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St. Paul’s Cathedral In London Is Running Out Of Cash And Could Close

With the pandemic having cut off the revenue from tourist admissions, the landmark’s income is down by 90%. The engineer in charge of maintenance and upkeep says the 300-year-old building is “rotting” and all renovation projects have been halted; there’s little to no money for the professional choir that sings services; the Dean of the Cathedral said frankly, “If we can’t raise the resources to be able to employ the people to look after the building and pay for the heating and lighting, we woul...
Tags: Art, London, Issues, PAUL, 05.13.21, Dean of the Cathedral


Nicholas Kenyon’s New History Of Western Music

The book’s subtitle, New Adventures in the Western Classical Tradition, makes its soft boundaries clear. As managing director of London’s Barbican Centre, and former director of the Proms, controller of Radio 3 and music critic of the Observer – and therefore a colleague and friend to those of us in the business of classical – Kenyon has heard and programmed as much music as anyone. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, London, Kenyon, Barbican Centre, Nicholas Kenyon, 05.11.21


The New Group – Director of External Affairs

The New Group is seeking an experienced arts professional to serve as its Director of External Affairs. This executive-level position provides a unique opportunity to work at one of New York City’s leading nonprofit Off-Broadway theaters, alongside its Board of Directors, donors, audience base, and staff to strengthen the organization for the future and position it for long-term success. Position Profile About The New GroupThe New Group, led by founding Artistic Director Scott Elliott an...
Tags: Art, New York, London, Jobs, New York City, Broadway, National, Alan Cumming, West End, Bill Pullman, Jesse Eisenberg, Cynthia Nixon, Sutton Foster, Jerry Springer, Holly Hunter, Tonya Pinkins


Ex-English National Ballet Principal Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Students

“Yat-Sen Chang attacked girls and women at the English National Ballet and Young Dancers Academy in London between December 2009 and March 2016. The 49-year-old was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault and one count of assault by penetration. He was cleared of one offence.” – BBC
Tags: Art, London, Dance, Yat Sen Chang, English National Ballet and Young Dancers Academy, 05.12.21


‘We won’t be bouncing back’ – the unsettling truth about the big reopening

Next week, after 14 months of closure and despair, the arts are reawakening. But the damage caused by Covid runs deep – and recovery is by no means assured“If we had to close down again,” says Andrew Lloyd Webber, “we couldn’t survive.” Webber is staging his new musical Cinderella, with book by Oscar-winner Emerald Fennell, in a full-capacity theatre in July, having already delayed its premiere twice. He has mortgaged his house in London and will be selling one of his seven theatres. “It cost £1...
Tags: Books, Music, UK, England, London, Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Stage, Festivals, Classical Music, Economic recovery, Exhibitions


Andrew Lloyd Webber Restores/Updates London’s Oldest Theatre, Built in 1663

In 2000, Lloyd Webber purchased the building, which he calls “objectively marvellous.” For the past two years, with Stephen Thurley’s help, he has been restoring it to its Georgian grandeur, a sixty-million-pound undertaking. There’d been some wear and tear since 1812. “The architecture had been greatly compromised,” Lloyd Webber said. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lloyd Webber, 05.10.21, Stephen Thurley


‘We even performed it in front of the pope!’ – how we made Godspell

‘Religious groups didn’t like Jesus wearing a Superman shirt or the lack of a resurrection. So we told them the curtain call was the resurrection – when Jesus runs on and takes a bow’Godspell opened in London in November 1971 and ran at the same time as Jesus Christ Superstar. It was the Rolls-Royce to our Ford Fiesta. I was 23, had just left the Bristol Old Vic company and was auditioning for everything. There were 30 of us lined up along the stage for the audition. I was on the end and taller ...
Tags: Books, London, Musicals, Religion, Theatre, World news, Culture, Christianity, Stage, Broadway, The Bible, Jesus, Bristol, West End, Jesus Christ, Jeremy Irons


Cirque De Soleil Is Back, Almost

The pandemic forced Cirque to shutter 44 shows all over the world. Now, performers are getting ready – as ready as they can, within their apartments – to return to Las Vegas this summer and London in January. But: “At a time when the pandemic is still raging and uncertainty remains about people’s willingness to return to large theater venues, the attempted comeback by the former behemoth is a litmus test of sorts for the live entertainment industry.” –The New York Times
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Las Vegas, Cirque, Cirque de Soleil, 05.09.21


David Hockney on joy, longing and spring light: ‘I’m teaching the French how to paint Normandy!’

