The Fictional America And How It Powers Fictions No Longer True

“In the extraordinary drama of America, fiction is paramount to preserving systemic structures of imbalance. That’s how it has been for centuries, and that’s how Trump supporters would like it to remain. But that kind of fiction has no place in a healthy, stable democracy. It’s a contaminant and a cancer, a barrier to the remaking our country requires and the change ahead. In the America we want to build, we no longer have a need for it.” – Wired
Tags: Art, America, Ideas, Trump, 01.09.21

For-Profit Immersive Museums Are Investing Big For After The Pandemic

While traditional museums are discussing closures and mergers, the for-profit industry around experiential or immersive art is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into a business that currently has no audience in the U.S. because of the pandemic. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.11.21

How Our Media Diet Has Changed

While Covid-19 quarantines have made television one of the more dominant mediums around, they’ve also altered the diet of what we watch within that medium. Pre-pandemic, people could watch movies in theaters, TV shows on Netflix, and live events at concert halls, clubs, and stadiums. Now, all of those things are channeled through televisions (or, in some cases, through smartphones, laptops, and other devices). Our definition of what it means to “watch TV” has changed a lot over the last few yea...
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Audience, 01.09.21

After 43 Years, Chicago Tribune Arts Critic Howard Reich Retires

He reflects on his career and (in typical fashion) leaves readers with a basketful of music, book and video recommendations. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, People, 01.11.21, Chicago Tribune Arts Critic Howard Reich Retires

For The Third Year In A Row, Last Year UK Opened More Independent Book Shops

Released as part of the BA’s annual membership survey, the number of independent bookshops holding membership at the end of 2020 rose to 967 shops, up from 890 shops in 2019, 883 in 2018 and 868 in 2017. This figure marks the highest number of independent bookshops in BA membership since 2013, as the period of growth was preceded by two decades of decline. – The Bookseller
Tags: Art, Words, 01.08.21

Aaron Copland: “One Red to Another”

“If they were a strange sight to me, I was no less of a one to them. It was the first time that many of them had seen an ‘intellectual.’ I was being gradually drawn, you see, into the political struggle with the peasantry!” That’s Aaron Copland in 1934, reflecting upon addressing a Communist picnic in Minnesota. – Joseph Horowitz
Tags: Art, Minnesota, Ajblogs, Aaron Copland, 01.08.21

The Architect of the Capitol Assesses the Damage: Our Nation’s Art & Architecture (if we can keep it)

This was a week when blogging-as-usual struck me as irredeemably frivolous. Trying to promulgate commentary about art and the artworld seemed fatuous, at a time when our nation’s adherence to the rule of law, reason and humane values (and even its very existence) seemed at stake. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 01.08.21

Miami Museum Planned Exhibition As Investigation. That Proved Problematic

By the time the exhibition closed in March, because of the pandemic, the college had scaled back a plan to host programming that directly focused on the investigation. Forensic Architecture complained strongly but without success. Ultimately, the college told the curator who had coordinated the exhibition, Sophie Landres, that her contract would not be renewed. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.11.21, Miami Museum Planned Exhibition, Sophie Landres

The Center Of Hollywood’s COVID Outbreaks

Eleven more cases came from The Kominsky Method, a Michael Douglas-starring Netflix series where aging actors confront mortality. Around the same time, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 database, which tracks workplace outbreaks from the past 14 days, Netflix had nine more positive cases; NBC Universal, including some crew of the show Mr. Mayor, had 23; CBS reported 45. – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Cbs, Nbc Universal, Mayor, Michael Douglas, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Kominsky Method, COVID, 01.11.21, Center Of Hollywood

Question Of The Day: Is White Your Favorite Car Color?  

