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Tainted ‘Tintoretto’: Venice Mayor Mars Kaywin Feldman’s Blockbuster Debut at National Gallery

Having heard Luigi Brugnaro, Mayor of Venice, expound on Tintoretto’s “values” during yesterday’s livestream of the National Gallery of Art’s press preview for the Venetian artist’s first full-scale retrospective in America, I’m convinced that museums need to lay down some content guidelines (especially for non-museum professionals) to discourage pronouncements that are inappropriate for exhibition openings.” – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, America, Venice, National Gallery, Ajblogs, 03.20.19, Mars Kaywin Feldman, Luigi Brugnaro Mayor

ArtPlace America Engagement Resources

I recently had the opportunity to engage with Lyz Crane of ArtPlace America in a discussion about creative placemaking and community engagement. In the course of that discussion she shared some resources that ArtPlace has made available that can be of considerable benefit to anyone involved in community engagement. – Doug Borwick
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, ArtPlace America, Lyz Crane, 03.20.19, ArtPlace America Engagement Resources

Patchel’s ‘Plinkout’

Keith Patchel, a New York-based composer and producer, has created a free online/mobile application called Plinkout, which he is touting as “the easiest way to teach anyone,” especially kids, how to play an instrument as well as how to learn “the core cognitive ideas of music.” – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, New York, Ajblogs, Keith Patchel, 03.18.19, Patchel

Culture Closures: Trump’s FY2020 Budget Proposal Would Axe NEA, NEH, IMLS

Is it mere coincidence that First Lady Melania Trump tweeted a shoutout to the National Endowment for the Arts on the same day that her husband released a FY2020 budget proposal that would eliminate the NEA and NEH? – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Nea, Ajblogs, Trump, Melania Trump, National Endowment for the Arts, 03.18.19

Thank Heaven for Museum Renovations!

I’ve been away for a few weeks, but I don’t want you to miss notice of an excellent exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum: The Lure of Dresden: Bellotto at the Court of Saxony, which runs until Apr. 28. – Judith H. Dobrzynski
Tags: Art, Dresden, Ajblogs, Saxony, Kimbell, 03.18.19

My remarks at the 8th World Summit on Arts & Culture

The Theme of the 2019 Summit, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge and Change. And the panel on which I spoke was listed as a provocation called: Actors in Change. Below is a transcript of my remarks. – Diane Ragsdale
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, 03.17.19

Molesworth Speaks!

Silenced at LA MOCA last year, curator Helen Molesworth lets loose. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Helen Molesworth, Molesworth, LA MOCA, 03.15.19

Microtonality, Anyone?

Philipp Gerschlauer, David Fiuczunski: MikroJazz! (Rare Noise Records)This exploratory venture is subtitled, “Neue Expressionistiche Music,” and the music is, indeed, expressionistic. Ears accustomed to conventional tuning may initially find the microtonal approach difficult to absorb. However, after a hearing or two the microtonality begins to move beyond exoticism, and a listener accepts that the Western equal-tempered scale does not have to be accepted as gospel. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.14.19, Philipp Gerschlauer David Fiuczunski

Recent Listening: Chucho Valdés

Chucho Valdés, Jazz Batá 2 (Mack Avenue)Valdés’s Jazz Batá was considered a departure into the avant-garde when he made it in 1972. Nearly half a century later, the follow-up finds him as adventurous as ever, heading a quartet that concentrates on mastery of the batá tradition of West Africa. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, West Africa, Ajblogs, Chucho Valdés, 03.13.19, Chucho Valdés Jazz Batá, Mack Avenue Valdés, Jazz Batá

Cold Turkey Press: ‘Ikkyū Sojun — Nine Poems’

The Rinzai Zen master Ikkyū Sojun (1394-1481) was a poet, musician, artist, and rebel. He led a life of whoring and drinking. His poems — “often erotic, argumentative, contradictory, judgmental, self-doubting, and occasionally shaded with guilt” — are still as startling as the day they were written. – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Turkey, Ajblogs, 03.13.19

Recent Listening, In Brief

Daniel Szabo, Visionary (Fuzzy Music)Szabo’s work reflects influences of jazz, classical and modern European music. But more striking is that the music has coherence and — for lack of a more exact term — a distinct personality. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Szabo, Daniel Szabo, 03.12.19

Shulman’s ‘Age of Disenchantments’ Has Arrived

Aaron Shulman’s collective biography of the Spanish Panero family, The Age of Disenchanments — just out from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins — has a cast of dramatic characters that is nothing less than stunning. – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Harpercollins, Ajblogs, Panero, Shulman, Aaron Shulman, 03.12.19

Pamela Tatge on Curatorial Practice

I’ve found strikingly few resources available in any media about the craft, practice, and management of arts organizations in the live performing arts (beyond the usual-suspect books). So I’ve started a series of video interviews with performing arts professionals. First up is Pamela Tatge, who took the reins at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2016. – Andrew Taylor
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Jacob, Pamela Tatge, 03.11.19

Monday Recommendation: Dominic Miller

Dominic Miller: Absinthe (ECM)Abetted by producer Manfred Eicher’s canny guidance and ECM’s flawless sound and studio presence, Miller draws on inspiration from painters of France’s impressionist period, delivering power and subtlety in equal measure. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, France, Miller, Ajblogs, ECM, Manfred Eicher, 03.10.19, Dominic Miller

