This Year’s Kennedy Center Honorees

The Kennedy Center Honors announced today that the lifetime artistic achievement recipients for its 43rd ceremony will be choreographer and actress Debbie Allen; folk singer-songwriter Joan Baez; country singer-songwriter Garth Brooks; violinist Midori; and actor Dick Van Dyke. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Garth Brooks, Kennedy Center Honors, Issues, Joan Baez, Debbie Allen, Midori, Kennedy Center Honorees, 01.14.21

Tintin cover art sells for record-breaking €3.2m

Hergé’s original artwork for Le Lotus Bleu was rejected as too expensive to reproduce in 1936 and given to editor’s son, who kept it in a drawer for decadesA rejected Tintin cover illustrated by Hergé that was gifted to a child and kept in a drawer for decades has set a new world record as the most expensive comic book artwork, selling at auction for €3.2m (£2.8m) on Thursday.Le Lotus Bleu was created in 1936 by the Belgian artist, born Georges Remi, using Indian ink, gouache and watercolour. It...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, France, China, World news, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Belgium, Comics and graphic novels, Tintin, Hergé, Georges Remi, Le Lotus Bleu, Lotus Bleu

COVID Is Killing American Indian Tribal Leaders And Their Culture

“It’s like we’re having a cultural book-burning,” said Jason Salsman, a spokesman for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in eastern Oklahoma, whose grandparents contracted the virus but survived. “We’re losing a historical record, encyclopedias. One day soon, there won’t be anybody to pass this knowledge down.” –
Tags: Art, Oklahoma, Issues, Muscogee Creek Nation, 01.13.21, Jason Salsman

Smithsonian Abandons $2 Billion Redo Of National Mall Castle

The Bjarke Ingels Group proposal was unveiled with great fanfare in late 2014 as a reimagining of the campus on the southern edge of the Mall, stretching from the Freer Gallery of Art at 12th Street to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at Seventh Street. The splashy concept had been in development for two years, with construction expected to begin this year. Officials estimated it would take 20 to 30 years to complete its multiple phases. The Smithsonian spent $5.5 million on architectu...
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Visual, Bjarke Ingels Group, Sculpture Garden, 01.11.21, Smithsonian Abandons

The Wrenching Realities Of Gentrification

Gentrification is one of the most pressing – and polarising – issues confronting cities today. In popular discussions, defenders of gentrification tend to paint it as an influx of badly needed capital into blighted urban areas… Critics view gentrification as a quasi-colonial invasion of the privileged into economically vulnerable communities. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.13.21

Why You Can’t Stop Watching “Bad” TV

“Consolatory entertainment” is a better term for such programming. There is consolation in the simple pleasures of ordinary conversation, shared enjoyment and of laughing together that underpins the success of panel games, quiz shows and even celebrity chat shows. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 01.13.21

Feline Fabulous - Chic Interior Design Ideas for Cat Lovers

Cats are fascinating companions. Each one is unique, with a multi-layered personality that keeps you guessing on their mood from one minute to the next. Cats have always been portrayed in the media as slinky, sleek, and sexy. If you have a penchant for pussy cats, and perhaps you are looking for inspiration to bring some kitty-themed couture into your home, here are some chic interior design ideas for cat lovers. Picture Purrfect Cats are so stunningly beautiful, and adorning your walls with s...
Tags: Home, Design, Pets, Prints, Feline, Cat Lovers, Decor, Interior, Canvas, The Pet Blog Lady

Trump, Insurrection And Classical Architecture

Before the attempted coup, architecture critics were debating the lasting impact of the president’s executive order decreeing that federal buildings should be in classical style. “Now, they are talking about whether the damage to the Capitol should remain, in some form, as a permanent goad to memory, reminding visitors of the destruction wreaked by the president’s supporters.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, Capitol, 01.13.21, Trump Insurrection

Negro Ensemble Company: A Brief History Of A Pathbreaking Theater Group

The NEC’s roots lay in a drama workshop for Harlem youth that founder Robert Hooks ran in a makeshift theater in his apartment until the landlord found out. The professional company was born in 1967 with a Ford Fourndation grant, and it went on to become perhaps the most successful Black theatre group in the world, with a Pulitzer, two Tony Awards, more than a dozen Obies — and more than 4,000 alumni (including quite a few famous names) who learned acting, directing, and theater tech there. – A...
Tags: Art, Theatre, NEC, Harlem, Robert Hooks, Negro Ensemble Company, 01.13.21, Pathbreaking Theater Group

