What Happened To Books? Well…

“They became tedious redoubts for the pious certainties of a besieged, over-educated and underemployed intellectual class dissatisfied with – and powerless to change – the mindless, capital-driven popular.” – Frieze
Tags: Art, Words

What, Exactly Is “Distinctly British” TV?

Former media minister John Whittingdale had some ideas when he recently announced government plans to require UK public service broadcasters to produce “distinctly British” programmes. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, UK, Media, John Whittingdale

How A Hit Song Behaves Like A Viral Infection

“When a disease breaks into a population you tend to see a sharp increase in infection cases and eventually it will peak at some point when it sort of makes its way through the susceptible population and starts to decline. We see that same pattern with song downloads in our data.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Music

Yusef Cat Stevens Is Back. What Do We Think About That?

For devotees of Stevens’s classic material, it can feel as though he’s making amends for having walked away from his music all those years ago. But is that really fair? Or true? – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Stevens, Yusef Cat Stevens

Blockbuster Hollywood Talent Deal: CAA To Buy ICM

Creative Artists Agency is acquiring its rival ICM Partners in a blockbuster deal that will consolidate the ranks of major Hollywood agencies as the representation industry undergoes a pandemic-era business shift. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Caa, Creative Artists Agency, ICM Partners

Behind Yale’s Failed Singapore Venture

Singapore has followed its dismissal of Yale’s liberal education by introducing a Foreign Interference Act that, “under the guise of defending national sovereignty, will enable the government to designate any independent media outlet as a foreign agent and to censor its content.” – Salon
Tags: Art, Singapore, Yale, Issues, Behind Yale 's Failed Singapore Venture

Science as A Value-Free Enterprise

It is central to science, and its claims to objectivity, that values do not override facts. An important feature of this view of science is the distinction between epistemic and non-epistemic values. – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, Value Free Enterprise

Ban Critical Arguments About America’s History? It’s A Familiar Tactic

We found the same arguments used by anti-radical activists as they sought for years to ban from public schools and universities Howard Zinn’s best-selling iconoclastic introduction to the American past. – The Nation
Tags: Art, America, Ideas, Howard Zinn

Artistic Paper Scrap Fall Trees

These paper scrap fall trees are the perfect craft for the autumn season. Hang up your cute paper scrap tree artwork to get you in the mood for fall! We’re just starting to see some fall colors in our neighborhood, which makes me so happy. I love fall! Even though we’re still a few days away from the official first day of autumn, my kids and I were ready to start some fall crafting projects. We kicked things off with these whimsical paper tree collages, made with colorful scraps from our paper ...
Tags: Art, Crafts, Autumn, Fall, Holiday, Slideshow, Tree, Kids Crafts, Fall Craft, Paper Scraps

Opinion: How Hyundai and Kia Have Made Design a Strength

I got my first, in-person taste of the upcoming Kia EV6 this past weekend in Irvine, California. It was a beautiful 77-degree day spent amid rolling hills under blue, sunny skies – even the people I met were wonderful. They were tanned, attractive, “California” people who were cheerful and engaging. No matter what California sent […] The post Opinion: How Hyundai and Kia Have Made Design a Strength appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, California, Autos, Hyundai, Kia, New Cars, Irvine California, News Blog, Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq5

Now Stabilized, Could Notre Dame Reopen In 2024?

“We’re officially saying that the cathedral is now saved, that it’s solid on its pillars, that its walls are solid, everything is holding together. We are determined to win this battle of 2024, to reopen our cathedral in 2024.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual

How Digitization Is Changing The Essence Of Collecting Culture

The collector is the only one who decides how to arrange her possessions, ordering books by author, title, theme, or even (unfortunately) color of the cover — and they stay in the same places they’re put. That’s not true of our digital cultural interfaces. – Kyle Chayka
Tags: Art, Ideas

Building Without Nails: The Genius of Japanese Carpentry

Traditional Japanese carpentry impresses us today, not so much with the tools its practitioners use as with the ones they don’t: nails, for example. Or glue, for that matter. Here on Open Culture we’ve previously featured introductions to Japanese wood joinery, the art of cutting wood in a manner such that pieces slide together and solidly interlock without the aid of any other materials. Though it may seem like magic, it’s really just physics — or rather, physics, and engineering, and t...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Japan, College, China, New York City, United States, Seoul, Colin Marshall, Miya Shoji, 21st Century Los Angeles, Hisao Hanafusa

Slave Play Was Shut Out Of The Tonys

Playwright Jeremy Harris tweeted that the play had a massive impact anyway. He added, “I told my mom this was gonna happen this morning bc we knew who these folx were when we put the play on stage in nyc. [T]hat’s why we put a mirror up.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Theatre, Jeremy Harris, 09.26.21

