‘A cultural masterpiece’: the world’s best new public libraries – in pictures

On Monday, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) announced the five finalists for the annual Public Library of the Year award, which honours newly built public libraries. Libraries are assessed according to how they combine functional architecture, information technology, and local culture. This year’s shortlisted institutions include libraries in Australia, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands and China Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Design, Australia news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Netherlands, Libraries, Sydney, China Continue, Australia Belgium Norway

Who Should Next Run The National Ballet Of Canada?

Looking beyond the National Ballet, unless one imagines someone like choreographer Crystal Pite wanting to run a big company, there are no obvious standout candidates in Canada. – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Dance, Canada, National Ballet, 07.05.21

Why Are So Many Musicians Looking To Space For Inspiration?

It is understandable that musicians believe in extraterrestrial beings: after a year socialising over Zoom or from behind a mask, every interaction IRL feels like you need to relearn social skills after arriving from another planet. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, 07.06.21

Let’s Take A Look At How Museums Deal With Ownership Of Nazi-Era Collections…

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have repeatedly rejected the heirs’ claims for paintings that were sold at the same auctions. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 07.06.21

Extraordinary Times: Smithsonian Natural History Museum Turns To Art To Demonstrate Climate Change

The museum staff decided the situation is so complex that they had to turn to photography and conceptual art to address it. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Issues, 07.06.21

Resolving The Differences Between Conscious Choice And Intention

The decisions that I am aware of speak for me, the conscious agent, who I am and how I impact the world, either locally or, perhaps for some folks, in a more profound global way. These practical decisions about what to do are intentions I form. – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.05.21

The Danish Language Is So Weird That Even Danish Kids Have Trouble Learning It

“[Researchers] have found that the uniquely peculiar way that Danes speak” – mangled consonants and 40 different vowel sounds – “seems to make it difficult for Danish children to learn their native language – and this challenges some central tenets of the science of language.” – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Words, Danes, 06.28.21

As It Said It Would, Academy Of Motion Pictures Expands And Diversifies Its Membership

Statistically, the 2021 class is comprised of 46 percent women, 39 percent underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 53 international members from 49 countries outside of the United States. – IndieWire
Tags: Art, Media, United States, 07.01.21, Would Academy Of Motion Pictures

Savage Beauty — Take two

Three months ago I blogged about Min Xiao-fen’s exceptional new recording, White Lotus, in which her pipa is mated with Rez Abbasi’s guitar in music from her soundtrack to a classic Chinese silent film. NPR has now done a seven-minute feature on the disc. – Joseph Horowitz
Tags: Art, Npr, Ajblogs, Rez Abbasi, Min Xiao Fen, 07.05.21

BWAC Shines the Light on Artists Over the Age of 65

Art Over Time is a national juried exhibition at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) Gallery in Red Hook, Brooklyn, from July 10 to August 15, 2021. Its purpose is to celebrate the art of people over the age of 65, and expose the general public to the fact that...Read more »
Tags: Art, Time, Exhibition, Red Hook Brooklyn, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition BWAC Gallery

Home Bittersweet Home

ALAS Artelier is debuting its first pop-up exhibition, “Home Bittersweet Home” in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibition explores our relationship with time, space, and change (at home) during the height of the pandemic. Featured artists: Patricia Espinosa, Catriona Herd, Caroline Kaufman, Michael Miller, Josefina Moran and Siu Wong-Camac.The show is on...Read more »
Tags: Art, Brooklyn, Exhibition, Siu Wong Camac

John McWhorter: What’s Wrong With The Language Police

Apparently, we must retire victim, survivor, trigger warning, and African-American too. We must do so, that is, if we seek to ignore some linguistic fundamentals while also engaging in distinctly callow sociological calisthenics. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, John McWhorter, 07.04.21

Apply Now for Fall 2021: CGU MA in Art Business or Arts Management

Be a part of L.A.’s arts community by earning an MA in Art Business or Arts Management at CGU. Be a part of L.A.’s arts community by earning an MA in Art Business or Arts Management at Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Business & Management of the Arts. Our master’s degrees and myriad extracurricular opportunities will challenge you to understand and imagine anew the operations and intersections of the nonprofit, civic, commercial, and philanthropic worlds of arts and culture in all...
Tags: Art, Education, Claremont Graduate University, CGU, CGU MA, Center for Business Management

Why The Statue Of Liberty Never Lived Up To The Hype

Why does its meaning seem so unstable, especially now, as a small-scale copy makes its way from France to D.C., where it will be installed at the French ambassador’s residence later this month? – Washington Post
Tags: Art, France, Issues, 07.03.21

This Pair Returned MGM To Glory. Then Amazon Gobbled It Up. What Happens Now?

Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy “have compiled a heady mix of A-list directors and compelling material they hope hearkens back to the days when Fred Astaire and Judy Garland roamed the [studio]. The next six months will show if their strategy pays off.” – The New York Times
Tags: Amazon, Art, Media, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Michael De Luca, Pamela Abdy, 07.06.21

The Battle For 1776: America Struggles With, And Over, Its Founding Myths

“For scholars, the rosy tale of a purely heroic unleashing of freedom may be long gone. But does America still need a version of its origin story it can love? … In civic life, where we stake our beginnings matters.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, America, Issues, 07.02.21

How To Transition From Commercial Dancer To Choreographer

“Nine years ago, Del Mak decided he was done performing for artists like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and One Direction. ‘I’d done everything I wanted to, and I was tired of the rat race,’ he says. ‘My body was starting to hurt.’ The next obvious step? Choreography.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Beyoncé Lady Gaga, 07.05.21, Del Mak

The Toll COVID Is Taking On Opera

There was “great appetite when we reopened,” but “it’s been a little bit flat now,” whether because of the health pass requirement or the good weather and the reopening of cafe terraces. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 07.02.21

What is it with statues / sculptures of women?

