Battleground Over Truth (Whatever That Is)

“A striking feature of our current political landscape is that we disagree not just over values (which is healthy in a democracy), and not just over facts (which is inevitable), but over our very standards for determining what the facts are. Call this knowledge polarization, or polarization over who knows—which experts to trust, and what is rational and what isn’t.” – Boston Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.01.21

“A striking feature of our current political landscape is that we disagree not just over values (which is healthy in a democracy), and not just over facts (which is inevitable), but over our very standards for determining what the facts are. Call this knowledge polarization, or polarization over who knows—which experts to trust, and what is rational and what isn’t.” – Boston Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.01.21

COVID Accelerated Trends By Ten Years. What Does That Mean For Classical Music?

According to NYU Stern School of Business professor and New York Times best-selling author Scott Galloway, the pandemic has accelerated the progression of trends in all industries, including music, by approximately 10 years. This means that whatever trend affecting a music organization before the pandemic is now ten years ahead of schedule. – Ludwig Van
Tags: Art, Music, New York Times, Scott Galloway, NYU Stern School of Business, 03.04.21

Video: Banksy channels his inner Bob Ross

By Raissa Kasolowsky | Reuters LONDON – British artist Banksy has shared a video of himself in the process of painting stencil graffiti of a prisoner escaping which appeared on Monday on the side of a former prison wall in the city of Reading. Filmed by an accomplice, the video shows Banksy in a black hoodie working quickly under the cover of darkness, although he never shows his face. Banksy has earned worldwide acclaim for his witty, subversive street art and his works can fetch millions of do...
Tags: Art, London, News, Instagram, Sport, World news, Soccer, Banksy, Ross, Reuters, Bob Ross, Raissa Kasolowsky

Six Philadelphia Museums Combined Resources During COVID. It Transformed How They Do Their Work

“After much discussion, we developed structures to jointly fundraise and equitably disperse proceeds between us relative to budget size. More importantly, we learned about each other and the audiences we individually serve. We committed to the concept that we could advance arts leadership in this city by sharing knowledge, expertise, and contacts, and that we all want our varied communities to become more deeply connected to other organizations.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, Visual, 03.04.21

Artists Hope Biden Immigration Policies Will Make It Easier To Collaborate Internationally

Now that the bans are reversed, immigration lawyers who work with artists, including Ashley Tucker, director of programs at the Artistic Freedom Initiative in New York, will turn their attention to applications for visas and refugee status by artists who were on their radar but stood no chance during the last four years. – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York, Biden, Issues, Ashley Tucker, 03.04.21, Artistic Freedom Initiative

Still Trying To Sort Out The Critic’s Role In A Very Changed Reality

“Critics no longer have the power to make or break an artist’s career. Rather, art critics depend more and more on maintaining friendly relationships with artists, galleries, and publicists in order to consistently secure paid work. In other words, art critics today seem less “in the middle” between artists, dealers, and public than tailing all three.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Issues, 03.04.21

Musée Rodin In Paris May Be Ordered To Release 3D Scans Of Sculptures

The museum has 3D scans of its holdings but is extremely reluctant to release them to the public, since the institution supports itself by selling its own reproductions of Rodin’s works. Those works, however, are legally the property of the French state, and thus should be subject to freedom of information laws. So an American fabricator and activist, Cosmo Wenman, has sued for copies of the scans. And what will he do with them if he wins? “I would love to show off my commercial digital-to-bron...
Tags: Art, Paris, Rodin, Visual, Cosmo Wenman, 03.05.21

Will European Audiences Come Back To The Theatre?

“The shift [to streamed performances during the lockdowns] has raised questions about whether audiences will return to theaters in the same numbers as before, and whether a blend of online and in-person viewing will become the new norm. … To find out how the pandemic might affect Europe’s theater scenes, both large and small, we spoke with theatergoers in seven different countries.” (Said one, “I couldn’t get into the theaters’ digital offerings. It’s not theater, it’s evidence of theater.”) – ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Theatre, Audience, 03.05.21

Fantastic new Banksy video narrated by Bob Ross

On Monday, anonymous street artist Banksy's latest artwork appeared on an outside wall of the former Reading Prison in Berkshire, England. Banksy confirmed the work was this in this brilliant video narrated by Bob Ross. Activists are lobbying for the Reading Prison to be transformed into an arts center rather than be sold to commercial housing developers. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Banksy, Street Art, Graffiti, Bob Ross, Reading Prison in Berkshire England Banksy

