Is Making Wine Making Art?

Although winemakers have vision and bring that vision of what a particular wine should taste like to the blending table, their art depends inevitably on nature and nature’s “creativity.” – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Issues

How Will Hollywood Know What Movies To Make With The Box Office So Screwed Up?

The result is a film industry in a fog, in many cases unable to even ascertain whether a movie is a hit or a miss. How do you assign value if you don’t know? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media

Queen Of Denmark Hired As Designer On New Netflix Movie

Margrethe, who ascended to the Danish throne in 1972 and is commander-in-chief of the country’s defense forces, has also had a long career as an artist, including drawing the illustrations for Danish editions of Lord of the Rings. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Denmark, Margrethe

Behind China’s Crackdown On Popular Culture

At first glance, “common prosperity” and a desire to eliminate “sissy boy” fan culture seem like separate campaigns. But they point to a growing trend in domestic politics and society: the wish to eliminate difference. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, China, Issues

In Search Of A New Frame For 9/11

Was it the beginning of something or a continuation? You can divide most of the anniversary specials between those that focus closely on the day that the towers fell and those that pull back, way back, to look at what emerged from the dust. – The New York Times
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After Decades, Francis Ford Coppola Is Set To Shoot His Passion Project — With Or Without The Studios

Megalopolis is “an ensemble piece involving an architect rebuilding New York City after a financial crisis cripples the metropolitan hub. … And he seems prepared to entirely self-finance the movie’s $100 to $120m budget with the money made from his winery.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, New York City, Francis Ford Coppola

Our Technology Has Gotten Ahead Of Our Ability To Control It

Emergent technologies have gained far-reaching power over our politics, our economy, and our lives, and no consensus exists on what—if anything—to do about it. – The Atlantic
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The 111-Page Poem From The (Previous) Roaring Twenties That Feels Like A Warning For Us

Joseph Moncure March’s The Wild Party “doesn’t seem very far from our collective desire, in 2021, to lose ourselves in a throng of sympathetic strangers — but it’s also in touch with the undertow that makes that impossible.” – T — The New York Times Style Magazine
Tags: Art, Words, Wild Party, Joseph Moncure

The Death Of Funny?

Could you sing this song at your nonprofit, apropos of nothing? Even with all the caveats in the world ahead of actually singing it? Can anyone sing this song outside the confines of an arts presentation? In that presentation, would trigger warnings be required? – Alan Harrison
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A creepy virtual influencer looks so human, her skin changes with her surroundings

Instagram Ayayi is a non-human influencer that looks just like a real person. Her skin texture changes depending on the lighting and surroundings, just as a real person's would. She's already starting to work with brands like Guerlain. See more stories on Insider's business page. For some time now, companies have been creating their own virtual influencers.It is what it says on the tin - an animation in human form, developed either to promote a company's own products or to...
Tags: UK, Science, Design, Style, Instagram, Life, China, International, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Inventions, Innovation, Retail, Chanel, Nordic

Plus-Size Ballerina Fights The Good Fight For Body Positivity

Colleen Werner is continuing to dance as she works toward a degree in mental health counseling, and she’s collected thousands of Instagram followers and become a brand ambassador for a prominent maker of pointe shoes. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Colleen Werner

The Art Restorers And The Art Thieves

“Behind every antiquities trafficking ring preying upon cultural heritage for profit, there is someone reassembling and restoring these looted pieces to lend the criminal enterprise a veneer of legitimacy.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual

Conductor Michel Corboz Dead At 87

Over 50 years as the director of the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne (which he founded) and the Gulbenkian Choir in Lisbon, he built up an impressive body of concerts and recordings of vocal classics, from Monteverdi through Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Verdi, and Fauré, to Frank Martin. – SWI swissinfo
Tags: Art, People, Lisbon, Monteverdi, Michel Corboz, Frank Martin, Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, Gulbenkian Choir, Bach Mozart Mendelssohn Verdi

The Curious Case Of The Misbegotten Couple Who Started An American National Ballet

“Was the dream ever real?” asked ANB’s erstwhile artistic director, Rasta Thomas. “Or did I really get hoodwinked?” – Vanity Fair
Tags: Art, Dance, ANB, American National Ballet, Rasta Thomas