We Need A Moratorium On Comparisons To Orwell’s ‘1984’

Especially for some folks, writes former high school English teacher Rachel Klein. “‘This is just like 1984!’ the right-wing mob cries as it changes the very meaning of words to suit its nefarious aims. ‘So Orwellian!’ its leaders cry as they demand unthinking fealty to an unhinged, unquestioned leader. … It’s a text that allows them to frame themselves as the victim of their own unacknowledged atrocities. … What white supremacist insurrectionist wouldn’t see himself in Orwell’s hapless hero of...
Tags: Art, Words, Orwell, Rachel Klein, 01.13.21

Riccardo Muti Speaks Out About Met Opera’s Treatment Of Its Orchestra Musicians

“My appeal […] is to give back to the musicians of the Met the dignity which we all deserve and the hope that they can soon return to share with us their art. We must support them during this unprecedented and terrible pandemic.” – ClassicFM
Tags: Art, Music, Riccardo Muti, 01.13.21

Capitol Offense: Metropolitan Museum Blasts “Domestic Terrorism” by “Treasonous Rioters”

Throwing caution to the winds, the Metropolitan Museum today went beyond the more measured words of a few other museums in its angry call to “bring to justice those responsible” for the “criminal actions” at the Capitol on Jan. 6. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Capitol, 01.14.21

Robert Cohan, Who Brought Contemporary Dance To Great Britain, Dead At 95

“A New Yorker who performed with Martha Graham’s dance company, often partnering Graham herself, Cohan moved to London where, in 1967, he became the first artistic director of the venue The Place, as well as the London Contemporary Dance School and the company London Contemporary Dance Theatre. His partnership with the founder of those organisations, Robin Howard, changed the face of dance in the UK and brought growing audiences to bold new explorations of movement that stretched beyond ballet....
Tags: Art, UK, London, People, Graham, Great Britain, Cohan, Martha Graham, London Contemporary Dance School, Robert Cohan, 01.13.21, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Robin Howard

Needed: A Historic Plan For Rebuilding The Arts In America

The Biden campaign promised that America could “build back better,” and throughout 2020 the president-elect extolled F.D.R.’s New Deal as a blueprint for American renewal. For the administration to show that sort of Rooseveltian resolve — and, with control of the Senate, it just about can — it’s going to have to put millions of Americans on the federal payroll: among them artists, musicians and actors, tasked to restore a battered nation. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Senate, America, Ideas, Biden, 01.13.21

Gorgeous black-and-white images of plants

Photographer William Arnold got intrigued by the botanical life while on walks during his lunch breaks in Truro, Cornwall. He began gathering plants and making images of them using the Victorian-era technique of silver gelatin printing. The result is his latest book, Suburban Herbarium — a stunning series of ghostly, mesmerizing, monochrome photos of plants. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Botany, William Arnold, Silver Gelatin Printing

Here’s How A Few Other Countries Have Been Aiding Arts Workers Through The Pandemic

“In December, owners and operators of theaters and music halls across the United States breathed a sigh of relief when Congress passed the latest coronavirus aid package, which finally set aside $15 billion to help desperate cultural venues. But that came more than six months after a host of other countries had taken steps to buffer the strain of the pandemic on the arts and artists. Here are the highlights, and missteps, from eight countries’ efforts.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Congress, United States, Issues, 01.13.21

What We Need Is Artificial Intelligence That Explains Itself

A computer that masters protein folding and also tells researchers more about the rules of biology is much more useful than a computer that folds proteins without explanation. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.13.21

45,000-Year-Old Painting, World’s Oldest Non-Abstract Art, Found In Indonesia

“Four years ago, scientists came upon the purplish pig adorning the walls of a cave hidden in a highland valley on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. They now estimate that it was painted [at least] … 45,500 years ago. If that date is correct, the find in Leang Tedongnge cave could represent the earliest known example of figurative art.” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Indonesia, Visual, 01.13.21, Leang Tedongnge

While He Was Being Impeached, Trump Gave Two People The National Medal Of Arts. So What Exactly Is That?