While enjoying an idyllic lockdown in France, the 83-year-old artist has created perhaps his most important exhibition ever – offering hope to an injured world ‘I think it looks terrific,” says David Hockney. “It’s all on one theme, isn’t it? And there’s not many exhibitions like that, really, a show all about the spring.” The 83-year-old artist is taking a look around his new exhibition at the Royal Academy in London for the first time. He seems happy with it – and rightly so, for it is hypnoti...
Tags: Ipad, Art, Apps, Technology, London, France, Environment, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Normandy, Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibitions, Spring, David Hockney, Gardens


How rugby star Maro Itoje found his voice: ‘For black people, the road is often trickier’

From highlighting black history to tackling everyday racism, the powerful athlete is determined to use his platform for changeJust under a year ago, Maro Itoje popped into his local branch of Waitrose to do some shopping. Despite being one of this country’s finest and most recognisable rugby union players – a 6ft 5in second-row forward who has played in a World Cup final and won virtually every major prize in the club game with his team, Saracens – he still enjoys the luxury of being able to wal...
Tags: Art, London, Nigeria, Africa, Race, Sport, World news, Culture, Rugby Union, Art and design, Saracens, Black Lives Matter Movement, Maro Itoje


One Of London’s Leading Theatres Says It Will Keep Live-Streaming Productions Permanently

“[Young Vic artistic director] Kwame Kwei-Armah told The Guardian the pandemic had changed theatre forever, with the livestreaming of plays becoming ‘hard baked’ into how the industry operates. [He] said that during lockdown he had resolved to ‘innovate, not just replicate’ resulting in a project titled Best Seat in Your House which will use multiple cameras and allow online audiences to change what they are looking at.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Audience, Vic, Kwame Kwei Armah, 05.06.21


Catherine de’ Medici 1561 portrait to return to London mansion

Painting has been acquired for nation and will be reinstalled at Strawberry Hill House in TwickenhamA monumental portrait of Catherine de’ Medici, one of the most powerful women in 16th-century Europe, will return to Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham after it was acquired for the nation in lieu of tax.The picture was originally installed in the gothic revival mansion built by Horace Walpole, who acquired it 247 years ago, and was part of an important collection amassed by the son of Sir Robert...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Catherine, Twickenham, Horace Walpole, Strawberry Hill House, Robert Walpole Britain


The World’s Longest-Running Play, Coming Back From Its First Closure In 69 Years

The producers of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap in London’s West End have “employed two casts who will rehearse and work completely separately, and appear in alternating runs of three performances. If an actor were to test positive, the other cast – contracted to be available and in reach of the theatre in their time off – will immediately take over for 10 days while the other group recuperates. Quarantine rules would prevent the usual theatre practice of one absentee being replaced by a stand...
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, West End, Agatha Christie, 05.05.21


‘The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains’ coming to Los Angeles

“The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains,” featuring over 350 artifacts collected from the band’s more than 55-year career, is coming to the United States for the first time and taking up residency at the Vogue Multicultural Museum in Los Angeles Aug. 3-Nov. 28. The traveling exhibition, which drew over 400,000 attendees to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2017, serves as a retrospective of the various chapters of Pink Floyd’s career. It includes high-tech audio and visuals, object...
Tags: Art, Music, London, Los Angeles, Sport, Pink Floyd, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Jennifer Lopez, Harry, Victoria, Richard Wright, Bay Area, San Bernardino, Syd Barrett


Play inspired by Long Now premieres this month

Gutter Street, a London-based theatre company, is premiering a play called The Long Now later this month. “The Long Now is inspired by the work of the @longnow foundation and takes a look at the need to promote long term thinking through our unique Gutter Street Lens,” the company said on Twitter. Play summary: Tudor is the finest clockmaker of all time. She knows her cogs from her clogs but will she be able to finish fixing her town’s ancient clock before time runs out? She is distracted...
Tags: Art, London, Future, Tudor, Long News, Gutter Street, Gutter Street Lens


Rafe Spall: ‘Madonna came up and started grinding me. A circle formed’

