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Visual ArtsSun, 19 Nov 2017 14:30

Last Living Person Linked To Gardner Art Theft Seeks Prison Release On Separate Charge

Robert Gentile's attorney says he can't remember pleading guilty on a weapons charge and thus, "the reputed Connecticut mobster, who authorities say is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in U.S. history, wants to await sentencing in an unrelated weapons case at his home."Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 17 Nov 2017 22:04

Stabilization? Met Museum Cuts Its Projected Deficit, Adds To Endowment

"Where a shortfall of $15 million had been projected for the fiscal year 2017, which ended in June, that figure was contained to $10.1 million, according to the report, and the Met said it is on track to eliminate its deficit by 2020. In addition, the museum’s endowments increased by almost $300 million, to a […]Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 17 Nov 2017 21:32

What Place Do Art Fairs Have In Art-Rich Berlin?

“Yet another fair feels like a car company offering another new model: there are already more than enough different cars, besides other options like bicycles, trains and planes. But, like the possibility of a new and really interesting car model entering the stage—an electric one, for instance—there’s always a chance of a new and really […]Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 17 Nov 2017 21:01

Memphis College Of Art Says It Will Close

The final decision had been made two weeks earlier, spurred by a combination of declining admissions — down by 35% just this year, according to High Ground Memphis — increasing real estate debt, and the school’s small endowment fund. Tuition at the school is $35,000 per year. While many remain optimistic that the school could remain open, […]Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 17 Nov 2017 16:03

So, When Are We Going To See The First Billion-Dollar Painting? (Probably Not For A While)

Some people are asking that very question following the record-smashing sale of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi for $450 million. But there were some special factors at play here that are unlikely to be repeated - as Robin Pogrebin reports, "the artwork achieved an unprecedented price because it was an unprecedented piece."Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 17 Nov 2017 14:02

Last Missing Piece Of Magritte Painting Found After 85 Years

"The enigma of The Enchanted Pose, which depicts side-by-side female nudes, began decades ago. It is listed in the comprehensive catalog of Magritte's works, but its location had been marked as 'unknown' since 1932. Magritte, who died in 1967, never said anything about its fate." Turns out he cut it into four, painted over the […]Source:

TheatreSun, 19 Nov 2017 15:30

Playwrights Are Finding Money, And Love, On The Small Screen

It's true: "In years past, this relationship was an illicit tryst, a badge of shame. Today, it is an artistic triumph. Many writers head to theater school with dramatic polygamy in mind, and those already established in theater actively pursue meetings with TV executives."Source:

PeopleSun, 19 Nov 2017 15:00

Girish Bhargava, The Editor Of 'Dirty Dancing' And So, So Many Dance Shows, Has Died At 76

We would know so little of dance without him: "Bhargava edited films that captured the work of Balanchine, Peter Martins, Bob Fosse, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham and many other prominent choreographers, in the process creating an archival record of a genre that had historically been difficult to preserve. And through Dance in America and other […]Source:

TheatreSun, 19 Nov 2017 13:30

Torch Song Trilogy, The Herald Of A New Era, Turns 35

Stuart Emmerich: "My only experiences of gay theater had been plays like The Boys in the Band, Fortune and Men’s Eyes, Tea and Sympathy and Streamers — plays where the gay character was either closeted or bitter or suicidal, and usually all three. It was a shock to see Mr. Fierstein, as Arnold, strutting around […]Source:

DanceSun, 19 Nov 2017 13:00

Dance Has Always Been Political, But This Year ... Wow

One choreographer: "We don’t have time to play around anymore."Source:

IssuesFri, 17 Nov 2017 23:33

UK Lottery Sales Are Way Down. Arts Funding Is Suffering. Scottish Officials Say Other Arts Funding Is Needed

With National Lottery income making up nearly 40% of Creative Scotland’s and sportscotland’s total income, these reductions are of critical concern and put both jobs and provision at risk. Figures released by National Lottery operator Camelot in June 2017 showed arts funding was down £55m, with expectations that the “disappointing” sales would continue this year. Creative […]Source:

WordsFri, 17 Nov 2017 23:01

The (Considerable) Consequences Of Memoirs

"At one minute past midnight on July 19, 1975, my father was hanged. For twenty-seven years, I told no one about it. Then I published a memoir. I have lived with the aftermath of that decision ever since, as does anyone who has published their own story, who has unwrapped what had previously been concealed: […]Source:

PeopleFri, 17 Nov 2017 22:24

Love The Art, Hate The Artist?

"I expect art to be troubling because I expect people to be troubling. I am prepared to like and dislike something in every work. I can also appreciate the aesthetic genius of a moral monster without feeling that I am becoming inured to monstrosity. Just as I can read Heidegger without becoming a Nazi, I […]Source:

IssuesFri, 17 Nov 2017 20:31

How France Is Branding Its Culture Across The Globe

"The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi over the weekend is the latest example of how traditional French cultural diplomacy is being supplanted by brand politics: Abu Dhabi bought the rights to use the Paris museum's famous name at a price tag of over $500 million over three decades. This example of "soft power" goes […]Source:

TheatreFri, 17 Nov 2017 20:01

New Plays At The Center Of A Touring Scheme

The organization acts as a producer and manager all in one, from mapping out a show’s tour route to managing it on the road. “We view ourselves as being in service to the artists and the work, and we also view ourselves as being in service to our colleagues who will be our client.”Source:

WordsFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:04

French Teachers Suggest Practical Alternative For The 'Masculine Prevails' Grammar Rule

"The teachers' objection was not just philosophical; it was philological. The rule, they said in the French version of Slate, was a parvenu (it was enunciated in the 17th century and became widely taught only in the 19th century) and politically motivated (it buttressed French laws that denied women equal rights). ... In its place, […]Source:

IdeasFri, 17 Nov 2017 18:28

Our Struggle With The Idea Of Scientific "Progress"

"Accelerating scientific invention does not make human beings any more good-natured or reasonable but simply increases their capacity to achieve their goals. In practice, this means the groups that are most powerful will increase their hold over the rest. Schemes for improving the human animal by technological means will not alter these facts. What counts […]Source:

MediaFri, 17 Nov 2017 18:01

Now 'Downton Abbey' Has Its Own Traveling Museum

"All the old habitats, including Mr. Carson's pantry, the servants' dining room and Lady Mary's bedroom (faintly scandalous with its memory of Kemal Pamuk’s coital demise) are painstakingly recreated, right down to the forks and spoons arranged just so on the Crawley dinner table. Behind the green baize door lies the servants' quarters just as […]Source:

IdeasFri, 17 Nov 2017 17:31

Oliver Sacks' Essential Qualities Of Creativity

"All of us, to some extent, borrow from others, from the culture around us. Ideas are in the air, and we may appropriate, often without realizing, the phrases and language of the times. We borrow language itself; we did not invent it. We found it, we grew up into it, though we may use it, […]Source:

TheatreFri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02

Why We Still Need Chekhov's Plays, Even After A Century

Lyn Gardner: "If the anniversary of the Russian revolution offers one reason for the current glut of Chekhov revivals, the other may well be the way the plays speak so directly to a world in flux, where the characters cannot comprehend or adjust to the cultural, social and political earthquakes that engulf them."Source:


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