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Edward Tarr, Master Of Trumpets New And Old And Of Their History, Dead At 83

“Mr. Tarr left his mark on every aspect of the trumpet world. As a player he set new standards of lyricism on an instrument long associated with military bravado. As a scholar he hunted for rarities in European archives and created performance editions of hundreds of newly discovered works.” He wrote the definitive history book on the instrument, and he led the revival of the 18th-century valveless trumpet played in period-instrument ensembles. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Tarr, 03.30.20, Edward Tarr


How Charity Fraud Led To Harvey Weinstein’s Downfall

Although Tom Ajamie’s amfAR investigation never received the same level of attention as Weinstein’s sexual predation, it remains the key event that led to his downfall. After all, it was during the eight-month inquiry, which Ajamie’s firm did pro bono, that he learned of Weinstein’s open secret. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, People, Harvey Weinstein, Weinstein, 03.30.20, Tom Ajamie, Ajamie


Michael Sorkin, Who Fought For Social Justice Concerns In Architecture, Dead Of Coronavirus At 71

“A fiery champion of social justice and sustainability in architecture and urban planning, [he] emerged as one of his profession’s most incisive public intellectuals over a multifaceted career as a critic, author, teacher and designer.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Michael Sorkin, 03.30.20


Judy Drucker, For Decades South Florida’s Leading Classical Music Impresario, Dead At 91

She brought to Miami (and, later, Fort Lauderdale) such artists as Vladimir Horowitz, Mstislav Rostropovich, Itzhak Perlman, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne, Beverly Sills, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Kiri Te Kanawa, and almost every major symphony orchestra in the U.S. and Europe. (Not to mention dance companies like ABT and Alvin Ailey.) And, for her, they kept coming back. – South Florida Classical Review
Tags: Art, Europe, Florida, People, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Alvin Ailey, Abt, 03.30.20, Judy Drucker


Placido Domingo Hospitalized In Mexico With COVID

In a press statement, a spokesperson for the opera singer reported that he is in stable condition but will remain the hospital for “as long as the doctors find it necessary until a hoped-for full recovery.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Mexico, People, Placido Domingo, 03.30.20


Mark Blum, Actor Of Stage And Screen, Has Died At 69

Blum, a consummate theatre professional who played many roles on stage and screen, including Union Bob on Amazon Prime’s Mozart in the Jungle, has died of complications from the coronavirus. – The New York Times
Tags: Amazon, Art, People, Bob, Mozart, Blum, Mark Blum, 03.27.20


Composer And Conductor Krzysztof Penderecki Has Died At 86

Penderecki, composer of the scores for The Exorcist, The Shining, and Wild at Heart, also wrote operas and choral works, and won multiple Grammys. “Penderecki’s stated aim as an avant-gardist in the early 1960s was to ‘liberate sound beyond all tradition,’ and his emotionally charged experimental 1960 work ‘Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima’, for 52 strings, brought him to international attention and acclaim when he was only 26.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, People, Hiroshima, Krzysztof Penderecki, Penderecki, 03.29.20, Grammys Penderecki


Lucia Bosé, Star Of Films By Buñuel And Antonioni, Has Died At 89

Bosé won the Miss Italy beauty pageant in 1947, which eventually led to her acting career. She worked with Italian neorealists, Jean Cocteau, Juan Antonio Bardem, Federico Fellini and many other directors. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Italy, Bose, Antonioni, Buñuel, Lucia Bosé, 03.27.20, Jean Cocteau Juan Antonio Bardem Federico Fellini


Jeremy Marre, Whose Documentaries Introduced Britons and Americans To World Music, Dead At 76

“With a minimal camera and sound crew, Mr. Marre visited Jamaican dance halls, Brazilian favelas, Appalachian churches, Egyptian temples, South African workers’ hostels and Bollywood soundstages to film music and musicians on home turf that was often gritty and unglamorous.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Marré, 03.23.20, Jeremy Marre


Conservative NY Times Columnist Remembers His Freewheeling, Sexually Confident, Multiply Married Modernist Painter Grandmother (Who Had Diego Rivera For A Lover)

Bret Stephens pays tribute to Annette Nancarrow (the composer Conlon was the third of her four husbands), a genteel, well-to-do Manhattan Jewish girl who ran off to Mexico City, became besties with Anaïs Nin, painted a mural alongside José Clemente Orozco, watched Diego and Frida fight, and judged Leon Trotsky’s clothes. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Mexico City, Manhattan, Diego Rivera, Diego, Anais Nin, Bret Stephens, Leon Trotsky, Conlon, Frida, Jose Clemente Orozco, 03.21.20, Conservative NY Times, Annette Nancarrow


Critic/Curator Maurice Berger, 63 From Coronavirus; Changed Museum Conversation On Race

