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November linkfest

It’s Word of the Year season, and two British dictionaries are leading the pack. Collins picked lockdown – a word we threw around here in the US but never experienced the way they did in the UK and elsewhere. (A friend of mine is literally confined to her London apartment after spending a month in France: she can’t go outdoors at all.) And Oxford Languages, publisher of the Oxford dictionaries, chose a phenomenon instead of a single word: the impact of the COVID-19 on language. “What struck the...
Tags: Apple, Art, Fashion, UK, London, Writing, Steve Jobs, France, Advertising, US, San Francisco, Urban, Bloomberg, New York Times, Oxford, Linguistics

Trump's furniture fail: that's not a desk, Donald – it's a table for TV dinners

The Resolute desk at the White House is made of timbers taken from a Royal Navy ship. It projects pure power. Is that why the defeated US president has switched to an occasional table he can barely squeeze his legs under?Has Donald Trump conceded the presidency by design? Is his choice of furniture betraying a subconscious admission of defeat? When the outgoing US president gave a speech this week saying he would depart if the electoral college voted for Joe Biden, his words came as less of a sh...
Tags: Design, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Culture, Art and design, Royal Navy, Interiors, Donald Trump, Trump, Donald, Oval Office, Franklin D Roosevelt

Metal Monolith Discovered In The Utah Desert

Wildlife officials spotted the “unusual” object while counting sheep during a flyover in a remote south-eastern area of the US state. They said the structure had been planted in the ground between red rock. There was no indication who installed the monolith, which was about 10 to 12ft (3.6m) tall. – BBC
Tags: Art, US, Visual, Utah Desert, 11.23.20

Remember Disruptive Technologies? There Are Way Fewer Of Them These Days

Since about the year 2000, disruption, or what the economist Joseph Schumpeter called “creative destruction,” has become less and less common in the US economy, according to a recent working paper by researchers at the Boston University School of Law. – Quartz
Tags: Art, US, Ideas, Joseph Schumpeter, 11.21.20

The Differences Between US And European Literary Culture

Critic Lauren Oyler: “To a certain extent in Europe, you’re more likely to be around people who have been encouraged to read a lot more serious literature and philosophy, and they aren’t just wealthy or upper-class people. Meanwhile, in the United States you can go through an entire private school–to–Ivy League education and still be stupid. There are many very smart Americans, but they aren’t being served by our publishing industry or media or our ‘literary culture.'” – The End of the World Re...
Tags: Art, Europe, US, United States, Ivy League, Words, Lauren Oyler, 11.17.20

Vice President for Development, Grand Rapids Symphony

Now in its 91th season, the Grand Rapids Symphony invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Development, available in the first quarter of 2021. The Organization Now in its 91th season, the Grand Rapids Symphony (GRS) is a highly acclaimed orchestra that presents more than 400 performances annually, reaching a diverse audience of more than 200,000 concertgoers from 14 West Michigan counties. Nearly half of those who attend are st...
Tags: Art, New York, Jobs, Microsoft, New York City, US, America, Chicago, Ford, Michigan, Richard, Wall Street Journal, Expedia, Verdi, Grand Rapids, Forbes

Art Dealers Are Making Buyers Commit Not To Flip The Art. Are Such Contracts Enforceable?

“Contractual terms preventing buyers from reselling works at auction for a fixed period of time — which have become increasingly popular as dealers seek to stamp out speculation that can damage young artists’ prospects — as well as agreements granting galleries the right of first refusal on resales may violate consumer rights, according to Martin Wilson, chief general counsel at [auction house] Phillips. … Fellow lawyers in the UK and US largely agree.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, UK, US, Visual, Phillips, Martin Wilson, 11.18.20

700 Pages, 120 Characters, One Actor Reading The Audiobook

“Around 90% of [William Gaddis’s] JR is in unattributed dialogue, with only dashes and ellipses to indicate when a character starts and stops speaking or, more accurately, is interrupted. [The novel] is a teeming operatic racket, an anarchic satire of US capitalism where the flailing voices of more than 120 characters – plus snatches of adverts, news bulletins and TV broadcasts – bellow over one other.” Actor Nick Sullivan’s 37-hour reading of JR has attracted a fanbase in the nine years since ...
Tags: Art, US, Words, William Gaddis, Nick Sullivan, 11.17.20

