The (Difficult) Public Art Of 2020

“Public artworks created in 2020 often took up urgent political and social issues, and the very notion of monuments—of which figures were being elevated and how they were rendered—figured in protest movements, opinion pages, and beyond.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Visual, 12.28.20

Designer Pierre Cardin, 98

He clothed the famous — artists, political luminaries, tastemakers and members of the haute bourgeoisie — but he was also a merchant to the masses with an international brand, his name affixed to an outpouring of products, none too exalted or too humble to escape his avid eye. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Pierre Cardin, 12.28.20

Is Substack The New Journalism?

“In its variety, the Substack corpus resembles the blogosphere. It is produced by a mix of career journalists, bloggers, specialists, novelists, hobbyists, dabblers, and white-collar professionals looking to plump up their personal brands. The company has tried to recruit high-profile writers, offering (to a select few) health-care stipends, design help, and money to hire freelance editors. In certain instances, Substack has also paid advances, often in the generous six figures, incentivizing w...
Tags: Art, Media, Substack, 12.28.20

Ex-Ticketmaster CEO To Movie Theatres: Time To Reinvent And Here’s How

“This is the opportune time to review pricing strategies with the goal to both increase attendance and make the grosses larger. We all know that attendance has been static and the revenue growth in the industry in America has been from raising prices. Theaters will need to look at and embrace variable pricing. Lower prices on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and before 4pm on Thursday—ticket prices from $4-$7, might entice new customers to fill otherwise empty seats and change attendance patterns...
Tags: Art, Media, America, 12.28.20

A Record 39 Christmas Songs Dominated Year End Billboard Charts

Each holiday season, Mariah Carey’s song and other holiday tunes begin to climb the Billboard charts as their popularity resurfaces through streaming, radio play and even digital sales. Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart this week, followed by Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock,“ Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” – Toronto Star (AP)
Tags: Art, Music, Mariah Carey, Jingle Bell Rock, Andy Williams, Bobby Helms, Brenda Lee, Burl Ives, 12.28.20

Art and More

Some photos taken on Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V. I was looking for Christmas decorations mainly. The lobby of the George V Hotel. It’s the first time I’ve seen trees as decorations there. Trying a photo from the ground which seems a bit more dramatic to me. The Dior store which had a really lovely tree on its facade last year is undergoing renovation but is covered by this really nice facade so as not to be ugly. Chanel looks nice too. There were about ...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, Paris, Interior, George V Hotel, Christmas deco, Manolo Valdés

What It Takes To Revive A Dead Language

The obvious case of a language being brought back to full life is Hebrew, which was used in Jewish religious ceremonies and texts but hadn’t been a full-fledged spoken language for about two millennia when a conscious decision was made to revive it for use in what would become Israel. Yet there was a couple of key conditions present for Hebrew’s success that weren’t there in the case of, for instance, Irish. – JSTOR Daily
Tags: Art, Israel, Words, 12.22.20

The Argument Over Who Controls The New Digital Public Squares

The speech platforms are rather closer to a form of mass voluntary intellectual pornography: a marketplace that lauds the basest instincts, incentivizes snark and outrage, brings us to revel in the savage burn. – National Affairs
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.20, New Digital Public Squares

“An Act of Empathy” — a Dvořák Radio Documentary

When PostClassical Ensemble produced an hour-long film about Dvořák and “the American experience of race” last September, we hardly envisioned turning it into a 45-minute public radio special for the holidays. But that’s what happened, thanks to an invitation from Rupert Allman, who produces the nationally distributed radio magazine 1A. – Joseph Horowitz
Tags: Art, Dvorak, Ajblogs, 12.29.20, Rupert Allman

New York Chauvinism? “Groundbreaking” Show at the Whitney Builds on Dartmouth College’s Lead

I didn’t disclose my contrarian reaction to the Whitney Museum’s Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art when it opened last February. But now I feel less compunction about tempering the praise lavished by art critics on this exploration of how U.S. modernists were inspired by Mexican painters. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Dartmouth College, 12.29.20, Whitney Museum 's Vida Americana

