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Mega Art And The Mega Market That Drives It

“The huge growth of the art market at its top end is surely, as Michael Shnayerson suggests, a function of the spiralling number of billionaires and increasing disparities of wealth. He also points out that successful artists are a very select few: the huge majority make at best only a few thousand dollars a year from their art. The question remains: how good is all this extremely expensive stuff?” – Times Literary Supplement
Tags: Art, Visual, Michael Shnayerson, 03.27.20

Idelle Weber, Who Stretched the Meaning of Pop Art, Dies at 88

One of the few women involved in the Pop Art movement, she captured the anonymity of corporate life in silhouettes. She later turned to realism.
Tags: Art, News, Motherwell, Warhol, Museum of Modern Art, Andy, Robert, Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pop Art, Deaths (Obituaries, Idelle Weber

Leading Thinkers Speculate On What A Post-Virus World Will Look Like

As it has always been, history will be written by the “victors” of the COVID-19 crisis. Every nation, and increasingly every individual, is experiencing the societal strain of this disease in new and powerful ways. Inevitably, those nations that persevere—both by virtue of their unique political and economic systems, as well as from a public health perspective—will claim success over those who experience a different, more devastating outcome. – Foreign Policy
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.20.20

Online Music Streaming Is Up 32 Percent

The two leading platforms are Spotify with 35 percent and Apple Music, with 19 percent. Amazon Music is third with 15 percent of market share. Paid subscriptions represented 80 percent of total revenue, with advertising and brand partnerships rounding out the remaining 20 percent. – Ludwig Van
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, 04.06.20

Do Musicians Need A Federal Works Progress Program To Survive?

Musicians have lost the battle to monetize recordings. With the internet awash in cheap streaming and free videos, our income now comes from live performance alone. Even if livestreams end up being only a short stopgap, offering them up for free on a large scale sets a dangerous precedent. Forced to be pioneers in this nuanced, digital field, we need to set the standard now—past performance footage is different than creating totally new content, for example. How do we assign value in an array o...
Tags: Art, Music, 04.06.20

Who Gets Paid When Art Is Given Away?

Artistic or creative pursuits, endeavors that are typically pursued for the intrinsic joy of sharing one’s gifts, are also frequently commoditized and placed on the market. Are they part of the gift economy or the transaction economy?  – Image Journal
Tags: Art, Ideas, Issue 104

With Everyone Else Avoiding Museums, Will Thieves Stay Away, Too?

Recent thefts of van Gogh and van Dyck paintings indicate that the answer is no. “Alarm systems and uniformed guards are still in place, of course, and the sale of museum-famous stolen art has never been easy. But … cavernous floors are now largely empty throughout the day, not just at night. Police departments in many places are stretched thin by illness. Social distancing has meant that the many people who might once have witnessed a burglary are now tucked in at home.” – The New York Times ...
Tags: Art, Van Gogh, Visual, Van Dyck, 04.07.20

Virtual Edition of WonderCon 2020 Debuts Exclusive Art From Marq Spusta, Tom Whalen, and More

Like many conventions right now, WonderCon 2020 has been postponed out of abundance of caution for the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But while the annual comic book and film convention won’t be holding its regular festivities in Anaheim, the show goes on for the art galleries participating in the con. Spoke Art announced that it will be debuting several new art exclusive art pieces from artists Marq Spusta, Tom Whalen, Ian Glaubinger, Brad Hill, Joshua Budich, and Max Dalton as part ...
Tags: Art, Movies, Samuel L Jackson, Max Dalton, Tom Whalen, Anaheim, Brad Hill, Joshua Budich, Wondercon, Ian Glaubinger, Baby Yoda, Marq Spusta, Marq Spusta Tom Whalen, Brad Hill Big Red, PST Baby Yoda

Judge Throws Out Musicians’ Lawsuit Over 2008 Fire That Destroyed Master Recordings

Representatives of those artists or their estates sued Universal in June, arguing that the company had been negligent in protecting their tapes and that the company had a duty to share with artists any income it received from an insurance settlement over the fire. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 04.06.20

This Ballet Company Is Sending Practice Barres And Special Flooring To Its Dancers In Lockdown

Says the Head of Performance Health at Queensland Ballet in Brisbane, “They’ve been using everything from bench tops, to tables to ironing boards as well as ballet barres, and practicing on surfaces that can be slippery. Keeping 60 company dancers fit and injury-free is challenging at the best of times. At least now we know they have a small surface and barre which is closer to their normal situation, where they can practice safely.” – Limelight (Australia)
Tags: Art, Dance, Brisbane, Queensland Ballet, 04.01.20, Head of Performance Health

Violinist Commissions Composers For Online Fragments

Jennifer Koh got to work on Alone Together, an online performance series for which she hyper-compressed her usual process of discovering composers by asking 21 of them with some level of financial security (be it from salary or grants) to donate a new work between 30 seconds and one minute long, as well as to nominate 21 freelance composers for new commissions funded by Arco. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Jennifer Koh, 04.06.20

