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Camilla Wicks, One Of World’s Leading Violinists In 1940s and ’50s, Dead At 92

She performed her first Mozart concert at age 7, debuted at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic at 18, and played the Sibelius concerto for the composert himself, who called her performance the best he’d heard. Her fame faded after she retired to raise five children, yet, wrote Henry Fogel in 2015, “Her technique is as close to flawless as humans get, and her intelligence and interpretive breadth are clearly those of a major artist.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic, Sibelius, 11.27.20, Camilla Wicks, Henry Fogel


Flor Silvestre, Mexican Singer, Actress And Musical Matriarch, 90

Silvestre married musical icon Antonio Aguilar after she was already a star, and the two had vital careers apart – “but transformed into a supernova when they worked together in 20 films and dozens of songs that get screened and streamed to this day. More important, Silvestre and Aguilar created a traveling rodeo that toured across the United States and Mexico for decades. Part musical revue, part horse show, part comedy act, and all about a wholesome night out for the family, their espectáculo...
Tags: Art, Mexico, People, United States, Midwest, Aguilar, Silvestre, Antonio Aguilar, 11.27.20, Flor Silvestre, Madison Square Garden Los Angeles


Hugh Grant Says He Never Wanted To Be A Romantic Hero

Not that he hated it. “I’m not ungrateful. I loved the money, of course, and I’m proud of a lot of those films. But if someone said to me, ‘Do you have any talent as an actor?’ I’d say, ‘Well, only in regard to character acting.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, Hugh Grant, 11.27.20


Sarah Bryan Miller, Longtime Classical Music Critic In St. Louis, Has Died At 68

Miller was the first woman to be the Post-Dispatch‘s classical music critic, but as that role shrank (as at so many papers), she filled many other spots as well. Originally, “she got into journalism because she wanted to make a difference. In 2001, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra found itself in a financial crisis that threatened its existence. Ms. Miller covered the situation and explained to readers the options for keeping the SLSO alive, from maintaining it as an international-class ensembl...
Tags: Art, People, St Louis, Miller, Post Dispatch, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Bryan Miller, SLSO, 11.28.20


My Zoom With Andre

The self-engrossed Gregory of “My Dinner With Andre” was in the midst of a Dantesque midlife crisis. The Gregory who emerges in his autobiographical first book, “This Is Not My Memoir,” is older and more quietly reflective, less prone to grandiose pronouncements and more humbly accepting of the wisdom between words. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, Gregory, Andre, 11.25.20


Chopin’s Letters Show He Was Totally Gay, So Let’s Quit Pretending, Says Journalist

“Chopin’s Men, a two-hour radio programme that aired on Swiss public broadcaster SRF’s arts channel, argues that the composer’s letters have been at times deliberately mistranslated, rumours of affairs with women exaggerated, and hints at an apparent interest in ‘cottaging’ … simply ignored. The music journalist Moritz Weber, who started researching Chopin’s letters during the spring lockdown, said he discovered a ‘flood of declarations of love aimed at men’, sometimes direct in their erotic to...
Tags: Art, People, Chopin, SRF, 11.25.20, Moritz Weber


Daniel Cordier, French Resistance Hero Who Became Prominent Art Dealer, Dead At 100

He and his mentor, Jean Moulin, spent part of World War II undercover as art dealers in occupied Nice, where they showed Matisse, Degas and Bonnard. After the war, Cordier took up art as his career, running a leading Paris gallery (with outposts in Frankfurt and New York) and giving Robert Rauschenberg his first major show in France. – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York, France, People, Frankfurt, Paris, Nice, Robert Rauschenberg, Daniel Cordier, Cordier, Jean Moulin, 11.24.20, Matisse Degas


Fred Hills, Legendary Editor At McGraw Hill And Simon & Schuster, Dead At 85

“During his four decades in publishing, Mr. Hills brought to market both commercial hits and literary prizewinners and edited more than 50 New York Times best sellers. His stable of authors encompassed an eclectic assortment from multiple genres — Heinrich Böll and Jane Fonda, Justin Kaplan and William Saroyan, Raymond Carver and James MacGregor Burns, Sumner Redstone and Joan Kennedy, Phil Donahue and David Halberstam.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, New York Times, Hills, Simon, McGraw Hill, David Halberstam, Heinrich Böll, 11.20.20, Jane Fonda Justin Kaplan, William Saroyan Raymond Carver, James MacGregor Burns Sumner Redstone, Joan Kennedy Phil Donahue


