Cool Stuff: Raid71 Gives ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ an Explosive, Dimension-Tearing Poster

Not even two years have passed since Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hit theaters, but there are already some incredible pieces of artwork inspired by the groundbreaking, innovative animated comic book movie. However, we might have a new contender for the best Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse poster yet thanks to a new screen print offering from artist Chris Thornley, aka Raid71 and Grey Matter Art. It’s an explosion of color with the same stylized comic book art that made the 2018 movie so ...
Tags: Art, Movies, Spider-Man, Animation, Sony, Cool Stuff, Comic Book/Superhero, Grey Matter Art, Chris Thornley, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Raid71, Screen Print Holo Foil Paper Hand, Green Goblin Doc Ock Venom Carnage Vulture

Berliners Worry About The Health Of The City’s Visual Arts

More than 5,000 visual artists from around the world are based here, according to statistics compiled by city authorities. Despite high-profile closures, there are still more than 300 galleries, and before Covid-19 restrictions, there were public art talks nearly every night. The postponed Berlin Biennial is going forward on Sept. 5, and Gallery Weekend, an event in which about 50 local galleries court international collectors, has moved to mid-September from its usual springtime slot. Many art...
Tags: Art, Berlin, Visual, 08.12.20

Report: Racism At Canadian Museum Of Human Rights

“I served as an external adviser and peer reviewer for the museum over several years. The current crisis may be shocking, but it’s a predictable consequence of the museum’s history of separating strategic management practices from human rights principles.” – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Issues, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, 08.10.20

New Project Wonders How Ancient Languages Sounded

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, and the composer Edmund Hunt are to lead an effort to fuse music and historic linguistics to examine the sonic footprints of Vikings and Celts. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Vikings, Birmingham City University, Edmund Hunt, 08.13.20

AMC Is Opening Movie Theatres Next Week – Admission 15 Cents

For one day only, tickets at the theaters will sell for 15 cents, roughly the equivalent of what it cost to watch a movie in 1920. That’s the year that the company’s founders, the Dubinsky Brothers, began operations with a single movie screen in Kansas City, Missouri. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Amc, 08.13.20, Dubinsky Brothers

AMC Says It Will Open Its Movie Theatres Next Week

Starting August 20th, AMC plans to have more than 100 theaters open, and it says it will continue opening locations “such that about two-thirds of our theatres across the country should be open no later than September 3.” – The Verge
Tags: Art, Media, Amc, 08.12.20

A message to the arts and cultural sector from James Abruzzo: We are here to listen and eager to help

The pandemic has eviscerated the arts and cultural sector.  Seasons are canceled, staff put on furlough, executives taking significant pay reductions, new productions and construction projects on hold, and uncertainty about the short-term and intermediate-term future.  Here at DHR and Abruzzo Associates, our clients, candidates, board members, and friends are experiencing an unprecedented set of circumstances that are both devastating to their organizations and negatively affecting their person...
Tags: Art, Opportunities, DHR, DHR International, James Abruzzo, Abruzzo Associates, James AbruzzoManaging

Here’s One Set Of Turf Dancers On The Subway Who Are Actual Professionals

Yung Phil and his crew Turf Feinz may work the BART trains in and around San Francisco, but only between gigs for commercials, music videos, and concert tours. “We’re using [the subways] as another outlet,” he tells Jennifer Stahl. “It’s not just about trying to get a quick dollar. We try to push the movement, we try to push the culture forward.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, San Francisco, Dance, Bart, Jennifer Stahl, 08.11.20, Yung Phil

NY’s High Line Asks For Public Help In Choosing Next Sculpture

The non-profit organisation High Line Art, which commissions public art projects on and around the elevated park in Chelsea, launched a platform of artist proposals this week, and says that comments from the public will be reviewed by its curatorial staff. The deciding vote, however, will ultimately be made by Cecilia Alemani, the director and chief curator of High Line Art, and her staff. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Chelsea, Visual, Cecilia Alemani, High Line Art, 08.12.20

BBC Proms: There Will Be Live Concerts, But No Live Audiences

“All concerts will be broadcast live via the Royal Albert Hall website and on BBC Radio 3, but there will be no live audience. The fortnight of live performances comes after two months of archive Proms broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four. They will take place from Friday 28 August to Saturday 12 September for the Last Night of the Proms.” – BBC Music Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, Bbc, BBC Radio, Royal Albert Hall, 08.12.20

If COVID Means Audiences Can’t Sit Through These Shows, Then They Can Walk Through Them

“Now several companies are attempting variations on what is sometimes called promenade theater — outdoor productions in which audiences move as they follow the action. The form — a cousin to street theater — has a long tradition, particularly in Europe, but has new appeal in the United States this summer because of the relative ease of keeping patrons apart outdoors.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, Theatre, United States, Audience, 08.12.20

