Egon Schiele Gave A Watercolor To His Dentist As Payment, And Then It Was Looted By Nazis

Now the painting, which was in Cologne’s Museum Ludwig, is returning to the dentist’s heirs. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Cologne, Visual, Ludwig, 03.05.21

Sydney’s Museum Of Contemporary Art Is The Most Visited In The World

And Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, its director of 22 years, is leaving. “When Macgregor took over in 1999, the MCA was just eight years old and already on the verge of bankruptcy. Fewer than 100,000 people each year were visiting the converted Maritime Services Board art deco pile, which commands an imposing presence overlooking Circular Quay. Today more than 1 million visitors – almost half under the age of 35 – pass through the museum each year.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, World, Sydney, Visual, MCA, MacGregor, 03.04.21, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Maritime Services Board, Circular Quay Today

What It’s Like Singing ‘Strange Fruit’ In 2021

Andra Day, who plays Billie Holiday in the new movie The United States Vs. Billie Holiday, explains how she felt when she heard it as a child. “It’s in my DNA. It’s in our DNA … I think as a nation. And as a people, as Black people. I remember being very quieted by the song, almost sort of prostrated. All I knew was it made me sad. … There was such pain there and it stunned me as a child. It really just struck me.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, United States, Andra Day, 03.05.21

Naomi Rosenblum, Historian Of Photography Who Forced Others To See It As Art, 96

When she started her major scholarship, “histories of photography traditionally focused on England, France and the United States. But Dr. Rosenblum’s … A World History of Photography (1984), provided a true global perspective. The book was translated into several languages and remains a standard text in the field. Her other major work, A History of Women Photographers (1994), traced their accomplishments from the mid-1800s through the late 20th century.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, United States, England France, Rosenblum, 03.05.21, Naomi Rosenblum

Read She Said by Kris Dresen

I’ve been a fan of Kris Dresen’s work for a long time now. It doesn’t look like anything else out there, and she was telling everyday stories about queer characters long before it was fashionable, or accepted, to do so. Now she’s put a whole graphic novel, She Said, online. It’s about the lifespan of a relationship, and it’s so very bittersweet, particularly if you don’t rush through it but give each panel space.
Tags: Art, Comics, Kris Dresen

The Planned V&A Restructuring Will Take Away Most Of The National Art Library’s Librarians

The details of what appears to be an outrageously short-sighted plan: “They are guardians of some of the nation’s most valued treasures, including Dickens’s manuscripts, a Shakespeare First Folio and five Leonardo notebooks. But librarians at the National Art Library in the Victoria and Albert Museum are feeling far from valued themselves, as two-thirds of them face losing their jobs. Thirty librarians have been told that their numbers are to be reduced to just 10, as part of a major restructur...
Tags: Art, Victoria, Visual, Dickens, Leonardo, Albert Museum, Shakespeare First Folio, 03.07.21, National Art Library

American Academy Of Arts And Letters, Static For More Than A Century, Makes An Attempt To Diversify Itself

Here’s the deal: “Founded in 1898, the institution had capped membership at 250 since 1908; members are elected for life and pay no dues.” Before this year, the only way to add a member was for another member to die – and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Academy was made up of mostly white men. Poet Joy Harjo, one of the new, expanded membership: ““Every culture has contributed to the restoration, remaking and revisioning of this country. … Together we are a rich, dynamic story field of every shade...
Tags: Art, Ideas, American Academy of Arts, Joy Harjo, 03.05.21

In Japan, ‘Disaster Art’ Is Saving People’s Lives

While dealing with emotional turmoil after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, artist Kyohei Sakaguchi made a decision to merge his art and his life. First he published his phone number as a suicide hotline, and became more and more adept at helping others. “He wrote practical self-help books and answered phone calls, he painted abstract art and wrote experimental fiction. “I think art is a technique for life. … I do what I do in order to keep living.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Japan, Visual, 03.05.21, Kyohei Sakaguchi

