How The San Francisco Symphony Has Rebranded

The modern approach plays out in its new look, which patrons will see on everything from posters outside the box office to tickets to the website and social media. The static typeface of yesteryear, which looks the same no matter where it’s applied, is gone. In its place is a new custom, variable typeface called “ABC Symphony” that evokes the sensation of singing. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Music, 02.10.21

Why Artificial Intelligence Will Never Write Compelling Novels

If computers could do literature, they could invent like Wells and Homer, taking over from sci-fi authors to engineer the next utopia-dystopia. And right now, you probably suspect that computers are on the verge of doing just so… Yet despite all this gaudy credentialing, the hoax is a complete cheat, a total scam, a fiction of the grossest kind. Computers can’t grasp the most lucid haiku. Nor can they pen the clumsiest fairytale. Computers cannot read or write literature at all. And they never,...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Wells, 02.10.21

Profiles in Black Creativity: Andrew Thompson’s Distinct Designs

Throughout Black History Month, we're partnering with agency owner Derek Walker on a series that highlights the ideas, perspectives and successes of Black advertising professionals. Today, we're spotlighting Andrew Thompson, a designer and art director who's freelanced for agencies including Laundry Service, Mother and VaynerMedia. In an interview, Thompson shared the inspiration behind illustrations he's...
Tags: Design, Advertising, Thompson, Derek Walker, Andrew Thompson, Laundry Service, Leadership & Talent

Criticism As Context

Understanding postcritique begins with understanding what has been the dominant mode of interpretation in literary studies for many decades: critique. Critique involves giving an account of a text that is not the account the text would give of itself. The novel or story or poem, from this perspective, is never really about what it says it’s about. Nor is it, often, about what a non-academic reader would think it’s about. Only the critic, trained in theoretical inquiry, can unmask the social hie...
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.09.21

In Praise Of The Most Underrated Punctuation Mark

“That semicolons, unlike most other punctuation marks, are fully optional and relatively unusual lends them power; when you use one, you are doing something purposefully, by choice, at a time when motivations are vague and intentions often denied. And there are very few opportunities in life to have it both ways; semicolons are the rare instance in which you can; there is absolutely no downside.” – The New York Times Magazine
Tags: Art, Words, 02.09.21

#Queertheballet Explained

“Without visible exemplars, many queer women and non-binary people question their own place within the art form. “Growing up, I felt like I was the only one,” says Kiara DeNae Felder, a queer, non-binary dancer with Montreal’s Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. “I felt like, ‘Maybe there’s a reason I don’t see other people like me.’” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Dance, Montreal, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, 02.10.21, Kiara DeNae Felder

Robert L. Herbert. Who Changed The Way We Look At Impressionism, Dead At 91

“When Professor Herbert began delving into Impressionism, the field was threatened by a kind of anemic gentility, arid formalism and French literary theory. His method, by contrast, was to locate works of art within a matrix of social and biographic details, while being careful not to reduce them to the politics of their day, or of ours.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Herbert, 02.08.21, Robert L Herbert

LA’s Empty Museums

Los Angeles, where the coronavirus pandemic has been particularly severe, is the largest city in the nation whose museums have yet to reopen even temporarily since the pandemic struck last March. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Visual, 02.10.21, LA 's Empty Museums

Vancouver Art Museum Backs Down Its Major Expansion

Fundraising for the project has been at a virtual standstill for the past two years, since Vancouver’s Chan family, headed by Burrard International Holdings founder Caleb Chan, committed $40 million toward the project now estimated to be worth $355 million, including a $50 million endowment fund. That total does not include the City of Vancouver’s gift of a 99-year lease on land that years ago was valued at $100 million. – BIV
Tags: Art, Vancouver, Visual, CHAN, 02.09.21, Burrard International Holdings, Caleb Chan

What Do You Get When A Drag Queen Crosses Streaming Theater With A National Tour?

