So how did this painting, purporting to be a Frans Hals, fool top level experts? It’s making the art world worry about what other fakes might be out there and about a system that doesn’t seem to have done its job vetting. Is a bigger scandal looming?
The New York Times Published: 10.26.16
As the surprisingly simple title of the study in question says, “Familiarity expands space and contracts time.” (See, boss? It’s science!)
British Psychological Society Research Digest Published: 10.27.16
These four conductors all face(d) political decisions in their relationship to political power. Great musicians all. But their survival strategies differ(ed). Norman Lebrecht suggests some parallels.
Standpoint Published: 11.16
Fans of Jane Austen have always tut-tutted about Thomas Cadell of Cadell & Davies, who returned the P&P manuscript to Jane’s father with a curt five-word note in 1797. Yet Cadell really doesn’t deserve the ignominy that that one decision has conferred on him. (Hey, we all make mistakes.) He certainly wasn’t anti-woman – quite the opposite, in fact.
Literary Hub Published: 10.26.16
Our Matisse Is Not Nazi-Looted Art And You Can’t Have It, Says UK’s National Gallery To Plaintiffs – And Besides, You Can’t Sue Us In New York
The heirs of Greta Moll, the subject of a portrait by Matisse now valued at more than $30 million, claim that Moll was cheated out of the painting as a result of World War II and that the National Gallery acquired it illegitimately. The museum is responding that just about everything about the lawsuit is bogus.
The Art Newspaper Published: 10.28.16
For his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen has spent two decades crossing heritage breeds from different nations to create handsome, healthy, and (yes) cosmopolitan birds, which he shows in art galleries. For an upcoming show in Detroit, he’s taking things to the next level – the Planetary Community Chicken.
New York Times Published: 10.30.16
Have the young’uns heard too many TED Talks? “The next generation of philanthropists at this year’s Philanthropy Australia conference made it perfectly clear that they would prefer to be known as ‘change-makers’ or ‘social entrepreneurs’, and so, are ‘consciously uncoupling’ from being known as philanthropists.”
ArtsHub Published: 10.26.16
“The prospect of foreign drug traffickers invading American shores gave pop-culture cops a new and more dangerous enemy to fight, one that justified fast driving, explosive shootouts and all sorts of audience-thrilling rule-breaking. In return, Hollywood promoted the idea that drugs posed a grave threat that justified new, frightening police tactics and the erosion of basic rights.”
Washington Post Published: 10.27.16
“As Tom Wolfe put it in The Bonfire of the Vanities, ‘All the cops turned Irish: the Jewish cops … the Italian cops, the Latin cops, and the black cops.'” You’re only accepted if you adopt that brand of machismo.
Washington Post Published: 10.28.16
Opera Is *Not* Too Posh And Exclusive, And If You Think It Is, It’s Your Own Damn Fault, Says Opera Boss
“I continue to argue incessantly with people who claim opera is for the rich, unattainable, impenetrable, elitist and from a parallel universe,” writes Michael Volpe, general director of London’s Opera Holland Park. “I swear and shout and stamp my feet – well, I used to, but I stopped doing that because it doesn’t work.”
BBC Music Magazine Published: 10.25.16
When he was 13, Alexander Prior wrote a ballet score commissioned by the Moscow State Ballet; when he was 17, he finished a conducting degree at the St. Petersburg Conservatory; he speaks six languages. Now, he’ll take over the baton in Alberta’s capital from William Eddins at the beginning of next season.
Edmonton Journal Published: 10.27.16
“The Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron has won a competition to build a new museum of 20th-century art in central Berlin with a long, low red-brick design that invited comparisons to a rail station, a barn, a temple and an indoor market.”
The Art Newspaper Published: 10.27.16
“I found the best way to engage with these kids was to see if they could jump higher than me, run faster than me – physicality is what stimulated them. … Kids are required to take PE, so they could be encouraged to consider dance, too. The way in would be through dance generally, and now would be a good time for this, as hip-hop and ballroom clearly have a following.” An essay by Royal Ballet soloist Eric Underwood.
The Week Published: 10.26.16
Talk about a casting coup … Sophie Koch was going to sing Didon in Lyric’s new production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, which opens in a bit more than two weeks, but she just pulled out for personal reasons. And who should happen to be available but the world’s reigning singer of the role?
Opera News Published: 10.26.16
Single-ticket sales, and overall box office were at all-time highs, contributions were up, subscription renewals were at 90% – and still the budget gap just hasn’t closed yet.
Chicago Tribune Published: 10.26.16
The company manager of England’s DANCE SIX-0 writes about how the project started, the needs it’s fulfilling, and its activities from full-fledged public performance to dance for dementia patients.
Arts Professional (UK) Published: 10.27.16
“A nonprofit, Interlochen includes one of the nation’s most renowned arts camps, which draws 2,500 students each summer for intensive work in seven arts disciplines in a nature setting. The center also has a 500-student fine arts boarding school, an acclaimed concert series and a public radio station. Its alumni include opera legend Jessye Norman, pop singer Josh Groban and conductor Lorin Maazel.”
