Stolen Picasso, Mondrian Found In Ravine In Greece

In custody is not a gang of thieves who planned a Hollywood-style heist, but a 49-year-old construction worker, with the Twitter name ArtFreak, who was arrested on Monday. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Twitter, Hollywood, Greece, Visual, 07.01.21

Why Writers Need Agents

Writers need agents more than agents need writers. They have needed them since the late 19th century, when an increasingly literate public fed by the magazines and single-volume prints made possible by the invention of Linotype printing created a lucrative industry. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Linotype, 06.28.21

Why We Need Distrust In Our Civic Discourse

Sometimes distrust is not only appropriate but is also a way to initiate the conversation that’s needed for civic friendship. Distrust, in a democracy, can actually be a good thing. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.30.21

How The Pandemic Has/Is Changing The Ways We Look At Art

What I did not expect was how these installations would speak to one another, and to me, about the pandemic. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 06.30.21

Let’s Talk About Green Things In Movies (Fascinating)

What makes a good greensperson? The best of them know how and where to get things, no matter how rare or obscure or out of season. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, 07.01.21

Arts Business Ownership – Statistics on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

In the U.S. there are limited public data on the demographics of leadership and staff (as opposed to artists and participants) at arts organizations. Absent these statistics, one of our analysts turned to the Annual Business Survey (ABS), a collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation. – Sunil Iyengar
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, National Science Foundation, U S Census Bureau, 07.01.21

The Maestro Who’s Bringing Period Instruments To Ravel, Mahler, And Stravinsky

François-Xavier Roth and his orchestra, Les Siècles, like to play concerts with Rameau in the first half and Ravel in the second, or Debussy with Boulez, all on instruments from the composer’s era (and, where possible, nation). Here’s a Q&A where he talks about how that works and why such a band was his dream. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Boulez, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, François Xavier Roth, Les Siècles, Rameau, 07.01.21, Ravel Mahler

An NFT Of The Internet’s Source Code Sells For $5.4 Million

With bidding starting at $1,000, a total of 51 collectors competed for the NFT during a sale titled “This Changed Everything.” The winning bid was place around 10 minutes before the end of the auction. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Issues, NFT, 07.01.21

Florida Man Says He’s The One Who Invented Invisible Sculpture, May Sue Artist Who Just Sold One

In early June in Milan, conceptual artist Salvatore Garau auctioned off an “immaterial sculpture” for €15,000. Now performance artist Tom Miller points out that he (with a crew of workers!) installed a similar work, titled Nothing, in a Gainesville park in 2016. He and his attorney have written Garau to seek a settlement. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Florida, Milan, Visual, Gainesville, Tom Miller, Salvatore Garau, 06.30.21, Garau

No Surprise: European Movie Box Office Down 70 Percent Last Year

The European box office plunged 70.4 percent last year, down $6.04 billion (5.1 billion euro) from $8.5 billion (7.2 billion euro) in 2019 to $2.5 billion (2.1 billion euro). – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 06.30.21

Memory Champ: Trick Your Brain To Remember

This technique of linking images with places is called the memory palace, and it’s particularly useful for remembering the order of certain elements. – Wired
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.01.21

An awkward, lifeless shrine – the Diana statue is a spiritless hunk of nonsense | Jonathan Jones

The only provocative thing about Ian Rank-Broadley’s characterless sculpture is how shamelessly it plays up to mawkish Diana worshipIan Rank-Broadley’s statue of Diana, commissioned by her sons, was kept secret until its unveiling as if it might be wildly provocative. Looking through the artist’s previous oeuvre, I noticed he has a taste for the nude and created a statue for the late Felix Dennis called Lord Rochester, His Whore and a Monkey. That raised the fascinating prospect of a naked Diana...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Monarchy, Diana, Princess of Wales, Rochester, Jonathan Jones, Broadley, Felix Dennis, Ian Rank Broadley

Lucinda Childs At ’81 On Paper’

“She’s most associated with the Judson Dance Theater and New York’s downtown arts scene of the ’60s and ’70s, a hub of radical musicians, artists, performers, cheap loft studios and experimental happenings. But Childs has worked steadily since, particularly in Europe, and latterly as an opera director, too.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Europe, New York, Dance, Childs, Judson Dance Theater, Lucinda Childs, 06.30.21

Let’s Give Mae West Credit As The Auteur She Was

She doesn’t get the respect for her pioneering role that, for instance, Ida Lupino does — because her characters and stories were comic, and because she didn’t direct her films. But she did write them, and she often adapted them from stage plays she did direct as well as write and star in. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Ida Lupino, 06.30.21

How Ancient Humans Adapted To Be Smart

One of the things we’re learning from new fossil discoveries is there appears to be these different species of early human, or hominin, coexisting on the landscape with different anatomies or adaptations in their feet and legs. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.30.21

Steady And Strong: The State Of Public Media Over The Past Decade

That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Pew Research Center. Results for last year in particular were that terrestrial public radio listenership was down a bit, public TV audience was up quite a bit, and podcasts keep growing. – Inside Radio
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 06.30.21, Pew Research Center Results

