The Mystic Lamb

My friend and I next made a train trip to Ghent to the Bavo Cathedral to see the famous religious art piece by Eyck (both brothers) called the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, the lamb representing Christ. It’s very colorful and intricate and full of symbols and was completed in 1432. The nave of the cathedral. There is also a painting of Rubens there. Here it is, an altar piece. A. Loseup of the lamb and many religious figures. Some art on the side of a building w...
Tags: Travel, Art, John, Castle, Ghent, Rubens, Van Eyck, Eyck, Altar Piece, Belgium Ghent Travel, The Adoration of the Lamb

The Enduring Influence Of Midori

What might sound like general pep-talk fodder for the averagely scheduled person is actually just pragmatic paraphrase for Midori, whose prodigious musical talent was merely the first movement in a career that has extended into music education, community outreach and arts advocacy. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Midori, 05.20.21

Manhattan Gets A Cool New Little Island

Mega-mogul Barry Diller’s $260 million, 2.4-acre pet project and civic mitzvah, near 13th Street in Hudson River Park, is the architectural equivalent of a kitchen sink sundae, with a little bit of everything. Who knows what it will feel like when crowds arrive this weekend. I suspect they will be enormous. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Manhattan, Visual, Barry Diller, Hudson River Park, 13th Street, 05.20.21, New Little Island

Will Audiences Return To Movie Theatres?

Like so many businesses, the movie theater industry has been ravaged by the economic effects of the pandemic. Theaters were starved of audiences when lockdowns went into effect, and studios delayed new releases or, in some cases, put them out on streaming services. Some chains have shut down and others have declared bankruptcy. AMC Entertainment’s chief executive, Adam Aron, said this month that the chain had been “within months or weeks of running out of cash five different times between April...
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, Adam Aron, AMC Entertainment, 05.19.21

The New Gehry Towering Over Arles

Until recently, it would have been possible to walk across town and replicate the experience with Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhône—to stand on the banks of the river and gaze out at the same vista that met the artist’s eye over 130 years ago. For the first time in many years, Arles’ skyline is changing, with the addition of an ambitious new cultural complex called LUMA Arles. – Smithsonian
Tags: Art, Arles, Van Gogh, Visual, 06.21

New TRG Report: Arts Activity Increased In April

Currently the sales revival is uneven across venue types, with aggregate sales for symphonies and concert halls the lowest compared to the equivalent month in 2019. –TRG
Tags: Art, Issues, 05.20.21

A Strong Art Auction Season, Featuring Controversial Museum Sales

One work, Thomas Cole’s “The Arch of Nero” (1846) from the Newark Museum of Art, was a highlight, going for $988,000 with fees to a private foundation operated by the Florida-based collectors Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen, in a sale of American art totaling $15 million. Last week, Sotheby’s made a combined $703.4 million from its contemporary, impressionist and modern art auctions. Its competitor, Christie’s, had similar successes, reaching more than $775.2 million for the week. –
Tags: Art, Florida, Visual, Christie, Sotheby, Thomas Cole, Thomas H, Newark Museum of Art, 05.20.21, Diane DeMell Jacobsen

A Poetry Slam, Moved From The Apollo Theatre To A Clothing Boutique

“By noon, a dozen poets had arrived. Several paced the sneaker section, frantically whispering their metaphors, anaphoras, and onomatopoeias to themselves; others scrolled TikTok. A few snapped approval as fellow-finalists recited pulsing trochees and accentual slant rhymes. Alex Guzman, a nervous sixteen-year-old who wore glasses held together with Scotch tape, wandered into an empty room at the back and bellowed his stanzas into the dark.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Words, 05.17.21, Álex Guzmán

The Literature Professor Who Foresaw Neuroscience 100 Years Ago

It was a Cambridge professor of literature, almost a century ago in the aftermath of World War I, who pioneered a view of cognition we can recognize as strikingly modern, and who appreciated what we are only now beginning to rediscover: the great potential of interactions between the narrative arts and brain science. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, Cambridge, 05.19.21

Debora Chase-Hicks, Pioneering Dancer With Ailey And Philadanco, Dead At 63

“[She] was a part of the generation of Black dancers, many trained in classical ballet as children, who were instrumental in bringing top-flight modern dance to international audiences.” Chase-Hicks became a full member of Philadanco at age 17; after seven years there, she spent 11 seasons with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, then returned to Philadanco as rehearsal director, a job she kept for the rest of her life. – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, People, Alvin Ailey, American Dance Theater, Ailey, Philadanco, Chase Hicks, 05.19.21, Debora Chase Hicks

