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New York, New Music: how the city became a hotbed for music in the 80s

In a new exhibition, the city’s more well-known breakout artists are celebrated alongside a richer, and lesser reported, strain of experimental musicIn Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ irrepressible 1980 song Darrio, a klatch of female backup singers bouncingly plead with the titular gentleman to get them into Studio 54. The otherwise obliging Darrio enumerates why he cannot (“That’s the only thing that money can’t buy”), before finally admitting “my kind of heaven is Club 57,” the late-70s/early-80...
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Culture, Art and design, New York Times, Bob Marley, Kingston, East Village, Marx Brothers, Carmen Miranda, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Darrio


‘He was aware of racist pigeonholes’: how Basquiat took inspiration from jazz, hip-hop and no wave

Time Decorated: The Musical Influences of Jean-Michel Basquiat explores the artist’s relationship to music in three short filmsBefore Jean-Michel Basquiat became one of the leading art stars of the 1980s, he was a kid from Brooklyn thriving in the music and art scenes of downtown New York in the late 1970s.“Everyone was coexisting together, musicians and artists,” says Ed Patuto, the producer of Time Decorated: The Musical Influences of Jean-Michel Basquiat, three short films that explore the ar...
Tags: Art, New York, US news, Culture, Brooklyn, Art and design, Jean Michel Basquiat, East Village, Basquiat, Michel Basquiat, Ed Patuto


Ethan Hawke Explains How to Give Yourself Permission to Be Creative

The most creative people, you’ll notice, throw themselves into what they do with absurd, even reckless abandon. They commit, no matter their doubts about their talents, education, finances, etc. They have to. They are generally fighting not only their own misgivings, but also those of friends, family, critics, financiers, and landlords. Artists who work to realize their own vision, rather than someone else’s, face a witheringly high probability of failure, or the kind of success that com...
Tags: Art, Facebook, New York, College, Poetry, America, Creativity, Ethan Hawke, David Lynch, Ginsberg, Hawke, Buckley, William F Buckley, Josh Jones, Krishna, Allen Ginsberg


New York’s $25 Million City Artist Corps: Here, At Last, Are The Details

“Just over a month ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that as part of NYC’s post-pandemic recovery, the city will be investing $25 million in … a new recovery program aimed at hiring over 1,500 artists to create works throughout the five boroughs this summer and beyond. Today, he finally revealed more info about exactly how this program will work, and how artists can apply to take part in it.” – Gothamist
Tags: Art, New York, Bill De Blasio, Issues, 06.08.21


New York To Stage A Mega-Concert In August To Signal End Of The Pandemic

Seeking a grand symbol of New York’s revitalization after a brutal pandemic year, Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning a large-scale performance by multiple acts and has called on Clive Davis, the 89-year-old producer and music-industry eminence, to pull it together. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Bill De Blasio, Clive Davis, 06.07.21


Pose Showed How To Tell Great Trans Stories

The show, whose third season, and run, ended on Sunday night, was set at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the gay and trans subcultures in New York. And yet, it wasn’t about Capital-T Tragedy. – Slate
Tags: Art, New York, Media, 06.06.21


McLuhan—The Great Withholding

Marshall McLuhan "Woman in a Mirror" pp. 80-81 in The Mechanical Bride (2002 Gingko Press edition) [orig. 1951] This ad employs the same technique as Picasso in The Mirror. The differences, of course, are obvious enough. By setting a conventional day-self over against a tragic night-self, Picasso is able to provide a time capsule of an entire life. He reduces a full-length novel (or movie) like Madame Bovary to a single image of great intensity. By juxtaposition and contrast he is able to "say" ...
Tags: Art, New York, Advertising, Communication, Jazz, Picasso, Lambert, Debussy, McLuhan, Adorno, Stefan Kac, McLuhan (Marshall, Lambert (constant, Picasso (pablo, Syncopation And Syncopators, Whitehead (alfred North


Mellon Foundation Is Giving $125 Million In Recovery Funding To Artists And Small Orgs Across New York

“[The project called Creatives Rebuild New York,] which has also received contributions from the Ford Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, will provide up to 2,400 artists with a no-strings-attached monthly income and will endow 300 full-time salaried positions at small- and mid-size arts organizations across the state.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, New York, Issues, Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, 06.03.21, Creatives Rebuild New York


