German police appeal for information after 17th century paintings found in skip

An art expert believes the paintings are by Dutch artist Samuel van Hoogstraten and Italian Pietro BellottiGerman police have appealed for information from the public after two 17th century paintings were discovered in a skip at a highway rest stop.Police said a 64-year-old man found the oil paintings at the rest stop near Ohrenbach in central Germany last month. He later handed them in to police in the western city of Cologne. Continue reading...
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What Makes A Great Football Anthem?

According to folk singer Martin Carthy, the football chant can be considered one of the last embodiments of the oral folk tradition. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Music, Martin Carthy, 06.17.21

Anthony Braxton: Still Pushing At The Edges Of Jazz

“A conversation with him can easily pinball from contemporary politics to ancient Egypt. But what he’s most eager to talk about now is ZIM Music — his latest structural model in a lifelong pursuit to locate clarity within chaos.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Egypt, Anthony Braxton, 06.17.21

Will The Chinese Government Strip Hong Kong Of Its Colonial Markers?

Ultimately, one wonders what item of Hong Kong’s colonial baggage the next publicity-seeker will attempt to steal away. – The Critic
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Issues, 06.21

Five Pioneering Black Ballerinas Speak Up

Life as a pioneer, life in a pandemic: They have been friends for over half a century, and have held each other up through far harder times than this last disorienting year. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, 06.17.21

Naples, Florida Tries And Tries, But Just Can’t Settle On Arts Policy And Funding

“Hours devoted to discussing, refining, retooling and rejecting arts policies for Collier County over the last 10 years: Roughly 500 Committee meetings, public forums and legislative sessions that included discussion of creating arts policy here. – Naples Daily News
Tags: Art, Committee, Issues, Collier County, Naples Florida, 06.18.21

Actors’ Equity And Producers Settle On COVID Safety Rules For Broadway Tours

“The 17-page agreement says that producers must require all members of the traveling company to be fully vaccinated and mandates free weekly virus tests. Also: ‘absolutely no interaction’ will be permitted between performers and audience members.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 06.14.21

Two Members Of Hollywood Foreign Press Association Quit, Slamming Inaction

“There has been no contrition, no humility, little recognition of our faults, no inspiring leadership. We do not wish to be associated with a group, ostensibly dedicated to honest journalism and free speech, that relies on consultants and lawyers to speak for them in vague, legalistic terms.” – The Hollywood Reporter
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Mimicking Clubhouse, Spotify Adds Live Audio Chat Function

The Greenroom app lets any user host or participate in live rooms, as well as record live conversations. – Variety
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Is “Improving” Your Personality A Thing?

Maybe we should all try to become more compassionate or honest or forgiving, but there’s no comparable moral demand for shy people to become extraverted, or for excitable people to be more placid. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.17.21

Using Dance To Heal Rape Survivors In Congo

“‘I started doing this because of the girls who came to us in a state of silence. They were raped at a young age and they didn’t know how to express themselves. They were so withdrawn,’ said [dance teacher Amina] Lusambo. Now the same women line up in brightly coloured leggings for her classes, where they learn to reconnect with their bodies. ‘You can do more in one month of dance than in three months of psychotherapy,’ Lusambo said.” – Reuters
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Edinburgh Festivals Warn Of Bankruptcy If COVID Rules Aren’t Changed

“Our festivals, and creatives across the sector, are effectively prohibited from trading our way through to recovery, while hospitality and sports are being supported to do so to the maximum safe extent.” – The Stage
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Massive New National Museum Of Norway, Home Of ‘The Scream’, Has Opening Date

“Initially slated to debut in 2020, the museum in Oslo — officially called the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design — will now open on June 11, 2022. The [complex], which has been in the works for seven years, brings the collections of three of Norway’s most important art institutions — the former Kunstindustrimuseet, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Gallery — under one roof.” Here’s a first look inside the building, designed by German architects Kleihues + Schuwerk. ...
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UK Libraries To Save Irreplaceable Collection Up For Auction

Almost entirely inaccessible since 1939, the library was put together by Victorian industrialists William and Alfred Law at the turn of the 20th century, and is a literary treasure trove that had experts dancing with excitement. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Words, William, Alfred Law, 06.17.21

McGraw-Hill Sold By One Private Equity Firm To Another At 88% Profit

“Eight years after it bought McGraw-Hill Education for $2.4 billion, Apollo Global Management has reached an agreement to sell the company to another private equity firm, Platinum Equity, for $4.5 billion. The proposed purchase comes about a year after MH and Cengage called off their merger following opposition from the Justice Department.” – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, McGraw Hill, Apollo Global Management, McGraw Hill Education, Platinum Equity, 06.16.21

What Is “Internet Literature”?

