Jeff Koons Has Joined The MasterClass List

That’s right, Koons could be your art teacher. Or, well, your something. “While the chef Thomas Keller demonstrates how to cook scrambled eggs on MasterClass and the tennis star Serena Williams walks viewers through groundstrokes, Mr. Koons is here as a life coach and a salesman. He wants us to succeed, and he wants us to be happy.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Serena Williams, Jeff Koons, Visual, Koons, Thomas Keller, 12.27.20

Has Thomas Becket’s ‘Little Book’ At Very Long Last Been Found?

The book was important enough that, in 1164, he sent his closest confidant to do something about it as he fled trial in England for exile in France. But he never named it. Fast-forward to 2014 (and later), and a tale of academic adventure and record-keeping that began over coffee. – BBC
Tags: Art, England, France, Words, Thomas Becket, 12.26.20

Our Meta-Moviegoer Hearts Were Filled With A Void In 2020

And that’s because we couldn’t check the box office receipts obsessively. “Early on in the pandemic, I would feel a phantom curiosity every Sunday afternoon. Isn’t there something I’m supposed to do right about now? It was a tiny, unscratchable itch that has since numbed to almost nothing. But it’s still there. I miss the feeling of a continuous curiosity regularly sated, and I know I’m not alone.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Media

Michigan Opera Theatre Seeks Digital Media Manager and Storyteller

Detroit’s stalwart of opera and dance is hiring for a new position, the Digital Media Manager and Storyteller. This candidate must articulate Michigan Opera Theatre’s vision to its audience, and serve as an ambassador to the city of Detroit, to grow the opera and dance audience. The Digital Media Manager and Storyteller will play an essential role for Michigan Opera Theatre in supporting company objectives, charged with elevating the presence and relevancy of opera and dance in metro Detroit...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Spotify, Jobs, Instagram, Digital Media, Michigan, Detroit, Detroit Opera House, Journalism Budget

The Masked Dancer? Seriously? Here’s How It Came To Be

Enter “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which had also capitalized on the popularity of “Masked Singer” to create its own “Masked Dancer” stunt. After those segments became viral hits and the “Masked Singer” team saw how well they played, Fox alternative entertainment and specials president Rob Wade said he was finally convinced. – Variety
Tags: Art, Dance, Fox, Rob Wade, 12.26.20

How Online “Superfans” Made Pop Music A Scary Place

While music has long been intertwined with internet communities and the rise of social networks, a growing faction of the most vocal and dedicated pop enthusiasts have embraced the term “stan” — taken from the 20-year-old Eminem song about a superfan turned homicidal stalker — and are redefining what it means to love an artist. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Eminem, Issues, 12.25.20

Learning To Hear Beethoven

James Wood: “It took me some time to listen properly to Beethoven, to get past the heroic glower of his portrait, the worldwide canonicity. (Surely it didn’t help that our entire generation, like those before us, had to trudge through Für Elise and what we could manage of the Pathétique on the piano. I used to go to sleep to the broken sounds of those pieces, as my brother, five years older, toiled downstairs at his ‘homework’.) It wasn’t till my early twenties that I started listening to the p...
Tags: Art, Music, London, Beethoven, James Wood, Fur Elise, 01.21

How Rich Corporate Publishers Are Gouging Public Schools

Over the past decade, Silicon Valley’s tech behemoths have discreetly and methodically tightened their grip on American schools, and the pandemic has given them license to squeeze even tighter. – The New Republic
Tags: Art, Silicon Valley, Words, 12.22.20

Designer of famous UK TV logos dies

Martin Lambie-Nairn, who designed the logo idents for BBC2 and Channel 4, is dead at 75. Former Apple design chief Sir Jony Ive also paid tribute, saying he was "fortunate" Lambie-Nairn had "defined part of my visual landscape growing up. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, UK, Design, Television, News, Britain, Jony Ive, Lambie Nairn, Martin Lambie Nairn

Gustavo Dudamel And His New Virtual Reality Symphony

Dudamel takes on the role of virtual guide on a tour that takes us from the creation of instruments and how they vibrate and channel sound to the synapses of the brain where sound is processed as the orchestra plays around us. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, Gustavo Dudamel, Dudamel, 12.28.20

