Movie-Viewing Habits Have Changed. Will Audiences Return To Theatres?

“Cinema-going will inevitably initially be at much lower levels, the question is what level will they return to,” says Richard Broughton, research director at Ampere Analysis. “There have been changes in consumer habits, with the boom in streaming, and theatre owners aren’t in the same position to put their foot down with studios over exclusivity.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, Ampere Analysis, Richard Broughton, 03.29.21

New Memoir Dishes On Iran’s Fabulous Art Museum Created For The Shah

The museum was conceived by the Empress Farah Diba Pahlavi, wife of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, and opened to international acclaim in 1977. Just 15 months later, in the face of a massive popular uprising, the couple left the country on what was officially called a “vacation.” The revolution replaced the monarchy with an Islamic Republic weeks later. The new regime could have sold or destroyed the Western art masterpieces. Instead, the museum was closed, its treasures hidden in a concrete basem...
Tags: Art, Iran, Visual, Shah, Islamic Republic, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, 03.29.21, Farah Diba Pahlavi

Italians Bristle At The Suggestion Dante Was “Less Modern” Than Shakespeare

A German newspaper had made the claim and Italian readers and Italy’s leaders pushed back vociferously. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Italy, Words, Shakespeare, 03.29.21

Regional UK Museums Say They’ll Return Benin Bronzes

This, of course, in contrast with the country’s national museums, which have declined to repatriate the art. Evidently, the regionals have more flexibility in such decisions. “On Thursday, the University of Aberdeen confirmed it would repatriate a bust of an Oba, or king of Benin, which it has had since the 1950s, ‘within weeks’, a landmark move for a British institution. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Benin, Visual, University of Aberdeen, Benin Bronzes, 03.29.21

The Poetry Problem — It’s All Around Us, But Poets Constantly Worry About Readers

“No wonder most people would rather read Instapoems, or listen to a spoken-word performance, than engage with traditional poetry: the barriers to entry are much lower. People who love traditional poetry might be tempted to say that such writing isn’t poetry at all. But the battle over nomenclature is a losing one. If millions of people think Rupi Kaur is a poet, comparing her to Wallace Stevens won’t convince them otherwise.” – New Criterion
Tags: Art, Words, Wallace Stevens, Rupi Kaur

First Plays From Modern-Translations-Of-Shakespeare Project To Be Published

“A project, called Play On! Shakespeare, launched in 2015 by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, … commissioned 36 playwrights from diverse backgrounds … [to adapt] all 39 of the Bard’s plays from their original Elizabethan English into a more modern diction.” The first three titles in the print series (now re-punctuated as Play on Shakespeare) will be Migdalia Cruz’s Macbeth (May), David Ivers’s As You Like It (June), and Kenneth Cavander’s The Tempest (July). – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, David Ivers, Migdalia Cruz, 03.29.21, Kenneth Cavander

Sophie Fuller Talks Women Composers

A Programme Leader at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London speaks about the inspiration of women who write music. – Aaron Dworkin
Tags: Art, London, Ajblogs, 03.27.21, Sophie Fuller, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music Dance

Will Hollywood Boycott Georgia For Filming?

Some of those outspoken industry figures have even gone as far as to call for a boycott of the state, a movement that’s waxed and waned over the years as other controversial legislation, largely concerning abortion and LGBTQ rights, has come and gone. The impact of a boycott could be significant, though, as Hollywood regularly shoots TV shows and movies in the state and has helped to grow Georgia’s robust film business into the nearly $10 billion industry it is. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Georgia, 03.29.21, Hollywood Boycott Georgia

Obtuse in Syracuse: How the University’s Deaccession Symposium Got Compromised by Conflicts of Interest

Although last week’s Syracuse Symposium was nominally about Deaccessioning After 2020, it was mostly focused on the new museum imperative — advancing DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access) by any means possible, even at the cost of dismantling, monetizing and redefining the “permanent” collection to further those sociopolitical goals. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Syracuse, Ajblogs, 03.26.21

BMW X6 by AC Schnitzer – Is It Worth the Effort?

