How Do Recent And New Films Handle Elder Decline?

There’s a mix, from viewer disorientation – meant to mimic that of a person experiencing dementia – to body horror. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, 01.10.21

Instagram Has Turned Into A Source Of Funding, And Patronage, For Indigenous Beadwork Artists

When artists drop collections on Instagram, they often sell out in a matter of minutes. Beadwork takes time; there’s no way to mass-produce, and that’s part of the value. For artist Jaymie Campbell, Anishinaabe, from Curve Lake First Nation near Ontario, “the amount she puts into every piece means it isn’t possible to fully scale up to meet demand, and that’s OK. Each earring or pendant is ‘a piece of me, and my family and my story.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ontario, Visual, 01.09.21, Jaymie Campbell Anishinaabe, Curve Lake First Nation

The Royal Shakespeare Company Attempts A Return Of A Midsummer Night’s Sax Comedy

Swinging the Dream, a 1939 musical that flopped after 13 performances despite (or because of?) having a cast of 150 and three bands. It’s being revived, rewritten, and live-streamed during the pandemic. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, 01.06.21

Los Angeles Loses Its Great Blue Whale Jazz Club

Thanks so flipping much, pandemic and a government that refused to get its COVID response together in time to save the arts. Owner Joon Lee decided not to renew the lease after it ended in November. It’s a serious loss: “‘What Joon was able to cultivate there in terms of how artist-forward it was, that doesn’t exist anywhere else I’ve played on the planet,’ says vocalist Sara Gazarek, whose rising star paralleled the influence of the club.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Joon Lee, Sara Gazarek, Joon, 01.08.21, Los Angeles Loses Its Great Blue Whale Jazz Club

The Number Of Indie Bookstores In The UK And Ireland Soared In 2020

What the actual heck? Well, a lot of people opened bookshops in 2020, during the pandemic, because why not? Their jobs had evaporated, and the bookshops were a long-held dream. But in the UK’s third hard lockdown, the numbers may change again – for the far, far worse. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, UK, Words, 01.08.21

Homage To A Mentor And A Muse

Kambui Olojimi, an artist from the Brooklyn neighborhood Bedford-Stuyvesant, addresses his childhood and his block, and the idea of collective memory, in his work – especially in 177 portraits of the block president, Ms. Arline. “Initiated in grief, the series is a mourning practice that has carried Mr. Olujimi through the political and social turmoil of the last few years, opening new artistic directions for him. But it is also an experiment in memory work — an effort to convey something of th...
Tags: Art, Brooklyn, Visual, Bedford Stuyvesant, 01.08.21, Kambui Olojimi, Ms Arline Initiated, Olujimi

The National Society Of Film Critics Picks Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland As Best Pic

But not just best pic: “The film won best picture and best cinematography, while Zhao was awarded best director and star Frances McDormand was named best actress.” That’s a big sweep. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Frances Mcdormand, Zhao, Chloe Zhao, 01.09.21, National Society Of Film Critics Picks

The Black Photographers Who Changed The World’s Understanding Of Black Life

The Kamoinge Workshop was “a collective of black photographers who formed in 1963 to document black culture in Harlem, and beyond, from live jazz concerts to portraits of Malcolm X, Miles Davis and Grace Jones, as well as the civil rights movement and anti-war protests.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, World, Grace Jones, Harlem, Visual, Kamoinge Workshop, 01.07.21, Understanding Of Black Life, Malcolm X Miles Davis

Carol Johnson, Whose Landscape Architecture Transformed The Country, 91

Johnson, who was also known for her public housing project designs, became famous for her “large-scale public projects, which often involved environmental remediation. For the Mystic River State Reservation, a nature preserve in Eastern Mass., a commission she received in the 1970s, she transformed a toxic landfill into a public park. The John F. Kennedy Park along the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass., had once been an oil-soaked storage site for train cars before Ms. Johnson’s firm took it on...
Tags: Art, People, Johnson, Cambridge Mass, Charles River, Carol Johnson, 01.08.21, Mystic River State Reservation, Kennedy Park

How Joan Micklin Silver Beat A Path Toward A New Kind Of Romantic Film

It’s a path that others could follow, if they had the courage (and the funding). “Crossing Delancey is a culturally distinctive romcom, not one that mutes down its differences in an attempt to assimilate, and is all the more enjoyable for it, whatever the audience’s ethnicity. More pickle, less vanilla.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, Joan Micklin, 01.08.21

