Bruegel – The Complete Paintings Art Book Review

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1526–1569) was the preeminent artist of the Dutch & Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and printmaker, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes, executed on large canvases. His most revered and recognized painting is arguably The Tower Of Babel. This 512 paged hardcover book is a smaller version of Taschen’s XXL monograph Bruegel : The Complete Works. While clearing lacking in print size as compared to the bigger edition, the re-productions featured in this...
Tags: Art, Book Reviews, Painting, Tokyo, Anime, Gustav Klimt, Bruegel, Taschen, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Art Book Review, Amazon De, Rebel Angels, Taschen Velázquez, Taschen Hieronymus Bosch, Katsuhiro Otomo Akira

Will The NFL’s New Media Deal Kill Local TV?

“The loss of broadcast exclusivity is going to accelerate cord cutting as younger viewers gravitate toward the streaming platforms. The loss of coveted younger viewers will reduce total local TV viewership. Still worse, as local TV stations fall into an inescapable vortex toward irrelevance to advertisers, it will become tougher and tougher for them to negotiate with their cable and satellite overlords.” – Shelly Palmer
Tags: Art, Media, NFL, Audience, 03.21.21

How Artists, The Arts, And The Culture In General Are Surviving After A Shutdown Pandemic Year In The UK

In some cases, artists will never work again; some venues have shut down; and the cultural life of Britain has taken a beating. Artists including Ai Weiwei explain how the year worked, or didn’t. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, UK, Ideas, Britain, 03.21.21

Jacksonville Symphony seeks Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

The VP & CMO works in close collaboration with the President & CEO, Senior Leadership Team, Marketing Committee, and the Music Director. The CMO is responsible for planning, implementing, overseeing, and assessing Jacksonville Symphony’s marketing, branding, public relations, and audience development plans in support of the organization’s strategic vision and growth. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as a key member of the leadership team, the CMO will be responsible for all tic...
Tags: Art, Florida, Jobs, Washington, CMO, Jacksonville, Robert, Times Union Center, Northeast Florida, Jacksonville Symphony, Courtney Lewis, Deanna Tham, American Orchestras, Jacoby Symphony Hall, Florida Blue Masterworks, Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras

'We made a mistake': Dark Mofo pulls the plug on 'deeply harmful' Indigenous blood work

The Tasmanian festival renowned for pushing artistic boundaries has admitted that this time it may have gone too farTasmania’s Dark Mofo festival has cancelled one of the key works planned for the June event and apologised, after a social media backlash led by Indigenous artists around Australia.On Tuesday afternoon organisers of the winter festival, which is run by the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), announced that the work by Spanish artist Santiago Sierra – in which he planned to immerse a ...
Tags: Art, Australia, Australia news, Culture, Art and design, Indigenous Australians, Mona, Santiago Sierra, Museum of Old, Dark Mofo

The Art World’s Pivot To Digital (How’s It Working Out?)

While a recent report revealed that 2020 witnessed a global downturn in art sales overall, online sales surged, making up a quarter of the market’s value.Although a number of fairs are holding onto tentative summer and fall dates in the hopes that in-person events will be feasible, there are some who are continuing to forge ahead with digital programming — in lieu of or in addition to — their usual offerings. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.21.21

The Strange Concept Of The Polymath

“The Digital Age has supplied a vast overload of information. “A well-informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny,” wrote Thomas Jefferson. But are we now living in a time when so much free-floating information has in subtle ways become a tyranny in itself? One could argue that this overflow of information has been accompanied by a simultaneous reduction of intellectual talent.” – Commentary
Tags: Art, Ideas, Thomas Jefferson, Digital Age, 04.21

How Clubhouse Took Off

Clubhouse arrived at a perfect moment. It delivered spontaneous conversations and chance meetings to people stuck at home. For those weary of tidying and curating backgrounds for Zoom, its audio-only format is a virtue. Even being iPhone-only and invitation-only hasn’t held back its popularity. New users often become obsessed with it, spending 20, 30, even 40 hours a week on the app. – Wired
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.17.21

How Libraries Are Leading The Way On Digital Equity

As libraries continue to examine their role in digital life, they recognize that one of their critical and unique weapons is the hands-on, brains-on human capital of the librarians and library staff. They have been helping people research and navigate through their online lives for a long time. With libraries’ well-earned and precious reputation as a trusted place with trusted people, libraries are in a position to augment and ramp up these efforts. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, Digital Equity, 03.20.21

