Dance pioneer Astad Deboo passes away in Mumbai

‘His works represent an important segment in contemporary dance expression in India,’ the Sangeet Natak Akademi had said. Dance pioneer Astad Deboo passed away in the early hours of Thursday, his family said in a brief announcement. He was 73. “He left us in the early hours of December 10, at his home in Mumbai, after a brief illness, bravely borne,” the announcement on social media said. “He leaves behind a formidable legacy of unforgettable performances combined with an unswerving dedicati...
Tags: Art, Japan, New York, London, Sweden, Indonesia, Mexico, Life, India, Iran, United States, Delhi, Mumbai, Pina Bausch, Kolkata, Bombay

Canadian Broadcasters Struggle With How To Deal With Legacy Shows With Inappropriate Content

Robert Hackett, an emeritus professor in Simon Fraser University’s communications department, suggested broadcasters are “caught between a rock and a hard place” when it comes to addressing the problems with beloved content, where they risk facing accusations of cultural insensitivity on one hand or censorship on the other. – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, Simon Fraser University, Robert Hackett, 12.09.20

Delivery Apps Are Killing Restaurants

The apps’ fees have hobbled many restaurateurs that had viewed app-based delivery as a temporary solution until the coronavirus could be contained. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues

A Rave Review For A Dreadful “Messiah”

The tempos were ragged. There was no dynamic nuance at all. Some of the best movements of the oratorio were simply omitted. The singing, to be blunt, was perfectly horrendous. But I had a wonderful time. Of course, I was the only performer in sight. – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, 12.08.20

The Difficulty Of Determining Rights

Some desirable ideals – like a human right to subsistence – simply can’t be realised as a universal human right, Biggar argues, since it is impossible to determine who must deliver on the obligation to feed the entire world’s poor. – Literary Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, Biggar, 12.20

Did Orwell’s Early Death Save His Reputation?

Had Orwell lived even a few more years he would have been drawn into public discussions of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-four and their meaning. And had he equalled his friend Cyril Connolly’s longevity and lived into the 1970s, he would have become embroiled in controversies like the Cold War, nuclear disarmament, feminism, decolonisation, Vietnam, immigration and, who knows, Northern Ireland. – Dublin Review of Books
Tags: Art, People, Vietnam, Orwell, Cyril Connolly, 12.01.20, Northern Ireland Dublin

Watch as Anthony Howe creates a massive, kinetic wind sculpture

The artist Anthony Howe is famous for making kinetic metal sculptures that move in the wind. Colossal has a nice roundup of several here — they're mesmerizing, a study in opposites: The strength of shining metal rendered with delicacy enough to be moved by a breeze. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Video, News, Obsession, Anthony Howe, Metalcraft

What August Wilson’s 10-Play Pittsburgh Cycle Did For American Culture

“He introduced a frank, original view of the nation onto the stage. … His characters collide with the expectations of white America, but they also collide with one another, in itself radically humanizing — to have ordinary Black characters with different views and dispositions, as opposed to sharing a monolithic experience — in an era when few such stories found their way to Broadway. But Wilson also bestowed Black audiences with a different gift: a reconsideration of time, measured in and by t...
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Broadway, Wilson, 12.03.20, Play Pittsburgh Cycle Did For American Culture

The Mythification Of John Lennon

“Myths are for figures even greater than [legends]; gods. And John Lennon has indeed achieved a kind of deific immortality – thanks in part to the appropriation of his persona in works of fiction and drama. With portrayals of him that have cast him as everything from unemployed layabout to Labour Party leader, wise old fisherman to actual psychedelic godhead, Lennon’s life has been romanticised, rehashed and rewritten since his death, to the point where the myth is often more real than the man....
Tags: Art, John Lennon, People, Labour Party, Lennon, 12.07.20

Many London West End Theatres Re-Open

This week, 42 performances of 12 different shows will be staged. – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, 12.08.20

Research: Success And “Dark Personality” Traits

We know that approximately 1-2 per cent of individuals in the general population display extremely dark personality features – enough to meet the clinical threshold for a personality disorder – and about 10-20 per cent of individuals have moderately elevated levels. We know that even people with moderate levels of dark traits can wreak havoc: they are more likely to lie and cheat, show racist attitudes, and be violent towards others. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.07.20

An Arts Funding Crisis Requires Drastic Action

Reimagining is required if we expect to sustain a thriving arts sector that expands economic opportunity, heals communities, strengthens democracy, and inspires creative solutions to global challenges. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.09.20

Ryan Zinke Unveils Official Portrait Featuring National Monument He Shrunk

It’s portrait season in Washington, DC. The latest Trump official to get the official portrait treatment is scandal-plagued former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. He unveiled his official portrait (as well as an unofficial joke one) that will serve as a reminder of his greatest accomplishment during his tenure:…Read more...
Tags: Art, Science, Washington Dc, Interior Department, Portraits, Trump, Interior, Ryan Zinke, Trump Administration

The Quarrie Awards, Celebrating The Best Of Quarantine Culture

“Vulture brings you … our first, and hopefully last, ad hoc awards for the culture that came out of our year in quarantine. … Some of it was absurd, some ingenious, some unintentionally amusing, some frankly reprehensible (and therefore unforgettable). And all of it kept us just on this side of sane, as we dragged our withered bodies through the longest nine months on record.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.07.20

Pantone picks two 2021 Colors of the Year: 'Illuminating' yellow, and 'Ultimate Gray'

