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Visual ArtsWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:34
Giant Public Art Commission Collapses In Charges, Resignation

“An irregularity in the awarding of one of the most significant local art commissions in years has resulted in the resignation of a Houston Arts Alliance executive and stunned a sculptor who was preparing to create the biggest project of his career.”Source: Houston Chronicle

Visual ArtsWed, 26 Nov 2014 07:49
Sensation Art Exhibition Sparks Off Controvery
Chris Ofili’s “Holy Virgin Mary” Doesn’t Seem So Shocking Anymore – Why?

You may remember that when the Nigerian-British artist’s rendition of the Madonna was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum in 1999, following uneventful showings in Europe, all hell broke loose (as it were). Now the piece is back in New York, attracting no particular controversy. Alastair Sooke considers what’s changed over the past 15 years.Source: BBC

Visual ArtsWed, 26 Nov 2014 06:59
Barnes Foundation Thriving In Philadelphia, Despite Empty Leadership Posts

“As 2014 winds down, the Barnes has no permanent director. There’s no permanent chief curator. The spotlight is hot and unblinking. So how’s it going after 2½ years?” Rather well, it seems – for several reasons.Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Visual ArtsWed, 26 Nov 2014 06:20
An Artist Finds Out What It’s Like To Be A Nude Figure Model

Tanis Taylor: “I’ve been on the other side of the easel for more than 20 years. I know that where I’m standing is hallowed ground. Sacred. A life drawing discipline is non-judgemental; no body fascism here.” Nevertheless, she experiences a mix of British bashfulness and body shame – at first.Source: BBC

PeopleWed, 26 Nov 2014 20:01
Jian Ghomeshi Arrested And Charged With Sexual Assault

“Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi will plead not guilty to charges of sexual assault and choking, his lawyer says. Ghomeshi was released on $100,000 bail after he was arrested and appeared in a downtown courtroom Wednesday. The 47-year-old has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcome resistance – […]Source: The Toronto Star

WordsWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:49
Rare Shakespeare Folio Discovered In France

“The book was discovered this fall by librarians at a public library in St.-Omer, near Calais, who were sifting through its collections for an exhibition on English-language literature. The title page and other introductory material were torn off.”Source: The New York Times

PeopleWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:46
David Hockney On What Artists Do

“When I’m actually painting, I feel like I’m 30 again. It’s only when I stop painting that I realize I’m not anymore.”Source: The Wall Street Journal

IssuesWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:31
NY Subway Performers Being Arrested By Police

“Although performing on the platform and mezzanine is legal (there is no permit or permission needed), subway performers have experienced an unprecedented amount of harassment from NYPD officers this year.”Source: Truthout

MusicWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:24
What Data Sets Can Tell Us About The Arts

“Data may be big and getting bigger, but it’s not exactly thick on the ground in the performing arts. There is no IMDB for string quartets, composers, ballets, or even plays (though in theater there are some who are trying to make one). Where clear data sets exist, there’s a lot we can learn from […]Source: NewMusicBox

PeopleWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:54
So Why Did Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Archives Go To Texas?

“The Ransom Center already has extensive archives on writers Jorge Luis Borges, William Faulkner and James Joyce. Other Nobel laureates included in its collection are Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck. Monday’s announcement had raised eyebrows in Colombia.”Source: Yahoo! (AP)

PeopleWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:35
Janice Price Named CEO Of The Banff Center

“Luminato has an annual budget of $11 million. The Banff Centre, one of Canada’s largest arts organizations, has an annual budget of over $50 million. That includes major funding from the Alberta government. And Banff is hungry for expansion to enhance its profile way beyond the Rocky Mountains.”Source: Toronto Star

IdeasWed, 26 Nov 2014 14:53
Inside The Secret Culture Of Our Passwords

“In our authorship of them, in the fact that we construct them so that we (and only we) will remember them, they take on secret lives. Many of our passwords are suffused with pathos, mischief, sometimes even poetry. Often they have rich back stories.”Source: The New York Times

WordsWed, 26 Nov 2014 14:37
How New York’s Iconic Strand Bookstore Survives In The Internet Age

“Though there are signs of life in the independent-bookseller business — consider the success of McNally-Jackson — few secondhand-book stores are left in Manhattan. Only two survive in midtown, and the necrology is long. Skyline on West 18th Street, New York Bound Bookshop in Rockefeller Center, the Gotham Book Mart on West 47th — closed. […]Source: New York Magazine

MusicWed, 26 Nov 2014 14:26
Study: Link Between Mental Sharpness And Cultural Activities In Seniors

“Internet use and engagement in various social activities, in particular cultural activities, appear to help older adults maintain the literary skills required to self-manage health.”Source: Pacific Standard

PeopleWed, 26 Nov 2014 09:16
Sabah, Iconic Arab Singer, Dead At 87

The Lebanese diva, whose career as musician and actress spanned six decades (and at least nine marriages), “was famous across the Arab world for her powerful voice, musical talent and joyful brazenness … Ultimately, she participated in at least 25 plays, four radio musicals, 85 films and sang 3,000 songs.”Source: Yahoo! (AP)

IssuesWed, 26 Nov 2014 08:55
madame jojos
Legendary London Cabaret Shut Down After Bouncers’ Baseball Bat Attack

“Madame Jojo’s – home to some of London’s most diverse nightlife for more than half a century” – has had its license revoked by the local council of Westminster. Some activists say that it’s an attempt by the council to gentrify Soho; the council says it’s because of “an organised assault with injury” by the […]Source: The Guardian (UK)

DanceWed, 26 Nov 2014 08:54
Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro hold a picture of late president Hugo Chavez during a May Day demonstration in Caracas
Venezuela Presents A Hugo Chávez Ballet

“The state-sponsored work, Ballet of the Spider-Seller to Liberator, is to show at a Caracas theater on Saturday in homage to Chávez’s life from poor boy selling homemade spider-shaped sweets in his rural hometown to president for 14 years.”Source: Reuters

TheatreWed, 26 Nov 2014 08:38
The First Folio found in Saint-Omer library
Shakespeare First Folio Discovered In Small-Town French Library

“The book – one of only 230 believed to still exist – had lain undisturbed in the library at Saint-Omer in the north of France for 200 years.”Source: The Guardian (UK)

IdeasWed, 26 Nov 2014 08:33
artificial intelligence
Artificial Intelligence, Really, Is Pseudo-Intelligence

“Commentator Alva Noë argues that we don’t need to be alarmed that our machines are rapidly outstripping natural-born human cognitive power: We’ve got a millions-of-years head start.”Source: NPR

DanceWed, 26 Nov 2014 08:28
choreographers editors
Do Choreographers Need Editors?

Judith Mackrell: “In dance, however, there’s no real equivalent, no institutional version of an outside eye to spot a weak narrative, a slack structure or an idea that’s not quite working. … Nor is it even clear who that figure might be. … [Even so,] I think the art form is suffering needlessly from this […]Source: The Guardian (UK)


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