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Battle Of The Book Blurbs

The hyperbole on book jackets—both the plot summaries and the lists of adulatory adjectives that go with them—have long frustrated authors, but no one would dispute that a good blurb has crucial functions. – Prospect
Tags: Art, Words, 06.21.21


Robert Quackenbush, Who Wrote Stories Of Detectives With Feathers Or Fur, Dead At 91

“His stories about Miss Mallard, an inquisitive duck who solves crimes around the world in plots that resemble Agatha Christie capers, were adapted into an animated television series in 2000. He also conceived of sleuthing critters like Sheriff Sally Gopher and Sherlock Chick, who starts his investigations immediately after hatching from an egg (he emerges holding a magnifying glass). … For his work on Detective Mole, who wears a trench coat and houndstooth deerstalker hat, he received an Edgar...
Tags: Art, Edgar Allan Poe, People, Agatha Christie, 06.21.21, Robert Quackenbush, Miss Mallard, Sally Gopher, Sherlock Chick


What’s So Difficult About The Color Violet?

“Over the past 20 years, I visited 193 museums in 42 different countries. Equipped with 1,500 Munsell colour chips – the world-standard samples for colour science – I examined 139,892 works of art, searching for violet.” – Psyche
Tags: Art, Visual, 06.21.21


When ‘Rent’ Came To Cuba

Andy Señor, Jr., a Cuban-American actor and director who played the role of Angel on Broadway and helmed productions of the musical around the U.S. and overseas, talks about directing the show’s first-ever staging in Havana, which happened at a key point in American-Cuban relations. (audio) – Variety
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Cuba, Havana, Andy Senor Jr, 06.22.21


Can LA Design Its Way Out Of A Housing Crisis?

During the second half of the last century and the beginning of this one, Los Angeles County fell a million homes behind, relative to its population growth, after becoming a single-family mecca. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Los Angeles County, 06.22.21


How Did This Pair Of 17th-Century Paintings End Up In The Dumpster At A Highway Rest Stop?

A 64-year-old man spotted the artworks — a 1665 self-portrait by Pietro Bellotti and a painting of a youth by the 17th-century Dutch artist Samuel van Hoogstraten — in the garbage of a rest stop in Bavaria in mid-May. Authorities have not identified the owner of the canvases and have appealed to the public for information. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Bavaria, Visual, Samuel van Hoogstraten, 06.21.21, Pietro Bellotti


Reconciling With Cezanne

You don’t look at a Cézanne, some ravishing late works excepted. You study it, registering how it’s done—in the drawings, with tangles of line and, often, patches of watercolor. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Visual, Cezanne, 06.21.21


How To Repurpose Those Office Skyscrapers?

Instead of designing buildings for specific purposes that may fade or disappear, architects and developers should create buildings that can accommodate a variety of uses, from offices to residential spaces to hotels to healthcare facilities. Towers should be designed to be neutral. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Visual, 06.21.21


Another Thing Brexit Could Be Messing Up: Hit British TV Series

“Last year, EU countries agreed that 30% of offerings on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime should be European-made. The concern among some EU capitals is that currently the UK makes up the vast majority of that 30%, despite Brexit. This month, EU diplomats were invited to discuss whether the ‘privileges’ the UK continues to enjoy were appropriate. They were given a briefing paper, seen by the BBC, which warned that the ‘disproportionate’ prominence of British productions could...
Tags: Amazon, Art, UK, Media, Eu, Bbc, Netflix, 06.22.21


Here’s What It Takes To Move A 60,000-Pound Fresco By Diego Rivera

“After a four-year, multimillion-dollar undertaking involving mechanical engineers, architects, art historians, fresco experts, art handlers and riggers from the United States and Mexico, the 30-ton, 74-foot-wide-by-22-foot mural” — titled Pan-American Unity, painted in 1940 and installed at City College of San Francisco in 1961 — “has been carefully extracted and moved across town to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where it will go on display on June 28.” Carol Pogash reports on how it was...
Tags: Art, Mexico, San Francisco, United States, Visual, Diego Rivera, City College, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carol Pogash, 06.22.21


