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Visual ArtsFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:54
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Constable Painting Bought For $5,300 Sells For $5.2 Million

“The award for the most compelling market tale undoubtedly goes to the third highest-selling painting, a rediscovered John Constable landscape, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831), that sold for $5.2 million, far exceeding its $3 million high estimate. The consignor had acquired the work at Christie’s London in July 2013, and paid a mere $5,300 […]Source: Artnet

Visual ArtsFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:02
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The Most Powerful Artwork I Have Ever Seen (By Jerry Saltz)

“I don’t want to sound like an insane art-critic version of Werner Herzog rhapsodizing about ‘albino alligators.’ All I know is that something seismic hit me …, some capacious cognizance, cryptic, wakeful.”Source: Vulture

Visual ArtsFri, 30 Jan 2015 08:26
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At Long Last, Peru Is Getting A National Museum

“Strangely enough, despite its rich cultural and artistic history, the country hasn’t had a large-scale national museum until now. … The new museum will make its home at the storied Pachacamac, an archaeological site southeast of Lima that’s passed through many hands since the Early Intermediate period.”Source: Hyperallergic

PeopleFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:21
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Conductor Dies After Heart Attack Onstage

“The 59-year-old was conducting at a concert given by a Swiss youth orchestra in Lucerne, when he fell dramatically to the ground. An audience member rushed to his aid, but the musician died in an ambulance on the way to hospital.”Source: BBC

MediaFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:18
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Report: Watching TV With Subtitles Is A Bad Experience

User feedback said live subtitles made viewing “frustrating, and, on occasion, unwatchable.” The report highlighted “serious recognition errors” in subtitling software, which led to mistakes such as the phrase “be given to our toddlers” translated as “be given to ayatollahs”.Source: BBC

IdeasFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:58
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Why Debates About Today’s Big Issues Have So Little Historical Context

“In contrast to earlier centuries, when the historian’s craft had been the preserve of amateurs such as Gibbon and Macaulay, the 20th century was the era when history professionals emerged – men and women who earned their living from teaching and writing history as employees of universities. Like other professionals, they sought advancement by becoming […]Source: New Statesman

IdeasFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:44
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The Psychology Of Wearing Glasses

When constant-use glasses were first introduced at the start of the 18th century—before, eye assistance was relegated to occasional-use monocles and, presumably, power-squinting—spectacle wearers were mysterious folk. “What were these secret weapons they had on their face? What is this person doing with this device on? Are they trying to capture my soul or something?”Source: Pacific Standard

MusicFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:36
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Pop Music As Serious Art (So Tell Me Something Else I Don’t Know?)

“Pop has long been resident in the hallowed halls of academe. Pop music studies have a place in university music faculties on almost equal terms with classical and world music. It has its own journals, distinguished elder statesmen and iconoclastic upstarts. Pop’s arrival at the top table is part of the revolution that swept through […]Source: The Telegraph (UK)

TheatreFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:33
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Think Theatre Isn’t Evolving Fast Enough? Nicholas Hytner Begs To Disagree

“I think this new crowd have found ways of producing, ways of finding spaces and turning them into theatres that is unprecedented. They’ve got lots of things to say, they say it in all sorts of different ways, and they find all sorts of ways of saying it.”Source: The Guardian (UK)

DanceFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:29
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Awkward Fit: The Choreographer Who Would Be Genius

“The ballet world, desperate for an heir to Balanchine and Robbins, tends to deify bright young men, and as it tries to puff Justin Peck up, he seems determined to stay firmly on the ground, so to speak.”Source: New York Magazine

MediaFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:24
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Where Critics Have Failed The Art Of Movies

“Independent filmmaking is wilder and freer than ever, owing in part to the readier availability of equipment and in part to the mere march of time and proliferation of ideas. But, at the same time, Hollywood filmmaking is even more brazenly commercial. The gap between the independents and the profit centers is increasing along with […]Source: The New Yorker

IssuesFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:07
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How Japan Became A Pop Culture Superpower

“Almost every childhood craze of the past 30 years has come from Japan: Transformers, Power Rangers, Tamagotchi, Pokémon and on and on and on. And together these have blasted through boundaries between different media.”Source: The Spectator

MusicFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:35
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Anti-Putin Protester Gets Onto Met Stage, Interrupts Anna Netrebko’s Bows

“A protester carrying a sign criticizing the policies of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia climbed over the orchestra pit and onto the stage at the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday night as the diva Anna Netrebko took her curtain call after performing the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.” (includes video)Source: New York Times

MusicFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:30
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PhilOrch Keeps Yannick For Five More Years

“[Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s] current contract runs through 2017, which means the new five-year deal extends his tenure to 2022.” With the president/CEO and board chairman having extended their terms as well, the Philadelphia Orchestra has the stability it will need to do the major fundraising it also needs.Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

MediaFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:21
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“American Sniper”, War, Fiction, And Real-World Politics

“These films strip away almost all of the moral and political ambiguities of international conflict, in its place giving us a singular tale of physical and mental heroics dripping in red, white, and blue. It’s hard as an American to not be affected at some level. Although an unintended consequence of such powerful patriotic storytelling […]Source: Pacific Standard

MediaFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:19
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What Moviegoers In Baghdad Think Of “American Sniper”

“Mohammed says one of the film’s opening scenes, when Kyle spots a woman and child who appear to be preparing to attack US troops during the initial invasion of Iraq, had the entire audience on the edge of their seats. ‘When the sniper was hesitating to shoot [the child holding the RPG] everyone was yelling […]Source: GlobalPost

PeopleFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:08
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Rod McKuen, 81, Poet And Songwriter

“[He was] the husky-voiced ‘King of Kitsch’ whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history.”Source: Yahoo! (AP)

PeopleFri, 30 Jan 2015 08:55
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Fighting Back Against “Wolf Hall”‘s Slander Of Thomas More (With Help From Holbein)

Jonathan Jones: “Why does Wolf Hall demonise one of the most brilliant and forward-looking of all Renaissance people? Its caricature of Thomas More as a charmless prig, a humourless alienating nasty piece of work, is incredibly unfair. You only have to consider one of Hans Holbein’s greatest works to see this.”Source: The Guardian

IssuesFri, 30 Jan 2015 08:43
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Yes, Artists Need Funding – But We Shouldn’t Take It From Oil Companies

Playwright Mark Ravenhill: “For some 30 years now, many of us in the arts have prided ourselves on our skills as conmen. We can find the money, wherever it may be. And we can take it. And run. … But after all this time, aren’t we now starting to wonder who’s been fooling who?”Source: The Guardian

TheatreFri, 30 Jan 2015 08:18
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Mental Health Issues Affect 20% Of Theatre Professionals, Survey Finds

“The survey, which was open to everyone in the sector and completed by more than 5,000 people, found that 46% of those who answered a question about the state of their mental health described it as either poor or average, and that 20% had actively sought help about their mental well-being.”Source: The Stage (UK)




 
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