The Mind As Computer? It Doesn’t Work That Way

These kinds of metaphors reduce us to achievement-driven and advantage-seeking entities, condemned constantly to self-optimise, as if our highest purpose is to be effective instruments. But effectiveness for effectiveness’s sake is an empty aim. Such imagery also casts us as competitors vying for scarce resources in a playing field in which the fittest survive – in this case the mentally fit, the emotionally agile, those who are the best self-managers. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.04.21

Culture Is Everywhere Online. But How To Find It?

“We have evolved to be clever enough to create massive amounts of choice in every field, but I, for one, have yet to evolve enough to know how to best make the necessary choices.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, 03.03.21

The Astounding Pianist And Composer Who Was Born Into Slavery

Born without eyesight on a Georgia plantation in 1849, “Blind Tom” Wiggins learned to play piano by ear and became a prodigiously gifted player, improviser and composer, mixing and (mis-)matching tunes into sardonic collage compositions of the sort Ives and Shostakovich would come up with decades later. He became one of the country’s highest-paid performers — though he got little of the money himself, even after emancipation. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Georgia, Shostakovich, Ives, Tom Wiggins, 03.03.21

Patrick Dupond, Star And Director Of Paris Opera Ballet, Dead At 61

He entered the company’s school at age 10, joined the company at 16 and was an étoile at 21. He became one of the company’s most popular stars, but fell out with his tempestuous boss, Rudolf Nureyev, and left in 1985. In 1990, aged 30, he became Nureyev’s successor; he added contemporary works to the repertoire and invited leading contemporary dance companies (e.g., Graham, Ailey, Bausch, de Keersmaeker) onto the Opéra’s august stage. But, by 1997, he was again clashing with his bosses, and he ...
Tags: Art, People, Paris, Cannes, Bordeaux, Rudolf Nureyev, Nureyev, 03.05.21, Patrick Dupond Star, Graham Ailey Bausch de Keersmaeker, Leïla Da Rocha, White Eagle Dance

Maybe Human-Centric Design Isn’t The Best Way To Design?

“What if situating the human at the heart of design isn’t enough to steer innovation in the right direction? What if it’s precisely what we should avoid? Human-centred thinking has marked drawbacks. We can trace the desire to focus on the human – and the human alone – to an anthropocentric logic that has guided technological development for centuries and, ultimately, led to the current state of ecological crisis. Viewed in this light, the rise of AI represents a chance to forge new, less extrac...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.02.21

Researchers unearth the “Lamborghini” of ancient chariots in Pompeii

Archeologists recently discovered a first-of-its-kind chariot in Pompeii.The ceremonial chariot is decorated with bronze and tin medallions, while the sides sport bronzesheets and red-and-black paintings. Given looting activity in the area, it's lucky the 2,000-year-old treasure wasn't lost to the world heritage site. In 79 CE, near the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius erupted. Geologically, this was business as usual for the volatile volcano, but for the nearby cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, it...
Tags: Art, Europe, Greece, Education, History, Rome, Museums, Italy, Innovation, Natural Disaster, Npr, Archeology, Cornell University, Mediterranean, Pompeii, Vesuvius

Illinois’s Reopening Rules Make No Sense For Chicago’s Arts Venues

Under the current Phase 4 of Gov. Pritzker’s five-phase plan, indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum capacity of 50% or 50 people per room, whichever is lower. That makes sense for restaurants, bars, multiplex cinemas and possibly even Chicago’s storefront theaters — but, Chris Jones points out, the Auditorium Theater, Orchestra Hall, the Civic Opera House, and other such venues can safely hold many more than 50 people. And there’s no intermediate stage between Phase 4 and reopening everyth...
Tags: Art, Chicago, Illinois, Issues, Audience, Chris Jones, Pritzker, Civic Opera House, 03.04.21

Dr. Seuss Sales Soar After Publishers Withdraw Six Books With Racist Caricatures

In the wake of the decision by Dr. Seuss Enterprises to stop printing and selling If I Ran the Zoo, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, and four other titles — and of conservative media’s ginned-up outrage — American customers are snapping up all of the author’s children’s books. On Amazon’s bestseller list as of Thursday morning, nine of the top ten and 30 of the top 50 slots were occupied by Dr. Seuss titles. (Naturally, people with used copies of the withdrawn books were charging ...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, Seuss, Dr Seuss Enterprises, 03.04.21

The Man Whose Job Is To Convince Us To Go Back To Movie Theatres

Adam Aron’s job is to persuade movie studios and moviegoers to re-embrace the theatrical experience, once things open up again and more of the population has been vaccinated. Now 66, he joined AMC as chairman and CEO in 2015. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Media, Amc, Adam Aron, 03.04.21

How Did Dr. Seuss Himself Respond When Criticized For Racist Caricatures?