As Viewers Flock To Streaming Video, One Cable Channel Keeps A Devoted Audience: Turner Classic Movies

“The Atlanta-based TCM has long been the sanctuary of classic film on TV, presenting mostly pre-1980 movies commercial-free with a deep respect for moviemaking history going back to the silent film era. … TCM also appeals to an older audience that is more likely to hold onto its cable subscription than younger viewers who quickly adapted to streaming platforms. The channel also connects with fans through live events, cruises, books, an annual film festival and even a wine club.” – Yahoo! (Los A...
Tags: Art, Media, Atlanta, Audience, Tcm, 06.22.21


Kazuo Ishiguro On Whether Literature Really Deserves To Have A Nobel Prize

“I want to say, of course literature is just as important [as the sciences and peace], but this is something in the dead of night I kind of worry about. … I’ve been saying for years, if you take away reading, take away literature, you take away something very, very important in the way we human beings communicate with each other. … We’ve got to be able to tell each other what it feels like to be in different kinds of situations. Otherwise, we don’t know what to do with our knowledge.” – The Was...
Tags: Art, Words, Kazuo Ishiguro, 06.21.21


How Ancient Jungle Cities Kept Reinventing

Not only did societies such as the Classic Maya and the Khmer empire of Cambodia flourish, but pre-colonial tropical cities were actually some of the most extensive urban landscapes anywhere in the pre-industrial world – far outstripping ancient Rome, Constantinople/Istanbul and the ancient cities of China. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, China, Cambodia, Issues, 06.21.21, Rome Constantinople Istanbul


Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui To Direct Geneva’s Ballet Company

Since 2015, the Moroccan-Belgian choreographer, one of Europe’s most prominent contemporary dancemakers, has been artistic director of Ballet Vlaanderen in his hometown, Antwerp. At the end of next season, he will step down from that job to move to the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. (in French; for a Google Translate version, click here) – Le Monde (Paris)
Tags: Art, Europe, Dance, Antwerp, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, 06.17.21, To Direct Geneva 's Ballet Company, Ballet Vlaanderen


Australia’s Largest State Pours Money Into Culture

“A funding bonanza of more than $1.3 billion” — roughly $980 million US — “will create jobs and will place New South Wales as a cultural heart of Australia, with a raft of high-profile projects in the pipeline funded, including two new museums and a blockbuster fund to bring attractions to NSW.” – ArtsHub (Australia)
Tags: Art, Australia, US, New South Wales, Issues, 06.22.21


Pennsylvania Ballet Changes Its Name To Philadelphia Ballet

“I by no means want anyone to think we’re abandoning Pennsylvania,” said executive director Shelly Power. “but it’s about our identity as one of the most important cities in America.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, America, Dance, Pennsylvania, Shelly Power, 06.22.21, Philadelphia Ballet


AI helps return Rembrandt’s The Night Watch to original size

Rijksmuseum reproduces Dutch master’s work in all its glory, 300 years after it was cut to fit between doorsThe Night Watch by Rembrandt has enraptured millions visiting Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and its previous homes over the centuries, dazzling with its scale and fine detail.But it is only from today, thanks to the use of artificial intelligence to recapture some of the Dutch master’s genius, including the sweep of his brush strokes and perspective of his eye, that it can for the first time in ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Rembrandt


Soprano Pretty Yende Says She Was Strip-Searched By French Customs Agents

The South African coloratura, who is currently starring in Bellini’s La Sonnambula at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, says she was detained by authorities at Charles de Gaulle Airport who took her cell phone and other belongings, strip-searched her, and held her for more than an hour. A French government source says she attempted to enter France on a South African passport without a visa and that she was released after a phone call confirmed her identity. – AP
Tags: Art, Music, France, Paris, Bellini, Charles de Gaulle Airport, La Sonnambula, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, 06.22.21, Customs Agents


Lessons About Learning From Failure

Many workplaces now lionise (whether sincerely or not is another matter) the importance of learning through failure, and of creating environments that encourage this. – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.21.21


TN Performing Arts Center Mgmt

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Tags: Art, Jobs, TPAC, TN Performing Arts Center Mgmt


What If You Were Unable To Form Any Mental Images?