Bringing An Indigenous American Language Back From The Very Brink Of Extinction

Journalist Lorraine Boissoneault looks into the effort — using classroom lessons, software, and the memory of one of five native speakers left — to revive and teach the Menominee language of Wisconsin. – The Believer
Tags: Art, Wisconsin, Words, Lorraine Boissoneault, 04.01.20

Meet Notorious Art Forger Han Van Meegeren, Who Fooled the Nazis with His Counterfeit Vermeers

People love stories of successful criminals. They must possess some admirable qualities, we assume, some great daring or cunning or keen insight. Myths supplant reality, and we forget about the networks of enablers that help ruthless but not especially bright people succeed. But successful art forgers present us with another case entirely. “Forgers, by nature, prefer anonymity,” notes the site Essential Vermeer 3.0, “and therefore are rarely remembered.” Yet the evidence of their mastery...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Orson Welles, America, History, Johannes Vermeer, Hitler, Jackson Pollock, Facebook Twitter, Delft, Galileo, Sotheby, Vermeer, Josh Jones, Jonathon Keats

The Greatest Scam In Canadian Art History

“[It’s] the greatest art scam in Canadian history,” says art dealer Don Robinson, who suffered a stroke because of the stress he endured in his campaign against a market awash with forgeries. “The more you dive into a pool of garbage, the more you get to know the garbage within it,” says Ritchie Sinclair, Norval Morrisseau’s former assistant and another key figure in exposing the scandal. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, Don Robinson, 04.06.20, Ritchie Sinclair Norval Morrisseau

NY Museums, Collectors Worry About Art Security

While overall crime in the city fell in March compared with a year earlier, commercial and residential burglaries rose 26% to 942, according to a New York City Police report. The sometimes elaborate security systems put in place could soon be put to the test. – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Visual, New York City Police, 04.06.20

Know What Else Coronavirus Has Infected? Our Everyday Language

Karen Russell: “Today, we are witnessing the shotgun weddings of words into some strange unions, neologisms sped into existence by this virus (‘quarantunes,’ ‘quarantini’), epidemiological vocabulary hitched together by Twitter hashtags. It seems like there is a parallel language contagion occurring. ‘Self-isolation,’ ‘social distancing,’ ‘abundance of caution’ — pairs of words I’d never seen together in a sentence back in January have become ubiquitous.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Words, Karen Russell, 04.06.20

Why The Hollywood Reporter’s Editorial Director Abruptly Walked Out

“Matthew Belloni resigned as editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter due to intense conflicts with Modi Wiczyk and Asif Satchu, the co-CEOs of the trade’s owners, Valence Media, over their attempts to meddle with the publication’s editorial independence” — in particular, pressure to generate positive coverage and avoid negative coverage of people and projects in which Valence is involved. – Variety
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, The Hollywood Reporter, Valence, Matthew Belloni, Modi Wiczyk, Valence Media, Asif Satchu, 04.06.20

Photographer Victor Skrebneski, 90

He first attracted notice for shooting supermodels in famous ad campaigns for the likes of Estée Lauder; his fame grew with a photo series of famous actors, each in an enormous black turtleneck first worn by Orson Welles. His cool factor skyrocketed with the series of elegantly provocative semi- and nude portraits he did as posters for the Chicago International Film Festival. – Chicago Sun-Times
Tags: Art, People, Estee Lauder, 04.04.20, Victor Skrebneski

Ben Brantley And Jesse Green Size Up The Off-Broadway Season (Since It’s Now Over)

Ben : “In many of these productions, time seemed to be torn off its hinges, and the solid floor of what we think of as ‘normal life’ to have cracked open. Who knew how apt a preface such works would provide for the rudderless world we now inhabit?”Jesse: “‘Rudderless’ is exactly how a lot of these terrific plays (and a handful of musicals) wanted us to feel politically, existentially and even spiritually — I mean with actual ghosts.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Ben, Jesse, Jesse Green, Ben Brantley, 04.06.20

COVID As Social Disease

COVID is a social disease, a pathological experiment on the nature of our social relations. It is experienced in our social life in four major ways, and our responses bear upon the nature of our society. There are the everyday forms of our social life; the divisions within society that shape our experiences and concerns; the attitudes toward social boundaries — who belongs and who does not; and the social forms available for reacting to threats. – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.30.20

Artist Jeff Koons explains his massive and wonderful Play-Doh sculpture

Jeff Koons's "Play-Doh" is a wondrous, 11-foot-tall sculpture. Inspired by a Play-Doh pile given to the artist by his young son, the sculpture actually consists of two dozen aluminum shapes that were cast in a plaster mold and lock together. After working on it for 20 years, Koons debuted the work at the Whitney Museum in 2014. Play-Doh is the largest piece in his Celebration series that also includes the iconic Balloon Dog and Tulips. One of the five unique versions of the sculpture sold at a...
Tags: Art, Video, News, Artists, Contemporary Art, Jeff Koons, Sculptures, Christie, Whitney Museum, Koons, Play Doh

