Arturo Cruz, Neo-Realist And Key Figure In Art Spaces In The Philippines, 94

As an artist, “Luz was best known as an artist who liked to use spare lines and dramatic compositions in his practice that included painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture and photography.” But he was much more. “As an art administrator and curator from the 1960s onwards, he championed a modernist visual language in sharp contrast to prevailing fashions favouring classic European painting and sculpture.” – The Art Newspaper
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Arturo Luz, Neo-Realist And Key Figure In Art Spaces In The Philippines, 94

As an artist, “Luz was best known as an artist who liked to use spare lines and dramatic compositions in his practice that included painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture and photography.” But he was much more. “As an art administrator and curator from the 1960s onwards, he championed a modernist visual language in sharp contrast to prevailing fashions favouring classic European painting and sculpture.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, People, Philippines, Luz, 05.28.21, Arturo Luz

‘Beyond Van Gogh’ tickets going on sale for Anaheim dates

A second Vincent Van Gogh exhibition will be making its way to Southern California this summer as “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” is set to take over the Anaheim Convention Center June 20-Sept. 6. The exhibition was designed by French-Canadian creative director Mathieu St-Arnaud and his Montreal-based Normal Studio. The hour-long experience will feature more than 300 of Van Gogh’s works including “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers” and “Café Terrace at Night.” Producers are utilizing cu...
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Disney Is Rebranding Villains And Trying To Pretend That’s Feminist

It seems good at first, right? Adding dimension to villains! “In theory, this is a positive shift, Disney’s attempt to offer its young audience lessons that aren’t so dependent on innate goodness, or telegraphing that goodness with physical attributes. But as this novelty has jelled into a house style, the unofficial ban on old-fashioned evil starts to feel a little like an unholy cross between bothsidesism and aggressive branding. After all, why should any Disney characters inspire fear or app...
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, 06.01.21

Solving One Problem With Publishing Genres

Though “Asian fantasy” has been exploding in popularity as a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy, not all authors think that’s a good categorization. R.F. Kuang, of the tremendous The Poppy War trilogy, says the name “doesn’t really make a lot of sense, either as a literary category or as an identity category. Obviously, there are a lot of different things that fall under the subcategory of Asian, including East Asian, including South Asians, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, for example....
Tags: Art, Words, Kuang, 05.30.21

Gallery Assistants Aren’t Earning A Living Wage

Perhaps not a shocker, but in a 300-gallery survey, results painted “a portrait of an industry beset with income inequality.” Assistants’ top pay was about $35,000 a year, or $17 an hour – not a living wage in New York State. And that also means no overtime, no health benefits, no maternity leave, nothing that one might think galleries would offer during and after the pandemic. – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, 06.01.21

The Independence Of UK Museums May Be In Danger

The government appears to be meddling in free speech on university campuses – and now in national museum decisions. “This came to a head recently when it refused to reappoint Aminul Hoque, a distinguished academic at Goldsmiths, who had been on the board of the Royal Museums Greenwich since 2016. Because his work focused on issues of decolonisation, the government decided they didn’t want him as a trustee. His term of office was not renewed, and the chair of trustees resigned in protest at what...
Tags: Art, UK, Visual, Goldsmiths, Royal Museums Greenwich, 05.26.21, Aminul Hoque

Preserving The Jail Where Oscar Wilde Was Imprisoned

The prison was closed to the public in 2013 on “health and safety grounds,” but actors including Kate Winslet, local politicians, and more want to preserve the area, and turn the prison into a museum. Will Reading let them? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Kate Winslet, 06.01.21

How the Designer Behind Pixar’s ‘Luca’ Crafted a Love Letter to Italy

When production designer Daniela Strijleva joined Pixar’s “Luca” in 2016, she knew two things — the saga was set in Italy and it was a fantasy. With 3D animation informed by director Enrico Casarosa’s cartoony 2D drawings, the movie, available June 18 on Disney Plus, is the story of two teenage boys having a carefree […]
Tags: Design, Italy, Pixar, Luca, Enrico Casarosa, Daniela Strijleva, Disney Plus

Running The Rodgers And Hammerstein Organization For 40 Years (What A Job!)