Geoffrey Nunberg, Sociopolitical Linguist Known From NPR, Dead At 75

“Dr. Nunberg’s day jobs were in academia and in a Silicon Valley think tank, but his deepest preoccupation was in understanding how human beings communicate through words, from slang and vulgar slurs to political messaging and professional jargon. … He published several books, including essay collections and The Ascent of the A-Word, about the popularity of a certain seven-letter term applied to annoying bosses or people who used to be called heels and jerks … and, for more than 30 years, provi...
Tags: Art, People, Silicon Valley, Npr, Nunberg, Geoffrey Nunberg, 08.13.20

Tate Galleries To Eliminate Half Of All Retail Jobs

“Tate has announced 313 redundancies across its commercial enterprises, which include staff who work in publishing and in gallery shops, cafes and restaurants in London, Liverpool and St Ives. … The figure – almost half of the 640 workforce – is bigger than the 200 redundancies which had previously been speculated on.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, Tate, London Liverpool, 08.12.20

Indoor Performances In England Get Green Light To Resume This Weekend

Venues must require audience members to wear masks and maintain social distance, but if those requirements are being met, then — “despite concerns about persistently high daily infection numbers” — theatres and concert halls may reopen as of Saturday, August 15, along with bowling alleys, skating rinks and some sports events. (Of course, if recent history is any guide, this decision could be reversed Friday afternoon.) – The Guardian
Tags: Art, England, Issues, Audience, 08.13.20

For sale: Home built into the stern of a former US Navy boat from 1908

This "house boat" for sale on Mercer Island, Washington was once the USS Manzanita, built for the US Coast Guard in 1908 and later part of the US Navy. It's now for sale for $2 million. From n 1949, the boat was going to be scrapped, when a local librarian and her father bought the stern portion of the vessel. "So, they bought this boat for a thousand dollars, and they barged it over to Mercer Island. They cut down some trees, sort of winched it up onto the property, and put ...
Tags: Post, Real Estate, Design, News, Architecture, Boats, Homes, Ships, US Navy, Houses, US Coast Guard, Mercer Island Washington, Lori -RSB- Holden Scott

Why Exams Continue To Be The Gold Standard For Education

Many of the criticisms levelled at exams as a framework for learning and a means of assessment have validity. There have been valiant attempts over the years to provide a balance between formal assessment and coursework-based, teacher-assessed learning, and this trend rightly continues in many vocational and technical courses. However, despite their drawbacks, exams do encourage and promote a much wider set of skills and values than is often acknowledged by their child-centred opponents. – Unhe...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 08.12.20, Gold Standard For Education

How to Be in Time

Photograph: Scott Thrift. “We already have timepieces that show us how to be on time. These are timepieces that show us how to be in time.” – Scott Thrift Slow clocks are growing in popularity, perhaps as a tonic for or revolt against the historical trend of ever-faster timekeeping mechanisms. Given that bell tower clocks were originally used to keep monastic observances of the sacred hours, it seems appropriate to restore some human agency in timing and give kairos back some of the...
Tags: Art, Future, The Clock of the Long Now, Scott Thrift

Even Before The Blast, Beirut’s Arts Communities Were In Crisis. Some Wonder If It’s Worth Trying To Rebuild

That’s because all of Lebanon was in crisis, with daily demonstrations, the collapse of the currency, and a gridlocked, dysfunctional political class that has been clinging to control since the civil war ended inconclusively 30 years ago. “What is frightening is that we are already so exhausted, so discouraged,” said the director of the city’s leading museum. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to pick ourselves up and move on,” lamented one gallerist. “I am 55. I have reconstructed my life s...
Tags: Art, Beirut, Lebanon, Issues, 08.13.20

Report: Cultural Institutions Spent Almost $8 Billion On Buildings Last Year

The latest figures for 2019 represent a slowdown in the growth of the number of completed projects seen each year since 2016, as well as the fourth consecutive drop in the number of announced projects, which hit a peak of 135 in 2016. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Issues, 08.12.20

A Storied Hollywood Research Library – And It Needs A Home

Its roots go back to the Pickford-Fairbanks Studios, established in 1919 on a corner of Formosa Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Renamed United Artists Studio in the 1920s, the Lot, as it came to be known, eventually became the site of Samuel Goldwyn Studios. In 1961, Lillian Michelson, wife of renowned storyboard artist Howard Michelson, became a volunteer there, and eight years later, she made the library her own. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Samuel Goldwyn, Santa Monica Boulevard, Lillian Michelson, Hollywood Research Library, Pickford Fairbanks Studios, Formosa Avenue, West Hollywood Renamed United Artists Studio, Howard Michelson

