportunities, and more likely to go into debt. Female classical performers also earn on average 29 percent less than their male counterparts.” – Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Music, 12.03.20

The Nutcracker As More Than Just A Show

That is, Nutcracker, but make it about touch and sound. Blind and visually impaired students in these classes, now via video from the students’ homes, each receive “a package of Nutcracker artifacts: a pointe shoe, a candy cane, a long stretch of tulle (from which tutus are made), a story synopsis and glossary in large print or Braille, sheet music with sections of Tchaikovsky’s score, and, of course, a nutcracker.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Tchaikovsky, 12.06.20

Video Games Are Now Playgrounds For Designers – And Brands

This is what happens with a pandemic shutdown of everything outside the house: Video games, which is a small market compared to apparel, shoots up in numbers. People start recreating brand ads in Animal Crossing. And the brands follow. “Many so-called hypebeasts who obsess over fashion are also gamers. … ‘The prototypical nerds have evolved to a point where they are very style-conscious. It’s cool to play games now.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 12.04.20

Will Publishing’s Latest Merger Kill Off Small Presses?

Literary diversity is in jeopardy with the proposed Penguin Random House/ Simon & Schuster merger, or so small publishers claim (with numbers to back them up). “This lack of competition doesn’t inflate consumer prices; it decreases labor costs. In other words, it disadvantages writers. Nowadays, the Big Four might not even make an offer for those big literary debuts. These are not guaranteed hits, after all.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Words, 12.04.20, Penguin Random House Simon Schuster

Panic About Warner Bros. Announcement Sets In For Actors, Agents, And More In The Film Business

As various contract and payouts get renegotiated, everyone is in shock. The worry: This decision “could irrevocably rewire moviegoers’ ticket-buying patterns, forever changing the way people turn out for films.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Media, 12.04.20, Panic About Warner Bros Announcement

Cliff Joseph, Artist And Advocate For Black Artists And Multicultural Art Therapy, 98

Joseph led protests in the 1960s and 1970s, telling museums they needed to include Black artists in their collections. Later, he entered the field of mental health, and taught art therapy at The Pratt Institute. He is credited for “helping to introduce concepts like racial sensitivity and cultural competency to the profession.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Joseph, Pratt Institute He, 12.04.20, Cliff Joseph Artist And Advocate For Black Artists

How Much Art, Hidden Beneath Wallpaper Or Paint, Is Lost To Renovation?

Or, as the paper calls it, a renovation “craze” in Britain. “Radical home makeovers are increasingly common, reflected by all the TV shows on the theme. This often results in damage and loss of wall paintings, particularly as wattle and daub panelling may be in poor condition. It is usually stripped out and replaced rather than preserved.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Britain, Visual, 12.05.20

So Much Christmas Carol

This is the year when you could start now, watch a different Christmas Carol every day (streaming, obviously), and keep right on through to 2021. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, 12.03.20

Hollywood Offers Up Movie Theatres As A Sacrifice To The Pandemic

Will it work? Can the industry save itself with streaming deals? Hm. “Theater chains are right to fear for their survival. And WarnerMedia’s move, which seems more motivated by panic than a desire for long-term success, is a risky bet for studios, too.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, WarnerMedia, 12.05.20

Waiting For Your Virus-Canceled Opera To Premiere, And Then Waiting More, Is So Very 2020

Composer Elaine Agnew was supposed to see her opera Paper Boats premiere in Galway. “The original plan for three performances in mid-June was lost due to the first lockdown and the December performance would have been a slimmed-down livestream. Now, like most of Music for Galway’s 2020 plans … it’s hovering, Cheshire-cat-like, in the imponderable, post-festive, pre-vaccine future most of us are contemplating for the early months of 2021.” – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Music, Galway, Cheshire, 12.05.20, Elaine Agnew

Naomi Long Madgett, Longtime Poet Laureate Of Detroit And Champion Of Black Poets, 97

