Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Nazi Looting Restitution System

More than 80 years later, his 300-year-old violin — valued at around $185,000 — is at the center of a dispute that is threatening to undermine Germany’s commitment to return objects looted by the Nazis. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Germany, 01.25.21, Nazi Looting Restitution System

10 biggest web design trends for 2021

Your website must reflect your brand, and be memorable, unique, and usable. Discover the 10 biggest and hottest web design trends for 2021.
Tags: Design, Web Design, Sales, Design Trends

The Theatre Of Dreams

We are neurochemically predisposed to find our dreams meaningful, which may suggest that they do have a pedagogical function. Even the common advice to make an important decision only after you “sleep on it” might be worth revising, to “dream on it.” The fact that dreams often generate powerful emotions and deploy narrative structures further strengthens the notion that they perhaps represent a kind of theater of the unconscious, one not always intent on providing concrete solutions so much as ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.22.21

Could Amsterdam’s Radical Effort To Transform Itself Leave Capitalism Behind?

In April 2020, during the first wave of COVID-19, Amsterdam’s city government announced it would recover from the crisis, and avoid future ones, by embracing the theory of “doughnut economics.” – Time
Tags: Art, Ideas, Amsterdam, 01.22.21

Novitec Presents Over-The-Top Ferrari F8 Tributo

Ferrari F8 Tributos are a rather exclusive ride already, and at $277,000 or thereabouts, it stands to reason. German tuning specialist Novitec ups the ante on the F8 Tributo, both in performance and appearance.   What does Novitec do to the F8 Tributo to make it more desirable? For one, Novitec has devised performance kits […] The post Novitec Presents Over-The-Top Ferrari F8 Tributo appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Germany, Ferrari, Autos, Supercar, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Tuners, Novitec, F8 Tributo

A Checklist For Happiness? It Doesn’t Work That Way

“Every cultural message we get is that happiness can be read off a scorecard of money, education, experiences, relationships, and prestige. Want the happiest life? Check the boxes of success and adventure, and do it as early as possible! Then move on to the next set of boxes. She who dies with the most checked boxes wins, right? Wrong. I don’t mean that accomplishment and ambition are bad, but that they are simply not the drivers of our happiness.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.19.21

Bipartisan? Biden Should Think Arts

“It’s worth recalling that federal support for the arts throughout modern American history has been bipartisan. The Federal Art Project (1935–43) commissioned artworks by some 10,000 artists during Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidency, while in 1969 Richard Nixon doubled what Lyndon Johnson had previously provided for the newly created NEA.” – Apollo
Tags: Art, Biden, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Issues, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, 01.25.21

Joseph Conyers on Being an Artist Entrepreneur

The Philadelphia Orchestra bassist and entrepreneur shares the passions that have fueled his success. – Aaron Dworkin
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Philadelphia Orchestra, Joseph Conyers, 11.23.21

Looking for a Fugitive Rainbow — A Very Transient “Gift” to the Bidens

Laura Baptiste, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s always-helpful chief of communications, found herself dealing with misinformation disseminated in a number of news reports after the inauguration festivities. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Bidens, 01.22.21, Laura Baptiste

The Psychology Of Massive Multiplayer Online Games and The QAnon Delusions

“The art of creating the connections and building communities of others who also come to believe and amplify them is a virtuous circle that keeps growing and strengthening increasingly wacky beliefs.” – Post Alley
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.18.21

Here’s What The New American Elite Looks Like

“From the American Revolution until the late 20th century, the American elite was divided among regional oligarchies. It is only in the last generation that these regional patriciates have been absorbed into a single, increasingly homogeneous national oligarchy, with the same accent, manners, values, and educational backgrounds from Boston to Austin and San Francisco to New York and Atlanta. This is a truly epochal development.” – Tablet
Tags: Art, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Austin, Ideas, 01.19.21

Cricut Explore Air 2 for $50 off at Cricut + Free Shipping!

