The Plight Of The Artist… As Expressed In A Cartoon

There is ample absurdity to wring from the fine-art ecosystem, where hierarchies and quid pro quos rule. Players ruthlessly engage in an unspoken competition for limited opportunities and resources—be they grants, residencies, publications, exhibitions, panel spots, teaching gigs, public commissions, or sales. And all of the above is adjudicated by gatekeepers who, like the gods of Olympus, deal fate and favour. – The Walrus
Tags: Art, Olympus, Issues, 01.27.21

Lessons For Us From China’s Cultural Revolution

Trump failed to purge all the old élites, largely because he was forced to depend on them, and the Proud Boys never came close to matching the ferocity and reach of the Red Guards. Nevertheless, Trump’s most devoted followers, whether assaulting his opponents or bombarding the headquarters in Washington, D.C., took their society to the brink of civil war while their chairman openly delighted in chaos under heaven. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Washington, China, Ideas, Trump, 02.01.21

Longtime Folger Theatre Director Janet Griffin To Step Down

The announcement means the departure of one of Washington’s longest-serving theater chiefs and an opening in a company with a prestigious literary pedigree: It is an arm of one of the world’s great classical collections, the Folger Shakespeare Library. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Washington, Theatre, 01.27.21, Janet Griffin

Building Preservation Run Amok? LA Grapples With What To Save

If the owner is explicitly saying the business itself won’t survive, keeping the building around as a cultural monument raises additional questions about what culture, exactly, is being preserved. – Curbed
Tags: Art, La, Visual, 01.25.21

A Need For Orchestras To Be More Nimble In Scheduling

Until the arrival of the coronavirus, the prevalent model was not particularly friendly to rapid response. Symphony orchestras did a good deal of planning two or three years in advance, although that was mostly big-picture stuff — there was still plenty of room for changes at the detail level. – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, 01.26.21

The Pop-Up Newspaper Covering ‘The World’s Largest Protest’

For two months, many thousands of farmers have been staging a massive sit-in with their tractors on the highways around New Delhi, demanding that the Indian government withdraw a package of agriculture laws that the farmers say will slash their income and make them prey to Big Agribusiness. And some of these farmworkers, with sympathetic writers and artists, have created a biweekly newspaper called the Trolley Times to “voice the truth of the farmers’ protest.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Words, New Delhi, 01.25.21, Trolley Times

New Access: Super High Resolution Images Of Raphael’s Sistine Chapel Drawings

The V&A partnered with the Factum Foundation to create the high-resolution color, infrared and 3-D scans in 2019. And last year, in honor of the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, the museum refurbished the cartoons’ gallery, known as the Raphael Court, by repainting the walls, replacing light fixtures and taking other steps to make the cartoons “more visible and legible to in-person visitors.” – Smithsonian
Tags: Art, Raphael, Visual, Factum Foundation, 01.26.21, Raphael Court

‘It’s Muybridge on Steroids’: Herman Cornejo And A ‘Photo-Scientist’ Make A Totally Different Dance Video

In DANCELIVE by Herman Cornejo, shot by Steven Sebring using his specially developed in-the-round camera system, viewers can “watch [dancers] from up close and see their movements from all sides and different angles, the visual equivalent of surround sound. … QR codes … will allow viewers to use their phones to interact with the online images, moving them forward and back, or to convert them into augmented reality. … In time, the two artists hope to create a virtual performance space, building ...
Tags: Art, Dance, Steven Sebring, Muybridge, Herman Cornejo, 01.26.21

Highlights Of 125 Years Of The NYT Book Review

“In many ways, the Book Review’s history is that of American letters, and we’ll be using our 125th anniversary this year to celebrate and examine that history over the coming months. In essays, photo stories, timelines and other formats, we’ll highlight the books and authors that made it all possible.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, 01.25.21

Season Three Of ‘Serial’ Is Headed To HBO

“The third season of the award-winning podcast, which arguably set in motion the current boom for non-fiction audio series, was set in the Cleveland justice system. Unlike the first two seasons, which featured one case, it looked at the system overall.” HBO’s adaptation, a limited series, will focus on one Cleveland police officer and the young man he’s accused of beating. (Among the executive producers is basketball superstar Lebron James.) – Deadline
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, Cleveland, 01.26.21

What Happens To Whistleblowers Who Outed Their Arts Organizations?