Reckoning With Author Patricia Highsmith At 100

Highsmith – author of The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train, not to mention The Price of Salt (renamed Carol to go along with the movie) – had a dark, dark well of self-hate that affected most of her fiction. And yet: “It feels good to be hunted. If you read the genres of suspense – crime and mystery and horror in its many iterations – you know the sensation of allowing a master of her craft to pursue you through a maze; the tingly energy of the chase, the eroticism of encountering t...
Tags: Art, Patricia Highsmith, Words, Carol, Ripley, Highsmith, 01.09.21

Remember The Art Of Multiples? They’re Back

Art isn’t only for the One Percenters, even if that one percent can afford to buy a ton of multiples to go along with their laser-focused unique pieces. Despite how their allure faded after the 1970s, “Multiples have retained just enough of their ‘provocative and disorienting message,’ as Celant’s essay put it, to make them a good fit for today’s progressive causes.” But they can be still more than that. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.08.21, Celant

The Artists Secretly Creating Miniature Buildings For Street Mice Across England And Europe

The collective that makes the buildings – they call themselves AnonyMouse – are, they said through an interlocutor, “a loosely connected network of mice and men, originating in the town of Mälmo, in southern Sweden.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Europe, England, Sweden, Malmo, Visual, 01.10.21

The Depopulated Paris Of Young Edward Hopper Feels Like A Mirror Of Our Pandemic Times

It’s desolate, empty streets; bridges with no tourists; the sidewalks near the Seine silent. What wouldn’t we give now for the American diners of Hopper’s later career, even if they’re dysfunctional – at least there are multiple people in them. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Hopper, Seine, Visual, 01.07.21, Depopulated Paris Of Young Edward Hopper

Operas Have Tried Everything During The Pandemic, Including Opera-By-Mail

And that’s actually been great. For instance, once an opera in L.A. might have reached a thousand people in a sold-out night; during the pandemic, more than 22,000 watched the same opera online. “The experimentation afoot within companies like On Site and festivals like Prototype signal a new, vital place for experimental approaches to opera — which now feel like survival strategies for the art form itself.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, 01.06.21

Dr. Fauci Says That Theatres May Reopen In The Fall If Vaccination Program Is A Success

He said that “the timeline hinged on the country reaching an effective level of herd immunity, which he defined as vaccinating from 70 percent to 85 percent of the population.” In addition, audiences will likely be required to wear masks for some time, for the safety of performers and staff. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Fauci, 01.09.21

Why Has Post-War Britain Been Obsessed With Portraiture?

Seriously, Britain, what’s up? “The best-known artists are the ones who wedded their style to ‘human clay.’  America, on the other, hand has seen Pop Art, Minimalism, and Color Field painting challenge their predecessor, Abstract Expressionism, which had challenged Regionalism and Conceptual Art; the proverbial ‘Death of Painting’ challenge all of painting; and marginalized artists challenge all of these implicitly conservative narratives focusing on the end of history, art, and painting.” – Hy...
Tags: Art, America, Britain, Visual, 01.09.21

One Of The Coolest Trends That Should Stay Post-Pandemic

Renting your own movie theatre isn’t cheap, but (once we can gather in greater numbers than two or three), it’s not exactly unaffordable. And it makes some things far better: For instance, “when attending a public theater, your experience is completely reliant on the strangers in there with you. It all hinges on others adhering to theater etiquette rules, which tend to vary from person to person. This is a problem that is mitigated by the private theater experience.” – CinemaBlend
Tags: Art, Media, 01.09.21

Michael Apted, Director Of Coal Miner’s Daughter And The 7-Up Series, 79

Apted’s series – the latest, 63-Up, came out in 2019 – was only one project from the director of many movies, including Gorillas in the Mist and The World Is Not Enough. But the British director referred to the Up documentaries as “the most important thing I have ever done.” Last year, he said that “The series was an attempt to do a long view of English society, … The class system needed a kick up the backside.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, People, Michael Apted, Apted, 01.08.21

Quibi Sells Its Library To Roku

That’s right, even the streaming device is getting into content now. (Actually, it already was; this is just the newest content it has acquired.) “Quibi’s content could be especially valuable because it features well-known celebrities. Hollywood also is hungry for new content because the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled or delayed new production. And the programming can help set Roku apart from its bigger rivals” – even while some of the rivals are featured apps on the streaming devices. – Los An...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Quibi, 01.08.20

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