The way Internet Literature treats its relationship to the world—and the anxiety of that treatment—is what distinguishes it as a form, and that goes straight to the heart of what distinguishes the Internet itself as a technology: the link. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 06.17.21

Art For The Nose: In Paris, An Exhibition Of ‘Olfactory Sculptures’

“We have art for the eyes and music for the ears, but what about about creative stimuli for our sense of smell? A new show at Phillips auction house in Paris is addressing this question through a new show of olfactory sculptures by six artists, including Joana Vasconcelos and Adel Abdessemed, which incorporate uniquely created fragrances by perfumers.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Paris, Visual, Phillips, Adel Abdessemed, Joana Vasconcelos, 06.17.21

NPR Gets Fourth Regional News Hub, This One For Midwest

Thanks to a $4.7 milion grant from former Google chairman Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, the newsroom will be based at KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri, and will also include as partners St. Louis Public Radio, Iowa Public Radio, and Nebraska Public Media. The other three regional hubs are in California, Texas, and the Gulf States (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama). – Inside Radio
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Welcome to the United Fonts of America

Here's one pandemic project we approve of: a map of the United Fonts of America.The question was simple: How many fonts are named after places in the U.S.?Finding them became an obsession for Andy Murdock. At 222, he stopped looking. The Neon Museum (a.k.a. Neon Boneyard) in downtown Las Vegas, a monument to the siren call of typography. Credit: Dale Cruse, CC BY 2.0Who isn't fond of fonts? Even if we don't know their names, we associate specific letter types w...
Tags: Maps, New York, Texas, Design, California, Washington, Typography, America, Georgia, Chicago, United States, Wyoming, Innovation, Michigan, Las Vegas, Great Lakes

Philadelphia Orchestra To Consolidate With Kimmel Center Under New Organization

“Philadelphia Orchestra president and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky will become leader of the new parent company upon finalization of the deal, and Kimmel president and CEO Anne Ewers” — who initiated and championed the deal — “will retire. … While pressures brought on by the pandemic sparked talks toward the move, the benefits of the new structure are independent from the pandemic shutdown and abrupt disappearance of ticket revenue, leaders say.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Kimmel, Anne Ewers, Matías Tarnopolsky, 06.17.21

Journalist Janet Malcolm, 86

“A longtime New Yorker staff writer and the author of several books, the Prague native practiced a kind of post-modern style in which she often called attention to her own role in the narrative, questioning whether even the most conscientious observer could be trusted.” – AP
Tags: Art, People, Prague, Janet Malcolm, 06.17.21

New Yorker Union Members And Condé Nast Agree On Contract

“After a protracted battle that nearly led to a workers strike, the staffers at three Condé Nast publications — The New Yorker, Ars Technica and Pitchfork — have come to an agreement on their first union contracts. … In the end, the unions got what they wanted. They secured salary floors of $55,000 a year upon the contracts’ ratification and an increase to $60,000 by 2023. There will be guaranteed annual raises of 2% to 2.5% and all units have organized compensation structures.” – CNN
Tags: Art, Conde Nast, Words, 06.16.21, New Yorker Ars Technica

New Presenter Toolbar in Google Slides is Changing Things Up

Have you ever felt like the presenter toolbar left much to be desired while presenting in Google Slides? As it turns out, you’re not alone! Google recently overhauled the presenter experience after listening to countless users expressing that the previous toolbar was clunky. Users felt it got in the way of their content, disrupting the experience for them and their audience. So, if you, too, have written off Google Slides, we’ve got good news! Here’s what you can look forward to in the new prese...
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Cincinnati Symphony Music Director Louis Langrée To Step Down In 2024

“It’s difficult because I am very happy here. And this orchestra has made me a better conductor. But I can’t just think of myself. I also have to think of the orchestra and its future. I’m convinced that when things are calmer at the end of this pandemic, it will be the time for the orchestra to open a new chapter of its history, which means a new direction and a new face.” – The Cincinnati Enquirer
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