After the open letters are published, the articles are out, and the declarations are made on social media, what happens to the people behind them? Artnet News spoke with a number of whistleblowers to find out what followed their news-making efforts and the emotional costs of going public. – Artnet 
Tags: Art, Issues, Artnet News, 01.26.21

Running The Prix De Lausanne Ballet Competition Despite The Pandemic

Since this year’s 78 contestants from 20 countries can’t travel to Switzerland, they’re submitting pre-recorded videos. The jury members (masked and socially distanced, of course) will meet in Lausanne to watch and judge those videos together, keeping to the same schedule they would in a normal year. – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Switzerland, Lausanne, 01.26.21

What Small Chicago Arts Groups Have Learned About Working Online

Before the pandemic, in-person classes offered by the Remy Bumppo Theatre Company tended to be small, with only 8 to 10 students. But over the last months, the theater has dropped prices between 50% and 80% and, it wrote, watched enrollment triple. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, 01.26.21

'Black resistance endured': paying tribute to civil war soldiers of color

In a new book, the often under-appreciated contribution that black soldiers made during the civil war is brought to light with a trove of unseen photosA classic tintype photo from the 19th century showing a civil war soldier, whose garments are hand-colored in gold paint. The soldier, crowned by a gold frame, looks forward, holding a gun over his chest.But rather than just any war portrait, it’s part of the overlooked history of African American soldiers who fought during the period. This one an...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, US news, American Civil War, Culture, Art and design

Stand-Up Comedian Jailed For Jokes He Hadn’t Told Yet

On New Year’s Day, Munawar Faruqui, a rising talent in India’s relatively new comedy circuit, was starting off a two-week tour with a gig in Indore when the leader of a Hindu extremist group accused Faruqui, who is Muslim, of “insulting religious sentiments” (a crime in India) and had him arrested. He had not yet even started his routine. Two courts have denied him bail, and the police say releasing him would cause “a law-and-order situation.” – BBC
Tags: Art, India, Theatre, Hindu, Indore, 01.26.21, Faruqui, Munawar Faruqui

Watch John Cage Play His “Silent” 4’33” in Harvard Square, Presented by Nam June Paik (1973) Have you ever played 4’33” in public? Or rather, have you ever not played 4’33” in public? Calling as its score does for no notes at all over its titular duration, John Cage’s signature 1952 composition has made many ponder (and just as many joke about) what it means to actually perform the thing. If music is, by its most basic definition, organized sound, then 4’33” is anti-music, the deliberate absence of organized sound. Yet it isn’t silence...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, College, Boston, Jfk, Seoul, Orwell, Cage, John Cage, Facebook Twitter, Nam June Paik, Paik, Harvard Square, Brooklyn Rail, Brattle

These Classical Music Organizations Have Always Been Focused On Racial Equity

The long-overdue work that larger institutions have started on in the wake of last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests has been the day-in-day-out project of some other groups. Joshua Barone talked to people at seven of them — among them the Sphinx Organization, Imani Winds, and Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra — about what they do and what advice they’d give the wider classical industry. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Black Lives Matter, Joshua Barone, 01.27.21

Pakistan’s Submission For This Year’s Oscars Is Banned In Pakistan

The director, Sarmad Khoosat, is (or was) a popular member of one of the country’s most beloved entertainment families; the film itself, Zindagi Tamasha (in English, Circus of Life), has been approved by three different boards of censors and a committee of senators, and it won a big prize at one of Asia’s most important film festivals. But, based on a trailer, a far-right Islamist party has declared the movie blasphemous and incited a vicious campaign against the director (including multiple th...
Tags: Art, Asia, Media, Pakistan, Sarmad Khoosat, 01.22.21

Why Cities Won’t Be Done In By COVID

Despite the long tradition of anti-urbanism in the U.S. that always seems to see the demise of cities just around the corner, they will survive because they are one of humanity’s greatest inventions. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.25.21

Pompeii’s Museum Is Completely Open For First Time In Decades

“The Antiquarium, a museum located on the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii, fully reopened this week for the first time in more than 40 years. Home to some of the razed settlement’s best-preserved artifacts, including protective amulets and plaster casts of Mount Vesuvius’s victims, the museum will host a permanent display narrating Pompeii’s history. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Pompeii, Visual, Mount Vesuvius, 01.26.21