Hand-painted hearts or Captain Tom in bronze? Memorialising the fallen of Covid-19

As heroic statues fall out of vogue, communities have turned to experimental structures – from flourishing gardens to abstract sculptures – as monuments to loss on a vast scaleMaya Lin was a 21-year-old architecture student at Yale University when, in 1981, lacking professional experience, she submitted a class project to a design competition for a memorial for Vietnam war veterans on the National Mall in Washington DC. Her winning design, influenced by the minimalist sculpture and earth art of ...
Tags: Art, New York, Washington, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Sculpture, National Mall, Vietnam, Yale University, Tom, Lin, Coronavirus, Frederick Hart


Gallery Assistants Aren’t Earning A Living Wage

Perhaps not a shocker, but in a 300-gallery survey, results painted “a portrait of an industry beset with income inequality.” Assistants’ top pay was about $35,000 a year, or $17 an hour – not a living wage in New York State. And that also means no overtime, no health benefits, no maternity leave, nothing that one might think galleries would offer during and after the pandemic. – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, 06.01.21


When Salvador Dalí Created a Surrealist Funhouse at New York World’s Fair (1939)

Only the violence and duration of your hardened dream can resist the hideous mechanical civilization that is your enemy, that is also the enemy of the ‘..pleasure-..principle’ of all men. It is man’s right to love women with the ecstatic heads of fish. — Salvador Dalí, “Declaration of the Independence of the Imagination and the Rights of Man to His Own Madness”  Whatever organizers of the 1939 New York World’s Fair thought they might get when Salvador Dalí was chosen to design a pavilion...
Tags: Art, Facebook, New York, College, Salvador Dalí, Coney Island, Alice Cooper, Dali, Josh Jones, New York World, Taschen, Durham NC Follow, Julien Levy, Boticelli, Messy Nessy, Montse Aguer Director


Getting New York’s Comedy Clubs Reopened Is No Laughing Matter

With capacity restrictions, social distancing rules, other safety measures, and eager-but-nervous audiences and performers, venues from mighty Caroline’s to tiny Stand Up NY have some difficult tricks to pull off. There are some good jokes, though. (Brian Scott McFadden: “I spoke with my agent and I can’t get COVID because I have a deal with Ebola.”) – Gothamist
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Caroline, 05.28.21, Brian Scott McFadden


Is that a surrealist masterpiece by the draining board? Inside Leonora Carrington’s sculpture-filled home

The great British artist’s home in Mexico has been turned into a wonderful museum, full of her sculptures, books, diaries and unsmoked cigarettes. Our writer, Carrington’s cousin, takes an emotional tourIn October 2010, a few months before her death, I said my last goodbye to my cousin Leonora Carrington. As I left her home in Mexico City, she stood waving on the doorstep. Today, I’m back for the first time – to see Leonora’s house recreated as a visitor attraction. It feels surreal, but the sur...
Tags: Art, New York, Mexico, Painting, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Paris, Mexico City, Moma, Carrington, Leonora, Max Ernst


Ai Weiwei on colonialism and statues, Churchill, China and Covid

As his controversial Gilded Cage installation goes on display at Blenheim Palace, the artist and human rights campaigner reflects on the ‘complicated world’From this week a seven-metre-high installation entitled Gilded Cage, by the exiled Chinese artist and human rights campaigner Ai Weiwei, will be on display at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The piece, originally constructed for Central Park in New York in 2017, was made as a reflection on the worldwide refugee crisis. Ai Weiwei, 64, is curre...
Tags: Art, Europe, New York, Human Rights, China, New York City, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Winston Churchill, Oxford, Installation, Colonialism, Exhibitions, Blenheim Palace, Ai Weiwei


Restarting The New York Phil, In A Cemetery

Justin Davidson, on the NY Phil’s Green-Wood Cemetery “Death of Classical” concert: “That might not seem like the obvious location to stage the revival of performance culture, but when Green-Wood opened in 1838, it was intended to be one of New York’s grandest, most verdant, and most romantic public parks. (Today, its permanent residents include the orchestra’s late music director Leonard Bernstein.)” And for the musicians who will take part, they will inevitably experience some emotions about ...
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Phil, Leonard Bernstein, New York Phil, Justin Davidson, Green Wood, 05.27.21, Green Wood Cemetery Death of Classical