Cincinnati Enquirer Published: 10.27.16
“Call it hedging your bets, call it beefing up your odds, call it the architectural equivalent of quite publicly asking two people to prom on the same day: The dual-track proposal is an unusual gambit by any measure. And it suggests that rather than feeling chastened enough by those prior defeats to reassess his sales pitch, to slow down and rethink the plans for the museum in a wholesale way, Lucas is instead growing ever more impatient to get a deal done.”
Los Angeles Times Published: 10.26.16
“The 5.4-magnitude and 5.9-magnitude tremors near Visso in the Marche region follow a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that destroyed the town of Amatrice, 70km to the south, on 24 August, killing at least 295 people. The impact was felt in Rome, Naples and the Veneto coast, according to Italian press reports.”
The Art Newspaper Published: 10.27.16
“Before the Wicked Witch of the West or Harry Potter took flight on the spindly cleaning tool, the image first appeared in the 15th century.” You may not be surprised to read that the depiction was an attack on both sexuality and heresy.
Hyperallergic Published: 10.24.16
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“Based on our research data, digital content has two functions primarily: it develops the audience’s familiarity with the company’s work, and it aligns their expectations of a particular performance. Rather than using supporting materials to make a purchase decision, audiences tend to consume them after booking their tickets, to gain an insight into the story and creative process, reassure themselves of the quality of the company and production, and increase their level of anticipation ahead of the performance.”
Arts Professional Published:10.26.16
“There are things you remember, and there are things you remember well. Even if you can recall a past event, your memories will vary considerably in how much detail they contain, and how correct those details are. In an elegant experiment, a team of neuroscientists … [at] Cambridge have shown that these aspects of our memories – our success at recalling them, their precision, and their vividness – depend on three different parts of the brain.”
The Atlantic Published:10.25.16
“A positive mood is useful when first brainstorming, processing information, and coming up with as many ideas as possible—you don’t want to bring judgment into that, because it could stifle idea generation.
But rigor is the key to overcoming obstacles and completing tasks—and good mood doesn’t improve problem-solving, which involves judgments that almost by necessity won’t feel good: critique and evaluation, experimentation and failure. The stress that arises from problems may be unpleasant but it also motivates us to complete tasks, Davis says. In other words, negative emotions are actually beneficial to the creative process.”
“The Perahu Pustaka (Book Boat) is sorely needed. … More than 10% of the [province of] West Sulawesi’s adult population cannot read, while in many villages, the only book available is a solitary copy of the Quran. So in 2015, local news journalist Muhammad Ridwan Alimuddin decided to combine his twin passions for books and boats by setting up a mobile library on a baqgo, a small traditional sailboat.”
“Today, the producing population has been infiltrated by investors who assume the job title of “producer.” In the days when I was producing, I had 175 investors. They were press agents, company managers, actors, stagehands, and, of course, a few of my parents’ friends. But the names of producers above the title were never more than three. If you are a creative producer with an impressive track record, investors should have no serious role reading a script, contributing to the casting of a show, approving its decisions, and—guess what—attending the meeting the day after a show has opened and giving advertising advice.”
American Theatre Published:10.26.16
“As she likes to say herself, there are three Marina Abramovićs: Warrior Marina (who can endure any pain and scream louder than anybody else), Spiritual Marina (who can endure any amount of stillness and remain silent longer than anybody else) and Bullshit Marina (who adores celebrity and likes to talk about fickle men and why she sometimes feels fat and ugly).”
The Guardian Published:10.22.16
“I believe in small, immersive theatre, and that the disappearance of the black box—which is happening all over—means devastation to the form. When we package theatre up and market it like dollar store pregnancy tests, we lose the power of the form. Women make up 50 percent of our world, so without the contemporary voices of women on today’s stages, audiences are only getting half of the story. Humanity cannot afford this. Especially not now.”
“Visitors to a bookshop in Cairo are being invited into a dark, soundproof room to scream at the top of their lungs in an effort to relieve their frustrations and escape from the stresses of daily life. The new ‘scream room’ is tucked away in the “The World’s Door” [Bab Aldounia] bookshop and is also equipped with a full drum kit allowing customers to let go of their worries.” (includes video)
“The Nobel Prize is in fact the ultimate example of bad faith: A small group of Swedish critics pretend to be the voice of God, and the public pretends that the Nobel winner is Literature incarnate. All this pretending is the opposite of the true spirit of literature, which lives only in personal encounters between reader and writer. Mr. Dylan may yet accept the prize, but so far, his refusal to accept the authority of the Swedish Academy has been a wonderful demonstration of what real artistic and philosophical freedom looks like.”
The New York Times Published:10.26.16
“Arts administrators are united in the belief that spreading music as far as possible, in both the digital and physical worlds, is more than just a marketing gimmick: It’s a strategy for survival. The world is full of intellectually curious, artistically adventurous young people who would no more buy a ticket to hear Brahms’s Requiem in concert at Geffen Hall than they would stick a stamp on a handwritten letter.”