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Australia’s Big Festivals Have Thrived With International Stars. Can They Work With Local Artists?

Tasmania’s MONA FOMA festival last month saw a ‘hyperlocal’ approach to programming. Unable to draw headliners from around the world, local artists were front and centre – of the 352 artists involved, 90% were Tasmanian. By most accounts, it was a success with reviewers and audiences. – ArtsHub (Australia)
Tags: Art, Australia, Tasmania, Issues, Foma, 02.23.21

Our Strained Conceptual Relationship With Squirrels

“It’s almost as though the existence of animals, and their various similarities to humans, constituted insults. Like a squirrel, I have eyes and ears, scurry about on the ground and occasionally climb a tree. (One of us does this better than the other does.) Our shared qualities — the fact that we are both hairy or that we have eyes or we poop, for example — are disconcerting if I am an immortal being created in the image of God and the squirrel just a physical organism, a bundle of instincts.”...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 02.23.21

More People Are Sending Nude Selfies Of Themselves. Why?

As the pandemic forces relationships to be conducted remotely, more people than ever are resorting to the virtual exchange of intimacies. Last autumn, a poll of 7,000 UK schoolchildren by the youth sexual health charity Brook put the figure at nearly one in five who said they would send a naked selfie to a partner during a lockdown. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Visual, Brook, 02.23.21

NYC Culture Jobs Down By Astonishing Two-Thirds In 2020

Jobs in arts, entertainment and recreation fell by 66% last year from 2019, the largest decline among the city’s economic sectors, erasing a decade of gains in what was one of New York’s most vibrant industries, the report said. – Crain’s New York
Tags: Art, New York, Issues, Crain, 02.23.21

The Nobel Winner Who’s Not All That Crazy About Writing

Kazuo Ishiguro: “In some ways, I suppose, I’m just not that dedicated to my vocation. I expect it’s because writing wasn’t my first choice of profession. It’s almost something I fell back on because I couldn’t make it as a singer-songwriter. It’s not something I’ve wanted to do every minute of my life. It’s what I was permitted to do. So, you know, I do it when I really want to do it, but otherwise I don’t.” – The New York Times Magazine
Tags: Art, Words, Kazuo Ishiguro, 02.23.21

Watch This AI Play Almost Any Piece Of Music On The Piano After Hearing Once

Created by Canadian-based Massive Technologies, the AI pianist is trained to listen to musical compositions and recreate them with virtual hands—and the results are pretty good. – Vice
Tags: Art, Music, 02.23.21, Massive Technologies

160 Public Confederate Symbols Were Taken Down In 2020

In the group’s “Whose Heritage?” report, the Southern Poverty Law Center said that last year had been transformative, but that more than 2,100 symbols of the Confederacy remained, including 704 monuments. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Southern Poverty Law Center, 02.23.21

Daughter Of Israel’s Most Famous Author Accuses Him Of ‘Sadistic Abuse’

In the opening lines of her new memoir, the second daughter of Amos Oz, Galia, wrote, “In my childhood, my father beat me, swore and humiliated me. … Not a passing loss of control and not a slap in the face here or there, but a routine of sadistic abuse. My crime was me myself, so the punishment had no end.” Galia’s siblings and mother say they remember Amos, who died in late 2018, very differently. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Israel, People, Amos, Galia, 02.23.21, Amos Oz Galia

16-Year-Old Dance Student Becomes First To Reach 100 Million TikTok Followers

Charli D’Amelio, the 16 year-old dance student and TikTok sensation was awarded $100,000 from TikTok when she reached 100 million followers in November of 2020. She donated her gift to the American Dance Movement with the guidelines to award 10 national dance centers $10,000 each.  – Group Upstate
Tags: Art, Dance, Charli D'Amelio, 02.23.21, American Dance Movement

When The Masses First Started To Read Widely…

“It has recently been argued that reading novels, especially epistolary novels, helped people in the 18th century to put themselves in other people’s shoes, and sensitized them to cruelty in everyday life, savage punishments and abuses of human rights: In reading, they empathized across traditional social boundaries between nobles and commoners, masters and servants, men and women, perhaps even adults and children. As a consequence, they came to see others—people they did not know personally—as...
Tags: Art, Words, 02.23.21

English National Opera Announces Return To Live Performances With A Bang

Some might say tackling Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring Cycle during a pandemic is folly. English National Opera, announcing the plan on Wednesday, believes the opposite and wants to return to live performance with a bang. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Richard Wagner, 02.23.21

