Cicely Tyson, 96

“Regal in bearing, with willowy beauty and delicately chiseled features, Ms. Tyson was known for embodying women of great poise striving under great pressure. … [Her] electrifying portrayals of resilient Black women — foremost in the 1974 TV movie The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman but also as Coretta Scott King and Harriet Tubman — brought some of the first ennobling portrayals of African Americans to a vast television audience.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Cicely Tyson, Tyson, Coretta Scott King, Harriet Tubman, Jane Pittman, 01.28.21

Highest price ever for a Botticelli painting paid in New York auction

Sandro Botticelli’s Young Man Holding a Roundel, a small portrait of long-haired nobleman, sells for $92.2mA small painting by Sandro Botticelli has been sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $92.2m, an auction record for the Renaissance master.The work, Young Man Holding a Roundel, from about 1475, depicts a nobleman holding a round painting of a saint. It is one of just three portraits in private hands by the artist best known for The Birth of Venus and Primavera. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, New York, Culture, Sotheby, Botticelli, Sandro Botticelli, Young Man Holding

Highest price ever for a Botticelli painting, $92.2m, paid at auction

Sandro Botticelli’s Young Man Holding a Roundel, a small portrait of long-haired nobleman, sold in New YorkA small painting by Sandro Botticelli has been sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $92.2m, an auction record for the Renaissance master.The work, Young Man Holding a Roundel, from about 1475, depicts a nobleman holding a round painting of a saint. It is one of just three portraits in private hands by the artist best known for The Birth of Venus and Primavera. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, New York, Culture, Sotheby, Botticelli, Sandro Botticelli, Young Man Holding

Cheech Marin’s New Museum Gets A Green Light

After years of planning, the long-awaited Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture of the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, California, has finally received the green light from the city. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Riverside California, Riverside Art Museum, Cheech Marin, Green Light, 01.27.21, Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art

This Was An Odd Year For Movies. The Oscars Should Reflect That

“The kinds of movies that traditionally contend for awards — mid-budget dramas with recognizable stars and respectable historical subjects or social themes — were thin on the ground throughout the year, though a handful did show up on Netflix. The audience and the industry floated in a strange pandemic limbo.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, 01.28.21

A Rethink In Investing In Smaller Arts Organizations

“It is time to make significant investments in these smaller organizations to increase their capacities and develop a practice that does not make becoming more mainstream the ultimate goal. Most of these smaller organizations devote a significant portion of their energies to the task of survival, and while that might be a given in the nonprofit world, many of them will greatly benefit from redirecting more of their energies to their artistic practice instead of constantly treading water.” – How...
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.27.21

The Perils Of Our Time Demand An Artistic Response

Deborah Cullinan: “The events of the past year, and the shocking insurrection that took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6, have reinforced the value of art in our society. We have always known that art can be a source of peace, solace and joy in times of struggle. But art also provides the intellectual, economic and emotional healing that will lead our nation forward.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Issues, Capitol, Deborah Cullinan, 01.28.21

With No Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans Creates Floats Out Of Houses

“Look around Rona, socially distanced float houses have become a thing. A really big thing. Apparently, if you to take the parades off our streets, our streets become the parade. From Gretna to Metairie to Bywater: Lavishly, lovingly, laughingly decorated houses are becoming as ubiquitous as potholes.” –
Tags: Art, Theatre, Bywater, Metairie, GRETNA, Rona, 01.26.21, Mardi Gras Parade New Orleans

We’re Seeing More Deaf People On TV. Now Let’s Hear Some Of Them.

“Many deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals have welcomed the increase in visibility that deafness and hearing loss have enjoyed on TV lately. … But for many who use devices like cochlear implants or hearing aids, onscreen representation still falls short by not reflecting enough of their experiences. … Deaf characters tend to be portrayed onscreen as people who sign and don’t speak,” whereas implant users usually speak and often don’t know ASL. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, 01.27.21

Improvised Comedy: How New York’s Standups And Clubs Are (Barely) Making It Through Lockdown

“Despite a state ban on live comedy performances, the pandemic hasn’t destroyed the New York comedy scene — it just pushed it underground. … Venue owners are finding ways to stay in business by exploiting exemptions set aside for religious services, indoor dining, and trivia nights (yes, really) as a means to get comics back onstage, even if that stage is in a church or on the subway.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, 01.27.21

