TV Newsrooms Are Jumping To Streaming In 2022

As the nation’s big media companies look to woo new viewers trying to pick their way through a dizzying number of streaming outlets, news divisions are signing up for the battle. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media

Perspective: Seeing The Real Chuck Close

Seeing Chuck’s image reduced to the accusations against him in recent years has inspired me to tell my story, not as a defense or rebuttal — I believe and honor the women who came forward — but to add perspective to how we see Chuck Close, even if that portrait is more Cubist than photorealist. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Chuck, Featured, People

Maria Rosario Jackson Confirmed as New NEA Chair

Jackson, 56, earned a doctorate in urban planning from the University of California at Los Angeles, and she’s a professor at Arizona State University and a sought-after speaker on how to embed arts, culture and design into community life. Jackson previously worked at the Urban Institute. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Jackson, Issues, Arizona State University, University of California at Los Angeles, Maria Rosario Jackson

Recontextualizing Messiahs In Confronting Racism

How these two Canadian companies chose to respond to our contemporary context of anti-racist calls when interpreting Messiah provides an opportunity to have a conversation about how performers and audiences of western classical music can engage more fully in anti-colonial and anti-racist work. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Music, Messiah

We’re Addicted To Stories With Trauma. But Are We Lazy?

The prevalence of the trauma plot cannot come as a surprise at a time when the notion of trauma has proved all-engulfing. Its customary clinical incarnation, P.T.S.D., is the fourth most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder in America, and one with a vast remit. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, America, Issues

Too Many Words! (The New York Times Dance Critic Has A Problem With Spielberg’s “West Side Story”)

Gia Kourlas: “With so much emphasis on dialogue and character development, the tension — the very glue of West Side Story — seeps away. Tony, we learn, is on parole for almost killing a kid. Who cares?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, New York Times, Spielberg, Tony, West Side Story, Gia Kourlas

Meditating On The Art Of Giving Up

The way the idea of giving up figures in our lives, as a perpetual lure and an insistent fear. The giving up that involves leaving ourselves out of what we had wanted, or thought we had wanted. The giving up that is linked to a sense of impossibility, or of possibilities running out. – London Review of Books
Tags: Art, London, Featured, Ideas

The Original Novel “Bambi” Was No Cloying Tale For The Kiddies

“Far from being a children’s story, Bambi was actually a parable about the inhumane treatment and dangerous precariousness of Jews and other minorities in what was then an increasingly fascist world, the new translation will show.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, Bambi

While Paris wants To Be A “Fifteen-Minute City,” Sweden Experiments With A “One-Minute City”

While Paris works with a 15-minute radius and Barcelona’s superblocks with nine-block chunks of the city, Sweden’s project operates at the single street level, paying attention to “the space outside your front door — and that of your neighbors adjacent and opposite.” – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Sweden, Barcelona, Ideas, Paris

Kennicott: Remembering Wayne Thiebaud

There’s a Warhol, there’s a Lichtenstein, there’s a Thiebaud. His work was routinely grouped with that of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and thus he must have been a pop artist. But his art resisted the inclination not to look with marvelous energy. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Kennicott

“Junk Turned Into Art”: L.A.’S Watts Towers At 100

“Are those towers the most powerful act of recycling that California has ever seen? Maybe.” Christopher Reynolds recounts the history of their building, including the 100,000-pounds-of-pressure stress test they had to pass so as not to be demolished. – Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)
Tags: Art, California, Visual, Christopher Reynolds

Is The Met Museum Well-Served By Showcasing Disney?

The self-consciousness isn’t necessary; Disney transcended the high-low debate a long time ago. A better question is whether a major art institution dedicating programming to a multibillion dollar corporate behemoth best serves a viewing public. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Disney, Visual

A Choreographer Designs Movement For Robots So That Humans Will Trust Them (And Maybe Even Dance With Them)

Folks may love R2-D2 and WALL-E up on the screen, but they tend to be suspicious of robots in real life, especially when they don’t look like people or movie characters. But even odd-looking machines can be given movement that lets humans relate to them. – Scientific American
Tags: Art, Dance

Boston’s New Mayor Has Big Plans For The Arts

“It’s impossible to separate out ‘arts issues’ and ‘arts equity’ issues, from the stabilization of our communities,” says Michelle Wu. Among her priorities are a dedicated income stream for arts funding, making free admission more widely available, and getting more arts into city neighborhoods. – MSN (The Boston Globe)
Tags: Art, Boston, Issues, Michelle Wu

How Many Stars Can Hollywood Cram Into One Movie?