Big Publishing’s New Editors

“By the time that America’s reckoning on race reached a fever pitch last year, publishing was months into a messy upheaval of its own. On Twitter, publishing insiders railed against the blinding whiteness of the industry, while writers of color used #PublishingPaidMe to show that they often received far less money than their white peers. The resulting move by the big-five publishers to hire executives and editors of color has been viewed by some as a sea change for the industry.” – New York Mag...
Tags: Art, America, Words, 02.23.21

A Time Of Reckoning For Cultural Organizations

“For institutions that have historically enjoyed a certain level of prestige, these calls for reexamination of (and accountability for) their charitable purposes may be disorienting. For some, the impulse might be to retreat further, to protect their reputations and their leadership, to ride this out.” – NonProfit Quarterly
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.23.21, Time Of Reckoning For Cultural Organizations

How The Indianapolis Museum Went Wrong (By The Guy Who Used To Run It)

“Every decision made by Charles Venable over the past decade seemed to be in service of remaking a museum founded in the 19th century into an income-generating attraction, when in fact it is a peer of other great Midwestern art museums that are open to the public for free and pursue an educational mission rather than masquerading as amusement parks.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Charles Venable, 02.23.21

Why Should We Trust Smiles When They’re So Easy To Fake?

“The trouble is that smiling is easy to do. If flashing a smile can so easily convey good intent, it could be ‘hacked’ by unscrupulous individuals who want you to think that they’re trustworthy so they can exploit you. These kinds of ‘false smiles’ certainly happen in everyday life, yet we still generally trust smiles. In my research, I wanted to understand why.” – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 02.23.21

Gérard Depardieu Formally Charged With Rape And Sexual Assault

“An actor in her 20s … accuses Depardieu of having raped and assaulted her at his Parisian home on two separate occasions in August 2018. … An initial investigation into the rape accusations against the 72-year old was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence. It was reopened last summer, leading to criminal charges being filed in December.” – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, People, Gerard Depardieu, Depardieu, 02.23.21

Pandemic Has Knocked Out Oscar Campaign Season, So Awards May Get Weird

“The process [of campaign events] helps winnow the field of competing films for upcoming awards shows, a kind of hive mind forming around the season’s leading contenders. This year, that mind is looking blank.” As the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter recently tweeted, “The usual consensus-building is gone, and voters are left to what they actually think.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Media, 02.23.21

UK Museum Workers’ Unions Fear Boris Johnson’s Government Wants To ‘Airbrush’ British History

“Prospect, the FDA union and PCS union wrote that their members were ‘deeply worried’ that the government was challenging the independence of museums and galleries to provoke an unnecessary ‘culture war’ over the portrayal of historical figures” following a meeting between culture secretary Oliver Dowden and the directors of a number of the country’s major museums. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Boris Johnson, Fda, Issues, Oliver Dowden, 02.23.21

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Backbone Of San Francisco’s Literary Scene, Dead At 101

A poet in his own right as well as proprietor of the bookstore and publishing house City Lights, Ferlinghetti became famous in 1957 when he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of obscenity charges after publishing Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” Ultimately, he became “a fixture at the center of the whirling counterculture, … the bearded guru of San Francisco’s art scene, as closely identified with the city as summer fog and the Golden Gate.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, San Francisco, People, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, 02.23.21

Commercial Art Galleries In UK Can Reopen Before Museums Do, And Museum Folks Are Furious

“Museum and gallery leaders in England have expressed anger, disappointment and bafflement at why commercial art galleries – which count as non-essential shops – can open five weeks before them. ‘It is just nuts’ said Rebecca Salter, the president of the Royal Academy of Arts which, like other public galleries, has been told it can reopen no sooner than 17 May. Shops, meanwhile, can open on 12 April.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, England, Royal Academy of Arts, Visual, Rebecca Salter, 02.23.21

“Black Art’s” Blackout: Who’s Absent from HBO’s Survey of “Today’s Top African American Artists”?

Although it gives us fascinating inside-the-studio glimpses of several important artists at work, Black Art: In the Absence of Light insufficiently illuminates the depth and breadth of work African-American artists are producing today. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Hbo, Ajblogs, 02.23.21

Facebook Ends Australia News Ban After Deal With Government

The [agreement is that] the government may not apply the code to Facebook if the company can demonstrate it has signed enough deals with media outlets to pay them for content. The government has also agreed that Facebook and other platforms which would be subject to the code would be given a month’s notice to comply.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Facebook, Media, 02.23.21, Facebook Ends Australia News

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