The Remarkable Life Of The Notorious Art Thief

The privilege and social rank that Bridget Rose Dugdale repudiated gave her the trained intellect and discerning eye that made her the most notorious (and nearly the only) female art thief in history. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, 11.20.20, Bridget Rose Dugdale


Nelly Kaplan, Director Of Films Including ‘A Very Curious Girl,’ Has Died At 89

The Argentine turned French director, whose death was caused by COVID-19, made “witty, satire-tinged French films about female empowerment and revenge.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Nelly Kaplan, 11.20.20


Jan Morris, Legendary Travel Writer And Memoirist, 94

Morris established her reputation with dispatches from Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary’s climb of Mount Everest – she went 3/4 of the way up herself – and continued as a journalist interviewing everyone from Che Guevara to Guy Burgess. In a book review, “Anatole Broyard extolled Ms. Morris’s travel books as ‘oddly reassuring, showing us that there are more ways of experiencing cultures than most of us supposed.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Mount Everest, Che Guevara, Morris, Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Guy Burgess, Anatole Broyard, 11.21.20, Jan Morris Legendary Travel


Remembering Ellis Marsalis And His Outsized Influence

Happy endings don’t happen often during a novel coronavirus pandemic. Marsalis, eighty-five, died in New Orleans of complications from the virus on April 1. But when the crying is over and Marsalis gets the jazz funeral he deserves, even the most sober study of his contributions to music might begin with a celebratory cork popping from a bottle of champagne. Jazz spoke to him early, in a way that no music had before, and in its service, his character was revealed. –
Tags: Art, People, New Orleans, Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, 11.10.20


Artist-Mathematician Anthony Hill Dead At 90

“An artist under two names, and a mathematician and writer under more than one alias, he was a member of the constructionist group of geometrical abstract artists that emerged in Britain in the mid-1950s, and was its leading theoretician.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Britain, Anthony Hill, 11.19.20


Andrew White, Versatile Musician And Jazz Scholar, Dead At 78

“Mr. White, who played the oboe, saxophone, bass and other instruments, performed and recorded for more than five decades” in classical and rock as well as jazz. … “He self-produced more than 40 albums of his music, encompassing contemporary jazz, classical oboe, funk, and rhythm and blues. He self-published [an] autobiography … as well as treatises on music, educational manuals and his original compositions and transcriptions.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Andrew White, Mr White, 11.16.20


An Oral History Of Alex Trebek

“We talked to nearly 30 [Jeopardy!] contestants [from] over the past four decades — ranging from a player in the first episode to one whose winning moment went viral just earlier this month — about how Trebek became America’s most beloved game-show host.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, America, People, Alex Trebek, Trebek, 11.16.20


Bruno Barbey, Famed War Photographer For Magnum, Dead At 79

He captured some of the most memorable journalistic images of key events of the late 20th century: the 1968 riots in Paris; the Troubles in Northern Ireland; the Biafran war in Nigeria; the Solidarity demonstrations in Poland; the first Gulf War and the burning of the Kuwait oil fields by retreating Iraqi troops. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Nigeria, People, Paris, Northern Ireland, Poland, Kuwait, Solidarity, 11.16.20, Bruno Barbey


Life After A Star (Wars) Turn

John Boyega is 28 and already been there, done that with a Star Wars trilogy. Where to go from that point in one’s career? “He decided it was time to ‘explore more versatility. I’m into so many different types of genres and storytelling. I want to explore that with the freedom I have now.'” And Boyega’s production company already has a several-film deal with Netflix for films from west and east Africa. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, People, Netflix, John Boyega, Boyega, 11.15.20


Painter Wayne Thiebaud @ 100

Thiebaud is still painting, still driving, still in touch with students and disciples gathered over a career that included decades of teaching. He works most days and describes himself as “still a struggling painter.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Wayne Thiebaud, Thiebaud, 11.14.20


Indian Acting Legend Soumitra Chatterjee, 85

Chatterjee had a six-decade career in Bengali language films and worked with Oscar-winner Satyajit Ray. His death is from complications of Covid-19. “Pauline Kael … called Chatterjee Ray’s ‘one-man stock company’ who moved ‘so differently in the different roles he plays that he is almost unrecognisable.'” – BBC
Tags: Art, People, Pauline Kael, Chatterjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, 11.15.20, Satyajit Ray His, Chatterjee Ray


Lynn Kellogg, Debutante Turned Hippie In ‘Hair,’ Has Died Of Covid-19 At 77

Kellogg played Sheila in the Broadway run of the countercultural musical. Hair “has always been an ensemble show, but Sheila is the closest thing it has to a female lead.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Sheila, Kellogg, 11.13.20, Lynn Kellogg Debutante