“From a very early age, I understood that my skin had a lot of meaning,” he told National Public Radio in 2005. “It made me different in the projects, but it gave me power in the outside world.” It was a theme he would explore throughout his career.
Tags: Art, People, National Public Radio, 03.25.20, Curator Maurice Berger


Asked If France ‘Missed The Boat On #MeToo’, Isabelle Huppert Throws The Interviewer Out

Laura Cappelle has plenty of good things in her profile as well, but yes, this happened: “In a matter of seconds, Huppert is on her feet and walks away from me, manifestly irked. ‘Listen, here, now I have to work.'” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, France, People, Listen, Isabelle Huppert, Huppert, Laura Cappelle, 03.24.20


Albert Uderzo, Co-Creator Of Astérix The Gaul, Dead At 92

“Born colorblind and with six fingers on each hand, [he] became one of the world’s most acclaimed cartoonists, known for drawing characters that ranged from the sword-wielding Astérix — with his winged helmet, bulbous nose and horseshoe mustache — to the roly-poly Obélix, a stonemason who joins Astérix in defending their village from Roman legionaries.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Albert Uderzo, 03.24.20


Remembering Terrence McNally

Perhaps the most important comic voice in theater since Neil Simon, McNally wrote to amuse and awaken. Laughter for him was the greatest survival tool ever invented. Humor was his shield against the homophobia he experienced as a Catholic boy growing up in Texas, against the losses that rained down on him and his community during the worst days of the AIDS crisis and against the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune — which in showbiz is even more outrageous than usual. – Los Angeles T...
Tags: Art, Texas, People, Catholic, Terrence McNally, 03.24.20, Neil Simon McNally


Playwright Terrence McNally Dies Of Coronavirus, Age 81

McNally, once referred to as “the quintessential man of the theater” by actress Zoe Caldwell, died from complications related to the coronavirus, according to his publicist Matt Polk. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2001 and twice underwent surgery. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, McNally, Terrence McNally, Zoe Caldwell, 03.24.20, Matt Polk He


Gallerist Paul Kasmin, Who Helped Turn Chelsea Into An Art Hotbed, Dead At 60

“In the 30 years since founding the gallery in Soho in 1989, Kasmin developed a program that managed to toe the line between brainy and lighthearted by placing historic postwar artists like Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell, and Stuart Davis in dialogue with established and emerging contemporary figures.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, People, Soho, Stuart Davis, Paul Kasmin, Kasmin, 03.23.20, Lee Krasner Robert Motherwell


Dame Fanny Waterman, Founder Of The Leeds Competition, Turns 100 And Dishes About Music

Dame Fanny says: “I had courage when people said, ‘It won’t work in Leeds’. Even my darling husband said that and I said ‘I’ll show you’. I rang up Marion and she said ‘Let’s try’. That was the ambition I learned from my parents. My father was concerned about style and ability and never produced anything that was shabby, and I used to try to emulate that. You can either do nothing with your world, or you can say to yourself ‘I’m going to strive in everything for betterment’.” – Yorkshire...
Tags: Art, People, Leeds, Marion, Dame Fanny Waterman, 03.22.20, Dame Fanny


Julia Miles, Who Founded The Women’s Project To Influence Off-Broadway Theatre, Has Died

Miles founded Women’s Project and eventually the WP Theater, where she and others “produced more than 600 plays written and directed by women over a 42-year history, nurturing artists like Lauren Yee, Sarah Grancher, Laura Enson and Kate Whoriskey in recent years.” – Broadway.com
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Kate Whoriskey, 03.21.20, Julia Miles, Lauren Yee Sarah Grancher Laura Enson


One Of The Last Victims Of Hollywood’s Blacklist Recounts How She Fought For Her Career

Marsha Hunt, who “never wanted to do anything but act,” was on the list when the “Red Channels” were published, claiming she was a Communist or “fellow traveler.” Why? Because she had defended others’ right to be in any party they wanted to be in. She explains, “It was a time of hysteria and all of us who spoke out against blacklists were punished in some way or other. There was a very strong right wing in the movie business.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Marsha Hunt, 03.23.20


Bill Smith, Master Of Two Musical Worlds, Has Died At 93

His double music life: “As William O. Smith, he pioneered unorthodox techniques for his instrument and developed ways to notate them for other players. Composers like Luigi Nono, Pauline Oliveros and Gunther Schuller fashioned works that took advantage of Mr. Smith’s uncommon virtuosity. His own compositions were performed and recorded by eminent artists like Mr. Schuller, André Previn and Marni Nixon. As Bill Smith, he enjoyed a lively career as a jazz clarinetist. He was admired for his brigh...
Tags: Art, People, Smith, Bill Smith, Gunther Schuller, Dave -RSB- Brubeck, William O Smith, 03.21.20, Luigi Nono Pauline Oliveros, Schuller André Previn, Marni Nixon As Bill Smith