Yiddish Theater Was Basically A Historical Accident

The great flowering of Yiddish-language drama in the late 19th and early 20th centuries reached its apogee in New York, but it was born in the Romanian city of Iași and grew up, very quickly, in Odessa — a place in which public performance in Yiddish was illegal except for five crucial years. – Tablet
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Odessa, Iasi, 05.21.21


Group think: why art loves a crowd

From flâneurs to rallies, protests to parties, human beings are drawn to congregate. With social gatherings a possibility once again, Olivia Laing considers the crowd in art and literatureWhen I was very lonely in New York, one of the things that most comforted me was to wander up Broadway or along the East River, alone but in the company of thousands of strangers. Anonymised by the multitude, I felt the burden of my sorrow slide off me. It was a relief to be part of a whole, no longer agonising...
Tags: Art, Books, New York, Poetry, Society, Culture, Art and design, Broadway, East River, Olivia Laing, Walt Whitman, Anonymised


New York’s Drama Book Shop, Saved By ‘Hamilton’, Set To Reopen

“[The] quirky 104-year-old Manhattan specialty store that has long been a haven for aspiring artists as well as a purveyor of scripts, will reopen next month with a new location, a new look, and a new team of starry owners — the Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as the show’s director, Thomas Kail, lead producer, Jeffrey Seller, and the theater owner James L. Nederlander,” who bought the store in 2019 after it lost its lease and closed. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Manhattan, Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Jeffrey Seller, James L Nederlander, 05.19.21


The Amenities This Developer Is Adding To Apartment Buildings Are Theaters And Gallery Spaces

Mind you, this isn’t just any old real estate mogul: it’s Dasha Zhukova, the collector who founded the popular Garage Museum Of Contemporary Art in Moscow. Her new U.S. venture, called Ray, is already at work on a New York building that will incorporate the National Black Theatre in Harlem and a development in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood with six street-level art studios. – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York, Moscow, Philadelphia, Issues, Harlem, Ray, Fishtown, National Black Theatre, Dasha Zhukova, 05.17.21


What James Whiteside Has Been Doing With (Or To?) Dance Through The Lockdown

“As theaters went dark during the pandemic, the New York-based Whiteside” — best known as a prinmcipal at ABT — “began putting out a flood of original content on Instagram and YouTube: going behind the scenes of his workouts and rehearsals, offering live dance classes, creating comedic skits, and debuting inventive music videos … [all featuring] bombastic online alter egos, such as a singer named JbDubs, drag artist Ühu Betch, and a turkey-baster-wielding journalist called Shannon Bobannon (who...
Tags: Art, New York, Dance, Whiteside, Abt, James Whiteside, 05.14.21, Ühu Betch, Shannon Bobannon


Jazz Trombone Great Curtis Fuller Dead At 88

“Mr. Fuller was among the dozens of musicians to emerge from the fertile mid-century jazz scene of Detroit, where he learned to play intricate, fast-paced bebop lines on the unwieldy slide trombone. When [he] arrived in New York in the mid-1950s, he immediately became a major figure in the hard-bop movement.” He played with many of the greatest jazz bands of his era, including the Jazztet, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and the ensembles of Miles David, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basi...
Tags: Art, New York, People, Detroit, Fuller, Woody Shaw, Blakey, 05.11.21, David John Coltrane Dizzy Gillespie Count Basie


San Fernando student’s award-winning art captures a masked moment of joy during a rotten year

Kathia Hernandez, 17, poses in Sylmar on Thursday, May 13, 2021 with her painting “Skating Summer Days,” a selfie with her friends, which is headed to the U.S. Capitol after she won a Congressional Art Competition. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Because the year 2020 wasn’t turning out to be the very best for 17-year-old Kathia Hernandez, she wanted to capture one of the happiest moments of the pandemic in an art piece that won first place in a local congressional a...
Tags: Health, Art, New York, News, Education, Congress, California, Mexico, Government, America, Sport, Soccer, Washington Dc, House, Community, Bangladesh