International Enrollment At US Universities Down 43 Percent

The survey provides a first look at how hard international enrollments have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey found that one in five international students are studying online from outside the U.S. Ninety percent of responding institutions reported student deferrals, collectively reporting that nearly 40,000 international students have deferred their studies to a future term. – InsideHigherEd
Tags: Art, US, Issues, 11.16.20, U S Ninety

The racial wealth gap in real estate is growing. Here are 3 ways housing has been harder for Black Americans in 2020.

Black Americans pay higher mortgage interest rates on lower-value homes than white Americans, new studies find. Prostock-Studio/Getty Images The racial wealth gap in real estate between Black and white Americans seems to be worsening, according to two new studies and a recently filed lawsuit. On average, Black families pay over $60,000 more in lifetime homeownership costs than white families, according to MIT researchers. Meanwhile, their homes don't receive valuations as high as white hom...
Tags: Real Estate, Design, News, Washington Post, Housing, US, Trends, Wealth, Economy, Mit, Green, Chicago, Hud, Newark, Cnbc, Black

Aldo Tambellini, experimental artist obsessed with black, dies aged 90

‘Titan’ of the 1960s New York scene, who developed his obsession during the war, received mainstream acclaim in his final yearsAldo Tambellini, the pioneering artist and film-maker who had an obsession with the colour black, has died aged 90. He will be remembered among other things for developing what he termed “electromedia” – the bringing together of multiple forms including strobes, dance, film, poetry and slide projection. “We have lost a titan,” said Stuart Comer, a curator at MoMA in New ...
Tags: Art, New York, US, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Italy, Installation, Moma, East Village, University of Notre Dame, Syracuse University, Tate, Syracuse New York, Yayoi Kusama

The End Of Post-War Liberal Globalism?

“This narrative of a US-led global journey to the promised land was always implausible. Four years of Trump have finally clarified that between 2001 and 2020—and through such events as the terrorist attacks of September 11, intensified globalization, the rise of China concurrent with the failed war on terror, and the financial crisis—the world was moving into an entirely new historical period. Moreover, in this phase, many ideas and assumptions dominant for decades were rapidly becoming obsolet...
Tags: Art, China, US, Ideas, Trump, 11.19.20

virtual walking tours of new york city, hosted by ny times architecture critic michael kimmelman

During the pandemic shutdown, there were so many offers of interesting things to do online -- cooking, crafting, indoor exercise, art classes, author readings, and on and on. I didn't do any of it. I began piano lessons with Pianote, read books, took walks, and generally (although somewhat guiltily) enjoyed myself.One online series looked interesting to me, but I kept forgetting to do it. The New York Times posted walking tours of different areas of New York City, hosted by Michael Kimmelman. Ki...
Tags: Travel, Google, Art, New York, New York City, US, Brooklyn, New York Times, Manhattan, Times, Paul Goldberger, Laura K, Kimmelman, COVID-19, Michael Kimmelman Kimmelman, East Village Home of Punks

TRUTH/LIE neon sign lights up the US-Mexico border

At the La Casa tunnel in Tijuana, Stefan Brüggerman set up his red, white, and blue TRUTH/LIE neon installation. Via Dezeen, the Mexican artist said: These powerful words, LIE and TRUTH have eroded into a meaningless word – or shifted polarities – now perhaps the lie is the truth and the truth is the lie. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Mexico, Immigration, US, Walls, Tijuana, La Casa, Stefan Brüggerman

A Site Built To Compete With Amazon, But For Indie Bookstores, Makes Moves In Britain

Bookshop opened in the U.S. in January, hoping to build its site slowly while helping independent bookstores in the States. Five weeks later, cue COVID-19 shutdowns. “By June, Bookshop sold $1m worth of books in a day. The platform has now raised more than $7.5m (£5.7m) for independent bookshops across the US.” Now it’s starting to partner with independent bookstores in the UK as well. Why not? Amazon certainly threatens their existence as well. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Amazon, Art, UK, US, Britain, States, Words, 11.02.20

US home prices just keep going up. They shot up this August at the greatest speed in 2 years.