The awards to country music stars Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs weren’t even officially announced; word went out in a tweet from Bloomberg News. So the question arose on social media: what is this medal and how big a deal is it? Reporter Jessica Gelt provides an explainer. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Bloomberg News, Toby Keith, Ricky Skaggs, Jessica Gelt, 01.13.21

Concert Halls Can be COVID-Safe At 50% Capacity: German Study

The research, commissioned by and conducted at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund, used dummies that simulated breathing, with and without masks, placed at various points in the auditorium; the spread of aerosol droplets and carbon dioxide in the breath was measured. Results indicated that with checkerboard seating and masked audience members there is “almost no risk” of transmitting COVID-19. – The Strad
Tags: Art, Music, Dortmund, Audience, 01.13.21

Caligula’s Pleasure Garden Has Been Unearthed And Will Open To Public

The remains of part of the notorious emperor’s Horti Lamiani (as it was then called) were excavated from under the rubble of a derelict 19th-century apartment building. Starting this spring, Italy’s culture ministry will display those remains in what has been named the Nymphaeum Museum of Piazza Vittorio. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, 01.12.21, Horti Lamiani

Paris Opera Ballet Says It Will Get Rid Of Racial Stereotypes, And Conservatives Flip Out

Talking to Le Monde about diversity, racial equity, and blackface/yellowface in the ballet company, the world’s oldest, new Paris Opera chief Alexander Neef said, “Some works will no doubt disappear from the repertoire.” Critics on the political and cultural right in France immediately attacked the arrival of North American-style “cancel culture”: Marine Le Pen tweeted about “anti-racism gone mad,” and Le Monde‘s editor in chief groused that France is “slowly going down the American road, consi...
Tags: Art, France, Dance, Paris, Le Monde, Le Pen, Paris Opera, Alexander Neef, 01.14.21

Dallas Symphony Hangs On To Fabio Luisi Through 2028-29

“The five-year contract extension comes amid Luisi’s first full season as artistic head of the orchestra. … [His] vision for his first full season was stifled by the pandemic, but the orchestra has forged on. The DSO is one of the few professional orchestras in the country performing before a live audience during the pandemic.” – KERA (Dallas)
Tags: Art, Music, DSO, Dallas Symphony, Fabio Luisi, Luisi, 01.13.21

Kenji Chai × BOLDR Venture Chaigo Limited Edition Watch Is Joy Manifested

Limited edition watches come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they make sense, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they come from a good place, sometimes it is clear they don’t. When I first heard about the Kenji Chai × BOLDR Venture Chaigo Limited Edition I took a moment to get my head around it. While Swatch […] Visit Kenji Chai × BOLDR Venture Chaigo Limited Edition Watch Is Joy Manifested to read the full article.
Tags: Art, Watches, Street Art, Graffiti, Watch Releases, Kenji Chai

Why Horror Films Were So Popular In 2020, The Most Horrible Year In Recent Memory

“The past year … saw the horror genre take home its largest share of the box office in modern history. In a year where the world was stricken by real horrors, why were many people escaping to worlds full of fictional horrors? As odd as it may sound, the fact that people were more anxious in 2020 may be one reason why horror films were so popular. A look at typical horror fans may provide some clues about the nature of this peculiar phenomenon.” – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 01.13.21

Tim Rice: 'Evita was a bonkers idea'

As the great songwriter prepares to take Jesus Christ Superstar on a 50th birthday tour, he talks about penning hits, his idea for a new musical – and drinking from Lloyd Webber’s Georgian wine glassesTim Rice had a hunch the Oscar was in the bag. After all, he and Elton John had been responsible for three of the five nominations in the best song category. But, as he walked on stage that night in 1995, after Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King won, the tall, slightly awkward-looking...
Tags: Music, England, Hollywood, Musicals, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Broadway, Elton John, West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Middlesex, Rice, Compton, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita

Global Culture? It Won’t Really Ever Happen

“Populations across the globe today may devour Starbucks, KFC, and Coca-Cola. They may enjoy Italian opera, French couture, and Persian carpets. But no matter how many exotic influences each absorbs or what foreign connections they make, nations don’t just fade away. They retain their citizens’ fierce devotion.” – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, Starbucks Kfc, 01.13.21

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