Planned Virginia Woolf statue challenged as insensitive

Memorial to novelist would be by Thames, which would evoke her suicide by drowningConcerns have been raised about a planned statue of Virginia Woolf overlooking the Thames, which has been called insensitive because of the way she killed herself.The memorial the author, designed by Laury Dizengremel, would be positioned on a park bench overlooking the river on Richmond riverside in south-west London, where she lived for about a decade from 1914. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, London, Women, UK News, Art and design, Sculpture, Virginia Woolf, Richmond, south west London, Laury Dizengremel

Gabriela Lena Frank talks about being an artist citizen

Gabriela Lena Frank, Composer-in-Residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Recipient of the Heinz Award, Winner of a Latin Grammy and Recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, speaks about the role of an artist citizen.
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, Ajblogs, Gabriela Lena Frank, Gabriela Lena Frank Composer

Artist Raymond Pettibon examined on Cartoonist Kayfabe

This week on Cartoonist Kayfabe, we get to dive into the art of Raymond Pettibon. You can check out the episode here on YouTube: Raymond Pettibon – Black Flag, Drawings, Zines, Punk Fliers, and Love and Rockets!?!. Besides my awe of Pettibon's one-of-a-kind drawings, I'm amazed by the sheer amount of work he's made over the years. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Raymond Pettibon, Pettibon, Kayfabe

On show at last: the myths and mysteries of Belkis Ayón, a giant of Cuban art

The short but brilliant career of the printmaker is explored at her first European retrospective in Madrid, 22 years after she diedTheir creator is long gone, but Belkis Ayón’s figures live on in syncretic shadow and silhouette, forever slipping between realms and roles, borders and beliefs.Over the course of a short but brilliant life whose final years were profoundly marked by the chaos that the collapse of the Soviet Union visited on her native Cuba, Ayón established herself as an artist whos...
Tags: Art, Religion, Art and design, Christianity, Slavery, Cuba, Madrid, Soviet Union, Belkis Ayon, Cuba Ayón

Alan Cumming and Forbes Masson: ‘People say double acts are like marriage without the sex’

The actors recreate their Victor & Barry comedy duo – and recall their unique creative sparkAlan Cumming and Forbes Masson met at Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1982. Together, they created Victor & Barry, a double act who became legends of the Scottish comedy scene. They went on to present several TV shows, and starred in the BBC sitcom The High Life, as two narcissistic air stewards. Appearing in series such as Catastrophe and EastEnders, Masson has since become a celeb...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Broadway, Glasgow, Alan Cumming, Macbeth, Goldeneye, Tony, CUMMING

Lubaina Himid: ‘The beginning of my life was a terrible tragedy’

As the first Black woman – and the oldest person – ever to win the Turner, the artist reflects on being a trailblazer, and how her early life moulded her‘I have always thought in conversations’ … Lubaina Himid explains six of her worksLubaina Himid has waited a long time for a show at Tate Modern. She is now 67, and in 2017 she had the bittersweet honour of being the first Black woman, and the oldest-ever artist (at 63), to win the Turner prize. Bittersweet because “I knew very definitely, in th...
Tags: Art, Culture, Art and design, Tate Modern, Citizens Advice Bureau, Turner, University of Central Lancashire, Lubaina Himid, Preston the city

Lin-Manuel Miranda: ‘Doing Hamilton every night saved me. It kept my head from getting off the swivel’

When his Broadway show became a global phenomenon, the rigours of daily performance kept the actor and songwriter grounded. Then Disney and Hollywood came calling. Now, the ‘musical theatre fanboy’ has returned to his first loveAbout halfway through Tick, Tick ... Boom!, the new movie directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the patrons of a diner in 90s New York all turn to the camera and sing. The movie, Miranda’s directorial debut, is based on the autobiographical stage show of the same name by Jonath...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Musicals, Film, Theatre, Disney, America, Culture, Stage, Bernadette Peters, Broadway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andrew Garfield, Miranda, Hamilton, Moana

Improv Game: Verbal vs. Nonverbal Cues

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and felt like something was off? It might have been because the person you were speaking to was using body language that didn’t match what they were saying. Sometimes someone’s verbal cues (what they’re saying) don’t match their nonverbal cues (what their body is doing — posture, […]
Tags: Theatre, Cues, Theatre Games, Improv, Teaching Drama

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