Clive Gillinson Talks Leadership in a Digital World

The Executive & Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall shares the importance of the digital landscape and leadership teams. – Aaron Dworkin
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Carnegie Hall, Clive Gillinson, Digital World, 03.20.21

What A Post-COVID UK Classical Music World Might Look Like (Muddled)

“The unevenness of response across the London halls, from the vagueness and uncertainty of the SBC to the Wigmore Hall’s dauntless ongoing programme of streamed recitals, with audiences to be readmitted as soon as possible, has been mirrored across the country.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, UK, London, SBC, Wigmore Hall, 03.19.21

Reports Of James Levine’s Death Are Telling

Josh Kosman: “When a composer pleads for a more sympathetic view of Levine because of his advocacy for new music, or when an opera buff clings to Levine’s recordings of the standard repertoire, that’s a tell. It says that wrongs inflicted on others don’t merit a full moral standing, at least not when weighed against the benefits to oneself. And if that sort of reckoning is helpful for assessing the priorities of individuals, it’s even more critical in judging the institutions that make artistic...
Tags: Art, People, Levine, Josh Kosman, James Levine, 03.19.21

Inside The Cryptocurrency Calculations Of The Beeple Sale

The B.20 tokens based on Beeple’s work are about 41 times more valuable today than they were in January, when MetaKovan first made them available, according to CoinMarketCap. From the day the Christie’s auction began, on Feb. 25, to the close of the auction on March 11, the price of one B.20 token grew from $8.28 to $18.57. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, Christie, 03.18.21

Rare Book Collecting: Connecting Brion Gysin and Paul-Armand Gette

To rate collectors by the use they make of their collections rather than simply by completeness or the rarity and excellence of individual items makes great sense. – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Brion Gysin, 03.22.21, Paul Armand Gette

Palm Spring Giant “Marilyn” Is A Step Back

The Palms Springs Art Museum, a low-slung building designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1974, is emblematic of the Midcentury Modern architecture now synonymous internationally with the desert enclave. Rather than a civic celebration of one of the town’s greatest cultural contributions, as the 2016 plan envisioned, the council opted instead for a civic celebration of the misdemeanor crime of up-skirting. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Visual, Stewart Williams, 03.20.21

Twyla Tharp @80

The choreographer’s eclectic inspirations wind like a scenic highway through American culture, from ballet to figure skating, from Frank Sinatra to Philip Glass. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Dance, Frank Sinatra, Twyla Tharp, 03.21.21

Good Luck Watching The Oscar Contenders In The UK

How “democratic” are these streaming Oscars when they’re almost impossible to find, and expensive to subscribe to, in the UK? The coronavirus, and attendant openings and lockdowns, is mostly to blame, of course, but also: “Streaming infrastructure in the UK is less well-established than in the US, so outside major players such as Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ and Apple, distributors do not have the deals in place for straightforward online premieres.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Apple, Art, UK, Media, US, Netflix Amazon Disney, 03.19.21

The Neglected Pyramids Of Sudan May Be Ready To Shine

After a long-invested dictator falls, the Sudanese people (and some of the rest of the world) may gain access to the archaeological sites that show off the history of their country. “The ancient city of Meroe — part of a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2011 — is a four-hour drive from Khartoum, northeast along the Nile River. The pyramids here, built between 2,700 and 2,300 years ago, stand as a testament to the grandeur of the Kingdom of Kush, a major power from the eighth century B.C. to the...
Tags: Art, Sudan, Visual, Khartoum, Kingdom of Kush, 03.22.21

Chief Executive Officer, Chamber Music America

Chamber Music America (CMA) is the national service organization for the chamber music profession. Founded in 1977 to develop, support and strengthen the small ensemble music field, CMA delivers a comprehensive array of career development services and direct financial support to this community in order to sustain its vitality and innovation. Chamber Music America (CMA) is the national service organization for the chamber music profession. Founded in 1977 to develop, support and strengthen the...
Tags: Art, Board of Directors, Jobs, New York City, Smith, Cma, Puerto Rico, Board, Board of Directors The Board, Chamber Music, Board Chair, Diversity Inclusion and Equity, BIPOC, Chamber Music America CMA, May 's National Chamber Music Month, Residency Endowment Fund

Equity Actors Would Very Much Like To Go Back To Work

And they’re not shy about asking the union to move up the timeline – please. “We feel unheard, we feel left out, and we feel way farther behind than any other industry when it comes to putting in place practical protocols that would get us back to work.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 03.19.21

