Unhappiness As A Political Act

The focus of the “medicalization of unhappiness” debate was whether unhappiness should be considered a scientific problem. That issue has given way to the “politicization of unhappiness.” Whatever unhappiness Americans feel in their private lives has spilled over into the public realm, with ramifications far beyond whether people who take drugs to feel happy should be doing so. – National Affairs
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.21

Buttes Chamont

I haven’t been to this park in years. It was formed out of an old quarry. There’s a replica of a Greek temple. We climbed up to have a closer look. There’s a good view of Montmartre from there. The symbol of Paris on a fence there. Colorful street art on a nearby building. Nice art work in a community garden.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, Park, Architecture, Paris, Montmartre, Buttes Chaumont

Exit Interview: Architecture Critic Blair Kamin

It’s really, really important to have critics who, at their best, can deliver lighting bolts that say, “This is a horrible idea. Don’t do it.” “Don’t put a Holiday Inn glass box on top of Chicago’s Union Station.” (It didn’t happen.) Or, ‘The lakefront in Chicago is divided by the chasm of race, address it.” Over the last 22 years since I wrote that series on the lakefront, it has really changed. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, People, Chicago, Blair Kamin, 01.18.21

The Different Flavors Of Change

The paradox of change is that while it impacts us on a very subjective, personal level and each of us perceives it very differently, on another level it also unites us because of its universal aspects, aspects that can help us define our common humanity. – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.18.21

Mark Swed: My Picks For Culture Secretary

“A Secretary of Culture would serve not as advisor to the president but as a conscience to government itself. Mr. or Madame Secretary would set a national tone of cultural ambition. If you are worried about politicizing culture, don’t be. Artists are rebels. Any benighted culture czar who happens to come along will have to contend with socially nourishing revolutionary art. We can’t lose.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Issues, Mark Swed, 01.18.21

Norway’s New Whale Museum Looks Like… A Whale

From far away, The Whale museum on the southern coast of Norway looks like, well, a whale — the tail of a whale emerging from water, to be more precise. But upon closer inspection, visitors will find that this architectural marvel is actually a scenic viewpoint and an educational center where they can learn about the local marine life. – Travel and Leisure
Tags: Art, Norway, Visual

How Did American Theater Deal With The Trump Era? Urgently

“For the most part, it didn’t aim straight at the president. … Rather, producers elevated formally adventurous, politically incendiary plays — like Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me and Jeremy O. Harris’s Slave Play — that spoke meaningfully to our nation’s troubled soul. Audiences, hungering for that holiest of dramatic experiences, catharsis, used the ritual of theatergoing to think and hurt and heal.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Heidi Schreck, Jeremy O Harris, 01.18.21

Is American History As We’ve Been Taught It Wrong? Trump Commission Says So

The commission’s charges, in terms quickly derided by many mainstream historians, that Americans are being indoctrinated with a false critique of the nation’s founding and identity, including the role of slavery in its history. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, Trump Commission, 01.18.21

‘Für Elise” — Igor Levit Says That Piece You Hate From Piano Lessons Is One Of Beethoven’s Finest Works

“It’s just emptiness. How great must a composer be to allow himself to write about nothing?” The pianist has a go at persuading Joshua Barone. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Igor Levit, Joshua Barone, 01.07.21

Dropped By Simon And Schuster, Josh Hawley Finds A New Publisher For His Book

Regnery will publish Hawley’s book, titled “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” in the spring, according to a news release from the publisher. – CNN
Tags: Art, Words, Hawley, 01.19.21, Simon And Schuster Josh Hawley

Black Ballet Dancers Talk About How To Move Toward Equity And Inclusion

Black artists From Boston Ballet, ABT, New York City Ballet, BalletMet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Tanzcompany Innsbruck, the Trocks, and the pool of freelance dancers describe the challenges they face and what would be genuinely helpful. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Trocks, 01.18.21

Longtime NPR Arts Editor Tom Cole Retires

“That is a typical Tom Cole piece, which is to say it’s not typical at all. For three decades, Tom has positioned himself as an enabler for reporters interested in exploring fascinating corners of the arts – a lost era of Shanghai jazz, say, that NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang discovered meant different things to different audiences.” – NPR
Tags: Art, People, Shanghai, Npr, Tom, Tom Cole, Hansi Lo Wang, 01.17.21

The most expensive comic art in the world was folded up in a drawer for decades

This wonderful Tintin illustration by Hergé sold at auction last week for around $3.84 million, making it the most expensive piece of comic book art in the world. Hergé created the art with ink, gouache, and watercolors as a cover for his 1936 comic The Blue Lotus. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Comics, News, Hergé

First New Blue Pigment In Two Centuries Now Available To Public

“YInMn Blue, the brilliant pigment discovered in 2009 at an Oregon State University lab, … was finally approved by the EPA for use in artists’ materials last May. Chemist Mas Subramanian and his team serendipitously came upon it while conducting experiments with rare earth elements as part of their work with semiconductors.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Epa, Visual, Oregon State University, Mas Subramanian, 01.14.21

Perhaps We’d Be Happier If We Stopped Pursuing Being Happy?