In Rape Case, Filmmaker Luc Besson Is — Well, Not Exonerated, Exactly …

The charge by actress Sand Van Roy was first made in May 2018; it was dismissed for lack of evidence nine months later, and subsequently reopened following a civil complaint by Van Roy. After a five-hour hearing in Paris this week, the judge declared Besson an “assisted witness,” a status under French law which means there is currently not enough evidence to prosecute but that the case may proceed if new evidence should emerge. – Variety
Tags: Art, People, Paris, Luc Besson, Besson, Van Roy, Sand Van Roy, 01.26.21

LottieFiles, a platform for the animation format, lands $9 million Series A led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund

LottieFiles, a platform for JSON-based Lottie animations, has raised a Series A of $9 million. The round was led by M12, Microsoft’s venture capital arm, with participation from returning investor 500 Startups. Based in San Francisco and Kuala Lumpur, LottieFiles was founded in 2018. The platform includes Lottie creation, editing and testing tools, and a marketplace for animations. It now claims about one million users from 65,000 companies, including Airbnb, Google, TikTok, Disney and Netflix, ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Design, Microsoft, Southeast Asia, San Francisco, Developers, Netflix, Malaysia, Animation, Airbnb, Lottie, PNG, JSON

‘A $75 Million Bet That The Future Of Photography Won’t Always Involve Cameras’

“Leading stock photography company Shutterstock announced today that it has acquired TurboSquid, a digital media company that sells 3D assets, for $75 million. The move is both a talent and an IP acquisition, and it will give Shutterstock’s two million customers … access to raw materials for making images from scratch.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Shutterstock, Visual, 01.26.21

Will The Big U.S. Publishing Houses Be Backing Away From Conservative Political Books?

“There are some in the industry who believe houses have a responsibility to publish a wide range of viewpoints, seeing it as a First Amendment issue.” (And conservative books have tended to sell well.) “But a burgeoning group of mostly younger industry members argue” — especially in the wake of the Capitol riot and Simon & Schuster’s subsequent cancellation of its contract with Sen. Josh Hawley — “that certain conservative figures, whose messages they say are harmful to society at large, should...
Tags: Art, Words, Capitol, Simon Schuster, Sen Josh Hawley, 01.22.21

Kinetic polarized light art

Austine Wood Comarow creates lovely pieces like "Garden Gold," which shift in hue as the pieces move. The materials themselves have no colors: We perceive the color as a result of the interaction of polarized light and certain optically active materials such as cellophane. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Light Art, Polage

Algerian Cave Paintings Suggest Humans Did Magic Mushrooms 9,000 Years Ago

We moderns might wonder what ancient peoples did when not hunting, gathering, and reproducing. The answer is that they did mushrooms, at least according to one interpretation of cave paintings at Tassili n’Ajjer in Algeria, some of which go back 9,000 years. “Here are the earliest known depictions of shamans with large numbers of grazing cattle,” writes ethnobotanist/mystic Terence McKenna in his book Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge. “The shamans are dancing with...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Art, College, History, Reddit, Algeria, Seoul, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, U S Forest Service, McKenna, Sahara, Roland Griffiths, Brian Akers, Colin Marshall

'I refused to let them intimidate me': the untold stories of LGBT+ seniors

At a new exhibition, Not Another Second, 12 LGBT+ seniors share stories of resilience, struggle and loveWhen Pearl Bennett, now 69, came out as a transgender woman at a family dinner when she was 50, she wasn’t warmly embraced.Bennett’s mother leaned in and asked: “What is all this?” Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Transgender, Art and design, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Bennett

'Like witnessing my own funeral': Michael Landy on destroying everything he owned

The artist caused a sensation by shredding all his possessions – car, toothbrush, love letters, even his dad’s old sheepskin coat. Two decades on, does the former YBA have any regrets? Twenty years and an epoch ago, Michael Landy destroyed his worldly goods, all 2,277 of them, in the just-closed flagship branch of C&A on Oxford Street in London. It was a wildly theatrical event. The mise en scène involved a snaking conveyor belt bearing tubs full of carefully catalogued objects, with a team of b...
Tags: Art, London, Culture, Art and design, David Bowie, Oxford Street, Performance art, Saab, Joy Division, YBA, Landy, Michael Landy

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