“As new ways of making money from The Sound of Music and the rest presented themselves, the job of advising the heirs and maintaining their income became much bigger. It was no longer simply a matter of giving (or withholding) approval for major new productions but also a strategic puzzle: How do you uphold an artistic legacy while exploiting technology, adjusting to a changing theatrical environment and serving progressively larger corporations?” Ted Chapin, who did just that for four decades ...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Sound Of Music, Jesse Green, Ted Chapin, Hammerstein Organization, 05.31.21

Ai Weiwei accuses curators of rejecting artwork over Julian Assange content

Artist claims piece was rejected from exhibition for addressing imprisonment of the WikiLeaks founderAi Weiwei has accused the organisers of a large UK art exhibition of rejecting his artwork for the show because the piece addressed the imprisonment of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.The Chinese dissident artist and activist said the piece for The Great Big Art Exhibition featured an image of the treadmill which Assange used while seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy. Continue reading.....
Tags: Art, UK, Media, UK News, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Ai Weiwei, Assange, WikiLeaks founderAi Weiwei

How Wrens Coordinate Their Intricately Interlocking Songs

“A team of researchers studying brain activity of singing male and female plain-tailed wrens has discovered that the species synchronizes their frenetically paced duets, surprisingly, by inhibiting the song-making regions of their partner’s brain as they exchange phrases.” –
Tags: Art, Music, 05.31.21

Violetta Elvin, Royal Ballet Prima Ballerina, 97

Elvin, a Russian dancer who also performed with the Bolshoi, “gave London audiences one of the first tastes of Russian style. … Elvin created roles in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella (Summer Fairy, 1948), Daphnis and Chloe (Lykanion, 1951), Homage to the Queen (1953), and Birthday Offering (1956), as well as Roland Petit’s Ballabile (1950).” – Gramilano
Tags: Art, London, People, Bolshoi, Elvin, Frederick Ashton, Roland Petit, 06.01.21, Violetta Elvin Royal Ballet Prima Ballerina 97, Chloe Lykanion

In England, An Attempt To Redefine Culture

For Leeds 2023, the festival’s creative director says they’ll try to “let culture loose” to reach everyone in the city during their year. Lyn Gardner agrees it’s time for a change: “Food and sport and ballroom dancing are as much part of culture as the latest Tom Stoppard play. … Both have a value, bring people together and provide the glue communities need to thrive. But also funding has often favoured one over the other and has often favoured organisations that put on high art over those who ...
Tags: Art, England, Tom Stoppard, Issues, Lyn Gardner, 05.31.21

‘Uncancel Culture’: Kevin Spacey, Aziz Ansari, Mel Gibson, Louis CK …

Peter Bradshaw, considering the news that Kevin Spacey is acting again (albeit in a small European film): “Could this be Hollywood’s hot new thing – uncancel culture? The phenomenon whereby famous men once rendered unemployable in show business due to a #MeToo campaign, but with no actual criminal conviction, sidle back into the limelight, testing the reaction, playing grandmother’s footsteps with social-media outrage?” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Kevin Spacey, Issues, Peter Bradshaw, 05.25.21, Kevin Spacey Aziz Ansari Mel Gibson Louis CK

Clint Eastwood Is 91, And He’s Directed 17 Films Just Since He Turned 70

And those 17 movies — which include no less than Mystic River (with Sean Penn and Tim Robbins), Million Dollar Baby (Hilary Swank), and American Sniper (Bradley Cooper) — have earned a billion dollars or so all together, not to mention a few Oscars and plenty more nominations. Maybe not every one of the 39 films he’s made over 50 years is a masterpiece, but some certainly are (Unforgiven), and the overall quality has been impressively high. What’s more, they aren’t just action films, westerns, ...
Tags: Art, Media, Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Sean Penn, Madison County, Eastwood, Tim Robbins, Mystic River, 05.31.21

What Brain-Computer Interfaces Will Do To Our Ideas Of Free Will

You can already see a divide in the literature – positive stories about people with ALS or locked-in syndrome learning to use neural transmitters to control movement; negative stories about the threat of law enforcement “reading” our intentions before we do. It’s the same tech, so what’s the real story? – Three Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.31.21

Who Designed the 1980s Aesthetic?: Meet the Memphis Group, the Designers Who Created the 80s Iconic Look

For those who remember the 1980s, it can feel like they never left, so deeply ingrained have their designs become in the 21st century. But where did those designs themselves originate? Vibrant, clashing colors and patterns, bubbly shapes; “the geometric figures of Art Deco,” writes Sara Barnes at My Modern Met, “the color palette of Pop Art, and the 1950s kitsch” that inspired designers of all kinds came from a movement of artists who called themselves the Memphis Group, after Bob Dylan’...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Fashion, Design, Milan, College, Architecture, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Vox, Brian Eno, Memphis, Memphis Tennessee, Dada, Josh Jones, Ettore Sottsass

Mexico Forcibly Halts Illegal Construction Next To Teotihuacán

“[Authorities] sent in 250 National Guard troops and 60 police officers Monday to seize land next to the pre-Hispanic ruins of Teotihuacán where authorities have said bulldozers were destroying outlying parts of the archaeological site. … Officials reported last week that they had been trying since March to halt the private construction project, but work continued on what local media says were plans to build some sort of amusement park.” – AP
Tags: Art, Mexico, Visual, National Guard, Teotihuacan, 05.31.21

Long Discreetly Camouflaged, Lesbians In Ballet Are Starting to Find Themselves And Each Other