The Arts’ Digital Era Has Just Begun

“I see this as a whole new game. Call me a Pollyanna, call me an early Christian, call me a Mormon going to Utah, but I really see the promised land opening up in front of me.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Utah, Media, 05.19.21

After 66 Years, There’s A Professional Orchestra In Yorkshire Again

“Seventy-four years after it first formed,” and 66 years after it closed, “the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra has been revived to support musicians in northern England hit by the pandemic. … The conductor of the re-formed ensemble, Ben Crick, said the lack [of an orchestra during those decades] was ‘really strange’ given the size of the cities of Leeds, York and Sheffield.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, England, Yorkshire, Leeds York, Ben Crick, Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, 05.19.21

All Arts Are Local? Not Anymore

What does it mean to talk about a cultural community when Theatre Rhinoceros Executive Director John Fisher can claim, “My audience now extends from my bedroom to France”? – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Media, France, John Fisher, 05.19.21

I bought my dining room table from Perigold, the high-end furniture store backed by Wayfair - here's everything you need to know

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. After buying my colonial-style dream home, I needed a table that would complement my formal dining room. Leah Groth/Insider Perigold has become one of the largest online luxury furniture and home goods retailers. It carries brands never before available online, such as Arteriors, Schumacher, Brownstone, Sferra, and Noir. I ordered a dining room table from Perigold, and was so impressed with the quality a...
Tags: Reviews, Home, Home Decor, Trends, Furniture, Interior Design, Hooker, Wayfair, Alaska Hawaii, Jonathan Adler, Joss, Perigold, Insider Picks, Product Card, Home (Reviews, IP Freelance

Why Swiss maps are full of hidden secrets

The Swiss are not known for their sense of humor, but perhaps we've not been looking hard enough.Over the decades, Swiss cartographers have sprinkled plenty of "Easter eggs" across otherwise serious maps.The oldest one, a naked lady, has been removed — but the marmot, the haunted monk, and others are still there. Switzerland? Pretty, yes. Funny? No. Or is it?Credit: Sam Ferrara / public domainSwiss humor. Now there's two words you don't often see together. In ...
Tags: Maps, Design, Environment, Innovation, Switzerland, Siegfried, Interlaken, Paul Ehrlich, SwissTopo, Sam Ferrara, Kloten, Eggenrain, Werner Leuenberger, Othmar Wyss, Friedrich Siegfried, Hardermandli

Dr. Aaron Stern, Psychiatrist Who Headed Hollywood’s Ratings Board, Dead At 96

From 1971 to 1974, he led the Motion Picture Association of America’s Classification and Rating Administration, which gave films G, PG, R, and X ratings to films as a replacement for the old Hays Code of censorship. In 1981, longtime MPAA head Jack Valenti said that he had “made a mistake of putting a psychiatrist in charge.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Mpaa, Jack Valenti, Aaron Stern, 05.19.21, Hollywood 's Ratings Board Dead

Meet The Mother Of LA’s Inner City Shakespeare

“For [Melanie] Andrews, Shakespeare represents a foundation for success, particularly for students of color attending under-resourced schools. If they can master Shakespearean wordplay, ‘they can master anything,’ she says. But it’s not all Shakespeare. The theater ensemble has evolved into a support system and expanding network for the estimated 1,000 young people who have been involved since its founding.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, La, Theatre, 05.19.21, Melanie -RSB- Andrews Shakespeare

Study: Aboriginal Memory Technique Improves Recall

The students who used the Aboriginal memory technique were three times more likely to remember the entire list than they were before they were trained in this type of recall. The memory palace group were about twice as likely to recall the whole list, and the control group only improved by 50%. – Cosmos
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.19.21

Chloé Lopes Gomes, Fired From And Reinstated At Berlin State Ballet, Talks About The Effects Of Her Case

“I’ve realized that my case isn’t just about calling out racism; it’s about confronting all forms of injustice in the dance world. … It’s also been really great to receive messages from dancers of color, and to feel like we’re calling out stereotypes — that our bodies, feet and work ethics aren’t suited for ballet.” – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Berlin State Ballet, Chloé Lopes Gomes, 05.19.21

