Australia’s 2021 National Photographic Portrait prize winner and finalists – in pictures

Sydney photographer Joel B Pratley’s photo of a lone farmer immersed in a dust storm in drought-stricken Australia has won the 2021 National Photographic Portrait prize. Titled Drought Story, the image shows David Kalisch captured amid a sudden dust storm on his 1,000-acre farm in Forbes, New South Wales. Pratley said his subject’s stance reflects the resilience of a man pushed to the limits by an unforgiving climate: ‘David’s composure during the storm was surreal, because he is just so used to...
Tags: Art, Photography, Australia, Australia news, David, Culture, Art and design, Sydney, Mars, Pratley, David Kalisch, Joel B Pratley, Forbes New South Wales

Reconsidering The Point Of Translating Literature

Translations exist only in their own time. While literature is out of time, translations are always, in the hapless plod of linear time, out of joint. – The Walrus
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Navigating The Line Between Reality And Imagination

To perceive the outside world, our brain combines signals entering our brains through our eyes with what we expect the world to look like based on our past experiences. This means that our perception of the outside world is strongly influenced by what we believe. – Nautilus
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Cautionary Tale: How A Music Festival Went Horribly Wrong

The new HBO film Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage offers a chilling demonstration of how greed, cultural rot, and the vagaries of crowd behavior can make a concert into a generation-defining thing for all the wrong reasons. – The Atlantic
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I decided to have a look at the art in the Orangerie, known for the water lily paintings by Monet. They were having an exhibit of Magritte and his influence from Monet. To tell the truth I misread who was showing there and thought it was Matisse whom I like much better. Magritte was a surrealist doing the sort of artwork Dali did, a little strange to my untrained eyes, but interesting. I recognised this one. It was painted as WWII ended and he got to leave the South of France and return t...
Tags: Travel, Art, Paris, Belgium, Monet, Matisse, South Of France, Dali, Magritte, Orangerie, Orangerie Museum, Water Lillies, Monet Here

TV Pitchman Ron Popeil, 86

Mr. Popeil’s mastery of television marketing, dating to the 1950s but spanning several decades, made him nearly as recognizable onscreen as the TV and movie stars of his era. – The New York Times
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Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over “Black Widow”

Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over the simultaneous digital rollout of “Black Widow,” saying it breaches her contract with the company to release the film in theaters first. – Washington Post
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Asian Musicians On What They Really Face In The Classical Industry

“From world-famous musicians to anonymous internet commentators, discrimination toward Asian musicians contains an ugly, common tenor: In this music, they will not replace us.” – Van
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How Conspiracy Theorists Learn To Believe Their Own Fake News

When online surveyor YouGov conducted a survey asking over 8,000 US adults, “Do you believe that the Earth is round or flat?,” only 84 percent of respondents felt certain that the Earth is round. – LitHub
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3D-printed House of Dust connects a 1967 poem to modern technology

3D-printed houses and other structures are becoming increasingly more common, but none have a creation story quite like The House of Dust, a livable structure in Wiesbaden, Germany that connects 1967 to today through the words of a poem. “The House of Dust” was initially a poem, created in 1967 by Alison Knowles and James Tenney with the aid of a Siemens 4004 computer. Knowles created word lists that describe attributes of houses. The words were then translated into Fortran computer programming...
Tags: Design, US, House, Italy, Siemens, Knowles, Chelsea New York, James Tenney, Wiesbaden Germany, Alison Knowles, Cal Arts Burbank California, WASP World, House of Dust the company, House of Dust, Museum Wiesbaden

…As The Dance World Returns Without Me…

“These days, dance brings me a deep pain and pronounced lack of joy that I never fathomed it could. The excitement with which I cheer on my friends as they return to in-person performances is mixed with a bitter and, dare I say, resentful sadness.” – Dance Magazine
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Dare we imagine?

