The Man Who Figured Out How To Make Millions On Song Rights

In less than three years, Merck Mercuriadis has become the most disruptive force in the music business. Put simply, Hipgnosis, his company, raises money from investors and spends it on acquiring the intellectual property rights to popular songs by people like Mark Ronson, Timbaland, Barry Manilow and Blondie. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Hipgnosis, Merck Mercuriadis, Mark Ronson Timbaland Barry Manilow, 02.27.1

James Darrah On The Future Of Opera

“I think the future of that looks like we embrace the cinematic, and digital media side of opera to an even greater degree. And when we come back to live performances, those have to be a compelling reason to attend something live.” – LBPost
Tags: Art, Music, James Darrah, 02.26.21

American Cynicism Has Reached Our Breaking Point

Cynicism, at scale, makes democracy’s most basic demand—seeing one another as we are—impossible. And America, at the moment, is saturated with it. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, America, Ideas, 02.26.21

The Pronouns Problem

For now, pronoun declarations are both novel and blatant — which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on whether you’re socially progressive or socially conservative. As in almost every other segment of American life, society is fractured. – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Ideas, 02.27.21

Ireland, Britain Reach Agreement In Century-Long Dispute Over Art Collection

The background to the 10-year (at least) truce: “In 1915 the Irish art collector Sir Hugh Lane was among nearly 1,200 people who died when the Lusitania, an ocean liner, was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the southern coast of Ireland. His will revealed that he had bequeathed his breathtaking collection of impressionist paintings to the National Gallery in London. But evidently he changed his mind. A codicil was found in Lane’s desk at the National Gallery of Ireland, where he was a director,...
Tags: Art, London, Ireland, National Gallery, Visual, Lane, Hugh Lane, National Gallery of Ireland, Ireland Britain, 02.26.21

The ‘Versailles Of Wales’ Is Falling Into Ruin

Can anyone force the Kimmel House’s offshore corporation owners to save it? – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, 02.28.21, Versailles Of Wales, Kimmel House

Pandemic Polemics: Metropolitan Museum’s Off-Key NPR Message vs. Cleveland’s Harmonious Storage Show

The Met’s premature revelation that it might take advantage of the AAMD’s relaxed deaccession standards, selling art to pay for “care of the collection,” was an object lesson in how not to roll out a controversial, temporary policy change. A palate-cleansing corrective to that unappetizing situation can be found in Stories from Storage, a current show at the Cleveland Museum of Art. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Cleveland, Ajblogs, Cleveland Museum of Art, AAMD, 03.01.21, NPR Message

Vienna Philharmonic Sends Letter In Support Of Met Opera Orchestra

“The world is watching. 30% of the members of the MET Orchestra can no longer sustain a living in New York City due to being faced with no salary from the Metropolitan Opera since April 1, 2020. This number will likely climb higher as the crisis continues.” – Gramilano
Tags: Art, Music, New York City, Vienna Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, 02.28.21

Tesla Model S Prototype Spotted With Fabled Steering Yoke

Several weeks ago, Tesla officially announced planned updates to the Model S and Model X as part of a comprehensive refresh. The vehicles would be getting more interior screens, improved software, and a top-of-the-line “Plaid” trim. Customers are also supposed to be given the option of purchasing a butterfly-shaped steering rig — which was quite the […] The post Tesla Model S Prototype Spotted With Fabled Steering Yoke appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Updates, Tesla, Autos, Model S, Model X, Tesla Motors, Interior Design, News Blog, Refresh, Product Planning, Yoke, Steering Wheels, Steering Yoke

Amazon Films Are Getting More Respect

The game-changers were the pandemic, and also awards-nominated movies One Night in Miami and Sound of Metal, not to mention Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Those films, “coupled with the cultural impact Borat has enjoyed across the globe, have significantly altered the perception of Amazon Studios’ film division in Hollywood and among Amazon’s more than 150 million Prime subscribers. (The studio, which does not disclose viewer numbers, will say only that tens of millions of subscribers watched Bora...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Hollywood, Media, Miami, Borat, Amazon Studios, 02.26.21, Amazon Films