What Alex Trebek Achieved Is More Amazing Than We Realize

“It’s easy to forget to appreciate the freak ubiquity of Jeopardy! One of the most popular, longest-running television shows of all time is a trivia gantlet that, by design, casts bookish obsessives. … It’s a miracle that the show is so exciting to watch. This is due almost entirely to Trebek. … He led one of our last wholesome routines — a celebration of facts, from the arcane to the accessible — with a kind of tangible enthusiasm. … [And] one got the sense that Trebek wanted the contestants t...
Tags: Art, People, Alex Trebek, Trebek, 11.11.20


Aileen Passloff, An Institution Of New York Dance, Dead At 89

“A former member of the Judson Dance Theater, the experimental 1960s collective that led to postmodern dance, … [her] career as a dancer, choreographer and broadly influential teacher spanned [decades of] ballet, modern dance and postmodern dance.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, 11.12.20, Aileen Passloff An, Institution Of New York Dance Dead


Candido Camero, Cuban Jazzman Who Transformed Conga Drumming, Dead At 99

“[He] began his career in Cuba at 14 and was still active past the age of 95. … His greatest innovation was to play more than one conga drum at a time, eventually settling on a setup of three congas, each tuned to a different pitch. He sometimes added bongos and other percussion instruments, creating a whirlwind of complex rhythms and sounds.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Cuba, Candido Camero, 11.11.20


Playwright Israel Horovitz, 81

The author of more than 70 scripts, “[he] enjoyed his biggest successes Off Broadway and in regional and European theaters” — he was reportedly the most-produced American playwright in France — “[notably] at the Gloucester Stage Company in Massachusetts, which he helped found in 1979. His plays gave opportunities to a number of young actors who went on to become household names. … [But his] career was tarnished by accusations by multiple women that he had sexually assaulted them.” – The New Yor...
Tags: Art, France, Massachusetts, People, Israel Horovitz, Gloucester Stage Company, 11.11.20


Jazz Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield Pleads Guilty To Fraud Charge

“Irvin Mayfield and Ronald Markham, a pair of musicians-turned-impresarios who had worked to put New Orleans’s jazz scene back on its feet after Hurricane Katrina, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to commit fraud, capping a precipitous fall from grace that now leaves them each facing up to five years in prison.” –
Tags: Art, People, New Orleans, Irvin Mayfield, Ronald Markham, 11.10.20


Alan Rath, Who Created Kinetic Electronic Sculptures, Dead At 60

“Since the early 1980s, Rath has created kinetic sculptures guided by software of his own making. Rath’s robotic structures often feature computer-generated animations of disembodied human body parts — a roving eye or gaping mouth — exemplifying his interest in the relationship between human nature and mechanical and technological systems.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, People, Rath, 11.02.20, Alan Rath


Comedian Norm Crosby, Master Of Malapropism, Dead At 93

He was marketing shoes in Boston when he decided to try his hand at comedy, and he ultimately spent nearly fifty years in clubs and on television entertaining people with his (deliberate) misuse of vocabulary. For example: “He’s got a certain inner flux that excretes from this man, there’s an aura of marination that radiates out of him.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Boston, People, 11.09.20


Alex Trebek, Host Of Jeopardy, Has Died At 80

“The quick-witted Mr. Trebek, who died on Sunday at age 80 after a battle with cancer that drew legions of fans to rally around him, hosted Jeopardy! for a record-setting 37 years. He was an authoritative and unflappable fixture for millions of Americans who organized their weeknights around the program, shouting out the questions as Mr. Trebek read the answers with his impeccable diction.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Alex Trebek, Trebek, 11.08.20


Elsa Raven, Character Actress Extraordinaire, Has Died At 91

Though she played hundreds of roles on stage and screen, “none of those performances made a bigger impression than her role as ‘Clocktower Lady’ in Back to the Future, the top-grossing movie of 1985. Early in the film her character interrupts the young lovers played by Michael J. Fox and Claudia Wells in mid-kiss, urging them to ‘save the clock tower.’ The mayor, she tells them, holding out a donation can, wants to replace the clock.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Michael J Fox, 11.05.20, Elsa Raven, Claudia Wells


Marguerite Littman, Truman Capote’s Inspiration For Holly Golightly, Has Died At 90

Littman was “a honey-voiced Louisianian and literary muse who taught Hollywood to speak Southern, but [she] left her most enduring legacy as an early force in the fight against AIDS” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Holly Golightly, Littman, 11.06.20, Marguerite Littman Truman Capote



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