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Visual ArtsFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:27
Master Forger’s Work Sells For £50,000 In Auction

“We had over 255 online bidders, not for each painting but during the course of the collection of his. There were between 50 and 80 people in the auction room at any one time.”Source: BBC

Visual ArtsFri, 24 Oct 2014 08:00
15th-Century Sculpture That Was Smashed To Pieces Back On Display At Met Museum

“On the evening of 8 October 2002, the Metropolitan Museum of Art suffered what its former director Philippe de Montebello described as the ‘single worst thing that has ever happened at the museum’. One of its greatest treasure, Tullio Lombardo’s life-sized marble sculpture of the nude Adam crashed to the stone floor as its medium-density […]Source: The Art Newspaper

Visual ArtsFri, 24 Oct 2014 07:53
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Shameless Plug: An Analysis Of The (Now-Deflated) “Tree” In Paris

“What, I ask you, should one expect if one asks artist Paul McCarthy to create a Christmas tree for the place of honor at a renowned, must-attend art fair?” Cat Weaver gives us the bottom line.Source: Hyperallergic

Visual ArtsFri, 24 Oct 2014 07:52
'Tree' By Paul McCarthy - Monumental Artwork At Place Vendome In Paris
Plug Artist Strikes Back At Parisians Who Were So Mean To Him

It’s not enough that Paul McCarthy had to endure protests and mockery for his Tree in the Place Vendôme. It’s not enough that vandals cut the piece down. He was actually slapped in the face by a passerby. So McCarthy is preparing an “aggressive” response to be added to his soon-to-open installation Chocolate Factory.Source: The New York Times

Visual ArtsFri, 24 Oct 2014 07:12
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When High Fashion Sparked A Preservation Movement

“At the turn of the 19th century in the U.S. and Europe, it became wildly popular – and that’s an understatement – for ladies to wear feathers and whole taxidermied birds on their hats. … Ornithologists started to sit up and take notice. One estimated that 67 types of birds – often including all of […]Source: Pacific Standard

Visual ArtsThu, 23 Oct 2014 19:26
For First Time, Vatican Rents Out The Sistine Chapel

“The concert, to be performed amid the splendour of Michelangelo’s frescoes on Saturday, will be attended by a select group of about 40 high-paying tourists who have signed up to an exclusive tour of Italy organised by Porsche.”Source: The Telegraph (UK)

MusicFri, 24 Oct 2014 20:28
Some Progress In Atlanta Symphony Talks (Small)

“Although the two sides appear to be at an impasse on the size of the orchestra, the musicians claim to have made “significant progress” on health care. The players have suggested a health-care plan that will save the WAC about 25 percent — more than $250,000 a year — over the plan that management canceled […]Source: ArtsATL

TheatreFri, 24 Oct 2014 20:25
What It’s Like To Be Naked Onstage

“Theater is about effective illusion. There are hundreds of ways of staging the application of a condom without being pornographic — heck, the whole scene could take place in pitch dark — but a lot of those solutions will vaguely disappoint the audience, who will conclude we couldn’t figure out how to fake it cleverly, […]Source: Washington Post

MediaFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:30
NBCUniversal Settles Intern Lawsuit For $64 Million

NBCUniversal and a group of former interns have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit contending the interns should have been paid for their work.Source: Los Angeles Times

PeopleFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:23
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Frank Gehry Gives Journalist The Finder At A Press Conference

“A press conference in Oviedo on Thursday got off to a bad start when a journalist asked whether Gehry’s own architecture was just about spectacle.”Source: The Guardian (UK)

WordsFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:20
Is Transrealism The First Major Lit Genre Of The 21st Century?

“This proliferation of the fantastic in contemporary fiction has at times been described as the “mainstreaming of science fiction”. But sci-fi continues on much as it ever has, producing various escapist fantasies for readers who want time out from reality. And of course there’s no shortage of purely realist novels populating Booker prize lists and […]Source: The Guardian (UK)

MediaFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:14
Huge Increase In Video-On-Demand Production

Streaming video on demand spending “already exceeded syndication dollars spent by broadcast stations last year; it will more than double the $3.3 billion projected for 2015. SVOD, broadcast stations and cable combined will bless the studios with $29.5 billion next year.”Source: Variety

MusicFri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00
Did MTT Throw A Mother And Child Out Of A Concert?

Reports this week said that conductor Michael Tilson Thomas stopped a New World Symphony performance in Miami last Friday and asked a mother and her fidgeting child in the front row to leave. But MTT has come forward to say that that’s not quite the way things went down. (Social media posts from other audience […]Source: WQXR (New York)

TheatreFri, 24 Oct 2014 07:59
Tom Stoppard’s Surprisingly Relaxed Method

“Known for creating clever wordplay and intricate plots that often span decades, Tom Stoppard is surprisingly carefree about his playwriting process. ‘You just start somewhere and it turns out to be what it is.'”Source: The Wall Street Journal

IdeasFri, 24 Oct 2014 07:57
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Walk Like A Happier Person, Feel Like A Happier Person

Yes, it sounds like the sort of bromide your Sunday school teacher might have dished out. But some experimental psychologists are finding that this particular “act-as-if” trick can actually work.Source: Science of Us

PeopleFri, 24 Oct 2014 07:40
The Strange Life And Dramatic Death Of An Avant-Garde Hero

“Even today, no one is sure if Fred Herko intended to kill himself when he jumped out of the window” – naked, with Mozart blasting away – “of his friend Johnny Dodd’s Greenwich Village apartment in 1964. The 28-year-old dancer and performer – one of the central figures of New York’s 60s avant-garde and a […]Source: The Guardian (UK)

WordsFri, 24 Oct 2014 07:36
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First-Ever Kirkus Prizes, $50K, Go To Chast, King, Samworth

“Roz Chast took the nonfiction prize with her graphic memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?. The fiction prize went to Lily King for her novel Euphoria. The prize for young readers’ literature goes to Kate Samworth, author of Aviary Wonders Inc.”Source: Los Angeles Times

MediaFri, 24 Oct 2014 07:32
Piracy May Not Be Entirely Bad For Television

“Illegal downloading and sharing of film and TV content is a major crime. Media piracy has even become fertile new territory for organised crime rings … But the reasons why ordinary people watch pirated programmes are complex – and the effect on a media brand’s content creators may not be so simple.” (video)Source: BBC

MediaFri, 24 Oct 2014 07:28
Newly-Found Videotapes Feature Cleese and Chapman, Pre-Python

“Two episodes of 1960s TV comedy At Last The 1948 Show, which starred pre-Monty Python John Cleese and Graham Chapman, have been found after almost 50 years.”Source: BBC

IssuesFri, 24 Oct 2014 07:24
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13th Grade: We Should Add An Extra Year Of High School

Several school districts in Oregon are offering a fifth year of high school. Rebecca Schuman makes the case for doing it nationwide.Source: Slate


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