Homeownership is becoming the most popular — and the most newly unattainable — pandemic trend. Dennis Lane/Getty Images The national median home price has been spiking amid the pandemic, as people scramble to take advantage of surprisingly low mortgage rates. Because housing inventory has hit a record low, even moderate demand from home-buyers has pushed prices up. The August edition of the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index was released on Tuesday, showing home prices ri...
Tags: Real Estate, Design, News, Housing, US, Trends, Wealth, Economy, San Diego, Housing Affordability, National Association of Realtors, Oxford Economics, CoreLogic, Arts & Culture, Case-shiller, ATTOM Data Solutions

Theatres Remain Dark In The US – Some Are Blaming The Actors Union

“Some theater professionals say Equity’s lockdown could effectively kill off the entire industry — an industry that generated about $17 billion in ticket sales in 2017, according to a March study from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts.” – Fort Myers News-Press
Tags: Art, Theatre, US, U S Bureau of Economic Analysis, 10.21.20, Actors Union

Disney’s Pivot To Streaming Suggests Rough Times Ahead For Traditional Entertainment

Amongst its portfolio of businesses, Disney+ is the only clear winner, with the service gaining over 60.5 million members in just ten months since launch. The COVID-19 pandemic, on the other hand, crushed Disney’s cruise, theme park, cable TV, live sports, cinema and retail businesses, resulting in losses over US$4.7 billion in the financial quarter ended June 27. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, US, 10.19.20

Brooklyn Artist Simone Leigh Chosen To Represent US At Venice Biennale

The last two U.S. representatives to the Biennale — Martin Puryear, also a sculptor, in 2019, and Mark Bradford, a painter, in 2017 — are Black artists, as well. The next edition was originally scheduled for May 2021, but the pandemic forced it to be postponed a year. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, US, Brooklyn, Venice Biennale, Visual, Mark Bradford, Biennale, Martin Puryear, Simone Leigh, 10.14.20

How Is Hollywood Still Getting Paris So Very, Very Wrong?

It’s as if writers from the U.S. can’t see the city as anything but a backdrop for old clichés, narratives long grown stale. “Many of the misconceptions about the city swirling around in the US imagination are not really misconceptions at all – it’s just they are 100 years out of date.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, US, 10.07.20

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: the latest US billboard project to send a message

Across the US, artist-designed billboards are set to send an important message to coincide with an important day of remembranceMany might know today as Columbus Day, which celebrates the Italian explorer’s arrival to America in 1492. But to many others, today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a counter-event that honors Native Americans whose lives were destroyed by colonial rule.Indigenous Peoples’ Day has been celebrated since it was first introduced in 1977 at an indigenous conference but took over...
Tags: Art, Design, US, America, Culture, Art and design

Why British Police Shows Are Better Than Those Produced In The US

Basically, take away the guns – and you get a lot more interesting content. But there’s more: “The tonal contrast with American police series reflects a very different law-enforcement reality. Specifically, in the British shows, closed-circuit television surveillance is everywhere, and handguns are nowhere to be found.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, US, 10.11.20

Here's how the CEO of Figma went from a computer science intern to the head of a $2 billion company that's challenging Adobe for the love of designers across Silicon Valley

Dylan Field, CEO and co-founder of Figma Figma The demand for user experience and product design in tech are growing, and apps like Instagram, Uber, Slack, TikTok, and even Starbucks have become popular largely because of their design. Figma CEO Dylan Field launched the design software company to help teams better collaborate on their designs online. The growth in design and cloud collaboration has helped propel Figma to a $2.05 billion valuation, and helping it take on giant...
Tags: Design, Enterprise, Adobe, US, Trends, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Starbucks, Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Flipboard, Invision, Software As A Service, John Lilly, Enterprise Startups, Figma

The One Patriotic Song That Unites All Americans (Good Thing Most Folks Don’t Know Its History)