Math, Music, And Moby Dick

Three great tastes that taste great together. But seriously: Literature is replete with math (and music), and here’s a professor who can talk about how Melville played with math in Moby Dick – and also disprove “an 18th-century Italian musical board game that promised ‘un infinito numero di minuette trio.’ The object of the game: Players compose a 16-bar minuet by rolling a die and then choosing, bar by bar, which of six musical options, composed by Haydn, should come next.” – The New York Time...
Tags: Art, Words, Dick, Melville, Haydn, 03.06.21

Pandemic Inspires 1200 New German Words

This truly seems to delight English speakers. “For example, Coronamutationsgebiet is an area where coronavirus mutations are widespread. A Geisterveranstaltung (ghost event) is an event with no people in attendance, usually sports. Live music is allowed, provided the audience remains in their cars, at an Autokonzert.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Words, 03.06.21

Margaret Atwood Wrote The Words For A New Song Cycle About Murdered Women

The song cycle, with music by Jake Heggie and sung by baritone Joshua Hopkins, was inspired by Hopkins’ sister, who was murdered by her ex-partner on the same day that he murdered two of his other exes. When she got the request, Atwood wasn’t sure she could fulfill it. But “she ended up writing the sequence in one session. ‘I made the ‘sisters’ plural because they are indeed – unhappily – very plural. Sisters, daughters, mothers. So many,’ she said.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, Margaret Atwood, Hopkins, Jake Heggie, Atwood, Joshua Hopkins, 03.05.21

Some Are Vaccinated, And Very Ready To See A Movie In The Theatre Again

As New York cinemas open with precautions in place, “what movies are even playing in theaters these days? For those in attendance, the film in question wasn’t the main reason they showed up at their closest multiplex on a chilly Friday afternoon. Rather, audiences were guided more by a desire to get out of the house and sit in a darkened theater with a tub of popcorn at a time when it’s too cold to do anything outside. Cinemas across the city were sparsely populated, but those who bought ticket...
Tags: Art, New York, Media, 03.06.21

Long Before This Year’s Announcement, Read Across America Was Turning Away From Dr. Seuss Books

Conservatives heard that Loudon County had banished Dr. Seuss and started a backlash about “cancel culture.” But that wasn’t reality. “In fact, the Virginia county hadn’t banned his books but merely released guidance — back in 2019 — suggesting a pivot toward more diverse reading. Read Across America has been issuing the same guidance since 2018. And over the past several years, educators across the country have increasingly concluded that other books might better promote literacy and inclusive...
Tags: Art, Virginia, America, Los Angeles, Words, Seuss, Loudon county, 03.05.21

Berlin Film Fest Awards Its First Gender-Neutral Acting Award

Women, men, and nonbinary people all compete for the same award starting this year at the Berlin Film Festival – and this year’s award went to a woman. “While some will argue gender-neutral categories are socially progressive, they will also have unintended consequences. It could, interestingly, lead to a battle between two different factions of equality campaigners.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, 03.05.21

Lockdown Repainting In The Louvre Leads To A Lawsuit

Cy Twombly designed an Aegean sea-colored ceiling mural in the Salle des Bronzes at the Paris museum, which is undergoing various renovations while closed to the public – renovations including repainting the Salle des Bronzes’ walls. “A debate about the suitability of the new wall color — precisely ‘Marron Côte d’Azur,’ a reddish and black shade — has been circulating in the French press in recent weeks. On Friday, Twombly Foundation lawyers filed a lawsuit in a Paris court, demanding to reverse...
Tags: Art, Paris, Louvre, Visual, Aegean, MARRÓN, 03.05.21, Salle des Bronzes, Twombly Foundation

NFT artists who are making millions on their creations say the craze could permanently change the traditional art world