The ‘Guernica’ Replica Tapestry Hanging In The UN Has Been Repossessed By Its Rockefeller Owner

A spokesman for the UN Secretary General said, “I feel sad and a sense of loss looking at that empty wall. … The tapestry was not only a moving reminder of the horrors of war but, because of where it stood, it was also a witness to so much history that unfolded outside of the Security Council since 1985.” Nelson Rockefeller Jr. has not explained why he wanted it back. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Un, Visual, Security Council, 02.26.21, Nelson Rockefeller Jr

The Exquisite, Ephemeral Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen

Quick, name a melancholy Dane. For most of us, the choice comes down to Hamlet or Hans Christian Andersen, author of such bittersweet tales as “The Little Match Girl,” “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” and “The Little Mermaid.” Andersen’s personal life remains a matter of both speculation and fascination. Was he gay? Asexual? A virgin with a propensity for massive crushes on unattainable women, who engaged prostitutes solely for conversation? No one can say for sure. What we know definitively is...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Creativity, Museums, Literature, Oscar Wilde, Pen, Hans Christian Andersen, Dickens, Facebook Twitter, Andersen, University of Derby, Historical Children 's Books All Digitized, Detlef Klein, Odense City Museums

What The Writers Guild Learned From Its Fight With The Agencies

For one thing, it’s OK to fight. Writers are also seeing back pay come in – and letting the union win it for them instead of fighting alone. And then there’s at least one intangible: “I have seen … an improvement in terms of how a writer looks at themselves and their value next to their representatives, that the representatives work for them.”- Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 03.01.21

Australian Theatre Is Lighting The Way For The West End And Broadway

Actors get temperature-taking robots; there’s Hamiltizer for your hands if you’re rehearsing Hamilton; and then there are the actors who can’t hug – so Olaf and Elsa flash each other peace signs instead. Audience members have their own rules, and they won’t be at the stage door begging for selfies now either – but sales in Australia are strong and steady, giving producers and theatre workers hope. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Elsa, Australia, Theatre, Broadway, Hamilton, Olaf, 02.27.21, Hamiltizer

Studies: EMail Is Making You Miserable!

A study, published in 2019, looked at long-term trends in the health of a group of nearly five thousand Swedish workers. They found that repeated exposure to “high information and communication technology demands” (translation: a need to be constantly connected) were associated with “suboptimal” health outcomes. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, 02.26.21

Off With All Our Heads – The Online World Loves To Misquote Lewis Carroll

But why? Alison Flood investigates why Britain’s Royal Mint and an actual Carroll commemorative collection have been getting quotes wrong … and then printing them on coinage. Cue the facepalm emoji: Turns out it’s all the fault of Goodreads. –
Tags: Art, Britain, Words, Lewis Carroll, Carroll, Alison Flood, 03.01.21

Books: A Coronavirus Lifesaver

At least that’s what a bookseller turned newly-minted Instagram book reviewer (that is, a Bookstagrammer) says. He hasn’t seen his family for nearly two years, a friend has cancer, and his job at Waterstone’s keeps going away and coming back as lockdowns come and go. But reading, and Instagram, are there: “There’s so much to be worried about, and book blogging takes my mind off it.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Instagram, Words, Waterstone, 02.26.21

Carmen Esposito’s Memoir Called ‘Save Yourself’ Came Out Just As Pandemic Lockdowns Hit

The standup comedian, who produced a special called Rape Jokes in response to her own experience of assault and Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood tape (among other things), says that it was extra ironic to be promoting her memoir that first month. “It’s about growing up Catholic and figuring out that I was queer. There are no helpful tips for what to do when we run out of toilet paper.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Catholic, Donald Trump, Carmen Esposito, 02.28.21

Julie Delpy, Sci-Fi Movie Director

You probably know the French actor Julie Delpy from the Richard Linklater movie trilogy that begins with Before Sunrise, but she’s been writing and directing movies for a while. She wanted to keep her new film real, but also deal with the near-future. “I am not saying that cloning is a good thing, but I’m saying, let’s not blind ourselves: When I.V.F. was first done, people called it evil and now they don’t think twice. For me, it’s an allegory of what people are capable of doing.” – The New Yo...
Tags: Art, Media, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, 02.26.21, Julie Delpy Sci Fi Movie Director