  White is the most popular car color, according to Axalta, covering 38 percent of all automobiles purchased worldwide. In a story we posted on December 14th, 81 percent of vehicles are said to be white, black, gray, or silver, according to Axalta’s 68th Global Automotive Color Popularity Report. Maybe you choose certain car colors because of […] The post Question Of The Day: Is White Your Favorite Car Color?   appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Psychology, Design, Color, Autos, News Blog, Axalta, Question of the Day, Hues

Simon Rattle To Leave The London Symphony For Munich

Rattle said his reasons for accepting the Munich job were “entirely personal, enabling me to better manage the balance of my work and be close enough to home to be present for my children in a meaningful way”. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Munich, Simon, 01.11.21

Louvre Reports 72 Percent Drop In Admissions For 2020

The museum has reported one of its worst attendance figures ever, with around 2.7 million visitors—a 72% drop compared to 9.6 million in 2019. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.09.21

Tobias Barrios is bringing art and real estate together to draw out the energy and love in his listings

Tobias Barrios studied art for years as a child in Venezuela, but now as a Coldwell Banker agent in Miami, he's seamlessly incorporating it into his real estate career.
Tags: Energy, Art, Marketing, Radio, Miami, Agent, Venezuela, Open House, Home Design, Coldwell Banker, Select, Staging, Agent Marketing, Agent Appreciation Month, AgentPlus, Theme-month-202101

Images From An Insurrection

Whether or not these fever-dream images show the actual point of insurrection or are, more likely, the inevitable byproduct of twenty-first century-rioters armed with smartphones and social-media accounts, their power shouldn’t be underestimated. These pictures will now constitute a powerful folklore for a whole subculture of whacked-out, anti-establishment far-righters, the latest chapter in alt-right visual storytelling which includes the equally absurd Pepe The Frog. – Art Review
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.08.21

Sign Of The Times: Choir Rehearsals And Concerts Via Car

The founder and conductor of Canada’s Luminous Voices, which now uses the cars’ FM transmitters, a mixer, and wireless mics for rehearsal and, crucially, performance too, says, “For us not to be able to [sing together], it’s like a whole part of our soul is sort of taken out. And we need to find ways to somehow fill that gap.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Canada, 01.11.21

On Hearing The Music While You Read

Writers have to listen as well as read. “As I read The Waves, I started to ‘hear’ language as if for the first time. It was as though a window flew open, and the sounds of the author’s words rushed in. I began to notice the sonic patterns of Woolf’s sentences, how she composed a music all her own with her rhythmic language and sentence structure.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Woolf, 01.09.21

The Deep Whiteness Of Breakout Netflix Hit Cobra Kai

Looks as though nostalgia for ’80s movies is driving something that looks less like the actual diverse world of the 2020s than the usual contemporary show. “‘Danny LaRusso, Italian kid from Jersey,’ as Vanity Fair’s Sonia Saraiya put it about the first two seasons, ‘is the most Japanese character on this show.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Vanity Fair, Jersey, Sonia Saraiya, Danny LaRusso, 01.08.21

The Book That Predicted, And Probably Was The Blueprint For, Last Wednesday’s Coup

In a way, The Turner Diaries shows how white supremacists carried out the insurrection – and it provides a pretty clear idea of what’s coming next. Historian Kathleen Belew says that even in the 1980s, supremacy groups “kept stacks of them, not just one copy but 15 copies in the book house of one white power terrorist group. They distributed them at paramilitary training camps. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh carried and read and sold the book to others on the gun show circuit. And it’s ju...
Tags: Art, Issues, Oklahoma City, Timothy McVeigh, Turner Diaries, United States Los Angeles, Kathleen Belew, 01.08.21

Writer Jenny Offill On What Can Be Done During The Pandemic

If you have elderly parents and kids to care for, not much. “The pandemic has been through all these different stages and you’re constantly moving between boredom and terror. We recently converted our dining table to a ping-pong table and I felt that was the final stage of getting through the winter.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, Jenny Offill, 01.09.21

Freelancers, The Lifeblood Of British Theatre, Are In For Another Terribly Rough Year

The situation under the third lockdown is, if anything, worse than in March because the freelancers don’t have anything to fall back on. “In telephone interviews this week, four theater freelancers said they had set up their own businesses to get through the pandemic; another said he was working as a delivery driver; and another said she was relying on a combination of unemployment checks and parental support.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 01.08.21

Thieves Made Off With Most Of San Jose Dance Theater’s Handmade Costumes

The carefully designed and handmade costumes are priceless for the ballet company, but not useful for almost anyone else, says costume director Renee Forbes. “They can only be used in something like ballets and dance performances. It is not something everyday people need or use. … These costumes are like my children.” – KTVU (San Jose)
Tags: Art, Dance, KTVU, 01.09.21, San Jose Dance Theater, Renee Forbes