As well as reducing everyday contentment, the constant desire to feel happier can make people feel more lonely. We become so absorbed in our own wellbeing, we forget the people around us – and may even resent them for inadvertently bringing down our mood or distracting us from more “important” goals. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.18.21

UK Arts Venues Sigh With Relief As Supreme Court Rules Insurers Must Pay COVID Claims

“The case has been rumbling on for a while, triggered when a variety of insurance companies stated that their business interruption schemes did not cover eventualities such as the COVID pandemic. A legal battle has raged over the ensuing months … arguing that this was a deliberate misreading of rules.” – WhatsOnStage (London)
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.15.21, UK Arts Venues Sigh With Relief As Supreme Court

Police find stolen Leonardo copy museum did not know was missing

Museum shut due to coronavirus was unaware that 500-year-old Salvator Mundi had been missingItalian police has found a 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in a Naples flat and returned it to a museum that had no idea it had been stolen.Officers said late Monday they had arrested the 36-year-old owner of the flat on suspicion of receiving stolen goods, after the painting was discovered in his bedroom cupboard. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Naples, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi

Philip J. Smith, Chairman Of Shubert Organization, Dead Of COVID At 89

“A low-key businessman who started as a movie usher, [he] presided for more than a decade over the nation’s oldest and largest theatrical company, an archipelago of 17 Broadway theaters, many of them historic landmarks; six Off Broadway stages; and other properties, including a theater in Philadelphia.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Philadelphia, Philip J Smith, 01.15.21

Streaming Giants From U.S. May End Up Saving Canadian TV Industry

“Canada forcing Netflix and other foreign streamers to pour $800 million annually into local Canadian content will be a lifeline for world-beating creators, say Bill C-10 supporters.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Canada, 01.18.21

Stage Union Volunteers To Help Theatres Be Vaccination Sites

Jonas Loeb, communications director of IATSE, says this time around turning music venues into a vaccination center would require a new configuration. “It doesn’t use any unusual technique.” He adds, “The workers know those venues better than anyone else and can help hook up all necessary utilities quickly and efficiently. To them, it’s a relatively normal job, but with different stakes.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Theatre, Iatse, Jonas Loeb, 01.16.21

Raw, brave, wild and honest: why Germany is Europe's greatest artistic nation

Germany became a unified state 150 years ago this week – and no other country has produced such original, provocative and powerful art since, from Richter to Klee, from Dix to HöchSituated on the edge of the Alps, Neuschwanstein Castle may not look like the birthplace of modern art. Best seen from a perilously crowded footbridge across a vertiginous gorge, it floats in misty rains, a cloudy dream of white spires and battlements. Yet this 19th-century colossus is an architectural homage to one ma...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Germany, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Bavaria, Paul Cézanne, Renoir, Wagner, Richter, Richard Wagner, Palermo Sicily, Aubrey Beardsley

Police find stolen copy of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi in Naples flat

Museum shut due to coronavirus was unaware that 500-year-old painting had been missingItalian police has found a 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in a Naples flat and returned it to a museum that had no idea it had been stolen.Officers said late Monday they had arrested the 36-year-old owner of the flat on suspicion of receiving stolen goods, after the painting was discovered in his bedroom cupboard. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Naples, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi

Fire At Brussels’s Major Art Museum

Flames broke out on the roof of Bozar (the Musée des Beaux-Arts) in the Belgian capital on Monday afternoon (Jan. 18). No civilians were injured (the museum was closed) and there’s been no report of damage to the art collection; however, the museum’s concert hall, a major Brussels venue, suffered water damage, especially to its pipe organ. – VRT (Belgium)
Tags: Art, Brussels, Visual, Musée des Beaux Arts, Bozar, 01.19.21, Major Art Museum

Paris Loses One Of Its Favorite Bookstores

“Gibert Jeune, a popular chain, has announced it will be closing its flagship shop in the Latin Quarter in March – the latest in a series of closures and appeals for help that threaten the future of the city’s booksellers. Gibert Jeune once attracted long queues of students in search of cheap secondhand books before the start of each academic year; most students who have studied in Paris will have paid [it] a visit.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, Latin Quarter, Gibert Jeune, 01.19.21

U.S. Cultural Institutions Are Hiring Diversity Officers. It’s A Start.

“At the same time, experts warn, longstanding challenges remain — antiracism goals that are hard to measure; finding funds to pay for these efforts; and assuming that the hiring of one dedicated advocate means the work is done.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.17.21

Opera Director Elijah Moshinsky Dead Of COVID At 75

“He made his operatic debut in 1975 when he directed a stripped-back Peter Grimes at the Royal Opera House. The production was so successful that it was subsequently mounted by Paris Opera and La Scala, as well as being seen in Tokyo and Los Angeles. So began a distinguished career spanning five decades. Though Moshinsky was especially renowned for his interpretations of Verdi, his work encompassed a large, diverse range of repertoire.” – Limelight (Australia)
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, People, Tokyo, Verdi, Paris Opera, La Scala, Elijah Moshinsky, Peter Grimes, Moshinsky, 01.17.21

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