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Visual ArtsFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:33
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Art And The Tyranny Of Forcing You To Watch

“More and more artworks define and dictate the time their audience must give them. Too many videos are made like feature films, with a start and finish, and the clear message that you need to watch the whole thing to understand it. Performances too can be like plays, with a defined start and end. This […]Source: The Guardian (UK)

Visual ArtsFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:28
$600 Million Expansion Of Colonial Williamsburg

“The campaign, which officially starts Saturday, includes a $40-million upgrade to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, adding 8,000 square feet of new gallery space to the building that houses the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.”Source: The New York Times

Visual ArtsFri, 21 Nov 2014 09:29
ArtPrize Is Expanding To Dallas

The world’s richest art competition, with $200,000 prizes awarded by jury and public vote, is stretching beyond its Grand Rapids home for the first time. ArtPrize Dallas, which will be administered independently, will open its first edition in April 2016.Source: artnet

Visual ArtsFri, 21 Nov 2014 07:54
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A Big White Flower By Georgia O’Keeffe Sells For $44.4 Million

Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 “smashed records Thursday morning [at Sotheby’s] when it sold for $44.4 million – a price three times larger than the previous auction record for a female artist.”Source: The Huffington Post

Visual ArtsFri, 21 Nov 2014 07:48
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Sotheby’s CEO Steps Down – And Its Stock Price Goes Up

“The chairman and chief executive of Sotheby’s is stepping down, the auction house said on Thursday, a little more than a year after the billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel S. Loeb derided the company as ‘an old master painting in desperate need of restoration’ and demanded sweeping changes.”Source: The New York Times

Visual ArtsThu, 20 Nov 2014 15:53
LA County Museum Makeover Blasts Off! (But First A Caution…)

“The quick turnaround in the museum project’s fortunes was enough to make your head spin. It’s encouraging — and worrisome too. Certain crucial issues remain to be sorted out.”Source: Los Angeles Times

IssuesFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:56
As Art Schools Have Become More Elitist Are They Losing Out On The Most Creative Students?

“Art schools used to be havens for students who, for whatever reason, had not found their niche in the traditional academic system. Now prospective art students very often have to prove their academic credentials to compete for a place at the most prestigious colleges.”Source: New Statesman

MediaFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:54
Increasingly Problematic: TV Ratings Are Failing To Count More Of The Audience

“Nielsen’s metric doesn’t include those who watched the episode on streaming sites like Hulu or Fox’s own website, nor does it count those who watch via video-on-demand more than four days after the original airing. That’s an issue for networks that want to use those viewership totals with advertisers.”Source: Los Angeles Times

IssuesFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:49
A Better Case For Corporate Support For The Arts

“More than half of all Canadians listen to music daily, read fiction several times a month or more and have visited a museum or art gallery in the last year. The numbers who go to concerts and plays are smaller, but when asked what kind of event they like to attend outside the home, 34 […]Source:

WordsFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:42
Should We Care About The Disappearance Of Marginalia With Digital Books?

“Kindle did launch a public notes feature in 2011, which allows people to make their notes and highlights available to others, but some still worry digital marginalia won’t be preserved as technology advances, leaving future historians without the kind of marginalia penned by people like Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Austen, and other historical figures. […]Source: Fast Company

IssuesFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:25
Hiding Behind Falsifiability

“Basically, it refers to whether or not a belief can be proven wrong. If I tell you that I weigh 70 pounds, this is a claim that can be easily tested and promptly thrown out by bringing me to a scale — that is, it’s falsifiable. If, on the other hand, I tell you that […]Source: New York Magazine

WordsFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:19
How Paperback Books Helped Win World War II And Create New Demand For Books

“By the end of the war, the Armed Services Editions had ushered in a new era for the publishing industry, which had previously balked at printing paperbacks. The experiment showed that if books could be printed in an affordable way, publishers could reach a new audience.”Source: The Wall Street Journal

PeopleFri, 21 Nov 2014 09:46
Secrets And Suicide At The 92nd Street Y

“Sol Adler devoted his life to the 92nd Street Y, courting its billionaires and burnishing its cultural power. But when he brought scandal to its doorstep, the institution kicked him to the curb. And that, his family says, is what killed him.”Source: New York Magazine

WordsFri, 21 Nov 2014 09:40
Writers’ Group Robbed At Gunpoint In Brooklyn

“An armed robber held up a popular Church Avenue cafe while a writers’ group was meeting there [last] Thursday night … He grabbed three Apple laptops and one iPad before fleeing on foot, police said.”Source: DNAinfo

WordsFri, 21 Nov 2014 09:39
Police Raid Paris Manuscript Museum Over Alleged Ponzi Scheme

“Paris’s Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits, an institution devoted to ancient manuscripts and historic letters, was raided by French authorities on Tuesday for its apparent role in a fraudulent investment scheme masterminded by the museum’s founder, financier Gérard Lhéritier.”Source: Hyperallergic

MediaFri, 21 Nov 2014 09:27
“Serial” Addresses The Backlash Directly (More Or Less)

“Up until now, it has seemed a little bit like Serial was occurring in a vacuum, removed from the fandom and hubbub surrounding it. But on this week’s episode – which came after a week of mounting backlash online and a public statement on Reddit from a man claiming to be Hae Min Lee’s brother […]Source: Salon

MusicFri, 21 Nov 2014 08:57
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Metropolitan Opera’s Deficit Swells To $22 Million

“Weaker-than-expected contributions and ticket sales [last season] combined with expenses related to the company’s labor talks to create its most serious shortfall in decades. … The deficit for the 2013-14 season was roughly eight times that of the previous season.”Source: The New York Times

MusicFri, 21 Nov 2014 08:51
Use Your iPhone At The Orchestra Or Opera? In Philly, Sure!

“The technological barbarians are at the gate – and are being welcomed graciously. Only three years after an errant ringtone during the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony sparked an international uproar, two august Philadelphia institutions are telling audiences to keep their phones on – within particular limits.”Source: WQXR (New York)

TheatreFri, 21 Nov 2014 08:41
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Return Of The Repressed? John Cameron Mitchell Will Be Playing Hedwig On Broadway

The writer and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch “said he was initially reluctant to play Hedwig again after his yearlong run downtown and then in a 2001 film adaptation. But as he watched [Neil Patrick] Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall in the role over the last seven months, … ‘I […]Source: The New York Times

TheatreFri, 21 Nov 2014 08:39
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Roman Polanski’s Vampire Musical Is Still Undead

“For those who savor a good Broadway catastrophe, Dance of the Vampires is near the top of the shortlist of infamy. But for the Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski, that flop 2002 musical, based on his 1967 film The Fearless Vampire Killers, deserves – no, demands – another chance.” And it’s getting one, in Paris.Source: The New York Times


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