Another Salzburg Festival Canceled (But Not The Main One, Yet)

Just short of a month after the Salzburg Easter Festival was called off because of the pandemic, the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, directed by mezzo Cecilia Bartoli and scheduled for May 20-June 1, was canceled. The announcement came shortly after Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz banned all public events in the country through the end of June. – Opera News
Tags: Art, Music, Sebastian Kurz, Cecilia Bartoli, 04.06.20

Even More Jobs And Money Lost: Whitney Museum Lays Off 76 Employees

“Projecting a shortfall in revenue of at least $7 million by the end of this fiscal year, New York City’s Whitney Museum has laid off 76 staff members. In an email sent Thursday afternoon, museum director Adam Weinberg told staff that all of the affected employees have been at the Whitney for two years or less and would receive five to six weeks’ pay dating from the museum’s closure.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, New York City, Whitney, Visual, Whitney Museum, Adam Weinberg, 04.03.20, Whitney Museum Lays Off

Ruth Asawa postage stamps are coming soon: U.S. Postal Service

It brings me, and my future sheltered-in-place mail art projects, a lot of joy that Ruth Asawa postage stamps have been announced. Sadly, USPS hasn't revealed the release date just yet. So, instead, I'll just be over here clicking "refresh." Showcasing Asawa’s wire sculptures, the pane includes 20 stamps, with two each of 10 designs, featuring photographs by Dan Bradica and Laurence Cuneo. The selvage features a photograph of Asawa taken by Nat Farbman in 1954 for Life magazine. Ethel Kessler...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Mail, Usps, Stamps, U S Postal Service, Philately, Ruth Asawa, Nat Farbman, Asawa, Postage Stamps, Dan Bradica, Laurence Cuneo, Ethel Kessler

Karina Canellakis Named London Philharmonic’s Principal Guest Conductor

Before embarking on a conducting career in 2013, the 38-year-old American performed as a violinist in solo and chamber works as well as in the Berlin Philharmonic’s Academy Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony. “I had always loved it and was fascinated by scores,” she said about conducting. “It never occurred to me that this was not something for a girl to do.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin, Chicago, 04.06.20, Karina Canellakis Named London Philharmonic, Philharmonic s Academy Orchestra

James Drury, Star Of Long-Running TV Series ‘The Virginian’, Dead At 85

“He played the laconic rancher with no name on the revolutionary NBC series. Among Westerns, only Gunsmoke and Bonanza lasted longer.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Nbc, People, Bonanza, 04.06.20, James Drury Star Of Long

Classic Songs Re-Imagined as Vintage Book Covers During Our Troubled Times: “Under Pressure,” “It’s the End of the World as We Know It,” “Shelter from the Storm” & More

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, how many of us sought solace from the turbulent 21st century in cultural artifacts of bygone eras? Our favorite records by the likes of the Beatles, Queen, David Bowie; our favorite novels by the likes of Raymond Chandler, Ian Fleming, Philip K. Dick: all of them now possess a solidity that seems lacking in much current popular culture. The work of all these creators has its own kind of artistic daring, and all of it, too, also came out of times troubled in th...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Books, Music, Etsy, College, Current Affairs, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Seoul, Lucy, Facebook Twitter, Planet Earth, Alcott, Colin Marshall

With Museums Empty, Security Experts Hope Thieves Stay Home, Too

The risk may be no higher, but consultants who help protect museum collections say additional safeguards are in order, given the closures caused by the virus.
Tags: Art, News, Museum, Museums, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Security and Warning Systems, Robberies and Thefts, Solomon R, Steve Keller, Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Stevan Layne

A Critic Of Big Tech Starts His Own Project To Sort And Rank Information

Essentially, it’s a site that recommends the very best and most relevant books, podcasts, scientific articles, videos and journalism to anyone who wants a better understanding of the world. But there’s more to The Syllabus. Evgeny Morozov wants to make people think. The Syllabus criticises how information and knowledge are discovered and disseminated online, based as they currently are on clicks, likes and shares. In other words, based on popularity. Morozov is building a system that determines...
Tags: Google, Art, Ideas, Evgeny Morozov, Morozov, 03.27.20

When Magazines Had Visions Of Changing (And Improving) The World

In 1895 Ladies’ Home Journal began to offer unfrilly, family-friendly architectural plans in its pages. They were mainly colonial, Craftsman, or modern ranch-style houses, and many still stand today. The Cosmopolitan, as it was then known, advertised the Cosmopolitan University, a custom-designed college degree—for free!—by correspondence course. McClure’s magazine, the juggernaut of investigative journalism—home to Ida Tarbell’s landmark investigation of Standard Oil, among many other muckraki...
Tags: Art, World, Standard Oil, Words, McClure, Lapham, Ida Tarbell, 04.20, Cosmopolitan University