Biden’s Inauguration Was Driven By Creativity. So Let’s Use That Creativity…

There can be no national recovery, no American Rescue, without the creative economy, and the 5.1 million creative workers who make it up. And right now, many of those creative workers are in dire straits. The impact of COVID has been profound in every state in the country and will continue to be for much of 2021. – Americans for the Arts
Tags: Art, Biden, Issues, 01.28.21

The Cure For Disinformation

“The internet contains, for better or worse, a significant amount of humanity’s intellectual and creative outputs. It’s also a cesspool of outrageous falsehoods. Having access to so much information, then, is useful only if you’re able to separate the wheat from the chaff. For instance, the amount of information related to COVID-19 has been called an ‘infodemic’ by the World Health Organization: there is so much information that it’s impossible to keep up with all of it, and often difficult to ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, World Health Organization, 01.27.21

Govan’s Folly? Stuck in the LACMA Quagmire

In decades of covering museum buildings, I’ve mostly refrained from “reviewing” a building that hasn’t gone up yet. That’s why I’ve hung back from commenting on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s capital project-in-progress. But an unsettling (literally) development led me to weigh in. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, LACMA, Govan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 01.28.21

A brand-new blue may be the most eye-popping blue yet

Combine yttrium, indium, and manganese, then heat and serve.The new blue was synthesized by chemists at Oregon State University.YInMn Blue is the latest character in the weird history of the color blue. The color you're looking at in the unretouched photo above is a stunning new blue called "YInMn Blue." It's the first new inorganic blue pigment developed in hundreds of years. "YInMn Blue" is a contraction of Yttrium, Indium, and Manganese, and the pigment was invented by a team of chemists led...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Europe, Etsy, Color, Bbc, Rome, George Carlin, Chemistry, Egypt, Innovation, Invention, Epa, Npr, DuPont, Blue

Is Choreography Is Protected By U.S. Copyright? Yes And No

It’s a messy enough business that the first commercial choreography for a pop music video (an industry where you’d think there’s enough money involved to have figured this out years ago) to get copyrighted was only last July. (It was JaQuel Knight’s moves for Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”.) Steven Vargas gives readers some background in American copyright law, hints for choreographers who want to get their dances registered, and suggestions for what Congress could do to fix the problems. – Dance Ma...
Tags: Art, Beyonce, Congress, Dance, JaQuel Knight, 01.26.21, Steven Vargas

Study: Can Machines Make Good Therapists?

A recent study invited college students to talk about their emotions via an online chat with either a person or a “chatbot” (in reality, the chatbot was operated by a person rather than AI). The students felt better after talking about their feelings; it made almost no difference whether they thought they were talking to a real person or to a bot. – New Statesman
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.27.21

Wigmore Hall’s Free Streamed Lockdown Concerts Have Been Quite A Success. They’re Also Expensive.

The performances — by such well-known artists as Mitsuko Uchida, Steven Isserlis, and the choir Stile Antico — cost about £3,000 each for personnel and copyright payments, and that doesn’t include artists’ fees. This while the venue has had no ticket income for months on end. On the other hand, viewers have donated £750,000 so far, and Wigmore’s membership numbers are up 25%. – The Strad
Tags: Art, Music, Wigmore Hall, Wigmore, 01.26.21, Mitsuko Uchida Steven Isserlis

The Genius Equation (Or How You Can Become One)

“If you’re a prodigy with a great gift for something, you can simply do it – yet might not be aware of why and how. And you don’t ask questions. Indeed, the geniuses I met seemed too preoccupied with committing acts of genius to consider the cause of their creative output. Maybe an outsider looking in has a clearer overview of how the magic gets done.” – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.26.21

COVID And Theatre: How Half A Dozen Different Countries Are Coping

Here are reports from Taiwan (“Shows go on – with precautions in place”), Italy (“A sharply divided theatre world”), the U.S. (“Struggling on despite lack of leadership”), Sweden and Denmark (“Back to lockdown”), and Greenland (“Cut off from the outside world”). –
Tags: Art, Sweden, Theatre, Taiwan, Italy, Denmark, Greenland, 01.28.21

New Online Dictionary Tracks History Of Science Fiction Vocabulary

“The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction includes some 1,800 separate entries, from actifan and aerocar to zero-gravity and zine. … A historical dictionary devoted to the history of something as future-oriented (and imaginary) as science fiction may seem like a contradiction in terms. But then science fiction has always had a curious relationship to the real world, said Jesse Sheidlower, its editor.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Jesse Sheidlower, 01.26.21

