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Visual ArtsFri, 19 Dec 2014 09:35
MoMA Will Bring Its Matisse Show To Cinemas

“Borrowing a page from the opera and European museums, the Museum of Modern Art will soon begin to experiment with taking its exhibitions into movie theaters. On Jan. 13, Matisse – a documentary based on the highly popular exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs … – will open in movie theaters across the United States.”Source: The New York Times

Visual ArtsFri, 19 Dec 2014 09:32
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San Francisco Gets To Keep The Bay Bridge Light Sculpture

“After a two-month campaign, the nonprofit Illuminate the Arts announced Wednesday that it had raised the needed $4 million to reinstall the Lights permanent fixture on the western end of the bridge.”Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Visual ArtsFri, 19 Dec 2014 09:25
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The Near-Impossible Challenge Of Fitting The Harvard Art Museum Expansion Into That Location

“The long list of difficulties Renzo Piano faced with this renovation and expansion point to why many architects prefer greenfield builds to infill.”Source: CityLab

Visual ArtsThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:10
$10 Million Of Art Stolen In One Of America’s Biggest Art Heists Is Recovered In LA

“After an undercover operation at a West Los Angeles hotel in October, federal authorities detained Raul Espinoza, 45, who tried to sell the paintings — which are valued at $10 million — for $700,000 cash. The nine works recovered were among the dozen stolen from an Encino home on the morning of Aug. 24, 2008.”Source: Los Angeles Times

Visual ArtsThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:50
Leadership Changes At Sotheby’s, Christie’s Have Art World Buzzing

“The leadership shake-ups coincide with changes in the contemporary art auction world, where record sales do not necessarily translate into big profits, and where new markets — primarily China and the Web — are proving vital for growth.”Source: Los Angeles Times

Visual ArtsThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:48
Lawsuit Over California’s Artist Resale Royalty Payments Nears Decision

“Payments are supposed to be made to any artist who is an American citizen or who is a California resident — if his or her work is being sold by a California owner, regardless where in the United States the sale occurs. The royalty right extends 20 years after an artist’s death.”Source: Los Angeles Times

MusicFri, 19 Dec 2014 09:55
New York Times Lays Off Critic Allan Kozinn

The paper’s longtime classical critic (on staff for 23 years, a freelancer for 14 years before that), who was reassigned to the general cultural news beat in 2012, departs on Friday.Source: Musical America

MusicFri, 19 Dec 2014 09:54
The Highs And Lows Of Classical Music In 2014 – A Roundtable

“Joining host Naomi Lewin for this discussion … are Anne Midgette, the classical music critic of The Washington Post; David Patrick Stearns, classical music critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer and for WQXR’s Operavore blog; and Zachary Woolfe, freelance classical music critic for The New York Times.” (audio)Source: WQXR (New York)

DanceFri, 19 Dec 2014 09:12
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Portland (Maine) Ballet’s Founder Steps Aside After 35 Years

“[Genie] O’Brien began Portland Ballet in 1980 and guided its development from a niche school focused on classical and contemporary ballet to one of the top dance schools and presenters of modern dance in northern New England.”Source: Portland Press Herald (Maine)

IssuesFri, 19 Dec 2014 09:00
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“One Of The Most Bizarre Cultural-Political Episodes Of Recent History”

Andrew O’Hehir: “Let me see if I have this right, because the whole thing stretches credulity: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has apparently managed to kill a major Hollywood movie. … We had a choice – ‘we’ being a term of art that does not actually include you and me – of whether to stand […]Source: Salon

IssuesFri, 19 Dec 2014 08:59
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North Korea Is Not Funny, And “The Interview” Is Not Brave

Adrian Hong, co-founder of the refugee rescue organization Liberty in North Korea: “It takes no valor and costs precious little to joke about these things safely oceans away from North Korea’s reach. … To pretend that punchlines from afar, even in the face of hollow North Korean threats, are righteous acts is nonsense.”Source: The Atlantic