What you get is writer-performer Kris Andersson’s Dixie’s Happy Hour, “a 95-minute performance streamed to patrons of 21 arts centers and theaters across the country. … A year into the pandemic, streaming shows are nothing new, but Andersson’s approach of a touring schedule rather than a one-off with a particular theater is novel. As is his profit-sharing model: Hosting theaters keep 80% of their ticket sales, and 20% goes to Andersson for the cost of the production and royalties owed to the cr...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Los Angeles, Andersson, Dixie, Kris Andersson, 02.10.21

How Breakdancing Got Itself Into The Olympics

“The story of breaking’s meteoric rise to the Olympic stage — it’s set to make its debut at the Paris Summer Games in 2024 — involved an unlikely and reluctant partnership between street-savvy breakers and traditional ballroom dancers, an evolution of an urban art form into a competitive endeavor and a lightning-fast education campaign to sell Olympic officials and a curious sporting public that breakers are very much athletes.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Dance, Paris, 02.09.21

This Year’s Oscars: Brought To You From All Over

For several years in the 1950s, starting in 1952, Oscar night featured simultaneous gatherings in Los Angeles and New York. One can imagine something similar happening this year — maybe even including cities outside of the U.S. like London, Paris and Seoul, since the Academy’s membership is now truly international — to spare people from having to undertake long-distance travel and to allow for greater social distancing at each venue. – Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, New York, Hollywood, Media, Los Angeles, Seoul, Academy, London Paris, 02.10.21

SWOT Before You Start

Have you ever sat down to start a deck and thought to yourself, “I have no idea where to start!”? We understand, we’ve been there too. What we’ve learned throughout the years, is that a back story is really important in establishing your message. Knowing the big picture before deciding what parts of it to tell can hone your messaging into perfect refinement. We think a SWOT analysis is a powerful tool to understand your brand, anticipate questions, and ultimately tell the best story possible. A ...
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Hell In Japanese Art Book Review

Hell In Japanese Art ( 地獄-地獄をみる- ) is a monster sized tome of an art book that collects depictions of hell in Japanese art from the 12th century to the 19th century. This single volume collection focuses primarily on works designated as Japanese National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties and features the various depictions of hell by prominent artists such as Kazunobu Kano, Nichosai, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Kyosai Kawanabe. It is a must-see for artists, illustrators and anyone intere...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Japan, Book Reviews, Hell, Mythology, Illustration, Tokyo, Anime, William Blake, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ukiyo, Japanese Art, Amazon De, Shunga

New Lead In Case Of Picasso Stolen In Athens

“Almost nine years ago, two thieves carried out a near-perfect heist at the National Gallery in Athens, taking two works by modern masters Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian, as well as a a sketch by Italian Mannerist artist Guglielmo Caccia. … The case remains unsolved, but a new investigation suggests at least one work — Picasso’s Head of a Woman — may still be in the country.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Athens, Pablo Picasso, National Gallery, Visual, Picasso, Piet Mondrian, 02.10.21, Guglielmo Caccia

What’s Actually In The Paris Opera Ballet’s Diversity Report?

Some of the recommendations are both obvious and overdue: no more yellowface/brownface/blackface, hire more diverse choreographers (but classical choreographers, not contemporary or hip-hop as is the past), tights that match skintones, etc. Other measures will face more resistance, especially the suggested changes in the way the company recruits dancers and students. – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Paris Opera Ballet, 02.09.21

Uffizi Gallery acquires street art piece from London artist Endless

Self-portrait featuring his trademark ‘crotch grab’ figure will be first work by a street artist in Italian galleryThe Uffizi Gallery, renowned for its Renaissance collection of Botticellis and Michelangelos, has acquired a work by a British street artist who began spray-painting in London a decade ago.The gallery in Florence unveiled a self-portrait by the UK-based artist Endless on Monday. The montage, a comment on advertising and consumer culture, will become the first piece by a street artis...
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, London, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Italy, Exhibitions, Street Art, Florence, Uffizi Gallery