Unfinished master paintings

The Art Assignment takes us on a tour of master paintings left unfinished, for one reason or another. Elizabeth Shoumatoff's watercolor of President Roosevelt is a morbid classic of the genre: he suffered the cerebral hemorrage that killed him while sitting for the portrait, murmuring "I have a terrific pain in the back of my head" after slumping all but dead before her. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Video, News, Painting, History, Roosevelt, Elizabeth Shoumatoff

A Tonys Ceremony Full Of Apprehension

What you had all night was a temporal mash-up: Broadway’s past jockeying for space with Broadway’s future — a future that at the moment looks frightfully uncertain. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway

A fine art photographer has taken daily selfies since 1982

Fine art photographer Nancy Floyd has been photographing herself almost daily since 1982. From those images, she's curated a selection of 2,500 photos in a collection titled Weathering Time. Now published as a book, the project is a stunning meditation on life, time, and also technology. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Photography, News, Photographs, Time Keeps On Slipping Slipping Slipping, Nancy Floyd

Recreating Real Life – Including Homelessness – In Video Games

Games like The Sims can get boring, so content creators add virtual challenges to keep themselves, and others, engaged. – Wired
Tags: Art, Issues, 09.25.21

A Subway TikTok Artist Realizes His Dream

That might sound like a word salad, but portrait artist Devon Rodriguez’s 20 million followers on TikTok really did bring him fame, money, and a place downtown. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Devon Rodriguez, 09.27.21

Haile Gerima Rejected Racist Hollywood

But his 1993 classic Sankofa is finally coming into its own. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 09.24.21

The Queer, Indigenous Creatives Behind Reservation Dogs

Screenwriter Tommy Pico on what that adds to the show: “Humor is a tool — a marker of resilience, a willingness to heal and to be productive in that. It can be a way to take the air out of a situation, to make certain things more digestible. It’s also medicine.” – them
Tags: Art, Ideas, Tommy Pico, 09.21.21

Marina Abramovic Says She Thinks Often About Dying

As in, every single day. All the better to celebrate life, says the performance artist. “You have to think about what you’re going to leave society: as an artist you have that obligation. Because if you have a gift, you have to handle it carefully.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, People, 09.25.21

Eileen Atkins Thinks Her Memoir May Disappoint Fellow Dames Maggie Smith And Judi Dench

Atkins had been thinking for years about writing a memoir. “But it was only once the pandemic hit … that she was able to get on with doing so. ‘I’m ashamed to tell you that I had a wonderful lockdown,’ she says. ‘I absolutely loved the whole thing.'” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, People, Judi Dench, Atkins, Eileen Atkins, 09.26.21, Dames Maggie Smith

When GBBO Met Billy Elliott

Their sensibilities, plus a true story of a Liverpool bakery’s travails, ended up as Home Baked: The Musical. – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, Liverpool, Billy Elliott, 09.26.21

What Is This Magical Streaming Gift?

It’s a £5 video of Olivia Colman performing a translated lecture by Elena Ferrante, of course. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, Elena Ferrante, 09.24.21

Jagged Little Pill’s Producers Apologize For Problems With Trans And Nonbinary Actors

The producers apologized and said they had “hired a new dramaturgical team (which includes nonbinary, transgender and BIPOC representation), to revisit and deepen the script” before the musical reopens on Broadway. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, 09.26.21

Two Of The Nepalese Works At New York’s Rubin Museum Identified As Looted

“Though Nepal banned the export of ancient statues of deities through the Ancient Monuments Preservation Act in 1956, these and other objects of cultural heritage have been looted frequently since the 1980s.” The Rubin says, “Once we have more information on the assessment, we will determine appropriate steps.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, New York, Nepal, Visual, Rubin, Rubin Museum, 09.25.21

The Ugly Truths Of Hollywood

“I couldn’t help but think about how the approaching opening of the Academy Museum — a space that will celebrate the work of these below-the-line craftspeople — is set against the backdrop of Hollywood’s labor strife with the union that represents these same artisans.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Issues, Audience, 09.26.21

If You’re An Artist Who Likes ‘Rugged’ Places, Social Media Might Be Ruining Your Life

Ah, the (literally spilling over the hills, dales, glades, and coasts) humanity. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.26.21

Video Game Music Can Also Truly Be Symphonic

Consider the music of Final Fantasy at Royal Albert Hall: “The two worlds of gaming and classical music merged, and while some concertgoers wore suits and bow ties, others dressed in cosplay as their favorite characters from the game.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Royal Albert Hall, 09.24.21

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