Top AJBlog Posts for 12/17/13

At The New Museum: Make Your Own Exhibition Art
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2013-12-18

China’s New Mega-Collectors

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“They joust with one another at auction houses, where the fevered bidding has driven up prices to the point that some jades, ceramics, calligraphy and paintings now fetch huge sums. In 2011, for instance, a Ming dynasty vase sold for $140 million at an auction in Macau.”

A New Industry In Reviving Dead Literary Characters

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“The incentive for publishers and the estates of dead authors is clear: keeping the brand alive expands the number of titles from which revenue can be gained, while fuelling interest in the original works. But what impact do literary franchises have on the industry’s appetite for new talent?”

Author Hired To Write Stieg Larsson Sequel

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“The head of publishing at Norstedts, Eva Gedin, told The Associated Press the book will be an original work that includes nothing from the fourth book in the series that Larsson began writing but hadn’t finished when he died.”

The Future Of Trying To Be A Musician

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“It’s becoming much more difficult to be a reclusive artist and make a living. The system has become weirdly Darwinian. But you need to look at the larger picture: the record industry did create a safe space for shy artists like PJ Harvey or Cat Power, but artists always had to market themselves.”

Why Is Canada’s Largest Opera Company So Nervous About New Opera?

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“Imagine the Art Gallery of Ontario going 19 years without a single showing of any new Canadian art. It would be hard to think of a rationale for that scenario, although the COC, which receives about $4.5-million annually in public funding, is always quick to say that new work is too expensive and risky for regular consumption. But does that really need to be true, for the biggest opera company in the country?”

Art In 2013 – Only For The Wealthy?

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“Art and critical thinking, yes. Art and enchantment, for certain. Without both, or without either, art and its encircling vocation of criticism risk irrelevance. A bigger problem is the culture of prohibitions we seem to be engendering against creativity.”

Novelist Hugh Nissenson, 80

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“[His] books were immersive journeys that often explored religion, particularly Judaism, often to high praise by reviewers. They were not strong sellers, however, and throughout his life Mr. Nissenson struggled with depression … But he never stopped writing.”

Russians Really Have Become Ruder, Says Study

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“Russians have become more conflict-prone, angrier and ruder and have largely lost the ability to control themselves, according to the findings of research into the psychological profile of a typical Russian from 1981 to 2011. Andrey Yurevich, the deputy head of the Institute of Psychology at the Russian Academy of Sciences, talks about the study’s results.”

Ireland Creates A Fiction Laureate Position

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“Now that it’s exiting from the foreign bailout program, Ireland is making a new investment: in fiction. The country’s Arts Council has announced that it is creating a Laureate for Irish Fiction, ‘to promote Irish literature nationally and internationally and to encourage the public to engage with high-quality Irish fiction’.”