Part of "The​ Bitcoin Angel" from Trevor Jones. Trevor Jones NFTs have been shaking up the art world, and traditionalists like Christie's have already pivoted. NFT artist Trevor Jones says traditional art markets could become obsolete in the face of NFTs. Mike Winkelmann of Beeple says galleries will end up pivoting to cater to this emerging market. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. NFT art has suddenly dominated headlines across the world, and it's impact on the "tra...
Tags: Art, Trends, Tom Hanks, Italy, Nba, Grimes, Jones, Christie, NFT, Felt, Christies, Trevor Jones, Winkelmann, Beeple, Mike Winkelmann, Tech Insider

A Lot Of Black People Already Knew About Dr. Seuss

“I assumed most people knew that Seuss, despite the support he expressed for civil rights, was capable of depicting human beings of other races in demeaning ways. Painting Seuss as a victim of rabid ‘wokeness’ is like saying police brutality is a recent epidemic that began when people started uploading cellphone footage. No, it’s in the news because some white people just started noticing.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, Seuss, 03.06.21

The Toll This Year Took On The People Responsible For Explaining The Toll This Year Was Taking

It’s not great. “COVID has led to a sort of existential crisis for me working in journalism. When some of your readers claim that any facts you present that are inconvenient to their personal narrative are proof that you’re embedded in a conspiracy, you can only take so much of that before you start to question whether or not it’s worth it. The predominant emotion here is feeling powerless. … When I am constantly seeing these sorts of messages and realizing that represents a broader portion of ...
Tags: Art, Issues, 03.05.21

Wait, Disney Wants Us To Pay *How Much* For The New Princess Movie?

The economics of it are a bit weird. Mulan was $29.99 for a while, even with a Disney Plus subscription. Then Soul was free, starting on Christmas Day. Now Raya and the Dragon is … also $30? Sure, yes. Why? Well, “entertainment conglomerates are still very much in experimentation mode when it comes to settling the streaming vs. theatrical debate, particularly when it comes to kids’ films. It also underlines just how many kinks still have not been worked out (i.e., with theater chains).”- Fast C...
Tags: Art, Media, Mulan, 03.05.21

So, Let’s Talk About The Six Hundred Thousand Dollar Meme Art

How to explain this “NFT” thing we’re all hearing about in the news? OK, so … if you buy a unique ID number associated with a certain piece of art, then no one else – in theory – can buy that exact art again. “If I sell Picasso.jpeg to James, I can’t then turn around and sell the same Picasso.jpeg (or an exact digital replica of it) to Robin – the blockchain knows that I already transferred the art (and its NFT) to James, so I can’t sell it to Robin, and will mark the transaction as invalid.” T...
Tags: Art, James, Robin, Visual, Picasso, NFT, 03.05.21

Chloe Zhao Makes History With Her Golden Globe, And China Reacts With Anger At Past Remarks

Zhao, the second woman ever to win a Golden Globe for directing and first Asian woman to win the prize, was at first feted by Chinese outlets – until her old interviews surfaced. Then everything shifted, including toward censorship on the social media platform Weibo, where searches for (hashtag) Nomadland and (hashtag) Nomadland Release Date were blocked. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Weibo, Golden Globe, Zhao, Chloe Zhao, 03.06.21

Ikea to Lulu via John Lewis: The short shelf life of interior design at No 10

Decorating the PM’s flat is always a costly affair, but Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds are moving up to a new luxury price pointThe Wallfashion Bureau, a group representing the British wallpaper industry, declared itself insulted. Derry Irvine, the first of Tony Blair’s lord chancellors, had defended the expenditure of £59,000 on handmade wallpaper on the grounds that “you are talking about quality materials which are capable of lasting for 60 or 70 years. You are not talking about something d...
Tags: Politics, John Lewis, Design, UK News, Heritage, Ikea, Tony Blair, Boris Johnson, Lulu, Melania Trump, Carrie Symonds, Wallfashion Bureau, Derry Irvine, Terry Langstroth

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