Propwatch: the tooth in ‘Dinomania’

It’s not a real iguanodon tooth, I don’t think. Though in a story about how to interpret the material world and humanity’s place within it, identification is an unusually fraught subject. – David Jays
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.10.19

Action on diversity, instead of talk

Stuart Murphy isn’t hiring consultants, just making immediate change at the English National Opera. – Greg Sandow
Tags: Art, Stuart Murphy, Ajblogs, 03.08.19

Struggling to Understand

“We come to know the choreography’s codes, if not always certain what they conceal.” – Deborah Jowitt
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.09.19

The Latest From Ed Partyka

The power and imagination in his composing and arranging have made Ed Partyka a major contributor to the European big band scene. The Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra’s two most recent albums reflect a distinct musical personality and, often, his relaxed and refreshing approach to serious music. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.07.19, Ed Partyka, The Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra

Breach of Trust? Rothko Gave SFMOMA Its Soon-to-Be-Auctioned Painting at the Museum’s Request

Dear SFMOMA and Sotheby’s: Have you no shame?It’s bad enough for a museum to decide it no longer wants a work that it had specifically requested from its owner. It’s much worse when that owner is the artist himself. How will future potential donors regard such caprices? – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Sotheby, SFMOMA, 03.06.19, Rothko Gave

Global Engagement

I began pondering issues related to community engagement almost 30 years ago. What has become clear to me is that the economic pressures faced by institutions presenting Eurocentric art forms are, throughout the world, forcing greater attention on spreading the reach of those arts. Community engagement is, to my mind, the best available means of doing so. – Doug Borwick
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.07.19

Did Wagner Exploit King Ludwig?

In Luchino Visconti’s magnificent four-hour film Ludwig, the king is ingeniously cast as an embodiment of the Wagnerian pariah. Is the film a credible re-enactment of history? In writing about Visconti’s mega bio-pic for the current Wagner Journal, I felt the need to narrate my own version of events. – Joe Horowitz
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Wagner, Visconti, Ludwig, Luchino Visconti, Wagner Journal

Wroth Over Rothko: SFMOMA’s Distasteful Disposal

What museum director would choose to sell from his institution “an important work completed at the apex of Rothko’s artistic powers, … one of just 19 paintings completed by the artist in 1960” — a year that marked “a critical juncture in the iconic Abstract Expressionist’s career”? – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Rothko, SFMOMA, 03.05.19, Wroth Over Rothko

More From The Late Ed Bickert, With Paul Desmond

Here is a piece from the 1975 Paul Desmond Quartet album Live, recorded at Bourbon Street in Toronto in 1975. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Toronto, Ajblogs, Paul Desmond, Bourbon Street, 03.04.19

Night thoughts about André Previn

The obituaries for André Previn were respectful, even admiring, in a way that they wouldn’t have been had he died a quarter-century ago. It took a very long time for Previn to be fully accepted by the classical-music establishment, … – Terry Teachout
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Andre Previn, Previn, 03.04.19

Bombing the Culture

Has any artistic movement since been as all-encompassing as the counterculture of the 1960s? – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.01.19

Recent Listening: The Bill Mays Trio Is Back

Bill Mays Trio Live At COTAPianist Mays recently reassembled his trio for a concert and their first CD release in more than ten years. Mays, bassist Martin Wind and drummer Matt Wilson came together in a live performance at last Fall’s COTA (Celebration Of The Arts) festival in the Poconos. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Mays, Cota, Matt Wilson, Bill Mays, Martin Wind, 02.28.19

Departures: André Previn And Ira Gitler

In interviews, I found Previn bemused by the difficulty that critics, and sometimes his fellow musicians, encountered when they tried to strike a balance in considering his variegated musical personas.Gitler was an invaluable chronicler of the crucial years when jazz made the transition from the swing era into bebop and a model of clarity. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Andre Previn, Previn, Gitler, 02.28.19

Propwatch: the cigarettes and hoof pick in ‘Equus’

Ned Bennett’s galvanic production for English Touring Theatre and Stratford East sets Peter Shaffer’s play at the time of the 1973 premiere, and the production’s props assemble like a toolkit of the 1970s and its discontents. So what’s in the 1970s toolkit? – David Jays
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Peter Shaffer, Ned Bennett, 02.27.19, Stratford East

Close-Up Worlds

Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co. February 22 & 23The wall to our right is mirrored; a trio can become a sextet, a duet a foursome. The wood floor — golden brown, unmarred, and glowing — plays a starring role. It all but invites a dancer to rest on it. Or fall to it, roll across it, and spring back up and into the arms of a colleague in one seamless maneuver. – Deborah Jowitt
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 02.26.19, Bill Young Colleen Thomas

Fool’s Gold at Metropolitan Museum: Tom Campbell’s Golden Coffin & Golden Parachute

The hits to the Metropolitan Museum’s finances attributable to its previous director, Tom Campbell, just keep on coming. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Metropolitan Museum, Ajblogs, Tom Campbell, 02.26.19, Golden Coffin

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