‘Borrowdale Banksy’ mystery over stone artworks in Lake District

Stone structures appear at three locations, courtesy of ‘talented, patient,’ unknown artistLake District landscapes have inspired artists for centuries, from Beatrix Potter to Taylor Swift, and now it seems another has been stirred by the views after a number of stone artworks appeared in the area, courtesy of an unknown artist whom locals are referring to as the “Borrowdale Banksy”.Two structures have been photographed so far, one on Castle Crag and another a three-hour walk east on Raven Crag....
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Lake District, Cumbria, Borrowdale Banksy, Beatrix Potter to Taylor Swift

Final Suspect In Dresden Jewel Robbery Arrested

Police in Berlin have captured Abdul Majed Remmo, the fifth and final suspect connected to the shocking 2019 jewel heist at Dresden’s Green Vault Museum. … Authorities had been searching for the 22-year-old man since he evaded capture in a sting operation late last year. He is the twin brother of fellow suspect Mohammed Remmo; … [they are part of] one of the nation’s most notorious crime families.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Berlin, Dresden, Visual, Green Vault Museum, 05.19.21, Abdul Majed Remmo, Mohammed Remmo

5 messages about your relationship that high school graduates need to know, before they leave home

With my almost 17-year old graduating from high school this summer (WHAT?), I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the things she needs to know before she leaves. Suddenly, I’ve got an urgency to make sure she remembers how to boil an egg or hang dry her bras, which by the way are […]
Tags: Art, Shopping, Tips And Tricks, Photo Gifts, Graduation Gifts, Art + Decor, Gifts For Teens + Tweens, Tweens + Teens

Six Stolen Roman Frescoes Returned To Pompeii

“Six fragments of wall frescoes stolen from the ruins of ancient Roman villas have been returned to Pompeii’s archaeological park after an investigation by Italy’s cultural protection police squad. Three of the relics, which date back to the first century AD, are believed to have been cut off the walls of two Roman villas in Stabiae, a historical site close to the main Pompeii excavations, in the 1970s before being exported illegally.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Italy, Pompeii, Visual, Stabiae, 05.18.21

Opera Philadelphia Gives Up This Year’s O Festival

For the second year in a row, the company’s critically praised September week of mostly new opera is called off; even as other groups expect to be in the concert hall by then, management feels that opera requires too many people collaborating in too-close quarters to be safe so soon. Meanwhile, says general director David Devan, the company will “continue the artistic exploration of cinematic opera [online].” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia, David Devan, 05.19.21

Should Arts Organizations Draw More From Their Endowments To Get Through The Pandemic? In Canada, The Argument Heats Up

Up there, as in the States, organizations themselves explain (again) that endowments are for providing income year after year and that drawing down capital is less than prudent (and forbidden by regulations). But in Canada, the issue is complicated by the fact that many of those endowments include money that came from the government, and there’s an argument that “it is bad public policy to lock up today’s tax dollars in foundations for future needs when the government might otherwise spend them...
Tags: Art, Canada, States, Globe, Issues, 05.14.21

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Hokusai: An Introduction to the Iconic Japanese Woodblock Print in 17 Minutes

When woodcut artist Katsushika Hokusai made his famous print The Great Wave off Kanagawa in 1830 — part of the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji — he was 70 years old and had lived his entire life in a Japan closed off from the rest of the world. In the 19th century, however, “the rest of the world was becoming industrialized,” James Payne explains above in his Great Art Explained video, “and the Japanese were concerned about foreign invasions.” The Great Wave shows “an image of Japa...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Europe, Japan, College, Berlin, Tokyo, Nagasaki, Goya, Monet, Claude Debussy, Vincent Van Gogh, Josh Jones, Mount Fuji, Kanazawa, Hokusai

Hanif Kureishi: ‘I’d like to see a British Muslim Sopranos’

As his new play The Spank opens in Italy, the writer talks about the power of ludicrous ideas, the crisis facing the middle class – and why he can’t get white liberals off his phoneHanif Kureishi has been reflecting on toxic masculinity. He has heard a lot about it in the past year and it has entered the fiction he has been writing over lockdown – at quite a rate by the sound of it – and sparked stories about predation, sexual misdemeanour and “what’s going on between men and women”.But he is ju...
Tags: Books, Gender, London, Activism, Race, Theatre, Life and style, Society, Culture, Italy, Stage, Men, Parents and parenting, British identity and society, Hanif Kureishi, Kureishi

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