$100 Million Holocaust Memorial And Museum Planned For Site Of Babyn Yar Massacre

“The complex will include a dozen buildings, including two separate museums — one for Ukrainians and Eastern European Jews killed in the Holocaust, and one specifically memorializing those who died at Babyn Yar. There will also be a church, a mosque, a synagogue, a multimedia center, a research center, and a conference building.” The artistic director of the project is the controversial filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky (DAU), and several senior staffers have quit in protest over his plans: one says ...
Tags: Art, Visual, Khrzhanovsky, Babyn, 01.27.21, Babyn Yar Massacre, Ilya Khrzhanovsky DAU

January linkfest

The new words are here! The new words are here! Merriam-Webster has added 520 of them to its online word hoard, including coronavirus words (long hauler), identity words (BIPOC, folx), and working words (coworking, makerspace, gig worker). * Speaking of dictionaries, lexicographer Jesse Sheidlower has compiled a new historical dictionary of science-fiction, and it’s out of this world. Read about it in Wired (Adam Rogers calls Sheidlower “a lexicographical mad scientist”) and in the New York...
Tags: Elon Musk, Design, General Motors, History, New York Times, Linguistics, Gm, Perfume, Food And Drink, Words, British, Pixar, Burger King, Merriam Webster, Dali, Coco Chanel

Here’s the home design trend homeowners regret the most

Trends come and go, and it's time to ditch industrial design according to UK-based platform HomeNow's latest homeowner survey.
Tags: UK, Design, Home Decor, Lifestyle, Radio, Interior Design, Home Design Trends, 2021 Home Design Trends, HomeNow, Industrial Home Design

The Inauthenticity Of Working In A Digital Medium

“With digital, there is no such thing as authenticity. You are trusting that it is what it is. I feel eventually no matter how convincing it may seem, what we are experiencing through media could be something engineered against our best interests in some way. Even if one doesn’t care about the big picture, when it is proven that media can be changed like this, it loses validity and in our minds our trust in it erodes.” – Medium
Tags: Art, Media, 01.27.21

Actress Cloris Leachman, 94

“[She] began her astonishingly prolific eight-decade career performing radio plays as a child in Iowa. She appeared in Shakespearean comedy and Eugene O’Neill melodrama on Broadway in the 1950s, was a television mainstay from the dawn of the medium” — not to mention her now-legendary big-screen performances in The Last Picture Show and Young Frankenstein — “and, at 82, became the oldest female contestant on Dancing With the Stars. In the industriousness she displayed into her senior years, she ...
Tags: Art, People, Iowa, Broadway, Betty White, Cloris Leachman, Eugene O Neill, 01.27.21

The Culture Wars Come To Slovenia

Perhaps it’s better to say the culture wars have been brought to the tiny ex-Yugoslav republic in the Alps, courtesy of prime minister Janez Janša, now in a third term as prime minister. (His previous term ended in a 2013 corruption scandal.) Janša has been replacing museum directors, canceling government leases and contracts with arts organizations, and pushing a right-wing nationalist artistic agenda in the ways we’ve seen in Hungary and Poland in recent years. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Alps, Issues, Janez Jansa, Jansa, 01.27.21

Cannes Film Festival 2021 Isn’t Cancelled (Yet), But It Is Postponed

With ongoing uncertainty about the future course of the pandemic, Cannes organizers decided they had no choice but to change this year’s dates from May 11-22 to July 6-17. “The move, while expected, will have a domino effect across the festival circuit.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Cannes, 01.27.21

Museums Around Europe Face Yet More Weeks Of Lockdown

Except in the countries where they aren’t: the Uffizi in Florence welcomed all of 800 visitors when it reopened last week, and Belgium declared museums essential and let them keep operating. But the lockdown stretches on in Britain and Germany, and museum workers get more and more worried; in France, museums had to close again after opening in the summer. Things are getting especially tense in the Netherlands, where people angrily protesting the extension of lockdowns and curfews got tear-gasse...
Tags: Art, France, Germany, Britain, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Belgium, Florence, Visual, 01.25.21

Black on both sides: the African diaspora around the world – in pictures

Sasha Phyars-Burgess’s Untitled features essays, poems and stunning photographs that delve into the black experience and the true meaning of ‘home’ Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Poetry, Race, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Social history, Black Lives Matter Movement

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