How Beethoven Changed Music In The Young United States

From an 1805 concert for the gentry of Charleston featuring the first movement of the First Symphony through the flood of German immigrants in the 1840s, the establishment of orchestras in New York and Boston, and the rise of the Romantic cult of the lone genius, Beethoven’s music was what established both the habit of programming concerts focusing on dead composers’ works and the idea of classical music as an ennobling force with moral value. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Boston, Beethoven, Charleston, 12.16.20, Young United States

Understanding The Concept Of Electricity Was Difficult At First

“The strangeness of electricity seemed to be that it was at once ‘so moveable and incapable of rest’ and yet also capable of being arrested if deprived of a suitable conductor, for example, by the air.” – Cabinet
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.20

The 25 Best Movie Posters of 2020

The 25 Best Movie Posters of 2020 Let’s stress one particular thing off the bat: some of these movies did not come out this year due to do to COVID-19 but their ad campaigns were already in motion before cinemas closed. This list does not compile the biggest hits or most acclaimed films of the year. This is the artwork we have chosen to be  The 25 Best Movies Poster of 2020  regardless of quality or if the movie was even released (in theaters or otherwise).  Check out 2020’s visceral co...
Tags: Art, Movies, Arkansas, Black Widow, Birds Of Prey, Mulan, Estate, Palm Springs, Alone, Most Popular, Movie Posters, Emma, ComingSoon, Freaky, Movie News, The Hunt

The Death Of Letter-Writing?

Fundamentally, whether you’re convinced that instant communication heralds the death of the literary letter depends on how you define a letter. – Times Literary Supplement
Tags: Art, Words, 12.24.20

What Stand-Up Comedians Have Learned From Working On Zoom For Nine Months

“Vulture spoke with [11] comedians about how pivoting to virtual and outdoor shows in 2020 were (and weren’t) helpful for preparing material, lessons they learned about performing during the pandemic, and how they see themselves evolving as performers in response to the radical shift we’ve all faced this year.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Theatre, Nine Months, 12.23.20

Bollywood Depended Even More On Ticket Income Than Hollywood Did. Here’s How India’s Finally Embracing Direct-To-Streaming.

The fallout from the pandemic reduced box office grosses by about 75%, “making it easier for streaming services to land new movies, even with some theaters reopened. … The investments by streaming services in Bollywood content have also led to a surge of creativity. Instead of the usual romantic or action-hero films with all-star casts, more shows and movies are now centered on women, war and other topics.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, India, Audience, 12.24.20, Hollywood Did Here

The Relationship Between Writing And Drinking

“Nothing slows the flywheel, nothing treats the node of unease on the ribs, like a drink—you don’t have to be an alcoholic to know that. And for writers, there might even be a fragile biochemical moment when the drinking helps.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, 12.24.20

Romance Novels Are A Massive Business. Why Do So Few Get Adapted For TV?

“Even as networks and streaming services slaver over intellectual property with prearranged fan bases, few mass-market romance novels have found their way to screens. Character-driven and story rich, they would seem to have a lot of what television wants. But showrunners have played hard to get.” Alexis Soloski explores why. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Words, Alexis Soloski, 12.28.20

Museo Autoservicio, a new drive-thru art exhibit in Mexico

Art museums worldwide have been grappling with novel ways to serve their communities in the pandemic, and the Museo Autoservicio exhibit was designed to be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of visitors' vehicles. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Museo Autoservicio (@museoautoservicio) Artists featured include Aldo Chaparro, Alonso Cedillo, Jose Dávila, Tomas Diaz Cedeño, Rodolfo Díaz Ce...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Mexico, Museums, Drive-ins, Museo Autoservicio

Barbara Weisberger, Founder Of Pennsylvania Ballet, Dead At 94

At age 8, she became George Balanchine’s first student at his School of American Ballet. Later, in Philadelphia in 1961, with a couple of graduates of SAB and a Ford Foundation grant, she founded the Pennsylvania Ballet, the first company in what became the regional dance boom of the 1960s and ’70s. – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, People, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Ford Foundation, SAB, George Balanchine, Pennsylvania Ballet, 12.28.20, Barbara Weisberger, School of American Ballet Later