IssuesFri, 19 Dec 2014 08:53
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U.S. Gov’t Should Pay Costs Of Releasing “The Interview” (Argues Pundit)

Jonathan Chait: “We don’t entrust for-profit entities with the common defense. And recognizing that the threat to a Sony picture is actually a threat to the freedom of American culture ought to lead us to a public rather than a private solution. … Either Washington should guarantee Sony’s financial liability in the event of an […]Source: New York Magazine

MediaFri, 19 Dec 2014 08:51
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Watching What Might Have Been One Of The Last-Ever Screenings Of “The Interview” – With Seth Rogen

Your correspondent talks with the co-star/co-producer/co-writer of the comedy-turned-cause célèbre about why he decided to make a movie about Kim Jong-Un in the first place, negotiating with Sony about the details of the Dear Leader’s exploding head, and what he listens for at the many, many test screenings he attends.Source: Grantland

MediaFri, 19 Dec 2014 08:50
Hollywood’s Other North Korea-Themed Project Just Got Canned

“New Regency has ditched plans to produce Pyongyang, a paranoid thriller starring Steve Carell that was to be set in North Korea. … New Regency is 20% owned by News Corp., parent of 20th Century Fox. The studio had indicated to New Regency that it would not release the project.”Source: Variety

WordsFri, 19 Dec 2014 08:38
Amazon Publishing ‘Suppresses’ Book With Too Many Hyphens

“When they ran an automated spell check against the manuscript they found that over 100 words in the 90,000-word novel contained that dreaded little line,” says author Graeme Reynolds. “This, apparently, ‘significantly impacts the readability of your book,’ and, as a result, ‘We have suppressed the book because of the combined impact to customers.'”Source: The Guardian (UK)

IdeasFri, 19 Dec 2014 08:22
Would People Really Rather Get Electric Shocks Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts? Don’t Be So Sure

“Texting, email, social media – we use these to self-stimulate throughout the day and, for some of us at least, throughout the night as well. So there’s got to be something deeply right in the finding that, in the words of the paper, ‘most people do not enjoy ‘just thinking’ and clearly prefer having something […]Source: NPR

IdeasFri, 19 Dec 2014 08:21
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Why I Became A Philosophy Journalist (And Why We Need Such A Thing)

Steve Neumann: “I feel I owe a debt to philosophy. It liberated me; it gave me the courage to leave behind the comfort and security of a religious worldview, and provided me with a purpose I will be glad to pursue for the rest of my life. So despite having a demanding day job as […]Source: The New York Times

WordsFri, 19 Dec 2014 08:00
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An Old Membership-Only Library Remakes Itself As A Thriving Intellectual Equivalent Of Church

“The [Providence] Athenaeum, a Greek Revival edifice that still gives its solid wooden card catalog pride of place, looks and feels like it belongs in another century. But it has lately become a vital part of 21st-century civic life, thanks to a lively Friday night salon series with discussion topics ranging from the 100th anniversary […]Source: CityLab

PeopleFri, 19 Dec 2014 07:53
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Virna Lisi, 78, Italian Actress Who Won, Then Fled, Hollywood Stardom

“In the 1960s, like many other female Italian actors of the time, Virna Lisi was tempted to try her luck in Hollywood. However, after films in which her co-stars included Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Frank Sinatra, she returned to Europe, where she had painstakingly built up a reputation, particularly in Italy and France. It […]Source: The Guardian (UK)

MediaFri, 19 Dec 2014 07:17
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“If They Stop Clapping, Tinker Bell Will Die”: What “The Colbert Report” Taught Us About The Psychology Of American Conservatives

Leslie Savan: “You can’t stick with that kind of truthiness-based character (and play him in public appearances off the show) without some sympathy for him, and even for conservatism itself. Colbert expressed that sympathy by showing that beneath his character’s assertion of omnipotence and certitude, there’s a fragility, one that’s also buried in most of […]Source: The Nation


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