Philip Nel, a Seuss scholar (yes, there is such a thing): “Yes, there are some examples of him revising in response to criticism, and you can give him credit for that — but I would only give partial credit! … I think what is surprising to people is that this was a guy who throughout his work tried to do anti-racist stuff. Think of Horton Hears a Who — one reviewer who read the book when it was published [in 1954] described it as an argument for the protection of minorities and their rights. … [...
Tags: Art, Words, Horton, Philip Nel, 03.03.21, RSB- Seuss

BAM Gave Its President Nearly $1 Million To Buy New Apartment (And Then She Quit)

When the Brooklyn Academy of Music hired Katy Clark as its new CEO, the board wanted her to live in Brooklyn, where real estate prices were higher than in the upper Manhattan neighborhood she was moving from. So they gave her $968,000 toward the price of her new home — a figure well over 2½ times her $355,000 annual salary. Clark’s contract said she’d have to pay part of that money back if she left her position before five years had passed — and not long after the five-year mark, she resigned t...
Tags: Art, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Issues, Clark, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 03.04.21, Katy Clark

COVID Is Back At La Scala Ballet

The opera house’s regular testing regimen revealed that 35 dancers and three administrative staffers at the ballet company had the novel coronavirus. Performances, rehearsals, and classes have been suspended. (On the opera side, there are currently no cases among the orchestra or chorus.) – Gramilano (Milan)
Tags: Art, Dance, La Scala Ballet, 03.04.21

New York City Is Reopening Movie Theaters

“It was a surprise to many when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced without fanfare last week that movie theaters in the five boroughs could open at reduced capacity starting on March 5. That gave film exhibitors less than two weeks to rehire staff members, many of whom had been furloughed or laid off, reorder concessions and outfit their cavernous venues with plexiglass, hospital grade air filters and other safety measures. Though welcomed, the process was no simple endeavor.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, New York City, Andrew Cuomo, 03.04.21

Germany To Start Reopening Museums

“Chancellor Angela Merkel and German state leaders have agreed to start easing restrictions. If coronavirus cases are below 100 per 100,000 people over seven days – as in Berlin with a rate of 67.8 – people should be able to visit museums from Monday after booking a slot.” – Reuters
Tags: Art, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Visual, 03.04.21, Start Reopening Museums

Belmont Frames Buy 1 get 2 FREE at Michael’s!

  Looking to frame some of those free prints from Walgreen’s and CVS? Or you’ve been meaning to frame some of your child’s artwork? These would be great to start a gallery wall! Well, at Michael’s , Belmont frames are Buy 1 get 2 Free! Prices start at $9.99, so get 3 frames for $9.99!... Read More
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Otto Dix’s ‘apocalyptic’ depictions of life on western front up for auction

Der Krieg portfolio among extensive collection created by first world war veteran and anti-war artistOne of the most extensive collections of prints by Otto Dix is to be offered at auction this month in which the German artist’s unique perspective of fighting in the first world war and coping with its aftermath is given expression in some of the most poignant images of 20th-century Europe.The works – which include Dix’s early prints and rare, complete portfolios from drypoint etchings to to wood...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Dix, Otto Dix, Der Krieg

The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross & Banksy: Watch Banksy Paint a Mural on the Jail That Once Housed Oscar Wilde

It would be difficult to think of two artists who appear to have less in common than Bob Ross and Banksy. One of them creates art by pulling provocative stunts, often illegal, under the cover of anonymity; the other did it by painting innocuous landscapes on public television, spending a decade as one of its most recognizable personalities. But game recognize game, as they say, in popular art as in other fields of human endeavor. In the video above, Banksy pays tribute to Ross by layerin...
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