The project of domestication While it would be unacceptable to the majority that all schools need to be closed, there was a time on this planet when there were no schools. Children were viewed as ‘wild’ and in need of domestication. Weren’t they beaten with the same cane used on the cattle? Now the cane… Continue reading Dare we imagine?
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Critically endangered bird found alive in Hawaii

A Maui parrotbill that was thought to have died over one and a half years ago has been spotted on the slopes of a Maui volcano. The golden thick-billed bird was spotted on Wednesday by Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources researcher Zach Pezzillo after recognizing its song. The bird is one of seven kiwikiu birds introduced to Maui’s Nakula Natural Area Reserve in October 2019. Five of the birds died from avian Malaria, while the remaining two were believed to have died in the wild.  T...
Tags: Design, Hawaii, Maui, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Zach Pezzillo, Nakula Natural Area Reserve, Pezzillo, Hanna Moucne, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project

The Revolving Reputation Of Terence Rattigan, Once Britain’s Favorite Playwright

“His fall from grace in the mid-1950s was sudden and unexpected. From the mid-1930s he’d been the darling of the West End.” Then along came the British theatre’s Angry Young Men, followed by critic Kenneth Tynan, whose savaging torpedoed Rattigan’s plays for a generation. –
Tags: Art, Theatre, Britain, Kenneth Tynan, Terence Rattigan, Rattigan

How A Newspaper Gardening Column Became A Chronicle Of Climate Change

When Jeff Lowenfels began writing for the Anchorage Daily News in 1976, he had not expected that one day one of his readers would grow okra there. (The pod is native to Africa.) – The New York Times Magazine
Tags: Art, Africa, Words, Anchorage Daily News, Jeff Lowenfels

Pollution turned this lagoon in Argentina stinky and pink

If photos of Chicago dying its river bright green for Saint Patrick’s Day give you the heebie-jeebies, don’t even think about reading on. An Argentinian lagoon turned hot pink last week from chemical pollution. And it stinks. #Argentina | The Corfo Lagoon in Patagonia, has turned pink after waste from fishing companies was dumped in its waters, sparking alarm among local residents and authorities. — teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) July 25, 2021 The lagoon near Trele...
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Marian Goodman Gallery Announces New President, Partners

Marian Goodman Gallery has announced a new partnership structure and leadership plan, with Philipp Kaiser, moving from his position as chief executive director of artists and programs to president and partner, while executive directors Emily-Jane Kirwan, Rose Lord, Leslie Nolen, and Junette Teng have all been named as partners. “I am a passionate advocate for my artists,” Goodman […]
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Survey Of LA Artists Documents Instability

The results of the survey are a snapshot of the art community’s struggle for financial stability even before COVID-19 shut down galleries and museums across the city. – Los Angeles Magazine
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Virtual Docents — The Best Museum Idea To Come Out Of The Pandemic?

The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum developed a way to provide guides when COVID kept them from coming in: visitors can stop at strategically placed monitors and talk with offsite docents in real time. Folks on both sides of the screen seem to love it. – Slate
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Audience, Visual, COVID

Prefab holiday home in the Netherlands features transforming rooms

Located on the Dutch island of Texel in the Netherlands, this small holiday home is found just a short walk to the North Sea. Rotterdam-based Orange Architects decided to take a different approach to the villa’s design in order to save space with the use of prefabrication and flexible design. Instead of building separate rooms for different purposes that are divided by walls like a traditional home, the designers incorporated prefab, multifunctional spaces with the ability to divide and transfo...
Tags: Design, Netherlands, Homes, Wood, Vacation Home, Prefab, Skylights, Delft, Texel, Holiday Home, Orange Architects, North Sea Rotterdam, Orange Architects Photography, Sebastian van Damme

Douglas Chrismas, Ace Gallery Founder, Arrested on Charges of Embezzlement

Ace Gallery founder Douglas J. Chrismas has been arrested on charges of embezzlement, the LA Times reports. Chrismas is accused of embezzling $100,000 owed the gallery for a sale. Read more at LA Times  
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Collection of Dallas Billionaire Ed Cox Heads to Christie’s

