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Visual ArtsTue, 02 Sep 2014 07:36
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The Artist Who Reinvented Blue

Maybe Yves Klein was an attention whore. (There was that time he took an empty gallery and called it an exhibition, and the time he had naked models covered in paint roll around on canvas.) But he created (and patented) an ultramarine pigment that countless artists before him had tried without success to stabilize.Source: BBC

Visual ArtsMon, 01 Sep 2014 14:30
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Hey, Artists And Sportsters, Native People Called – They Want Their Imagery Back

“Another body of artwork out there — produced by Native American artists and entrepreneurs — asserts ownership over the images associated with their culture.”Source: NPR

MediaTue, 02 Sep 2014 16:44
CBC Canada’s Funding Is Broken (Time To Start Over!)

“Let’s call the whole charade off. The money is not worth the cost. As long as CBC receives an annual allotment, it remains a convenient whipping boy and an easy target for cost-cutting. Government should stop paying. Everyone should stop sniping. The CBC should be freed up to put all its effort into meeting its […]Source: The Globe and Mail (Canada)

IdeasTue, 02 Sep 2014 16:39
A Festival Of “Dangerous Ideas”

“Our objective in presenting dangerous ideas is not that these ideas be promoted or adopted, but simply that they be encountered and, thus, assessed on their merits. … We believe that ideas of all kinds are best exposed to the light of reason and discernment.”Source: The Atlantic

TheatreTue, 02 Sep 2014 08:03
Telegraph’s Longtime Chief Theatre Critic Charles Spencer Retires

“I have loved my job, but critics shouldn’t go on too long. I feel I’ve had my say and it’s time to stop and put my feet up,” said the 59-year-old journalist on his decision to take early retirement after 25 years with the London-based paper.”Source: The Telegraph (UK)

TheatreTue, 02 Sep 2014 08:01
Breathtaking Personal Honesty: A Fellow Critic’s Tribute To Charles Spencer

Mark Shenton: “It is not always appropriate for a critic to put himself at the centre of a narrative about a play he is reviewing, but when a play affects you directly and personally, it is honest to point it out. … I’m very proud of Charlie for doing so with such openness, and I […]Source: The Stage (UK)

MusicTue, 02 Sep 2014 07:58
Another Milestone For Maestras: Susanna Mälkki Named Chief Conductor Of Helsinki Philharmonic

The 45-year-old Finn, until last year music director of Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris and recently appointed principal guest conductor of Lisbon’s Gulbenkia Orchestra and active throughout Europe and North America as a guest conductor, takes over from John Storgårds in Helsinki at the start of 2016.Source: YLE (Finland)

MusicTue, 02 Sep 2014 07:56
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Fabio Luisi To Lead Danish National Symphony Orchestra

“The music director of the Zurich Opera and principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera has a new gig … Mr. Luisi, 55, signed a three-year contract with the [DNSO] from 2017 through 2020, his representatives said, and plans to step up his appearances with the orchestra even before that.”Source: The New York Times

IssuesTue, 02 Sep 2014 07:52
“The Internet Is A Cargo Cult”: The Fundamental Reason Why Songwriters (Or Any Content Creators) Have Trouble Making Money On The Web

David Lowery of Cracker and Camper van Beethoven: “People worship the Internet like a cargo cult. It’s this thing that they have that brings them free stuff, and they think it’s magic. … They don’t want to hear that behind the way you get this free stuff, some really actually fucked-up things have happened to […]Source: Salon

IssuesTue, 02 Sep 2014 07:49
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Rock Festival In L.A.’s Grand Park Was A Grand Experiment In Several Ways

“The decision to close the park for a for-profit event will be redeemed only if the money Live Nation paid the county to rent it out makes it a better place to visit, over the long term, for the public. Luckily, even as concertgoers were tramping across Grand Park’s lawns and through its flower beds, […]Source: Los Angeles Times

MediaTue, 02 Sep 2014 07:47
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Lars Von Trier Returning To TV

“The Danish director Lars von Trier is planning to make his first televisions series in two decades, a producer for the project recently announced. The English-language series will be titled The House That Jack Built.”Source: The New York Times

DanceTue, 02 Sep 2014 07:45
Daniel Ezralow Launches New Dance Company

“With this new company of 9 dancers, I want to build a creative home for the huge amount of repertory I’ve developed around the world. Being an eclectic artist means that I’ve been lucky enough to jump from film to TV to stage, but there’s been no way until now to collect everything into a […]Source: Classicalite

MusicTue, 02 Sep 2014 07:42
“The Opera Olympics”, Operalia, Reveals Its 2014 Winners

Tenor Mario Chang and soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen each won three medals prizes, including the first-place awards for male and female singer. “In a rare occurrence for the competition, the third-place prizes were awarded to four singers whom the judges said received identical scores.”Source: Los Angeles Times

PeopleTue, 02 Sep 2014 07:33
Paris Is Forgetting Ernest Hemingway

“American writer Ernest Hemingway had close links with Paris. He first lived there in 1920 and played a marginal, much-mythologised, role in the 1944 liberation of the city. But now, 70 years on, memories of the author are starting to fade.”Source: BBC

BlogsTue, 02 Sep 2014 05:22

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Is This A “New” Piero della Franscesca? AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-09-02 How should we rank the employment prospects of cities? AJBlog: For What it’s Worth | Published 2014-09-02 David Lowery: The Internet is a Cargo Cult AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-09-01 New, Improved Tuning Examples AJBlog: PostClassic | Published 2014-09-01 Arts Democracy Now! AJBlog: We The Audience | Published 2014-09-01Source: AJBlogs

WordsMon, 01 Sep 2014 18:00
Esther Freud at Edinburgh's international book festival earlier this month
Sometimes Even Successful Writers Abandon Novels After Years Of Work

Esther Freud: “Sitting down at your desk every day is an appointment with doubt; that is the nature of writing. But eventually I just had to admit that it wasn’t working; there just wasn’t enough happening to keep me interested.”Source: The Observer (UK)

MusicMon, 01 Sep 2014 17:30
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A Successful Edinburgh International Fest – At Least, By The Numbers

“Some 80% of available tickets were issued, and overall audience attendance is estimated at more than 415,000.”Source: BBC

MediaMon, 01 Sep 2014 17:00
Rona Fairhead
The Head Of The BBC Trust Will For The First Time Be A Woman

“A member of Bournemouth Flying club, she is almost certainly the first BBC Trust boss with a pilot’s licence – useful if she has to make a hasty exit.”Source: The Guardian (UK)

IdeasMon, 01 Sep 2014 16:30
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Here We Go: This University’s ‘Library’ Is Completely Print-Free

“It has a collection of roughly 7,000 books it obtained from another recently-closed polytechnic university — though administrators still have to figure out what to do with the paper books.”Source: The Verge

TheatreMon, 01 Sep 2014 16:00
A Celebrated Young Playwright Deals With The Pressure By Succeeding

“But when you’re young, gifted, gay and black and the theatrical world is toasting you as the next great one, it makes sense to proceed with caution. You never know when the fickle star-making gods will turn on you.”Source: Los Angeles Times


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