The Push For Ever More Content For Shondaland

At Netflix, Bridgerton (at least the first season) succeeded beyond executives’ wildest dreams. But the Shondaland production team wants a lot more than just Netflix success. No surprise, they need a lot more content, at all times. Podcasts, articles, behind the scenes snippets, TikToks, Instagram Stories, rebranded books (since the series comes from a book series). Welcome to 2021.- Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Netflix Bridgerton, 03.19.21

Trying To Scout Locations During A Pandemic

It’s not easy for film and TV production location scouts at the moment. There’s a lot of digital photography, and a lot of after-the-big-Zoom-meetings adaptation. One location manager “wonders if she’ll soon be using her new iPhone 12, which has Lidar light detection and ranging capability, to scout locations.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, 03.19.21

Children’s Book Illustration Is Art, And James Ransome Also Wants More

James Ransome just won the Gold Award. He’s “well-known and loved for his illustrations, especially for his many children’s books. But at age 60 he recently earned an MFA, and is developing a parallel career as a painter. His Gold Award was for Who should own Black Art — a painting and book jacket — and his acceptance speech acknowledged some of his influences, including his mentor, Jerry Pinkney, a member of the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Visual, MFA, Jerry Pinkney, James Ransome, 03.21.21

Making The Argument For 1925 As A Literary Watershed

Don’t just salivate over Ulysses, The Wasteland, and the soon-to-come centennial of 1922. Where would modernist English literature be without Great Gatsby? Mrs. Dalloway? John Dos Passos’ Manhattan Transfer? Or Hemingway’s In Our Time? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Hemingway, Don, Mrs Dalloway, 03.20.21, John Dos Passos Manhattan Transfer

Henry Darrow, Who Fought For Roles For Latinos And Was The First Latino Zorro On TV, 87

Darrow was “best known as Manolito Montoya in the hit Western The High Chaparral,” but he was also “an activist who worked to expand the roles offered to Latinos on screen. In 1972, Darrow, Ricardo Montalban, Carmen Zapata and Edith Diaz founded the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minority Committee. Darrow was also a vice president of Nostros, the organization founded by Montalban to help Latino actors be cast in non-stereotypical roles.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, Montalbán, DARROW, Henry Darrow, 03.19.21, Manolito Montoya, Darrow Ricardo Montalban Carmen Zapata, Edith Diaz, Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minority Committee

England’s Man On A Mission To Bring Museums Into The 21st Century

Gus Casely-Hayford has a vision for the new V&A East. “The space itself will be accessible in every possible way. We’ll build around it digital technologies, so you can both engage with the collection while you’re there and leave something of yourself behind, like comments. So it becomes not just a repository of objects, but of people’s thoughts and feelings and dreams.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, England, Visual, Gus Casely Hayford, 03.21.21

BIPOC Artists in Colorado

Amy and I have been collecting contemporary art since we started dating in 1990. Every morning at our place in Aspen, over morning coffee, we get to enjoy this amazing piece by Julie Maren. When I wrote the original post, I got a short email from Phi Pham. I hope you’ll be mindful of collecting art from Black and POC artists too!  My response was: We have some, but not mindfully. For example, we are a huge collector of Emilio Lobato.It’s a good reminder.Do you have any recommendatio...
Tags: Art, Colorado, Trends, Aspen, Amy, Phil, Western US, Solomon, Feld, Lewinski, Kawaguchi, Julie Maren, Emilio Lobato, Hannah Leathers, Muhammad Thomas Evans, Didi Contreras

Museum Directors Are Still Divided Over Selling Art During The Pandemic

Things aren’t necessarily getting easier for museum directors thinking about what to do with their collections, and whether they should rely on their boards for money – or sell some art. “The debate has grown heated in recent weeks, pitting museum against museum, and forcing the [Association of of Art Museum Directors] — which serves as the industry’s referee and moral watchdog — to postpone talks about extending the change indefinitely.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.19.21

Making Change Sometimes Means Becoming A Member Of The Establishment

Julie Mehretu, who has a solo show opening at the Whitney: “There is a deep consideration of who you show and who comes to the museum and how do you shift that. There is a lot that has to be challenged.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Julie Mehretu, 03.21.21

Looking Back At The Oscars Of Two Decades Ago

The final pre-9/11 Oscars (can that be real?), the Oscars where Gladiator beat Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and where Marcia Gay Harden won (deservedly! but perhaps cursedly?) for Pollock … what else should, or could, have happened? – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Marcia Gay Harden, Gladiator, Pollock, 03.21.21

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