Gay men aren’t as ubiquitous in that world as some civilians think, but they’re not rare. Yet gender norms in classical ballet are even more rigid for females than for males, and queer women in the profession have tended to feel very isolated indeed. That, however, is something that the hiatus and the move online caused by the pandemic have started to change. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, 06.01.21

How Atlas Obscura Is Decolonizing — No, Enhancing — Its Content

“The Internet’s favorite catalog of weird places” (as the headline fittingly describes it) is going through what it’s calling (for lack of a term that’s both better and more timely) a “decolonization project” — reviewing its thousands of listings and hundreds of articles to include the roles and viewpoints of Black, indigenous, and and other Americans traditionally overlooked. But, says editorial director Samir S. Patel, “decolonizing” isn’t the right word: “Decolonization suggests removal, and...
Tags: Art, Words, 05.30.21, Samir S Patel

How In The Heights Became The Post-Pandemic Movie Of The Summer

Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose Hamilton, filmed, made Disney+ a lot of money last year (and ensured musical theatre fans had something to watch over and over and over again while actual theatres were shuttered), says that he really wanted In the Heights to come out as scheduled. “I felt like I was back in my 20s — ‘No, please, let’s put on the show!’ Next summer felt like forever away, and I was, like, ‘But it’s good! And the world needs it!’ But I’m grateful that cooler heads than mine kicked the m...
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda, 06.02.21

Why Sarah Lane Quietly Slipped Away From ABT

“[After 18 years,] Lane and ABT parted ways last summer, although no announcement was made; rather, in September, her name was quietly taken off the roster. … She recently opened up to Pointe about her departure from the company, although for privacy reasons certain details are remaining undisclosed.” (Hmm.) – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Lane, Pointe, Sarah Lane, 05.27.21

Louvre Will Get New Department Of Byzantine And Coptic Art, Says New Director

“If that department comes to fruition, it would signify a break with the Louvre’s [outgoing] president, Jean-Luc Martinez, who had deemed its formation unnecessary, and a willingness to expand the ways the museum presents religious art.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Visual, Jean Luc Martinez, 06.01.21

Watch: The magic of a Sisyphus Table

from oddlysatisfying Usually used to create kinetic sand art, this clever Reddit user decided to utilize their Sisyphus Table for a more Van Gogh-esque purpose by using the table's hidden magnetic system to create a hypnotic, spiraling painting. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Magnets, Reddit, Van Gogh, Spirals, Kinetic Sand, Sand art, Sisyphus Table

Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct, And Even Assault, Rock English Drama Schools

“Former pupils have raised allegations including how tutors have ‘grabbed’ female students’ breasts, made sexual comments about their bodies and pressurised them to remove clothes during rehearsals or performances. … [At one of the schools,] a female student complained that a visiting teacher had sexually assaulted her at home.” – The Telegraph (UK)
Tags: Art, Theatre, 05.31.21

As Travel Resumes, Can Italy Make Tourism Any Less Destructive?

“While the return of tourists is essential, local politicians and leaders in the cultural sector are emphasising the need to rethink how visitors interact with heritage. But how far, during the enforced hiatus in tourism, have they actually rethought their strategies to manage visitors and their experience more effectively?” Venice and Florence have some ideas. – Apollo
Tags: Art, Venice, Florence, Issues, 06.01.21

When Salvador Dalí Created a Surrealist Funhouse at New York World’s Fair (1939)

Only the violence and duration of your hardened dream can resist the hideous mechanical civilization that is your enemy, that is also the enemy of the ‘..pleasure-..principle’ of all men. It is man’s right to love women with the ecstatic heads of fish. — Salvador Dalí, “Declaration of the Independence of the Imagination and the Rights of Man to His Own Madness”  Whatever organizers of the 1939 New York World’s Fair thought they might get when Salvador Dalí was chosen to design a pavilion...
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Afrofuturism and the sex life of coral – inside the wild mind of Ellen Gallagher

The artist’s latest work is the product of ‘hard physical labour’. She reveals her inspirations – from marine ecosystems and Flemish commodity painters to Black AtlantisTalking to Ellen Gallagher about her paintings is a multi-dimensional slalom ride: we swerve from the social lives of pictures to the sex life of coral and the transportation of slaves across oceans and centuries. Right now her latest works are all finished and singing to each other across a gallery floor before going their separ...
Tags: Art, London, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Slavery, Ellen Gallagher, Hauser Wirth

Design Thinking for the Greater Good: A Free Online Course from the University of Virginia

Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector shows how and why human-centered design is a powerful tool. Offered by the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, the course lets students “view design thinking success stories from around the world, in areas as diverse as government, health care, and education.” Throughout the course, students will “learn the tools, techniques and mindset needed to use design thinking to uncover new and creative solu...
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