Madgett was 17 when her first book was published. “Her elegant, exacting and lyrical poems — which invited comparisons to Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson — addressed a breadth of themes: social justice, romantic love, women’s histories, religious devotion and the craft of poetry itself. Yet she was almost as well known as a publisher and editor of poetry.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Detroit, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Naomi Long Madgett, 12.04.20, Madgett

Late Kleiner Perkins cofounder Frank Caufield's 12-acre California estate just sold for more than $32 million to a mystery buyer - see inside

Frank J. Caufield's Montecito estate. Gavin Carter Frank Caufield's California mansion was bought by an anonymous buyer for $32 million. Caufield was a VC and founded Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The house had an unusually high amount of interest, according to realtors. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Montecito, California estate of late venture capitalist Frank J. Caufield sold for $32.25 million, The Wall Street Journal reported.The property was on the ma...
Tags: Home, Design, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Architecture, Venture Capital, Wall Street Journal, Baker, WSJ, Kleiner Perkins, Montecito, Sotheby, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers

Spotify’s ‘Wrapped’ Function Is Actually About Grift

The news came up on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok; in text messages, surprised WhatsApp screenshots, and amused or horrified phone calls. But it wasn’t news at all. Spotify’s “Wrapped” function is actually a big ad for … Spotify, which “bet that its users, flattered by being designated top fans, would share their statuses on social media, spreading the gospel of not just Spotify in general but specifically the virtue of spending thousands of hours on Spotify. It’s unequivocally worked.” ...
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, 12.03.20, Twitter Facebook Instagram TikTok

The Bolshoi Attempts To Return To Holiday Season

More than 100 staff and dancers are out sick, but the financial losses were adding up. One dancer: “‘There’s this term, ‘stage therapy’ and that’s what’s happening now,’ she said of the intensive group effort that’s been required to rehearse and perform despite the restrictions. ‘We take energy from [the audience] and we give energy.'” – CBC
Tags: Art, Dance, 12.04.20

Can Fiction, Even If It’s Thinly Disguised Reality, Be Considered An Invasion Of Privacy?

Emmanual Carrère is a lauded French author. His latest book, Yoga, “was initially tipped as a contender for the country’s top literary prize, the Goncourt. Then came questions about gaps in the mostly autobiographical narrative, and the revelation by Carrère’s ex-wife, the freelance journalist Hélène Devynck, that Carrère is legally barred from writing about her without her consent — an agreement she alleges he broke in Yoga.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Carrere, 12.05.20, Emmanual Carrère, Hélène Devynck

Eight Miles Of Prehistoric Art Found In The Amazon

The archaeology team, composed of Colombian and British researchers, “found realistic drawings of deer, tapirs, alligators, bats, monkeys, turtles, serpents, and porcupines. There are also depictions of creatures resembling a giant sloth, camelids, horses, and three-toe ungulates with trunks” – and human interactions with the animals as well. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Amazon, Art, Visual, 12.05.20

The Museum Of Latin American Art Is Selling Off Much Of Its Permanent Collection

The massive online sale is the second since the museum shuttered in the March wave of the pandemic. “The unprecedented bulk-removal of works from the museum’s collection, known as deaccessioning, raises the specter of serious financial stress at the Long Beach institution.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Long Beach, Visual, 12.04.20

Look, 2020 Broke Christmas Music

“There really aren’t enough chestnuts in the world to make this holiday season feel like reason to sing. And I’m here to say that it’s okay to not be okay.” Here’s a classical music critic’s ideas for what to listen to instead. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, 12.05.20

Nazi art dispute goes to US supreme court in landmark case

Heirs of Jewish art dealers bring case over Guelph Treasure that defence lawyers say could open floodgatesA 12-year wrangle over a rare collection of medieval ecclesiastical art sold by Jewish art dealers to the Nazis in 1935 will arrive in front of the highest court in the US on Monday, in a landmark case defence lawyers say could open the floodgates for restitution battles from all over the world to be fought via the US.The supreme court will hear oral arguments on whether the dealers’ heirs c...
Tags: Art, Europe, Supreme Court, Law, Germany, Religion, US, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Second world war, Heritage, US supreme court, Nazism, Law (US

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