18,000-Year-Old Music Instrument Identified — And Played

The ancient conch shell was discovered at the site of some cave art in the French Pyrenees back in 1931, when archaeologists figured it must have been some sort of ceremonial cup. Now researchers using CT scans have determined that the shell was decorated and that its two holes had to have been man-made, most likely to accommodate a mouthpiece. They’ve managed to get three notes from the shell even without any mouthpiece (sound clip included). – Wired
Tags: Art, Music, 02.10.21

A More Diverse Oscars, Sure. But Look A Little Closer…

In a category that has historically overlooked female directors, this feels like progress. After all, only five women have ever been nominated for the best-director Oscar, and if Zhao, King, and Fennell all make it in, that number would nearly double in a single year. But look a little closer, and there’s still a pernicious double standard at play. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Oscar, Fennell, 02.10.21, Zhao King

Poland’s Independent Media Go Dark To Protest New Advertising Tax

“Many private Polish TV channels and radio stations fell silent and online sites and newspapers ran black front pages on Wednesday in a concerted protest over a planned tax that critics fear will weaken or destroy some media.” The ruling Law & Justice party says the tax is a “solidarity fee” to fund healthcare and COVID relief for arts and culture; the indie media says the tax, too high for a perpetually struggling industry, is meant to strangle all non-government outlets. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Poland, 02.10.21

Polish Region Loses $2.25 Million European Cultural Grant After Declaring Itself ‘LGBT-Free Zone’

The money was to go toward developing a Carpathian “heritage” trail” in Poland’s Podkarpackie region. After a local activist brought to funders’ attention a resolution passed by the regional government “expressing opposition to the promotion and affirmation of the ideology of the so-called LGBT movements,” the grant was withdrawn. – Thomson Reuters
Tags: Art, Poland, Issues, Carpathian, 02.02.21, Podkarpackie

Oregon Symphony’s Next Music Director: David Danzmayr

The 41-year-old Austrian-born maestro, who recently completed his term as chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic in Croatia, takes up the baton in Portland this fall. He succeeds Carlos Kalmar, whose 18th and final season was cancelled due to the pandemic. (Meanwhile, Danzmayr has also extended his contract as music director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio.) – The Oregonian
Tags: Art, Music, Portland, Croatia, COLUMBUS Ohio, Oregon Symphony, Carlos Kalmar, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, David Danzmayr, 02.09.21, Zagreb Philharmonic, Danzmayr

Unproduced Stanley Kubrick Screenplay Coming To Screens

“Veteran producers Bruce Hendricks and Galen Walker have optioned the rights to the late Stanley Kubrick’s unmade film Lunatic At Large, and have plans to bring the film-noir storyline to the big screen. … The project was one of three film stories found in Kubrick’s archives after his passing.” Production is expected to start this fall. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Stanley Kubrick, Kubrick, Galen Walker, 02.09.21, Bruce Hendricks

Digital Art

My friend Seth is an entrepreneur and an artist. I have two of his paintings hanging in my office in NYC. His latest work is taking photographs of the sunset every day at Venice Beach and then training an AI model to turn it into a 30 second video. The work is published in a MP4 video. Therein lies the challenge. Anyone can copy an MP4 video so how does he make this work unique? He turns it into a “non fungible token” or NFT. I have written about NFTs a lot here at AVC over the years, mos...
Tags: Art, Trends, Crypto, Venice Beach, NFT, Seth, AVC, Rebecca Kaden

Skinny Classic Meal Planner Week of Feb 1-7

(IG: @coquettenatalie) This week in my Skinny Classic meal planner I'm channeling all the cozy things I love lately - a cup of tea and a good book. I forgot about all the cute tea cups and chairs in the Bookish sticker book. I bought this cute pink Japanese ceramic tea mug with spoon and lid on Amazon. The cover keeps my tea warm. I also love the journaling book, 52 Lists for Happiness. It's a great way to get yourself to journal each day. Here's to more cozy this week for everyone!   [Author: ...
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