Back In The Dance Bubble

At the beginning of the pandemic and its ballet shutdown, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky had big plans. Then reality hit, and he’s spent hours organizing his photos and posting to Instagram. Hurray for the return to a dance bubble. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Alexei Ratmansky, 02.26.21

How To Smell A Dutch Still Life, Virtually

Perhaps this was an idea that could have gotten, shall we say, misplaced during various shutdowns? But no. What does Dutch art of the 17th century smell like? An exhibit “will shortly be available as a virtual tour with a four-scent fragrance box. It doesn’t just descant on the theme, although there is plenty of historical narrative about plagues, sewage, spices, tobacco and perfume in the Dutch golden age. It actually attempts to recreate the smells invoked by golden age art.” – The Observer (...
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, 02.28.21

A 127-Year-Old Spanish Sports Venue Would Like To Become A Heritage Site

Of course, the venue itself likely has no feelings on the matter. But Madrid’s Frontón Beti-Jai, built when the Basque game pelota was all the rage in the city, was recently restored, and is now sitting idle. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Madrid, Visual, Frontón Beti Jai, 02.28.21

Ripping Up The Netflix Streaming Playbook, And Winning

The Mouse – Disney Plus, in this case – has a huge back catalog, and it’s also doing this little thing called dropping a new episode once a week. What even? Well: “They’re treating The Mandalorian like it’s Seinfeld—people tune in one week and they get a great publicity bump as people talk about it over the weekend and there are roundup pieces in the press, ‘What happened on The Mandalorian last week?’ … It’s an old-fashioned PR marketing tactic.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Media, 02.27.21, Mouse Disney Plus

The Lie At The Heart Of The Western – And How Contemporary Novelists Are Fixing It

The first novel to be considered a “Western” came out in 1902, and the tropes it established have lasted for more than a century – white men shooting each other and Indigenous people, and women, if they exist at all, serving those men. But newer novels set in the West “preserve some aspects of the old Westerns: the parched vistas, the isolation, the high-stakes emotion of characters running afoul of the law. But they also call into question the genre’s basic premise: the idea of the frontier as...
Tags: Art, Words, 02.28.21

Writers Are Exposing Sexual Abuse – And Deeply Horrible Attitudes – In France

Why now? “While it is illegal in France for an adult to have sex with a minor under the age of 15, there is no age of consent; if there is no evidence of threats or violence, the adult will not be charged with rape. In 2018 … ministers proposed introducing an age of consent, which has yet to pass. A recent poll estimated that one in 10 French people have been the victim of sexual abuse within the family as children.” But writers, and books, are pushing back. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, France, Words, 02.25.21

A Judy Chicago Installation Is Scrapped Because Of Sheep

And other animals. And smoke. But the project manager has some questions. “The Living Desert specialists had assured us that the project would not damage the desert or any native or captive wildlife, so their backing out is incredibly disappointing and perplexing.”- The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Living Desert, 02.27.21, Judy Chicago Installation

5 work-from-home interior design trends on the rise

Top-performing luxury agents offer a closer look at what buyers are seeking, what sellers should be staging and the interior design trends to watch this year.
Tags: Sponsored, Radio, Agent, Interior Design, Sotheby's International Realty, Daniel Gale, Leading in Luxury, Sponsored Sections, Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty, Donna Conway, Los Feliz Brokerage, Mia Cottet, Wendy Wenger

Gilbert and George on their epic Covid artworks: 'This is an enormously sad time'

The artists have responded to the pandemic with comic, haunting works showing themselves being buffeted around a chaotic London. They talk about lines of coffins, illegal raves and ‘shameful’ statue-topplingAs they call themselves living sculptures, I can’t resist asking Gilbert and George what they think of all the statue-toppling that took place last year. When I ask for their verdict on the removal of public works that have been accused of celebrating slavery and colonialism, they are sceptic...
Tags: Art, London, Protest, Society, UK News, Homelessness, Culture, Art and design, Social exclusion, Sculpture, Exhibitions, British identity and society, Exeter, Fourth plinth, British Empire, Gilbert & George

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