  German tuning specialist AC Schnitzer has heralded the introduction of their version the BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe (SAV), itself neither a coupe nor a proper sporting vehicle. In the annals of automotive history, a coupe has always been a two-door, with a stylish roofline, and two seats in the back that were often […] The post BMW X6 by AC Schnitzer – Is It Worth the Effort? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Germany, Eu, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Branding, AC Schnitzer, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Tuning, BMW X6, Aftermarket Parts, Tuners, Tuner Car, Aftermarket Accessories

The Royal Albert Hall At 150: A Strange History

Way, way beyond the Proms: To mark the sesquicentennial of the hall’s opening (Queen Victoria was all verklempt), the Beeb recounts some of the more momentous and offbeat events to have happened there, from the first-ever sci-fi convention (also the public debut of the only-the-English-could-drink-it concoction Bovril) to astounding fancy-dress balls to a séance for Arthur Conan Doyle to the first-ever sumo match outside Japan to (this may have been the weirdest) John and Yoko’s Alchemical Wedd...
Tags: Art, Japan, Arthur Conan Doyle, John, Issues, Queen Victoria, Albert Hall, Yoko, Beeb, 03.29.21

Want To Visit The Louvre? Its Collection Is Now Viewable Free Online

The French museum has released an online platform featuring all of the museum’s artworks, consisting of more than 480,000 pieces, the Louvre announced Friday in a press release.Art lovers and researchers alike will now be able to view the entire Louvre collection online for free. – CNN
Tags: Art, Louvre, Visual, 03.29.21

Want To Visit The Louvre? It’s Collection Is Now Viewable Free Online

The French museum has released an online platform featuring all of the museum’s artworks, consisting of more than 480,000 pieces, the Louvre announced Friday in a press release.Art lovers and researchers alike will now be able to view the entire Louvre collection online for free. – CNN
Tags: Art, Louvre, Visual, 03.29.21

The Artists Making Money On Crypto Digital Art

“NFTs have been a thing for years, but recently it’s been exploding,” says Seattle-based digital sculptor Sam Clover, aka Planttdaddii. Clover started selling her artworks — GIFs and JPEGs of psychedelic flora and fauna — as NFTs in October last year. These days, her works routinely sell for 2 ETH (more than $3,000) on platforms like SuperRare and Foundation. – Crosscut
Tags: Art, Seattle, Visual, ETH, Sam Clover, 03.29.21, Crypto Digital Art, Planttdaddii Clover

How The Dance Student Convention/Competition Network Is Emerging From The Pandemic

“Now, against all odds, programs are rising from the ashes to bring you meaningful training and performance opportunities both in person and online. We asked four prominent competition/convention directors to give you the inside scoop on what to expect from this season. … First: Things are going to be OK.” – Dance Spirit
Tags: Art, Dance, 03.26.21

Documentary About The World’s Last Blockbuster Soars On Netflix And Makes Store A Celebrity

In the backroom, staff members have been busy packaging thousands of online orders for Blockbuster T-shirts, hats and face masks, which are all made by Bend businesses. “It’s a little bit crazy, but it’s a very good thing,” said Bend Blockbuster Manager Sandi Harding. “We’ll take a little crazy if it means keeping the store open.” – Bend Bulletin
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Sandi Harding, 03.29.21

Paul Laubin, Master Oboe Maker, Dead At 88

“In a dusty workshop near the Hudson River, lined with machines built as long ago as 1881, Mr. Laubin crafted his oboes and English horns with almost religious precision. He wore an apron and puffed a cob pipe as he drilled and lathed the grenadilla and rosewood used to make his instruments. (The pipe doubled as a testing device: Mr. Laubin would blow smoke through the instrument’s joints to detect air leaks.)” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Hudson River, 03.29.21, Paul Laubin, Laubin

Hypnotic loops and self-soothing sounds: the rise of #OddlySatisfying and visual ASMR

As a subreddit devoted to strangely satisfying video clips grows into a behemoth, a new wave of digital artists are manufacturing their own The subreddit r/oddlysatisfying has always had a wholesome mission: it collects small moments of magic in the world – “those little things that are inexplicably satisfying”.It began in 2013, when people started sharing gifs of high-pressure hoses and industrial pasta cutters on Reddit. Eight years later, it has grown into an entire subsection of the internet...
Tags: Art, Technology, Internet, Culture, Art and design, Reddit, Asmr, Digital Art, OddlySatisfying

The History of Tattoos Gets Beautifully Documented in a New Book by Legendary Tattoo Artist Henk Schiffmacher (1730-1970)

