Top Posts From AJBlogs 01-09-14

Vancouver Art Gallery Moves A Step Ahead Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-09 A Wagner heir has died, at 71 Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-09 New video: Tan Dun’s concerto for flower-pots Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-09 Museum of Modern Art’s Folk-Art Decision: It’s a Knockdown (plus plans for Mega-Mega M… Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-01-09

A Canadian Opera Company Shuts Down

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“We simply do not have the financial resources to continue. We had hoped a large donation from an individual would arrive in time, but regrettably it did not materialize, and in the absence of any other funding, the board had no choice but to cancel the rest of the season and cease operations.”

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No Surprise – Study Analyzes 5 Million Books And Finds Pattern Of “Literary Misery”

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“Literary misery was highest in the 1940s, they found, with the 1980s narrowly in second place, and the 1920s in third. Their research, published yesterday in PLOS ONE, found that an increase in frequency of miserable language in these decades correlated to the economic misery of the respective previous decades.”

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The Case For… (Erg!)… Listicles

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“Are lists overused? Probably. Useful things often are, and lists are really, really useful. Here’s why we like ‘em, and why they probably won’t — and probably shouldn’t — go anywhere soon.”

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New Rules Threaten UK Online Art Market

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“Under EU law, buyers already have the right to cancel purchases made through a website or outside the seller’s business premises where the buyer is not able to inspect the goods before the sale. Until now, auctions—whether conducted in the saleroom or online—were excluded as it was thought the right to cancel would encourage irresponsible […]

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Secret Readers – Mein Kampf Is A Best-Seller Online

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“People might not have wanted to buy Mein Kampf at Borders or have it delivered to their home or displayed on their living room bookshelf, let alone get spotted reading it on a subway. But judging by hundreds of customer comments online, readers like that digital copies can be quietly perused then dropped into a […]

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Have Scientists Lost Their Humanist Authority?

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“Today science and the “philosophy of mind”—its thoughtful assistant, which is sometimes smarter than the boss—are threatening Western culture with the exact opposite of humanism. Call it roboticism. Man is the measure of all things, Protagoras said. Today we add, and computers are the measure of all men.”

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A Statue Of Satan for the Oklahoma Capitol?

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In response to a Ten Commandments monument placed on the capitol grounds in Oklahoma City in 2012, a Satanic Temple has proposed a design for its own religious statue to go alongside it. (The Pastafarians, always ready with their holiday crèches, seem to be behind the curve here.)

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MoMA Reveals Its Grand Redesign Plans

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“The Museum of Modern Art unveiled on Wednesday a sweeping redesign of its Midtown building, featuring a retractable glass wall, new gallery space and the opening of its entire first floor, including the beloved sculpture garden, free to the public.”

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Another Fat-Shaming Ballet Brouhaha, This Time in London

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“The English National Ballet School has been accused of putting pressure on its students to lose weight in a controversial message on Facebook. A call for students … to ‘work off” Christmas calories appeared on the school’s Facebook page … It comes despite widespread industry concern about the issue of eating disorders among dancers.”

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Edward Albee, Bessie Smith and Saving a Dying Hospital

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A Brooklyn theater company is mounting a site-specific production of Albee’s The Death of Bessie Smith – “which by most evidence is based on an apocryphal account of how Smith, the black, early-20th-century blues singer, was denied treatment at a whites-only hospital” – at a struggling community medical center.

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Traveling Across China, Playing the Hollywood Hits

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The hardy musicians of the American Hollywood Film Orchestra “schlep by bus, train and plane to more than a dozen [Chinese] cities from late December to mid-January, offering up crowd-pleasing medleys from movies such as Titanic, Dances With Wolves, The Incredibles and The Godfather.”

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