We Can’t Address The Problems With Classic Musicals Just By Casting A Few Nonwhite Actors

“It would be absurd to call for them to be abandoned entirely. But if they’re going to be embedded in the fabric of musical theater forever, then we shouldn’t shy from putting the ugly parts of them on display” the way that Daniel Fish’s revisionist Oklahoma! did. – Slate
Tags: Art, Theatre, Oklahoma, Daniel Fish

This 39-Year-Old Biracial Female Composer Is The Future Of America’s Classical Canon

So argues Joshua Barone about Jessie Montgomery, whose works are set to get a total of 400 performances this calendar year and who’s just starting a term as the Chicago Symphony’s composer-in-residence. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, America, Chicago Symphony, Jessie Montgomery, Joshua Barone

Hitler’s favourite artists: why do Nazi statues still stand in Germany?

A shocking new exhibition reveals the thriving postwar careers of artists the Führer endorsed as ‘divinely gifted’. Many made public works that remain on show todayA photograph from 1940 shows three conquering Nazis in Paris against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower. Within a few years one of these men, Adolf Hitler, was dead by his own hand; another, Albert Speer, was writing his memoirs in Spandau prison, having eluded a death sentence at the Nuremberg trials. But the third, Arno Breker, was al...
Tags: Art, Germany, Nazis, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Paris, Nuremberg, Hitler, Adolf Hitler, Nazism, West Germany, Spandau, Albert Speer, Arno Breker

COVID May Finally Be Ending The Plague Of Audience Coughing

Fear of COVID, to be more precise. “Even before you realise what you have done, anxious sideways looks will have been exchanged, the seeds of doubt sown. Coughing has become the equivalent of randomly shouting ‘fire’ in a theatre – a gesture guaranteed to provoke fear.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience

Afghanistan’s All-Female Orchestra Goes Dark

Formed in 2014, it became a global symbol of the freedom many Afghans began to enjoy in the 20 years since the Taliban last ruled, despite the hostility and threats it continued to face from some in the deeply conservative Muslim country. – Reuters
Tags: Art, Music, Afghanistan, Taliban

As Performances Start Up Again, Critics Are Being Too Generous

“Is there perhaps a clandestine pact to encourage audiences back out with some concerted cheerleading? If so, then the critics are doing us a disservice.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Issues

Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, Star Of French New Wave, Dead At 88

“Belmondo, who embodied … a new type of male star characterized by pure virility rather than classic good looks,” had his breakout role in Godard’s Breathless and “went on to appear in more than 80 films with a variety of … directors, from François Truffaut to Claude Lelouch.” – AP
Tags: Art, People, Francois Truffaut, Godard, Jean Paul Belmondo, Claude Lelouch, Belmondo

Michael K. Williams, Known For Playing Omar In ‘The Wire’, Dead At 54

“(He) was celebrated for delivering nuanced performances as swaggering street toughs, charming family men and smooth-talking gangsters,” most famously as Omar Little, the stickup man with an ethical code, in The Wire, the HBO series about crime and corruption in Baltimore. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Hbo, People, Baltimore, Michael K Williams, Omar Little

‘A Symphony In Glass’: Nick Cave’s Latest Public Artwork Takes Shape In The New York City Subway

Every One, a glass mosaic that’s the first of three to be installed in the pedestrian tunnel for the 42nd Street Shuttle, depicts vividly colored anthropomorphic shapes inspired by the horse-costumed dancers Cave used in HEARD•NY at Grand Central Terminal in 2013. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York City Subway, Nick Cave, Grand Central Terminal, Visual

Two Brands Designed Superhero Capes for Kids That Destroy Air Pollution Near Schools

The statistics on air pollution are sobering: dirty air is the world's biggest environmental killer, causing 4.2 million early deaths each year, according to the Clean Air Fund. But with governments taking little action, one brand has enlisted children in the fight against this deadly crisis. Energy company E.ON teamed up with fashion brand Scamp...
Tags: Design, Advertising, Fashion & Apparel

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