How Consolidation Is Killing Good Art

“The lack of options marketed to consumers has created a missing middle: the zone between mass market and niche market where experimentation is supposed to proliferate and engender variety. Worse, the consolidation of the country’s vast creative sector into fewer, more powerful production and publishing companies has come at the direct expense of the quality of their product.” – The New Republic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.22.20

How TV Fundamentally Changed in 2020

2020 wasn’t just about bigger numbers for the streaming industry. We also got to see an acceleration of cord cutting as viewers migrated by the millions from legacy cable; a shift in power as device-makers emerged as the new gatekeepers; and the erosion of long-established theatrical release windows. – Protocol
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 12.24.20

Why A Charlie Brown Christmas Is So Enduring

“Charles Schulz had what Maurice Sendak had: respect for children. He understood the way they think and feel, not the way adults want them to think and feel. He understood that there’s a point in children’s growing up when Christmas doesn’t work its magic as reliably as it once did. Schulz let them explore a taboo subject, Christmastime unhappiness, while still reassuring them that Christmas is a good and fun and wonderful thing.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, Maurice Sendak, Schulz, Charles Schulz, 12.24.20

Early Frank Lloyd Wright for Sale in Windy City’s Hyde Park

Though hardly commonplace, it’s not as unusual as one might imagine to be able to buy a home in the Chicago area designed by innovative American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In fact, according to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, more than half a dozen such properties have changed hands just this year. One of […]
Tags: Design, Chicago, Hyde Park, Frank Lloyd Wright, Windy City, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, More Dirt

An Argument For “Canceling” Beethoven?

“He was the most performed composer in America in 2019-20, with over double the number of performances of Mozart (the second most performed). Being a guaranteed ticket-seller and donor pleaser, he keeps reappearing in concert programmes to the exclusion of other, more diverse composers. In the neo-liberal world, where audiences prefer the familiar, such attitudes to programming are unlikely to change unless there is a mass cultural boycott (i.e. ‘cancelling’) of composers like Beethoven.” – Var...
Tags: Art, Music, America, Beethoven, Mozart, 12.25.20

"Successfully making art requires accepting yourself, in Mr. Koons’s philosophy, so that you can pursue your interests without shame."

"'Everything about your past is perfect,' he says. 'Everything up to this moment about you is spectacular.' ... I found myself mindlessly nodding along, as he compares an ashtray that he remembers loving as a child, with a reclining woman holding her legs aloft, to Michelangelo’s 'Pietà.' 'How can that be any less than this masterpiece by Michelangelo?' he says. 'It’s equal.'... He asks himself, 'What have I been pulled to? What have the interests been lately?' He believes this will work for you...
Tags: Art, Education, Writing, Law, Jeff Koons, David Sedaris, Koons, Michelangelo, Ann Althouse, Bobbie Brown, David Mamet Both Davids

What To Look Forward To In The Arts In A Biden Administration

Proposed actions include an expansion of existing workforce hiring programs to include artists and creative workers, launching a program of federal arts commissions, developing an ArtistCorps within AmeriCorps, continuing CARES Act policies that extended benefits to the self-employed, and the creation of a new leadership position to coordinate federal arts policy. – Forbes
Tags: Art, Issues, Biden Administration, 12.23.20

How global crisis affects design

At the turn of the 20th century, the modern bathroom began to develop alongside outbreaks of tuberculosis, cholera, and influenza, implementing standard features in order to promote health and hygiene in the home during widespread public health concerns.  During and immediately after the Great Depression, the design of everything from vehicles to appliances became minimalist and industrial, tending towards the modern “streamlined” look, which was characterized by rounded edges and sleek shapes. ...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Design, Tech, Self-driving, Design & Dev, Raymond Loewy

Watch 70 birds play guitar in Canada

From CBC in 2015: A living musical exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will set 70 zebra finches loose in an aviary, and the only perches are the strings of 14 electric guitars and bass guitars.When the birds land, they create music that's played through amplifiers stationed around the aviary. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Video, News, Birds, Canada, Artists, Guitars, Guitar, Modern Art, Art Installation, Cbc, Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts, Art Exhibit, Free Bird, Birds of a Feather

Prestige TV Just Doesn’t Matter Anymore

Nobody cared in 2020 about “good” or “bad” TV. It was there for something different. “I craved a slightly different definition of quality. I wanted shows that made me feel just a bit better about the world, through their kindness or their zaniness or their offering of nostalgia—shows that made me, physically isolated from so many of the people I love, feel a little less alone.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, 12.27.20