The Double Whammy Of Brexit And Covid On Britain’s Touring Musicians

This isn’t great, since each musician needs rather a lot of paperwork – and it’s possible, though unclear, that their instruments may need a deal too. “The new agreement means British orchestras may choose to reduce the number of European countries they visit to cut down on administrative costs.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, Britain, 01.06.21

With A New Book Called ‘I Hate Men,’ A French Author Has Truly Hit A Nerve

That’s not the only work making a claim that France has an extremely long way to go in reckoning with gender inequality in every arena of life, including and perhaps especially the arts. The author of I Hate Men: “Feminists have spent a lot of time and energy reassuring men that no, we don’t really hate them, that they’re welcome. Not much has happened in exchange.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, France, Words, 01.10.21

Author Jacqueline Woodson Gets A Lot Done, But How?

The MacArthur Fellow, who has also won the National Book Award and lives with her partner and two children in Brooklyn, is building Baldwin Arts, an artists colony for writers, composers, and visual artists of color. Lots of free time there, right? “We all find our space. In my bubble, I’m working on a book or a screenplay, going back and forth between the two. I really do try to find that sweet spot, those four or five hours a day of uninterrupted writing time.” – The Cut
Tags: Art, People, Brooklyn, Baldwin, Jacqueline Woodson, MacArthur Fellow, 01.04.21

Kansas City Ballet Took A Long Time, But Finally Canceled The Rest Of The 2020-2021 Season

The ballet joins Kansas City’s other major performing arts organizations, which will certainly have an economic impact on KC’s central performing arts center. – Kansas City Star
Tags: Art, Dance, Kansas City, 01.10.21

How Romance Writers Funded, And Spread Interest In, The Georgia Races With One Of Their Own

Writer Alyssa Cole explains why it makes sense that romance writers came together to raise money for Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in the Georgia Senate runoff races (Stacey Abrams, who has engaged in massive voter turnout since her defeat at the ballot box in 2018, is also a romance writer under the pen name Selena Montgomery). “As far as romance novels and politics go, for people who are engaged in progressive politics, there is the link between the idea of optimism. One of the things t...
Tags: Art, Georgia, Words, Alyssa Cole, Georgia Senate, Jon Ossoff, Stacey Abrams, Rev Raphael Warnock, Selena Montgomery, 01.10.21

Check Out The Massive Investments In An Immersive Art Future

Can the arts return after more vaccinations and herd immunity? The investors certainly think so. “While traditional museums are discussing closures and mergers, the for-profit industry around experiential or immersive art is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into a business that currently has no audience in the U.S. because of the pandemic. It’s a gambit that has surprised market watchers.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.10.21

The Pandemic Saw A Return Of Space To Listen To And Really Appreciate The Album

The lack of touring, time to sit with songs instead of performing them every night, and a ton of time in or near recording studios has made musicians remake, remix, rethink, and re-release albums even in the not-quite-year of the pandemic in Europe and the US. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, US, Audience, 01.08.21

The Day Tacoma’s Movie Theatre Burned Down

During The Birds, even. The loss of the venue deeply affected Seattle’s southern neighbor. “Before it was the Music Box the building was originally called the Tacoma Theater. Built in 1890 as an opera house, all that remains today is a single stone wall.” – KING 5
Tags: Art, Media, Seattle, Tacoma, 01.08.21, Tacoma Theater Built

300 Rarely-Seen, Risqué Drawings by Andy Warhol Published in the New Book, Andy Warhol: Love, Sex, and Desire. Drawings (1950–1962)

It’s not the ingredients that sell the product. It’s how Warhol makes you feel about the product.  —Young and Rubicam employee, circa early 1950s It did not take Andy Warhol long to find the status he sought as a young man. Shortly after moving to New York City in 1949, he established himself as one of the highest paid freelance illustrators of the period. His whimsical, eye-catching line drawings for various luxury brands appeared in such high profile publications as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar....
Tags: Google, Amazon, Art, New York, College, Life, New York City, Vogue, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Upper East Side, Jean Cocteau, Harper, Stanford University, Andy, Facebook Twitter

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