Two of Pantone's 2021 colors of the year: "Illuminating," and "Ultimate Grey." More at Pantone's 2021 colors of the year site. . @Pantone has revealed that two colors have made the cut for 2021's "Color of the Year": "Ultimate Gray" and a yellow called "Illuminating." — Read the rest
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Chinese Landscapes Painted By AI Bot Fool Humans More Than Half The Time: Study

“[Princeton undergraduate Alice] Xue trained an algorithm using 2,192 traditional Chinese landscape paintings collected from art museums. The resulting AI-generated paintings were mistaken for being made by humans 55 per cent of the time.” – South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
Tags: Art, Princeton, Visual, South China Morning Post, 12.04.20, Alice -RSB- Xue

Pissed In Peoria: The Building Owner Versus The Mural Painter

Maybe Hawkins should have asked more questions, he thinks now. Why did “Comte” need the mural painted so quickly? Why over Thanksgiving weekend? And why was he offering so much money? – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Hawkins, Peoria, 12.08.20

Why There Will Be No Bad Sex In Fiction Award For 2020

“The award’s judges said they took the decision because they felt ‘the public had been subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well’. … But the judges warned authors not to take the cancellation as a ‘licence to write bad sex’.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, 12.08.20

If Stars Earn A Percentage Of Box Office, But Then Movies Go Straight To Streaming, What Do Stars Get Paid?

“If old-line studios are no longer trying to maximize the box office for each film but instead shifting to a hybrid model where success is judged partly by ticket sales and partly by the number of streaming subscriptions sold, what does that mean for talent pay packages?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, 12.07.20

Dean Of South Korean Contemporary Art, Suh Se Ok, Dead At 91

“A student of calligraphy, Suh and his [avant-garde] compatriots were intent on forging an experimental, distinctly Korean form of ink painting, eschewing the Japanese techniques that had held sway during its colonial rule of the peninsula, which ended in 1945. They were in dialogue with American and European postwar abstract painting movements such as Art Informel, while spurning their tools, unlike many of their Korean contemporaries.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, People, Suh, 12.05.20

Why Mega-Publishing Consolidation Is Bad For Books

If you’re an independent or even a chain bookseller who gets, say, 50 percent of your fiction, 50 percent of your nonfiction, 50 percent of your kid’s books, and so forth from one giant publisher … well, it owns your checkbook. You are in its thrall. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, 12.09.20

2021 May Be The Year Europe Gets Serious About Returning Looted African Cultural Objects In Museums

A consensus has been building over the past few years that statues, ceremonial objects, and other items taken from Africa during the colonial period should be given back — but few items have actually been transferred so far, largely due to European laws on museum deaccessions. Naomi Rea reports on why, next year, the logjam may finally break. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Africa, Visual, 12.08.20, Naomi Rea

Saving England’s Christmas Pantomimes From COVID

In York, they’re taking the panto around to socially distanced audiences at community centres in every neighborhood. In Coventry, they’re streaming from a studio and using sound effects in place of audience responses. In Liverpool, they’re acting in cinemas with scenery projected on the screen.A South London actor shot a panto in his back garden. Several cities are hosting drive-in pantos, and the BBC has hired major stars for a broadcast. – BBC
Tags: Art, England, Theatre, Bbc, Liverpool, South London, Audience, 12.08.20

Cool Stuff: Gabz Created an Epic ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy Poster to Rule Them All

After giving us outstanding artwork for both Star Wars and Indiana Jones, the artist Gabz is back with another piece of cinematic trilogy art for The Lord of the Rings movies directed by Peter Jackson. Paying tribute to The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King, the Gabz Lord of the Rings trilogy poster from Bottleneck Gallery features all of your favorite characters in a triptych style poster, complete with the fiery, watchful eye of Sauron looking down upon them and on...
Tags: Art, Movies, Fantasy, Sequels, New Line, Peter-Jackson, Indiana Jones, Tolkien, Sauron, Warner Brothers, Cool Stuff, Gabz, J R R Tolkien, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Lord-of-the-Rings, Micha

What David Hallberg Really Loves About The Australian Ballet

Well, besides the fact that the company saved his mangled foot. “I can’t tell you how nice it is to come into an organisation that has positivity is embedded in it. It is a trait I admire in Australia itself. I lived in Moscow for years; there isn’t much positivity roaming around Moscow or the Bolshoi Theatre for that matter. I mean [the Bolshoi] is a fabulous, world-class company to which I am very grateful for the experience, but the AB has this can-do belief in doing the best they possibly c...
Tags: Art, Australia, Dance, Moscow, Bolshoi, AB, David Hallberg, 12.07.20

Philadelphia Orchestra’s New Principal Guest Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann

“The much-loved French contralto and conductor … expects to conduct about three weeks each year in the main subscription series, plus additional concerts at the orchestra’s summer homes in Vail, Colo., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and on tour.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Nathalie Stutzmann, 12.08.20, Vail Colo Saratoga Springs

The AirPods Max case is an abomination and an insult

Yesterday, Apple announced the long rumored AirPods Max, its high-end over-ear headphones. The jury is still out on the cans — they have to be heard to be believed, as it were — but to me, two things were immediately apparent. The first, is the $550 price tag is silly. The second, is the AirPods Max case is both an abomination and an insult. I briefly covered both of these issues in the announcement piece yesterday. I always expected the AirPods Max to be pricey, maybe not this pricey, but that ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Design, Plugged, AirPods Max

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