More than ever before, both in blockbusters (Spider-Man: No Way Home, Eternals) and prestige pictures (Nightmare Alley, The French Dispatch), casts are being packed with as many above-the-title names as possible. Just now, there are sound business reasons for doing that. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media

“A Ring Of Authenticity”: Period Instruments Make An Astonishing Difference In Kent Nagano’s “Das Rheingold”

“Put it this way,” writes David Patrick Stearns, “in a year when Berlin, London, and much of the operatic world were abuzz over higher-profile Ring activity, this — (at least) in the Dutch radio broadcast I caught — was the most important Wagner performance (of 2021).” – Classical Voice North America
Tags: Art, Music, Wagner, BERLIN LONDON, Kent Nagano, David Patrick Stearns

How Disgust Drives Behavior

Once you are attuned to disgust, it is everywhere. On your morning commute, you may observe a tragic smear of roadkill on the highway or shudder at the sight of a rat browsing garbage on the subway tracks.  – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas

Filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée Dies Suddenly At 58

The director of the Oscar-nominated films Dallas Buyers Club and Wild and the series Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects, Vallée was found in his cabin near Quebec City, where he’s believed to have had a heart attack on Christmas Day. – Deadline
Tags: Art, People, Dallas Buyers Club, Quebec City, Vallee, Jean Marc Vallee

Belgium Agrees To Return Art Looted During Colonial Period To DR Congo

“The Belgian government plans to set up an expert commission with the Democratic Republic of Congo that will determine the fate of thousands of museum artefacts acquired by Belgium during the colonial era, with a view to making the first restitutions in 2022.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Belgium, Congo, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Visual

Let's celebrate one of the first Black comic artists

Comics have been experiencing a diversity boom for a long time now. While there were always females and creators of color in comics, their names aren't championed as loudly as their white male counterparts. Take Karen Beger, for example. Without her guiding influence over DC Comics in the 80s, we would've never gotten Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, or the Vertigo imprint. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Comics, Video, News, Dc Comics, Black History, Black Artists, Karen Beger, Alan Moore Grant Morrison

Amid The Omicron Wave, Understudies Have Become The Heroes Of Broadway

As cast members test positive for the new coronavirus variant and have to isolate, these under-recognized performers — many of whom must master two or three roles which they have little chance to rehearse — make the difference between the show going on and getting cancelled. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Featured, Theatre, Broadway

Los Angeles’s Leading Arts Institutions Will Require Audience Members To Have Booster Shots

Beginning in mid-January, audience members at all performances at the Ahmanson Theater and Mark Taper Forum, as well as those by the Philharmonic and Master Chorale at Disney Hall will have to show proof of booster vaccination status to be admitted. – Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Issues, Audience, Disney Hall, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theater

From downward spiral to dream job: my 18 months of tumult and transformation

My life seemed to fall apart in 2020. But having nothing to lose meant I was free to pursue my passion Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Life and style, Art and design, Coronavirus

Hotel Poseidon review – soggy zombified hell in a Belgian hotel encrusted with grot

Admirably uncompromising depiction of what may or may not be its hero’s subconscious is intensely realised but not all that much fun to watchBy turns fetid and febrile, pyretic and putrid, and all things hot and sticky, this unique avant garde work is the result of a collaboration between writer-director Stefan Lernous and his colleagues at Abattoir Fermé, a theatre company based in the Belgian Flemish-speaking city of Mechelen. It has a plot, of sorts: there’s a guy named Dave (Tom Vermeir, cak...
Tags: Europe, Film, Theatre, World news, Dave, Culture, Stage, Belgium, Horror Films, Nora, Drama films, Stefan Lernous, Abattoir Fermé, Dave Tom Vermeir, Nora Anneke Sluiters, Ruth Becquart

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