Aphantasia is a recently-identified variation of human experience affecting 2-5% of the population, in which a person is unable to generate mental imagery. Can you still be an artist? – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.21.21


Is It Okay To Resell An NFT Artwork If You’re The Artist?

Part of the problem with NFTs is that there is not yet any shared culture around reproductions or derivative works of short video, animations, or audio-visual works that derive their primary profit potential from NFT sales. – Slate
Tags: Art, Visual, NFT, 06.21.21


Made Up Places For Real Interactions

What if cultural endeavors, particularly the public and the performative, are themselves a form of political action? – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.21.21


More Carnavalet

More photos of my visit to the Carnavalet Museum, home of the history of Paris. A look out a window at the newly replanted garden below. Maybe I need a musuc room with yellow walls too. Wooden wall art. An ornate bed for a royal baby. A whole room was painted in this fashion. There is the entire interior of a jewlry shop there done in the Art Deco style designed by Muscha, including, somehow, the gorgeous mosaic floor. A lovely fireplace too. ...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, Paris, Marie Antoinette, Versailles, Art Deco, Carnavalet Museum, Hot Air Ballon, Muscha


Leaked Letter: Artists And Former Directors Lobbied To Close Kneehigh Theatre This Year

“Without its creative leadership in place, we believe that Kneehigh’s chapter in history has come to an end. – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, Kneehigh, 06.21.21


Venezuela Is Down To Just One Ballet Company, And That One Is Teetering

“Ballet Teresa Carreño in Caracas … is the last ballet company remaining in the country, a hallowed institution that was already on its last legs due to politicization, lack of resources, absence of artistic direction, and now the COVID-19 pandemic. The absence of an artistic director sits at the core of BTC’s challenges. … After being a leader in contemporary practices and innovation during the 1980s and 1990s in Latin America, it now faces an uncertain future.” – Pulitzer Center
Tags: Art, Dance, Venezuela, Latin America, Btc, Caracas, 06.16.21, Teresa Carreño


Motion Picture Academy Elects Most Diverse, Gender-Balanced Board In Its History

The elections increase the number of women on the organization’s 54-member board from 26 to 31, marking the first time in the group’s 94-year history that its board has been majority female. The number of governors from underrepresented racial and ethnic communities increases from 12 to 15. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Motion Picture Academy, 06.21.21


From the Seine to the Hudson: The “Jersey City Pompidou”? Incroyable!

As a loyal New Jerseyan, I’m trying to squelch my own customary skepticism about such international museum undertakings, but the pronouncements about this project have been high on hype, low on specifics. My efforts to extract more details about what’s planned have been mostly met by: “It’s too early to say.” – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Hudson, Seine, Ajblogs, New Jerseyan, 06.22.21


Book Blurbs Have, In Fact, Existed For Centuries

“The word ‘blurb’ was coined in 1907 by the comic writer Gelett Burgess but they have been around a long time…. In the early 14th century, Dante’s great poem was simply called the Commedia, until his disciple Boccaccio added the lofty adjective Divina: arguably the most successful piece of publishing puff in history. One of the first major carnivals of blurbery came in 1516, when, ahead of the publication of his satire Utopia, Thomas More wrote to his friend Erasmus, urging him to make sure the...
Tags: Art, Words, Dante, Erasmus, Thomas More, Boccaccio, Gelett Burgess, 06.15.21


Why John Newbery Is Considered The Father Of Children’s Books

Beginning in 1744, he published about 100 storybooks for children, plus magazines and “ABC” books, becoming the leading children’s publisher of his time. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, 06.21.21