“A sharp little scene [in Mrs. America] points out how two political opponents could both relate to [Woody] Guthrie’s generous vision of the US, but it also raises a crucial question about the significance of a song so famous that it has been described as an ‘alternative national anthem’. Not knowing about the story behind the song may make it universal, but is that at the cost of diluting it?” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, US, Mrs America, 09.29.20, Woody -RSB- Guthrie

Bruce Nauman: 'Jasper Johns poured me a few bourbons – and my legs gave way'

He is a titan of the artworld whose work can be savage, prescient or slapstick. Ahead of a major show, the US artist looks back on studio stunts and liquid lunches with legendsBruce Nauman is telling me a story from his childhood. “I had a friend in high school who was a little bit of a loner,” says the artist, speaking by phone from New York. “If someone hit him with a snowball when we were walking to school, he wouldn’t just throw a snowball back, he’d attack. He’d get ’em down on the ground a...
Tags: Art, New York, London, Video Art, US, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Exhibitions, Tate Modern, Performance art, Jasper Johns, Nauman, Bruce Nauman

New Plymouth museum and art gallery opens with Mayflower and mammoths

Exhibition at the Box looks back 400 years to the settlers’ voyage to America and its effect on the indigenous peopleOne of the galleries features both a full-scale model of a woolly mammoth and a collection of tiny sea creatures pickled in jars that look more like an installation by Damien Hirst than a city museum exhibit.A second is dominated by a replica of the Mayflower, the ship that sailed from the UK to what is now the US exactly 400 years ago, but also highlights precious artefacts and i...
Tags: Art, UK, US, America, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Plymouth, Damien Hirst, New Plymouth, Mayflower

Zubin Mehta: Levine And Domingo Were Blacklisted!

Mehta doesn’t mind that both Domingo and Levine are facing allegations of sexual harassment in the United States. “We leave the blacklists to American puritanism. Levine has been ruined by the US media. Domingo has had to leave the Los Angeles Opera, which was worth nothing before him. And all because of complaints that have come from failed artists after 30 years . That sounds like revenge,” commented Mehta. – Weiner Zeitung
Tags: Art, Music, US, United States, Levine, Domingo, Zubin Mehta, Mehta, Los Angeles Opera, 09.11.20

This $199 acrylic helmet with HEPA filters powered by fans designed to wear instead of a mask is being compared to sci-fi movies

Air. Microclimate MicroClimate created a visor with air filters that looks like a helmet, called Air. Air is just one of many unusual designs for face coverings since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. People have critiqued the design on social media, with a common theme being it looks too futuristic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In the dystopia of 2020, being able to afford a personal microclimate helmet to wear around might be the next status symbol.The coronavirus is stil...
Tags: Design, US, Toronto, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Features, Anthony Fauci, Forbes, Brobible, Michael Hall, Air Air, Face Mask, Tech Insider, Scott Stein, Gene Park

'Frustrations at US policies' behind Melania Trump statue, says artist

Brad Downey says first lady shows contradiction between US’s position on race in 2020The American artist behind a controversial statue of the US First Lady Melania Trump, unveiled this week in bronze in her native Slovenia, has defended the work as a representation of the contradictions of her husband’s presidency.Brad Downey, a conceptual artist from Kentucky based in Berlin, said the statue that replaced an earlier wooden carving destroyed in an arson attack in July, was motivated by his “frus...
Tags: Art, Europe, Kentucky, Berlin, US, World news, US news, Sculpture, Slovenia, Melania Trump, Brad Downey

Manager, Audience Research Program, WolfBrown LLC

To advance the vision of more equitable access to high quality market research in the arts sector, WolfBrown seeks a qualified professional to join our small team of researchers in developing and implementing a variety of audience research initiatives over the coming years. Manager, Audience Research ProgramWolfBrown LLCSubmission Deadline: October 18, 2020 Background WolfBrown is a leading provider of market research and management consulting services to cultural institutions, arts age...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Microsoft, US, Canada, Detroit, Manager Audience Research Program, Alan Kline Director Audience Research Program, Erin Gold

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