  If you’ve been wanting a Cricut, don’t miss this sale! They are selling out! Get the Cricut Explore Air 2 for $199.99 (reg. $249.99) + Free Shipping! with Promo Code JANSHIP Available in Mint or Blue.     For Even More Awesome Online Deals
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Students At The Glasgow School Of Art Protest School’s Pandemic Paralysis

“The pandemic will have caused frustration to students everywhere and it must have been difficult for university authorities to react to the ever-shifting situation. However, this last year has highlighted the extent to which universities are now dependent upon the money generated by the numbers of students they have, and the willingness of those students to go into debt, in a way which is prejudicial to the delivery of education.” – BellaCaledonia
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.22.21, Glasgow School Of Art Protest School

Cocktails with a Curator: The Frick Pairs Weekly Art History Lectures with Cocktail Recipes Once upon a time, not so long ago, First Fridays at the Frick were a gracious way for New Yorkers to kick off the weekend. Admission was waived, participants could take part in open sketching sessions or enjoy live performance, and curators were on hand to give mini lectures on the significance and historical context of certain prized paintings in the collection. Rather than pull the plug entirely when the museum closed due to the pandemic, the...
Tags: Google, Art, College, New York City, Spain, Food & Drink, Museums, Proust, Facebook Twitter, Boucher, Velázquez, Pisco, Vermeer, Philip IV, Hans Holbein, Claude Monet

The Most Valuable Award In British Poetry Goes To Bhanu Kapil

Poet Lavinia Greenlaw, who chaired the committee for the T.S. Eliot prize, said of Kapil’s How to Wash a Heart, “This is a unique work that exemplifies how poetry can be tested and remade to accommodate uncomfortable and unresolvable truths. … It’s a book that one of the judges said, ‘Every time you start it, you have to finish it.’ There’s nothing like it.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, Eliot, Kapil, Bhanu Kapil, Lavinia Greenlaw, 01.24.21

Judi Dench Is A Bit Bored In Lockdown

Someone hire her, quickly. “Lockdown, I fear, is not the life Dench was born to. She used to practically eat and drink on the stage, but the theatres have closed, who knows for how long. She used to bounce from one film set to the next, but now production is mothballed and the industry has gone to ground. All of which means that she is confined to the house, an 86-year-old actor shoved into what she hopes is a partial and temporary retirement. She gets up each morning determined to keep herself...
Tags: Art, People, Judi Dench, Dench, 01.22.21

Baltimore Museum Bought Art By Women in 2020. So…

“I would like to officially state that I’m thrilled that the museum has collected art by women, in 2020 and in any other year, and the selections named in the press release are fantastic additions. However, I am confused about how the museum defines “diversifying a collection,” why they didn’t collect a lot more art by women at lower price points (the average 2020 price is $40,000 per object), and why they selected so few Baltimore- and Maryland-based artists.” – BMoreArt
Tags: Art, Maryland, Baltimore, Visual, 01.22.21

Leslie Odom Jr Almost Passed On Playing Sam Cooke

Those who have seen One Night in Miami will appreciate that the actor, singer, and star of Hamilton made a different choice, especially with his movie-closing performance of “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Cooke’s big civil rights song. The actor says, “There’s a part of me that feels like these projects I take on — and I could be kidding myself — could have a larger significance. Maybe they’ll add up to say something about my life and, in turn, Black life. Maybe when you add it all up can say someth...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Miami, Black, Hamilton, Sam Cooke, Cooke, Leslie Odom Jr, 01.25.21

The Indie Bookstore That Categorizes Books By Emotion

There are shelves about “On the Troubles of Growing Up and Moving On” and “For Escaping Your Life,” among many others. “Oh Hello Again owner Kari Ferguson, who previously founded Dickens Children’s Books in Vancouver, Washington, was inspired to create Oh Hello Again by Ellen Berthoud and Susan Elderkin’s concept of bibliotherapy—the idea that reading the right book at the right time can help people heal and move on from emotional struggle.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, Vancouver Washington, 01.22.21, Kari Ferguson, Dickens Children 's Books, Ellen Berthoud, Susan Elderkin

During Pandemic Lockdowns, Thousands Turn To Online Nude Drawing Classes For Solace

Online drawing classes are, for many people in lockdown in Britain, a lifeline to the outside world. And there’s a plus: “Individual sessions can attract hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people, and moving everything online has made life drawing more accessible to a diverse crowd.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Britain, Visual, Solace, 01.24.21