For all the standing ovations, Hollywood roles and parties with stars, nothing beats the rough and tumble of real life for actor Rafe SpallThe play was going well. It was going very well, a Broadway production of Pinter’s Betrayal, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz as a married couple and Rafe Spall as her lover – the last thing Mike Nichols directed before he died. It was a hit; so much so that one night Madonna invited the cast round for dinner. “So I went to dinner,” says Spall.He is tel...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Television, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Broadway, Madonna, Daniel Craig, Rafe Spall, Mike Nichols, Rachel Weisz, Stroud, Lourdes, Rafe


Great Art Explained: Watch 15 Minute Introductions to Great Works by Warhol, Rothko, Kahlo, Picasso & More

Can great art be explained? Isn’t it a little like explaining a joke? Yet this can be worthwhile when the joke is in a foreign language or an unfamiliar idiom, a long-forgotten dialect or an alien idiolect. Consider, for example, the most common response to Mark Rothko’s monochromatic rectangles: “I don’t get it.” Will perplexed viewers better understand Rothko’s Seagram murals when they learn that “he was found in a pool of blood six by eight feet wide, roughly the size of one of his pa...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Hollywood, London, College, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Tate Modern, Monet, Andy, Forbes, Mozart, Payne, Josh Jones, Mark Rothko


Indian-American Calls For Paris Opera Ballet To Cancel ‘La Bayadère’

Rajan Zed, an advocate and the founder of the Reno-based Universal Society of Hinduism, has previously called on other companies, including Houston Ballet, the Royal Ballet in London, and, just this month, the Korean National Ballet and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, to remove “this deeply problematic ballet … [and] blatant belittling of a rich civilization” from their repertoires. In his latest statement, he says that “we are well into the 21st century now, and outdated L...
Tags: Art, London, Dance, St Petersburg, Rajan Zed, Universal Society of Hinduism, Paris Opera Ballet, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 04.27.21, Houston Ballet the Royal Ballet, Korean National Ballet


Former English National Ballet Principal On Trial For Alleged Sexual Abuse Of Students

“Yat-Sen Chang, 49, has been charged with 12 counts of sexual assault and two counts of assault by penetration against a female aged 16 or over. The alleged offences are said to have taken place at the English National Ballet and Young Dancers Academy in London between December 2009 and March 2016. Chang, who lives in the German port city of Kiel, has denied all the charges.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Dance, Chang, Kiel, 04.26.21, Yat Sen Chang, English National Ballet and Young Dancers Academy


Anthony Hopkins Sure Didn’t Expect To Win, Either

The actor didn’t appear on video for his Best Actor win, leaving the Oscars production with a big letdown of an ending. A Los Angeles Times article explained that “while at 83 years old Hopkins became the oldest winner of an acting Oscar in any category, it wasn’t worth the risk of being exposed to the coronavirus to travel to the British Film Institute in London to accept it.” He later posted a sweet video to his Instagram from his home in Wales. After praising Chadwick Boseman, he said, “I re...
Tags: Art, London, Wales, People, Los Angeles Times, Anthony Hopkins, Hopkins, Chadwick Boseman, British Film Institute, 04.26.21


London’s West End Galleries Reopen

And visitors who have been in lockdown number … infinity? … and have been absolutely starved for art are more than happy to be in the galleries, masked, in person. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Visual, 04.25.21


The Meaning of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights Explained

Over the half-millennium since Hieronymus Bosch painted it, The Garden of Earthly Delights has produced an ever-widening array of interpretations. Is it “a painting about sexual freedom”? A “medieval acid trip”? An “erotic fantasy”? A “heretical attack on the church”? The work of “a member of an obscure free-love cult”? James Payne, the London curator behind the Youtube channel Great Art Explained, rejects all these views. In the opening of the in-depth video analysis above, he describes...
Tags: Art, Facebook, London, College, History, Seoul, Bosch, Adam, Payne, Garden of Eden, Hieronymus Bosch, James Payne, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles


Was Nero cruel? British Museum offers hidden depths to Roman emperor

Nero: the man behind the myth brings together more than 200 artefacts from across EuropeNero, one of the most notorious Roman emperors of them all, murdered his mother and two wives, ruthlessly persecuted early Christians, including Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and even set fire to Rome itself – famously fiddling amid the flames – to make room to build himself a vast, luxurious palace.Or did he? That is the question posed by an exhibition opening at the British Museum next month which seeks, if n...
Tags: Art, London, UK News, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, British Museum, Peter, PAUL, Roman, Nero