New York’s First Queer History Museum Will Be Hosted By New York’s First Museum Of Any Kind

As part of a major renovation and expansion of its Central Park West headquarters, the New-York Historical Society (founded 1804) will devote an entire floor to the new American L.G.B.T.Q.+ Museum, expected to open in 2024. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Issues, Central Park West, New York Historical Society, 06.30.21, First Museum Of Any Kind

‘La Madre De La Telenovela’, Delia Fiallo, Dead At 96

She started out writing radio serials in 1940s Cuba, switched to TV, fled the Castro regime in 1966 and started over completely in Miami — going on to write the scripts for 40 of the massively popular Spanish-language prime-time soap operas and becoming the genre’s first superstar author. – MSN (Washington Post)
Tags: Art, People, Miami, Cuba, Castro, 06.30.21, La Madre De La Telenovela

William and Harry unveil Diana statue at Kensington Palace

Bronze artwork depicts princess flanked by children to represent ‘generational impact of her work’The sons of Diana, Princess of Wales have unveiled a long-awaited statue of her in Kensington Palace.In the shadow of their mother’s likeness cast in bronze, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex put on a united front. With Diana’s siblings watching, William and Harry pulled away a cloth covering the monument that will remind visitors to the palace, her former home, about its most famous resi...
Tags: Art, Wales, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Cambridge, Monarchy, Prince William, Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Harry, William, Duke, Kensington Palace

Michigan Opera Theatre seeks Director of Marketing and Communication

With the appointment of Artistic Director Yuval Sharon and Associate Artistic Director Christine Goerke, MOT’s Director of Marketing and Communications is crucial in expressing the company’s commitment to re-define the experience of opera in Detroit. Director of Marketing and CommunicationsClassification: Full-time, ExemptDepartment: Marketing and CommunicationsWork Schedule: Monday-Friday, occasional weekends/evening performances as neededPosting ends: July 31st, 2021How to Apply:Qualified ...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Box Office, Michigan, Detroit, Opera Company, Christine Goerke, Detroit Opera House, Yuval Sharon, Microsoft Office Suite, Michigan Opera Theatre, Diversity Equity Inclusion, MOT 's Director of Marketing and Communications, Great Lakes Region Based

Banksy “Adjustment” Of Mount Rainier Painting Sells For $6 Million

Banksy added an asterisk and a tiny bit of corporate-speak to the painting’s bottom right-hand corner: “*Subject to availability for a limited period only.” – Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Banksy, Visual, 06.30.21

Here’s What Will Be At The First Post-COVID Edinburgh Fringe

It’s 170 shows rather than the 3,000+ that were standard pre-pandemic, there’s still a big online component, many of the shows sill be outdoors, and the crowds will be a lot smaller, but the live, in-person Fringe is back. – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, 07.01.21

San Francisco Ballet’s Executive Director Up And Quits

“Kelly Tweeddale, the former symphony and opera executive who was hired in 2019 as executive director of the San Francisco Ballet, stepped down from the post on Monday, June 28, after less than two years on the job. An announcement from the company gave no reason for the decision.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Dance, San Francisco Ballet, 06.28.21, Kelly Tweeddale

This Is The Reason Bill Cosby Got To Walk Out Of Prison

Why did the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturn the 83-year-old star’s 2018 sexual assault conviction? Because of the Fifth Amendment and a bait-and-switch. Here’s a legal explainer. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 07.01.21

Co-Founder Of Philly’s Wilma Theater To Depart After 40 Years

Blanka Zizka, who with then-husband Jiri turned a small, experimental company into a major regional theater, is stepping down just 17 months after she instituted a new rotating artistic directorship structure at the Wilma. – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Theatre, Philly, Blanka Zizka, Jiri, 06.30.21

Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”: Why It’s a Great Painting in 15 Minutes

I had always wanted to see Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” in person and many years ago I got a chance when I visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York. However, two dozen other people, who also wanted that chance, were there too, and my vision of Van Gogh’s masterpiece was one behind a phalanx of cell phones all trying to grab a “been there, done that” pic. Fortunately, the video above from the Great Art Explained YouTube channel takes you closer to the painting that an in-person...
Tags: Art, Facebook, New York, College, Museum of Modern Art, Provence, Arles, Van Gogh, Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Payne, KCRW, James Payne, Ted Mills, Paul Gaugin, Griffith Park Observatory

Germany’s icon group VC bets $30M to back startups enabling traditional companies to pivot

Icon group is a new $30M VC fund being launched out of Germany’s iconmobile group, a WPP network agency. This means a reorganization of the company from a full-service innovation agency into also offering VC backing. iconmobile has garnered a reputation as an innovative technology, design, and sustainability agency, but the turnaround means it will now, instead, back tech startups that enable traditional companies to “reinvent their business models and the way they reach their consumers.” The ic...
Tags: Energy, TC, Europe, Design, Finance, Germany, Articles, Brand, Tech, Economy, Egypt, Innovation, Venture Capital, Icon, WPP, Product Management

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