Price For Norman Rockwell Smashes Record


“By far, the star of the bunch was the 1951 masterpiece Saying Grace, which sold for $46 million — a record for Rockwell’s art… The AP says the artist’s previous record of $15 million had been set by “Breaking Home Ties” at a 2006 Sotheby’s auction.”

Toronto Symphony Posts A Big Deficit

“Slumping ticket sales contributed to a $1.2 million deficit for the TSO’s 2012/13 season, up from the prior year’s $837,736 deficit, it was announced Tuesday at the annual general meeting.”

How Do We Make Sure Detroit’s Art Sale Doesn’t Happen Again


“The real goal, in a larger perspective, is how to de-monetize art. It’s too late for Detroit to think about such things—any attempt to keep its art out of the market would be vigorously protested by the city’s creditors—but the Detroit crisis has people thinking about how to avert such things in the future.”

The Next Industrial Revolution – Things That Make Themselves

Skylar Tibbits

“When you 3-D-print an object, it’s a fixed, static thing. If you want something more complex, you need to print it as parts and then assemble it. We thought, instead of assembling intelligence into it afterwards, why not print intelligence into it?”

So Objectifying People Is Okay?

Illustration by Nathaniel Gold.

“If we view people as capable of feeling, but not capable of action, we’re still failing to understand them as fully human. Someone who is incapable of thinking for herself, and yet feels very much, is essentially a puppy.”

A Global Conversation – Miami’s New Museum Opens


“The diversity of display styles suits a young institution that lacks deep holdings of major figures. Instead the museum layout convenes a conversation among local artists and global ones. That’s just perfect for Miami, the restless nexus of the Americas and Europe.”

Value Set For Detroit’s DIA Art Inflames Debate


“A figure less than $2 billion is likely to inflame the passions of bondholders, unions and other creditors who see DIA masterpieces as a prime source for recovering the billions they are owed by the city. It also increases the chances that a court battle over the fate of the DIA will become even more contentious as Kevyn Orr prepares his plan of adjustment to restructure city finances.”

New Bill In U.S. Congress Could Make College Textbooks Free


“[That] is the idea behind the Affordable College Textbook Act, a bill recently introduced in Congress by Senators Dick Durbin and Al Franken. The bill would create a grant program that would support the creation and use of so-called ‘open textbooks,’ meaning textbooks that are licensed under terms that allow them to be accessed and distributed for free.”

Federal Judge Gives First Hint Of Detroit Art Collection’s Status In City’s Bankruptcy


“‘A one-time infusion of cash by selling an asset,’ he [wrote], would have only delayed the city’s ‘inevitable financial failure’ unless it could have also come up with a sustainable way to enhance income and reduce expenses. Judge Rhodes added that in considering selling assets, a city ‘must take extreme care that the asset is truly unnecessary in carrying out its mission’.”

Arabic Music Has A Big New Star – And She’s Blonde


Jennifer Grout, a 23-year-old from Boston who speaks almost no Arabic, sings it so well that she’s now a finalist on this year’s Arabs Got Talent – the only one performing the classical repertoire in which Umm Kulthum and Fairouz became famous but which most younger Arabs neglect.

Male And Female Brains Really Are Built Differently


“By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found that male brains have more connections within each hemisphere, while female brains are more interconnected between hemispheres.

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One Of New York’s Top Culturecrats To Step Up Campaign For Arts Education


Mary Schmidt Campbell: “It is a demonstrated fact that if you put well-designed arts programs into the schools – particularly in areas that are underserved – and you integrate them into the curriculum, you can raise the performance in reading, math and science. … It drives me crazy that we are still struggling to make that case around the country.” T

Bob Dylan Charged With ‘Inciting Hate’ Under French Law


“To people who follow the pronouncements of Bob Dylan, his comment in a Rolling Stone interview in September 2012 suggesting that American blacks could sense whether whites had slave-master blood ‘just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood’ may have seemed just the sort of vaporously impressionistic, emotionally pointed kind of thing that Mr. Dylan has been known to say for decades.” Some Croatians in France beg to differ.

How Do You Cram An Epic Novel Onto A Stage?

Gatz, The Public Theatre, New York

“Mike Poulton, the man charged with condensing [Hilary Mantel’s] Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the Royal Shakespeare Company” and “Geoffrey Beevers, [who] has hacked George Eliot’s Middlemarch (904 pages) into a trilogy for the Orange Tree theatre in London”, try to explain.

Barnes Foundation Director Stepping Down


“Derek Gillman, the British-born executive director and president of the Barnes Foundation who guided it through the latter stages of a controversial move from its longtime home in suburban Merion to a grand new gallery on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, announced his resignation Tuesday.”

Saint Nick’s Evil Sidekick


“While Saint Nicholas may bring gifts to good boys and girls, ancient folklore in Europe’s Alpine region also tells of Krampus, a frightening beast-like creature who emerges during the Yule season, looking for naughty children to punish in horrible ways – or possibly to drag back to his lair in a sack.”