The art collection of the late Dallas oil billionaire Edwin “Ed” L. Cox Sr. will head to Christie’s, featuring an impressive group of Impressionist masterworks, which the auction house called “the finest and most expensive impressionist collections ever to be sold.” Read more at Dallas Morning News  
Tags: Art, News, Dallas, Art News, Minipost, Christie, Edwin, Dallas Billionaire Ed Cox Heads

US Takes Possession Of Ancient Gilgamesh Artifact

The 3,500-year-old tablet, from what is now Iraq, bears text from the Epic of Gilgamesh – one of the world’s oldest works of literature. Officials say it was illegally imported before being purchased by the Christian-owned brand Hobby Lobby. – BBC
Tags: Art, Iraq, US, Christian, Visual

The Children Of Two Pathbreaking “Blaxploitation” Filmmakers Are Rescuing Their Fathers’ Work

We can still see Melvin Van Peebles’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (which launched the genre) and Perry Henzell’s The Harder They Come (a reggae gangster pic and Jamaica’s first feature film), but not much else they directed. Luckily, Mario Van Peebles and Justine Henzell are addressing that. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, Jamaica, Melvin Van Peebles, Mario Van Peebles, Perry Henzell, Children Of Two Pathbreaking, Justine Henzell

TikTok Is Hardly The First Place Where Black Dancers’ Moves Have Been Ripped Off

Alas, the practice goes at least back to the days of jazz dance at the start of the 20th century, when the first legal battles over choreography were fought. – The Conversation
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About that French Culture Pass…

The French government had the idea to give teenagers a 300 Euro credit (through a phone app) to spend on “culture”. A few limits were placed upon it – a 100 Euro maximum on online subscriptions, and any video games had to be French (trade protectionism is a given in any French cultural policy) – but otherwise the youths had a pretty free hand. And with those free hands they spend roughly half their totals on Manga. The New York Times reports: As of this month, books represented over 75 percent ...
Tags: Art, France, Times, Ajblogs, Rawls, Flaubert, John Rawls, Panthéon Sorbonne, University Paris, Manga The New York Times, Theory of Justice, Jean Michel Tobelem, Tobelem

Using Thomas Cromwell’s Papers To Reconstruct His London Mansion

The compound at Austin Friars, known to readers of Hilary Mantel’s trilogy, was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. But a historian has used what’s survived of Cromwell’s own archives, along with later drawings and surveys, to work out a clearer idea of what it looked like. – CNN
Tags: Art, People, Thomas Cromwell, Cromwell, London Mansion, Austin Friars

Netflix CEO: The Movie Business Is In Revolution

 In four short years, Netflix has done more to reshape the way that movies are made, distributed and consumed than perhaps any other single company in the history of the film business. – Variety
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These compostable plates are like nothing youve seen before

If you didn’t know that Wasara plates are meant to be thrown away, you wouldn’t want to let them go. Designed to be elegant and beautiful, Wasara plates are compostable and disposable. But there’s a lot more than plates here. Wasara designed an entire line of tableware that includes bowls, serving dishes, serving spoons, cups, pourers and yes, plates of every size. The line even includes a bamboo knife and fork. All of Wasara’s tableware is disposable, so you don’t have to do any dishes at all....
Tags: Design, Bamboo, Sugarcane, Tableware, CRA, Natural Materials, Compostable, Wasara, Kitchen and Dining

Sculptor George Rhoads, Who Sent Balls Through Elaborate Rube Goldberg-Style Contraptions, Dead At 95

His 42nd Street Ballroom, which has mesmerized passersby for decades at New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, is but one of the 300 “audio-kinetic ball machines” that he created for museums, children’s hospitals, transportation hubs, and the like. –
Tags: Art, New York, People, Rube Goldberg, Port Authority, George Rhoads

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