An L.A. Couple Rallies To Save Indie Bookstores And Other Small Businesses

Inspired by stories about the woes of local indie bookstores, the couple at the head of a skin-care company (this is Los Angeles, after all) decided to do what they could to aid small businesses, including indie bookstores, in the area. “The thing I’m fearful the most of after this is, when we lift our heads and look around our communities and neighborhoods, I think we’re going to see a lot missing, and we have to rebuild our main streets in our neighborhoods because otherwise we just don’t hav...
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Words, 12.25.20

Look, Warner Bros. Believes Movie Theatres Will Still Be Around In 2023

Question is, which theatres will still be around by then? (And is Warner Bros. 2021 slate of movies to HBO Max plan going to devastate those same theatres?) – The Verge
Tags: Art, Media, Warner Bros, HBO Max, 12.24.20, Warner Bros Believes Movie Theatres

If The U.S. Wants To Keep More College Students Enrolled, It Can Try This One Simple Trick

What will it take? Money. Cash money. Direct cash money, to the students, for their survival, with few barriers – and given out quickly. “Many students … aren’t sure they can afford to return for another college semester. They need financial support delivered flexibly, quickly, and respectfully. They should not have to demonstrate their poverty or rehash trauma to merit support.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.27.20

The Moments Of Theatre That Offered Comfort, Aid, Glimmers Of Light

“Needless to say, 2020 didn’t exactly go as planned.” But actors, directors, playwrights, sound producers, lighting designers, and stage directors came through just as much as they possibly could. – Playbill
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 12.27.20

The Year In Reading Of A Writer Who Died Far Too Young

Anthony Veasna So’s Year in Reading is a heartbreaker. The 28-year-old died suddenly at the beginning of December, but his essay for The Millions was nearly finished. “I did love Girl, Woman,Other by Bernardine Evaristo. Or maybe I loved knowing the characters of this kaleidoscopic novel. Maybe I need to record the lives of as many archetypal Khmer queers I can imagine.” – The Millions
Tags: Art, Words, Bernardine Evaristo, Anthony Veasna, 12.24.20

The Pandemic Has Decimated The Live Music Business, Along With All Its Unsung Heroes

Yes, musicians and music venues have been horrendously hard-hit. But “not enough has been said about the workers who make live music tick – the people whom fans and gig-goers barely know about. Managers and tour managers, festival staff, sound technicians, promoters, and booking agents and their long-suffering assistants.” How to help them out at this point? – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, 12.27.20

Can Asia Save The Modernist Masterpieces Of Its Many Cities?

The campaigns to save the Hong Kong post office and Modernist buildings in Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan are about more than the structures. “Many of the structures were municipal buildings that served as downtown hubs of civic life. The campaigns, in a sense, are an attempt to preserve the collective memories stored inside.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Japan, Visual, Thailand The Philippines, 12.25.20

Barbara Rose, Art Critic And Art Historian Who Helped Define Art Of The 20th Century, 84

Rose wrote the 1965 essay “ABC Art,” which helped to define and codify Minimalism. She went on to defy the essay (she loathed its title, something The New York Times noted in its obit), defend the genre of painting, write the textbook American Art Since 1900, and teach, write reviews, produce documentary films, and champion both formalism and individual women artists. – Artforum
Tags: Art, Abc, People, New York Times, Rose, Barbara Rose, 12.27.20

A Composer With Hearing Loss Says Beethoven’s Music Encodes The Experience Of Being Deaf

Gabriela Lena Frank says that she can tell, from her own experience, some of what the composer was doing as he lost more and more of his hearing. “More pitch distance and difference, and more vibration and resonance, create a recipe for happiness for a hearing-impaired person, trust me. A more dissonant and thick language, with clashing frequencies, also causes more vibration, so the language does get more physically visceral that way, too.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Gabriela Lena Frank, 12.27.20

As Museums Remain Closed, The Work Goes On Inside

Or, in the case of the Gardner, also in the Museum’s gardens. Just before the museum was shut down again to help prevent gatherings of people from different households, “horticulturists at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum were putting the final touches on one of the city’s most anticipated floral displays: The Holiday Garden, a vivid infusion of more than 400 flowering plants, ferns, and shrubs that each year transform the Fenway museum’s courtyard into a lush bouquet brimming with poinsetti...
Tags: Art, Visual, Gardner, Fenway, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 12.24.20

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