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


The former chairman of Valentino just sold a Basquiat skull painting at auction for $93.1 million - $40 million more than it was expected to go for

A woman looks at Jean-Michel Basquiat's "In This Case" during a press preview on May 3, 2021 for a Christie's sale New York. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images The cofounder of Valentino just sold a Basquiat painting at auction for $93.1 million, per Bloomberg. The 1983 painting, titled "In This Case," was expected to sell for around $50 million, Christie's auction house said. It's the second-most expensive Basquiat ever sold at auction; the priciest sold for $110.5 mill...
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, New York, News, Trends, Bloomberg, Paris, Retail, Manhattan, David Hockney, Picasso, Christie, Valentino, Gagosian, Architectural Digest, Jean Michel Basquiat


Jacob’s Pillow – Chief Marketing Officer

The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) is a newly instituted role to lead the Marketing and Patron Services divisions, and will provide innovative, audience-centric leadership as a crucial member of the Jacob’s Pillow Executive Team. Position Profile About Jacob’s PillowJacob’s Pillow, a National Historic Landmark and recipient of the National Medal of Arts, is a year-round center for dance and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival located in the beautiful Berkshires ...
Tags: Art, Usa, New York, Jobs, Boston, New York City, America, CMO, Pillow, Jacob, Western Massachusetts, Executive Team, Marketing and Communications, George Carter, Director of Marketing and Communications, Tom O'Connor


Could New York Get A Really Good Penn Station?

Justin Davidson refuses to relinquish hope. “The MTA, Amtrak, and NJ Transit have jointly released not one but two possible visions for rebuilding the rest of the Dantesque complex. And, lo and behold, they are both aspirational and realistic. The design … amalgamates the jumble of bureaucratic fiefdoms, decades’ worth of duct-tape fixes, and a thicket of conflicting agendas into a rail hub that might one day be a thing of, if not quite beauty, at least satisfaction — maybe even pride.” – Curbe...
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Justin Davidson, 05.05.21, MTA Amtrak


The End Of Net Neutrality Was Riddled With Fraud

Fraud – and 8.5 million (Eight. Point. Five. Million.) bot comments secretly created by ISPs to urge against net neutrality. To be fair, there were millions of other fake comments, but according to the New York Attorney General’s report, “the astroturfing effort by the broadband industry stood out because it used real people’s names without their consent, with third-party firms hired by the industry faking consent records.” – Wired
Tags: Art, New York, Ideas, 05.08.21


Martin Bookspan, The Voice Of The Lincoln Center, 94

Bookspan realized young that he probably wouldn’t make it as a solo violinist, but he brought music to anyone with a radio or TV. “After an early career behind the scenes at radio stations in Boston and New York, he established himself as a stalwart of Live From Lincoln Center, the PBS program that became America’s premier source of classical music on broadcast television. He joined the program when it went on the air in 1976″ and retired from it in 2006. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Boston, America, People, Pbs, Lincoln Center, Martin Bookspan, Bookspan, 05.08.21


BMW Art Cars Exhibited

BMW art cars debuted today, using artificial intelligence (AI) software to generate new works of art. In conjunction with Frieze New York, the fair takes place in Manhattan from May 5 – 9, 2021. Frieze New York has works of art from over 60 galleries, mainly located in New York. A viewing room with over 160 […] The post BMW Art Cars Exhibited appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Art, New York, Design, Technology, Media, Germany, Advertising, Marketing, Events, Artificial Intelligence, Luxury, Manhattan, Autos, Bmw, Ai, Sales And Marketing


Carey Perloff Remembers Olympia Dukakis

She was an astonishing teacher, spending hours and hours in the classroom every time she came to ACT, and back home in New York, at NYU. She was a prolific performer, an acclaimed film actor, an artistic director of the Whole Theater Company, a deviser of new theatre pieces, a polemicist and a partisan. She believed in acting companies and great classical literature, she believed in training and generosity of spirit, she believed in community. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, New York, People, Nyu, Carey Perloff, Olympia Dukakis, 05.04.21, Whole Theater Company



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