Making Film That’s Both Political And Personal

Fernanda Valadez and Astrid Rondero, who directed and wrote the new film Identifying Features, “don’t believe Mexican storytellers have the luxury of creating apolitically. Not at a moment in history when thousands disappear or are murdered as a consequence of drug-related violence and the widespread state complicity that enables it. Neither of them set out to make movies with a social justice angle, but coming of age as artists in this environment urged them to confront the appalling national ...
Tags: Art, Media, Los Angeles, Astrid Rondero, Fernanda Valadez, 01.23.21

Bob Avian, Broadway Choreographer, 83

Avian co-choreographed A Chorus Line with Michael Bennett, and choreographed Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard. He “directed a 2006 revival of A Chorus Line that ran on Broadway for almost two years, as well as productions of that show in London in 2013 and at New York City Center in 2018. He shared Tony Awards for choreography with Mr. Bennett for A Chorus Line and Ballroom.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, London, People, Broadway, Saigon, Bennett, Michael Bennett, New York City Center, 01.22.21, Bob Avian Broadway Choreographer

Why The Art World Needs Populism

Because we can’t trust the art world to the elites. For instance, in recent years, “Major art collectors (mostly white) were benefitting from the Trump deregulation and tax cuts, while investing some of their surplus wealth into the rebranding opportunity offered by the anti-Trump resistance. They could literally turn a profit on fulfilling the activist demand.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, Trump, 01.22.21

Despite The Pandemic, Honolulu’s Bishop Museum Is Taking Visitors Through The Experience Of Surfing

The designer of the exhibit: “Duke Kahanamoku, on a wooden board with no fins, surfed a wave that was over 25 feet tall on its face. And he surfed it for over a mile. And we wanted to have the audience experience that moment. So we built a 27-foot tall wave and put a replica of Duke’s board in it. And people can stand on that board and feel like they are there in the presence of this wave.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Duke, Visual, Honolulu, Duke Kahanamoku, 01.24.21

What Did CBS Do With, And In, Its Supposedly Thorough Investigation Into A Racist, Sexist Culture?

Some things have changed. But the news affiliates? Oof. The details of CBS Television Stations President Peter Dunn’s racism – saying of an anchor, “He’s not doing that ‘jive talking’ anymore? Sometimes, he’s just not speaking my language,” for instance – and sexism are damning. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Cbs, Issues, CBS Television Stations, Peter Dunn, 01.24.21

The Lonely Struggle Of The Street Artists Of Paris

The artists of the Place du Tetre are feeling squeezed out by restaurants, and then there’s the emptiness. One of the artists: “It’s a hard time for everyone, but it’s especially depressing here. … Usually, this place is better than a studio because you are in contact with people from all over the place and that’s the pleasure. But at the moment it’s a desert; there’s no tourists, and no ambience.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Paris, Visual, 01.24.21

Mural in Madrid that celebrates women pitched into Spain's culture wars

Far-right Vox party leads efforts to erase 60-metre artwork it claims contained ‘political message’A mural in Madrid celebrating a diverse array of women from Nina Simone and Rosa Parks to Frida Kahlo and the Red Army sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko has become the latest front in Spain’s culture war after the far-right Vox party led efforts to have it removed because of its “political message”.The 60-metre (197ft) mural, which bears the slogan “Your ability doesn’t depend on your gender”, was commis...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Red Army, Madrid, Vox, Nina Simone, Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Ciudad Lineal

Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Jan. 25-Feb. 1

  Los Encinos State Historic Park on Moorpark Street in Encino is open for walking the grounds, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Pandemic rules include wearing a mask, social distancing and no picnics. (Google Street View)     Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal, change and community enrichment. Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet online on Zoom. Meet...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, Gardening, California, Trees, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Nasa, Soccer, Veterans, Libraries, Community, Local Politics

Defining Southern Literature Is A Troubled, Troubling Task

For white Southern writers, especially, “the deconstruction and demolition of so many of the myths about Southern culture and identity has been ongoing in literature for a long time but seems to have accelerated at a stunning rate in the past four years, and especially at the start of this year. The combined effects of these historic circumstances are extra-literary, but they have nevertheless set off an appropriate reexamination of what truth means for fiction in the past, present, and future....
Tags: Art, Words, 01.22.21

Can Virtual Reality Deliver The Benefits Of Nature?

It’s an urgent question for many in lockdown – and in the UK, “whether we are in lockdown or not, four fifths of the UK population lives in an urban environment and one in eight homes do not have a garden.”- BBC
Tags: Art, UK, Ideas, 01.24.21

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