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Visual ArtsFri, 15 Dec 2017 19:04

The Eccentric (Okay, Bizarre) Architecture Of Queens

Says Rafael Herrin-Ferri, who has been photographing the houses of the New York City borough for five years, "I have always been interested in houses and was impressed by how idiosyncratic - and unorthodox - the low-rise housing stock is. They express the personal preferences and cultural backgrounds of their owners without much regard for […]Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 15 Dec 2017 14:17

The Tortured-Artist Mystique Is A Myth: Misery Does Not Make For Better Art, If We Can Believe The Market

"A hue of angst and despair might make work more interesting - jury's out on that - but it doesn't make it more valuable. In fact, work created during what the researchers call 'period of bereavement' was up to 35 percent less valuable than a given artist' other pieces. On top of that, the morose […]Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 15 Dec 2017 13:31

Women Artists At Auction Get Prices Half Those Of Men

"The findings, published in the paper, 'Is gender in the eye of the beholder? Identifying cultural attitudes with art auction prices', reveal that works by women fetch on average 47.6% less than those by men at auction."Source:

Visual ArtsThu, 14 Dec 2017 21:29

How Our Neurological Wiring Informs Our Aesthetic Taste

"Scientific evidence suggests that most of what we think we see comes from visual processing, perhaps just 20% comes from the actual input to the retina. Again, what is the evolutionary purpose of this? If we encounter a predator and had to construct what we’re seeing from scratch each time, we’d get eaten. So the […]Source:

IssuesFri, 15 Dec 2017 18:01

Welcome To The Molly House: The Gay Bars Of Georgian England

"In 1709, the London journalist Ned Ward published an account of a group he called 'the Mollies Club.' Visible through the homophobic bile (he describes the members as a 'Gang of Sodomitical Wretches') is the clear image of a social club that sounds, most of all, like a really good time. Every evening of the […]Source:

IdeasFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:02

Smellscapes: Mapping A City By Its Scents

Smellmaps, developed by English artist Kate McLean, "can come in handy for people interested in new ways of exploring both the cities they live in and the ones they visit. So far, McLean has led small armies of urban explorers on 'smellwalks' around 12 other cities, including New York, Singapore, Barcelona, and Kiev."Source:

The WorldFri, 15 Dec 2017 16:34

Application Open for Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship at the Columbus Museum of Art

The Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship two-year fellowship in CMA’s curatorial department that is funded by a generous grant from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.Source:

MusicFri, 15 Dec 2017 16:03

Orchestra Mashes Up Beethoven And Kanye West

Time magazine spoke to Johan and Yuga Cohler, creators of Yeethoven and Yeethoven II, "about their process of piecing together the perfect orchestral mash-up, how a 'risky project' like this one can help popularize classical music and why Kanye makes a great case study as an artist with unexpectedly broad appeal."Source:

MusicFri, 15 Dec 2017 15:35

A Requiem For The Victims Of The Khmer Rouge, Created By Survivors

Reporter Joshua Barone meets Rithy Panh and Kim Sophy, the director and composer of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia, which uses both Western and Cambodian instruments as well as traditional smot singing in a memorial for the two million people - and the huge parts of Cambodian culture - wiped out by Pol Pot's dictatorship […]Source:

TheatreFri, 15 Dec 2017 15:04

After #MeToo, What Next For Theaters And Actors?

"To fix a broken system is a daunting challenge. But many individuals and institutions around the country have been stepping up to the plate to do just that, in big and small ways."Source:

TheatreFri, 15 Dec 2017 14:33

How Chicago's Indie Theater Community Developed A Code Against Abuse And Harassment That's Spreading Around The U.S.

In the wake of the real-sex-and-violence scandal that led to the collapse of Chicago's Profiles Theatre in the summer of 2016, actors Lori Myers and Laura T. Fisher "responded to what they and so many other insiders knew by methodically creating a 30-page working document" - titled Not in Our House - "[that] any company […]Source:

DanceFri, 15 Dec 2017 13:46

So, Was The Bolshoi's Nureyev Ballet Worth All The Brouhaha?

"By portraying gay love as beautiful and dignified, the ballet transcended its buffoonery and did justice to its subject." Joy Neumeyer gives an eyewitness report of the long line to buy the (few) tickets available to the public, the crowds in the theater, and the actual production.Source:

PeopleFri, 15 Dec 2017 13:15

Did A Tourist In Bethlehem Just Get A Photo Of Banksy?

"Is the secretive street artist Banksy actually a fedora-sporting middle-aged white guy who dresses 'inconspicuous' when he goes out stenciling? That certainly seems to be the case if the photo snapped by 24-year-old British tourist Jason Stellios and published by the Daily Mail is to be believed."Source:

DanceFri, 15 Dec 2017 13:00

Investigation Into Royal New Zealand Ballet After Dancer Exodus

The board of directors of the national company has commissioned an independent inquiry following the departure of more than half of of RNZB's dancers since the arrival in June of new artistic director Patricia Barker. (Another third of the dancers had left under the previous artistic director.)Source:

WordsFri, 15 Dec 2017 12:44

Sales Of Literary Fiction Are Plummeting In Britain: Study

"The report [for Arts Council England] analysed sales data from Nielsen BookScan and found that between 2007 and 2011, hardback fiction sales slumped by £10m. Paperback fiction had a more extreme dip, seeing declines almost every year after 2008. In 2011, paperback fiction sales were £162.6m; by 2012, they were £119.8m."Source:

IssuesFri, 15 Dec 2017 12:29

Arts Are Spared Further Cuts In Scotland's Next Budget

"The Scottish Government's draft budget for 2018/19 has set out measures to protect funding for arts organisations, despite earlier warnings that subsidy was likely to be cut. Under proposals announced today (December 14) by cabinet secretary for finance and the constitution Derek Mackay, the overall culture budget for will be £166.8 million, an increase of […]Source:

BlogsFri, 15 Dec 2017 06:38

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.14.17

Wanna Pay $125 to See Two Shows at the Met? Now You Can! "Have you dreamed of getting VIP treatment at The Met? ... Now you can." That sounds like a quip I've used repeatedly on CultureGrrl. But the Metropolitan Museum is dead serious: If you wanna be a Met ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-12-14 American Television's Götterdämmerung Frightens […]Source:

The WorldThu, 14 Dec 2017 23:44

Discover the First Master's Degree in Management for Active Performing Artists - in NYC

Discover the first graduate management degree designed specifically for active performing artists. The MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at The New School enables practicing musicians, actors, directors, dancers, and other performing artists to refine their craft in New York City while developing critical business and leadership skills.Source:

MediaThu, 14 Dec 2017 23:02

After Sale Of Entertainment Assets, What Will A Smaller Fox Look Like?

"The biggest and most immediate changes are likely to be felt at Fox Broadcasting, which will be divorced from studio 20th Century Fox Television. Fox will thus become the only broadcast network not affiliated with a television studio."Source:

WordsThu, 14 Dec 2017 22:31

Why Write Fiction In The Age Of Endless Story?

"As much as we carp about the increasing digitization of our lives, this isn’t really a new problem. Writing required cord-cutting long before the computer. It’s an act of refusal, of relinquishment, and of retreat, a decision to turn away from the world and its noise of possibilities, to chase instead a signal down the […]Source:


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