Julian Bream, One Of 20th Century’s Great Classical Guitarists And Lutenists, Dead At 87

“As performer and developer of the guitar and its repertory – and as a leading reviver of the lute’s Renaissance repertory – Bream, who has died aged 87, was one of the instrument’s towering figures of any generation.” All the more notable is that Bream was, to a great extent, self-taught on both instruments. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Bream, Julian Bream, 08.14.20

Guitarist Julian Bream, 87

Interviewed in the Guardian aged 80, Bream, who retired in 2002, said he was no longer playing: “The thing I feel a little annoyed about is that I know I’m a better musician than I was at 70, but I can’t prove it.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Bream, Julian Bream, 08.14.20

The Theatre Of Giving Convention Speeches When There’s No In-Person Audience

The impresarios of the Democratic and Republican national conventions are facing the same theatrical problem that playwrights, stand-up comics and concert singers have been grappling with since the pandemic darkened our stages: how to simulate the look, sound and feel of live performance. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 08.13.20

How Swedish Culture Explains Its Response To COVID

It also helps explain the Swedish policy response to Covid-19 — banning gatherings over 50, encouraging home working and social distancing, shielding of vulnerable groups, while keeping society as open as possible — which can be seen as typically lagom. It was designed to be proportionate to the threat, but unhysterical, and sustainable over the long term. To rip up a long-prepared pandemic plan and impose unprecedented measures just because everybody else was would be considered reckless; to c...
Tags: Art, Ideas, COVID, 08.10.20

New Book Traces Europe’s Great Buildings Back To Far East

Given their prevalence in the great cathedrals of Europe, it is easy to imagine that pointed stone arches and soaring ribbed vaults are Christian in origin. But the former dates back to a seventh-century Islamic shrine in Jerusalem, while the latter began in a 10th-century mosque in Andalucia, Spain. In fact, that first known example of ribbed vaulting is still standing. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Europe, Jerusalem, Visual, Far East, Andalucía Spain, 08.13.20

‘Literally Melting’: Medieval Buildings Of Yemen’s Capital Are Collapsing In Rain And Floods

The multistory, ochre-and-white mud-brick houses in the UNESCO-listed old city of Sanaa had already been weakened by bombs and artillery during Yemen’s six-years-and-counting civil war. But this year’s monsoon season, the rainiest in recent memory, is seeing some of those buildings simply fall to pieces. – France24 (AFP)
Tags: Art, Unesco, Yemen, Visual, Sanaa, 08.13.20

First Woman To Conduct Opera At Salzburg Festival Isn’t Much Interested In Gender

Joana Mallwitz: “I’m still amazed about all the situations where it’s still possible to be ‘the first woman ever.’ … I’ve conducted Mozart operas my whole life at major houses, and I wasn’t asked to conduct at Salzburg just because I’m a woman. That’s not how it works.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Salzburg, Mozart, 08.13.20, Joana Mallwitz

Leon Wieseltier, Chastened, Is Starting A New Magazine After All

A literal éminence grise (his hair went white decades ago) best known for editing the books-and-culture pages of The New Republic for 32 years, Wieseltier was about to launch a journal funded by Laurene Powell Jobs and called Idea when, in 2017, a slew of #MeToo allegations (none of which he denied) led both the magazine and Wieseltier to be canceled. Now he’s back, with a new quarterly called Liberties (420 pages of text, no images, no ads) about “the rehabilitation of liberalism” — and, perha...
Tags: Art, Words, New Republic, Laurene Powell Jobs, Wieseltier, 08.15.20

Hollywood Movie Production Restarts (But Not In Hollywood)

Hollywood has been unable to restart production on its own soundstages in California because of surging infections in the state, plodding negotiations with unions over protocols and the time it takes to get test results. So big movie studios, under pressure to get their production assembly lines running again, have focused on overseas shooting. The “Avatar” sequels are filming again in New Zealand. Sony Pictures has “Uncharted,” its adaptation of a popular video game, going in Berlin. – The New...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, California, Berlin, New Zealand, Sony Pictures, 08.13.20

New VR Experience Takes You Inside Notre Dame Before And After The Fire

Rebuilding Notre-Dame begins by recounting the history of the gothic cathedral with close-ups of its gargoyles, bells and sacristy alongside the rector Patrick Chauvet talking about his sense of vocation. This footage was made three months prior to the fire for a Targo documentary on Chauvet. The ensuing scenes include drone images of the cathedral’s blazing fire, of crowds of shocked onlookers and of firemen struggling to extinguish the flames, followed by interviews with Chauvet, General Jean...
Tags: Art, Paris, Visual, Chauvet, Anne Hidalgo, Patrick Chauvet, Jean Louis Georgelin, 08.13.20, Targo

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