The Recipe For A Viral TikTok Dance Hit

“Drawing from a lexicon of hip-hop-inspired moves, … the micro-dances of TikTok are typically front-facing and most animated from the hips up, tailored to the vertical frame of a smartphone screen. Governed by time limits of 15 or 60 seconds, they also tend to stay in one place; you can do them pretty much anywhere. While these TikTok dances might seem purely fun and frivolous, there’s an art to creating and performing them in such a way that gets attention.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Tiktok, 12.28.20

Why Barcelona’s Bookstores Are Thriving During COVID

“The pandemic has made people aware of the need to support their local bookshop,” said Maria Carme Ferrer, president of the Catalan booksellers’ association. “Bookshops are local cultural centres.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Barcelona, Words, 12.27.20, Maria Carme Ferrer

The Riverside Bookstalls Of Paris Have Been There For 400 Years. Can They Survive 2020’s Parade Of Catastrophes?

“Despite frequent bans by assorted French kings, bouquinistes – the first dictionary entry for the term was in 1752 – have been hawking their wares along the Seine since the 16th century, originally from handcarts, voluminous pockets and trestle tables. … 227 franchises were operating at the beginning of the year; 221 are open now – at least, in theory. In practice, except on sunny weekends, as many as 80% of the railway-green boxes are more or less permanently closed, and most bouquinistes‘ in...
Tags: Art, Words, Seine, 12.29.20, Riverside Bookstalls Of Paris

Tony Rice, Virtuoso Guitarist Who Brought Jazz Stylings To Bluegrass, Dead At 69

“[He] collaborated with Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Garcia and Béla Fleck, and, with mandolinist David Grisman, defined the synthesis of bluegrass, jazz and chamber music known as ‘dawg music.'” As one critic put it, “If you play bluegrass guitar, you have to come to terms with Rice the way portrait photographers have to come to terms with [Richard] Avedon.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Bela Fleck, Rice, David Grisman, 12.28.20, Ricky Skaggs Jerry Garcia, Richard -RSB- Avedon

Arts Institutions Lost Their Box Office Income This Year. Now They’re Struggling For Contributions, Too.

“Despite an outpouring of contributions when the virus first struck, individual giving to arts organizations fell by 14 percent in North America during the first nine months of the year, [and the] average size of gifts from the most active, loyal patrons fell by 38 percent. … [The arts] are facing competition from pressing causes including hunger, health care and social justice.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, North America, Issues, 12.28.20

Nudged By COVID, Six Philadelphia Museums Move Toward Forming A Consortium

“What began as practical fund-raising talk in the midst of unprecedented disruption has now become a full-blown exploration of the possibilities to cooperate and even collaborate on everything from programming to technology to health insurance.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Visual, 12.27.20

Patti Smith: 'As a writer, you can be a pacifist or a murderer'

As she prepares to ring in 2021 with a performance on screens at Piccadilly Circus, the punk poet explains why she’s optimistic amid the ‘debris’ of Trump’s years in officePatti Smith talks about her first poetry performance – in 1971 at St Mark’s Church in New York’s Bowery – as if it were yesterday. “I remember everything,” she says over the phone from her home in New York. Smith was in her early 20s, working at a bookshop and living in the Chelsea Hotel with her then lover, the playwright Sam...
Tags: Art, Books, Music, New York, Poetry, Environment, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Punk, Installation, Patti Smith, Smith, Sam, Trump, Sam Shepard

Cast unveiled for Broadway debut of TikTok musical Ratatouille

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess will play Remy the rat in the crowd-created musical phenomenonThe star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and 30 Rock, Tituss Burgess, will play the role of Remy the rat in the highly anticipated Broadway debut of Ratatouille, dubbed “the TikTok musical”.The cast of the unlikely musical phenomenon, which tells the story of a gastronomically blessed French rat, was announced on Monday. Continue reading...
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Kimmy Schmidt, Remy, Tituss Burgess, Ratatouille, Tiktok, Rock Tituss Burgess

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