James Hatch, Archivist Of Black Theatre, Has Died At 91

Hatch and his wife, artist and filmmaker Camille Billops, “created a vast archive of interviews with black actors, singers, writers and artists. … He became an expert in the history of black theater, not only rediscovering overlooked works but also unearthing the black origins of elements that had been appropriated by white playwrights and entertainers.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Hatch, Camille billops, 03.20.20, James Hatch Archivist Of Black Theatre


Kenny Rogers, Who Brought Country To Pop And Sang With The Muppets And Dolly Parton, Has Died At 81

Rogers was the original country star selling out arenas, long before Garth Brooks or Shania Twain in the 1990s. “Rogers’s popularity stemmed partly from his genial persona and rugged good looks, but also from his ability to inhabit his material, which, he often said, was of two main types: love songs like ‘You Decorated My Life’ and narrative ballads like ‘The Gambler’ and ‘Lucille.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Shania Twain, People, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Rogers, Kenny Rogers, Lucille, 03.21.20


Suzy Delair, Who Starred In Movies And Music Halls, Has Died At 102

Delair starred in Laurel and Hardy’s last movie, but she was best known for starring in 1940s thrillers directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, some of which were made during the Nazi occupation of Paris. She had begun singing in cafés when she was 14, which is how she met the director and, eventually, became a movie star – but she never stopped singing. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Paris, Laurel, Henri Georges Clouzot, Delair, 03.20.20, Suzy Delair


Tonie Marshall, First Woman Director To Win A French Oscar, Dead At 68

“[She] won the top directing prize at the Cesars in 2000 for her movie Venus Beauty Institute, a romantic comedy starring Nathalie Baye and Audrey Tautou that recounts the quest for fulfillment of three female employees in a Parisian beauty parlor. After that, she became a prominent figure in the fight against sexism in the French film industry.” – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, People, Nathalie Baye, Audrey Tautou, Tonie Marshall, 03.17.20, Venus Beauty Institute


Stuart Whitman, Oscar-Nominated Actor And Action Star, Dead At 92

“With his tousled dark hair, roguish smile and boxer’s physique, Mr. Whitman was a half-century staple of film and television, appearing in studio blockbusters and John Wayne epics as well as exploitation films and horror schlock. … [He] earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a child molester in The Mark.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, John Wayne, Whitman, 03.17.20


My Pal Inigo Philbrick, The Bernie Madoff Of The Art World

“When I first met Inigo Philbrick in 2012, he was all of 25, looked an awful lot like Justin Timberlake, and … I was immediately smitten, professionally and personally; Philbrick was sharp, fun, and funny. … And for a long time, I thought that was one of the most fortunate days of my life.” Dealer-collector-curator-Artnet columnist Kenny Schachter, for whom Philbrick made and then lost a few million dollars, writes about watching his best bud run amok, run aground, and run away. – New York Maga...
Tags: Art, People, Justin Timberlake, Visual, Philbrick, Artnet, Bernie Madoff, Inigo Philbrick, 03.16.20, Kenny Schachter


Actor Lyle Waggoner, Known For ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ And ‘Wonder Woman’, Dead At 84

In addition to being the handsome announcer and sketch actor on Burnett’s show and the foil to Lynda Carter’s superheroine, he was the first-ever centerfold for Playgirl magazine and, later in life, launched a successful business renting custom trailers for actors to retreat to during movie and TV shoots. – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, People, BURNETT, Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, 03.17.20


Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Longtime Boston Symphony Principal Flute And Pioneering Female Musician, Dead At 98

A grand-niece of Susan B. Anthony, Dwyer was only the second woman ever to win a principal chair in a major U.S. orchestra. She joined the BSO in 1952 (negotiating a higher-than-usual salary) and retired in 1990, premiering a new concerto by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich in her final season. – The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Tags: Art, People, BSO, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, 03.16.20, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Boston Symphony Principal, Susan B Anthony Dwyer


The Dazzle Of George Steiner (And The End Of An Era)

Dazzle was, of course, the very essence of the Steiner sound. The magisterial tone, the cosmopolitan content, the very assumption that the reader was as intimately familiar with the history of European literature and philosophy as he was: it all went to form the “aura” of his criticism. Names were dropped like confetti, sprinkled from such a height that at times they inevitably missed their target. But he was interested in big pictures, not small incisions. – Times Literary Supplement ...
Tags: Art, People, Steiner, George Steiner, 03.10.20


Vittorio Gregotti, Architect Of The Archimbaldi Opera House, Has Died At 92

Gregotti helped design the 1992 Olympic Stadium in Barcelona and designed the Marassi stadium in Genoa for the 1990 men’s World Cup. He also designed the Grand Thèatre de Provence and Lisbon’s Bélem Cultural Centre. He contracted COVID-19 and died of pneumonia in Milan. – The Guardian (AFP)
Tags: Art, Milan, Barcelona, People, Genoa, Lisbon, Marassi, 03.16.20, Vittorio Gregotti, Gregotti



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