The Pandemic Is Changing City Centers, And Britain’s Fabled Department Store Buildings Are At Risk

Of course, online shopping has done the most damage to physical stores. But do they need to be demolished? “Gems facing the wrecking ball include Birmingham’s mid-century Rackhams, which is currently home to House of Fraser, Debenhams in Taunton, which was built in 1938 and extended in the 1960s, and Marks & Spencer’s store near Marble Arch in London, which was completed in 1930. There are also concerns about the future of Aberdeen’s brutalist John Lewis, and Browns of Chester – most recently p...
Tags: Art, John Lewis, London, Aberdeen, Britain, Debenhams, Birmingham, Chester, Taunton, Visual, Marks Spencer, Marble Arch, House of Fraser Debenhams, 04.17.21


Now We Know This Wax Bust Is Definitely Not A Leonardo. How Do We Know? Sperm Whales

Back in 1909, a couple of very prominent German art historians decided, for various reasons, that a wax figurine of the goddess Flora that one of them had picked up at a London antique store simply had to be a genuine Leonardo da Vinci, and announced this with great fanfare. The London Times responded that no, the bust was actually sculpted by one Richard Cockle Lucas in 1860. “In the next two years, more than 730 heated articles were written debating the attribution. There were debates on the ...
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Leonardo, Flora, Leonardo da Vinci, London Times, 04.15.21, Richard Cockle Lucas


The Avengers Reimagined in Fine Art Print Series From Artist Tristan Eaton

Tristan Eaton‘s next series of art prints is pretty super. The renowned artist, who has previously taken his unique brand of graphic art to franchises like Universal’s Monsters, now tackles Marvel’s The Avengers in a suite of six brand new silver foil prints featuring Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, and Thor. A limited number of these go on sale today, so read on to learn how you might be able to add these to your collection. Originally designed and painted in 2020 ...
Tags: Art, London, Movies, Marvel, America, Tate Modern, Stan Lee, Avengers, Cool Stuff, Roy Lichtenstein, Eaton, Forbidden Planet, Marvel HQ, Aaron Barr, Tristan Eaton, Avengers Tristan Eaton


Marketing Opera On TikTok (Maybe It Works!)

The Royal Opera House in London launched a TikTok channel last summer and has since picked up more than 400,000 followers, with some of its quickie videos picking up millions of hits and likes, especially Diana Damrau singing the Queen of the Night’s second aria from The Magic Flute. – The Telegraph (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, London, Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau, 04.15.21


Prince Philip was a champion of design | Letter

The late Duke of Edinburgh passionately supported invention and engineering, writes Roland HillYour obituary, editorial and other pages devoted to the Duke of Edinburgh (9 April) omitted his passionate support of design, invention and engineering.From working as a young engineer in London in the 1960s and seeing the Prince Philip designer’s prize (1959-2011) displayed at the Design Council’s showroom on Haymarket, to his impassioned BBC Radio 4 Today programme statement in 2016 that “everything ...
Tags: Design, Technology, London, Wales, UK News, Culture, Engineering, Art and design, Monarchy, Edinburgh, Duke, Philip, Haymarket, BBC Radio, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip


Artist Rachel Whiteread Has Changed Her Art, And Her Life

Whiteread won the Turner Prize when she was 30, the first woman, and youngest artist, ever to win – and she id it for casting an entire house in London. She’s been casting objects and the spaces around objects for three decades. But now? Now, she’s building new things. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Rachel Whiteread, Whiteread, 04.11.21


Behold The World’s Largest Collection Of Magazines

“[James] Hyman’s collection now stands at around 150,000 editions of roughly 5,000 titles. They form the bulk of HYMAG, a dedicated magazine library housed in a former factory in Woolwich, south-east London. It’s an overwhelming sight. … It is not just the words that are important, Mr. Hyman stresses, but what surrounds them: the advertisements, the page layouts, the typography and all the other marginalia that have been lost as text has transitioned to the internet.” – The Economist
Tags: Art, London, World, Words, Woolwich, Hyman, 04.06.21, James -RSB- Hyman, HYMAG



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