I knew I didn't like the statue of Princess Diana - as in there was something not right about the face. However, I was unprepared for the scathing criticism which has emerged from all... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: [email protected] (Making A Mark)]
Tags: Art, Sculpture, Diana, Statue

Hiroshige, Master of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Creates a Guide to Making Shadow Puppets for Children (1842)

Even if the name Utagawa Hiroshige doesn’t ring a bell, “Hiroshige” by itself probably does. And on the off chance that you’ve never heard so much as his mononym, you’ve still almost certainly glimpsed one of his portrayals of Tokyo — or rather, one of his portrayals of Edo, as the Japanese capital, his hometown, was known during his lifetime. Hiroshige lived in the 19th century, the end of the classical period of ukiyo-e, the art of woodblock-printed “pictures of the floating world.” In that...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Japan, College, History, United States, Tokyo, Seoul, Gretel, Jim Henson, Edo, Utagawa Hiroshige, Colin Marshall, Lotte Reiniger, Hiroshige, 21st Century Los Angeles

Can You Still Play A Violin After Cutting It Up? For This Guy, The Answer Is Yes

A visit to the dungeon (that’s what he calls it) of Tyler Thackray, proud proprietor of the Instagram account @violintorture, dismemberer of instruments, creator of Franken-fiddles, and champion troll of self-serious string players. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Music, Franken, 07.02.21, Tyler Thackray

Is This The First Known Piece Of Neanderthal Art?

Two years ago in Germany’s well-known Unicorn Cave, archaeologists discovered a deer knuckle with diagonal lines deliberately carved in it, Carbon dating has shown that the bone is 51,000 years old — before Homo sapiens arrived in Europe. But is it actually art? – National Geographic
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, Visual, Homo, 07.05.21, Unicorn Cave

We Need To Diversify The Ranks Of Stage Managers, Too

“Black stage managers and their white allies … are establishing new organizations for racial equity, creating more opportunities for up-and-coming stage managers of color, and even examining aspects of their job that may do more harm than good.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 07.05.21

How Is It That Gamers Are Better At Detecting Fraud Than Scientists Are?

Does it strike you as odd that so many people tuned in to hear about a doctored speedrun of a children’s video game, while barely a ripple was made—even among scientists—by the discovery of more than 80 fake scientific papers? – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.02.21

Have you noticed all the anti-4th-of-July articles?

Here's one I'm just catching up on: "Maybe it’s time to admit that the Statue of Liberty has never quite measured up" (WaPo). It's time! Why is it time? Is there a "Time's Up" movement that's sweeping up all the manifestations of love for America? No more enjoyment of the comfortable attributes of everyday patriotism!Here's an excerpt from the column, which is by WaPo's art and architecture critic Philip Kennicott. The ironies and blind spots pile up. Liberty was depicted as a woman, at a time w...
Tags: Art, Guns, Supreme Court, Law, France, Punctuation, Time, America, Reagan, United States, Breasts, Patriotism, Marianne, WaPo, Bowers, Hardwick

England’s Arts Venues Can Operate At Full Capacity Starting July 19

Just two more weeks, then no more three-foot distancing and no more mandatory masks, said Boris Johnson. – Variety
Tags: Art, England, Issues, Audience, 07.05.21

Met Opera And Stagehands Union Reach Agreement

“The company’s roughly 300 stagehands were locked out late last year because of a disagreement over how long and lasting pandemic pay cuts would be. But the opera house is in desperate need of workers … if it is to reopen in less than three months.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 07.04.21

Richard Donner, Who Directed Some Of The Late 20th Century’s Biggest Blockbusters, Dead At 91

Early in his career, he helmed episodes of many of the most iconic TV series of the ’60s, then he went on to direct The Omen, Superman, The Goonies, Scrooged, and the Lethal Weapon franchise. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Richard Donner, 07.05.21

Actors’ Equity Removes Mask And COVID Testing Requirements For ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Shows

Any Equity production where everyone backstage has had their shots may now let those folks do their work more or less as normal, though some safety rules are still in effect. But no meeting audience members at the stage door! – Playbill
Tags: Art, Theatre, 07.02.21

Damien Hirst on painting cherry blossom: ‘It’s taken me until I’m 55 to please my mum’

The former hell-raising, hard-partying YBA known for slicing animals in half is now painting trees in bloom. Has he lost his edge? And why is his hair blue?The first thing that hits me when I see Damien Hirst’s Cherry Blossoms isn’t the scale (monumental) or the palette (psychedelic) but the paint itself. It’s thick, sticky and a little bit nasty. Creamy-white and dusty-pink daubs swirl from the surface like meringue kisses, fragile and sugary sweet. Others are more chewy, like dried gum. Then t...
Tags: Art, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Turner, Damien Hirst, Hirst, YBA

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