I always think tattoos should communicate. If you see tattoos that don’t communicate, they’re worthless. —Henk Schiffmacher, tattoo artist Tattooing is an ancient art whose grip on the American mainstream, and that of other Western cultures, is a comparatively recent development. Long before he took up—or went under—a tattoo needle, legendary tattoo artist and self-described “very odd duck type of guy,” Henk Schiffmacher was a fledgling photographer and accidental collector of tattoo lore. ...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Design, College, Amsterdam, Jesus, Hero, Hunter, Facebook Twitter, Diane Arbus, Henk Schiffmacher, Taschen, Pippi Longstocking, Hanky Panky, America Britain

Cambodia Nixes Theme Park/Resort At Angkor Wat

The $350 million development, called Angkor Lake of Wonder and planned for just beyond the temple complex’s southern boundary, was to be “a Khmerfied Disneyland of sorts complete with multiple hotels, an indoor digital theme park, expansive botanical gardens, a network of touristic canals, and a ‘Siem Reap China Town’ entertainment and retail district.” Developers struck a deal last May with the Cambodian government, which did not block the plan until UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund protest...
Tags: Art, Unesco, Cambodia, Angkor Wat, Visual, 03.26.21, Khmerfied Disneyland, Siem Reap China Town

Appeals Court Rules Against Warhol Foundation In Case Of Prince Portraits

“In a major loss for the Andy Warhol Foundation, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the famed Pop artist did not make fair use of Lynn Goldsmith’s 1981 portrait of Prince for his own 1984 series of similar-looking images. The decision effectively overturns one made in 2019 by the Southern District Court of New York, which ruled in favor of the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the case will now return to a lower court.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Visual, Andy Warhol Foundation, Lynn Goldsmith, Southern District Court of New York, 03.26.21, Appeals Court Rules Against Warhol Foundation

Truman Capote Heir Sues Over ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ Remake That Nobody Has Greenlighted Yet

“Alan Schwartz, the trustee of a Truman Capote charity, is advancing a new copyright claim that arises from how Paramount has circulated a screenplay [internally] with the intention of turning it into a feature and selling it to a streaming platform. The project remains unproduced; nevertheless, Schwartz alleges … that because of the infringement, his side has already been damaged in the amount of at least $20 million.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Schwartz, Tiffany, Alan Schwartz, 03.26.21

Extraordinary Times Call For A Different Kind Of Philanthropy

“Our field is rich with expertise and is ripe for bountiful partnerships. As we move through recovery, it will be critical that we center partnerships, form coalitions, and work together to elevate and support the arts. While the benefits of this are unprecedented, it will require a deep reassessment of who we are as funders, and how we work.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Issues, 03.29.21

Le Chocolat des Français - “Keep the Best of France”

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Tags: Design, France, Trends, Creativity, Packaging, Unknown

In Hong Kong, Fears That Beijing Is Coming After The Arts

“Decisions in Hong Kong not to display a politically sensitive photograph in a museum exhibition and not broadcast the annual Academy Awards for the first time in decades have prompted concerns that Beijing’s crackdown on dissent in the city is extending to arts and entertainment.” – AP
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Beijing, Issues, 03.29.21

Leavers Are Raising Funds For A Museum Of Brexit

“Although all those involved in the project are keen Brexit supporters and the museum has had no public endorsements from pro-Europeans, the trustees said they were only able to secure charitable status by persuading the Charity Commission that it would be neutral.” (No doubt that’s why it’s no longer called the Museum of Sovereignty.) Organisers are also asking the public to provide the objects for the collection. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, Charity Commission, 03.28.21, Museum Of Brexit, Museum of Sovereignty Organisers

Antonio Pappano To Leave Royal Opera House For London Symphony

The Italian-British conductor has been music director at Covent Garden since 2002; at the end of the 2023-24 season, he’ll move three miles or so across town to the Barbican, where he’ll succeed Simon Rattle as chief conductor of the LSO. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Barbican, Covent Garden, Simon Rattle, LSO, Antonio Pappano, 03.30.21, Leave Royal Opera House For London Symphony

The New Yorker’s Unionized Staffers Vote To Authorize Strike

“Union workers at The New Yorker, Pitchfork and Ars Technica said Friday they had voted to authorize a strike as tensions over contract negotiations with Condé Nast, the owner of the publications, continued to escalate. … At The New Yorker, the unionized staff includes fact checkers and web producers but not staff writers, while most editors and writers at Pitchfork and Ars Technica are members.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ars Technica, Conde Nast, Words, The New Yorker, 03.26.21

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