“Inexperience and a lack of dialogue are exacerbated by our culture’s collective failure to bestow any overt value on the critical conversation. Where are the MFA programs for critics? Where are the review workshops, or writing groups?”
What “a concept space” means, maybe only Paul Allen knows. But it looks like he’s cut off his dedicated arts and culture center before even launching it. I feel bad for the staffers. And dumb for hoping for better.
“Nearly 3,000 cases were reported between May and October, with the Rugby World Cup, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift particular targets, said Action Fraud. On average, customers who bought fake tickets lost £444 per transaction.”
“The city believes it has to adapt the site, since audiences for the traditional arts have tapered off. At the same time, people want more informal and engaging cultural experiences.”
“In San Francisco, a call last week for the dismissal of the executive director of the African American Art and Culture Complex has created a firestorm, adding a public relations challenge to already-existing tensions around mission and finances.”
“Last week it was reported that Southwark council had rejected plans to turn a multi-story parking garage, currently home to exhibition space Bold Tendencies and Frank’s Rooftop Bar, into 800 affordable artists’ studios. Instead the council opted for a collaboration between a Mayfair-based developer and Carl Turner Architects; the gang behind the much criticized ‘Pop: Brixton’ hellscape. Focusing on ‘multi-use event spaces, pop-up retail, and cafe/bars’ the scheme will target ‘ambitious young professionals’ and offer a mere 50 artists’ studios.”
“While he is not widely known in Saudi Arabia or abroad, Mr. Fayadh has been an active member of Saudi Arabia’s small contemporary art scene, and his colleagues describe him as a passionate curator who has sought to link Saudi artists to the rest of the world.”
“Because the competition for a place among the country’s well-off is so vicious.”
“The consequence in many cases is that fans will attend fewer shows, meaning that the profits made by such immoral practice is also money lost from the industry.”
Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin said that at least 4 million euros, or about $4.3 million, have been allocated toward a “solidarity fund.”
The newly published 2015 report estimates London will lose around 30% of its current artistic workspaces over the next four years due to rising rents, which it describes as “a major blow to a city where creativity is a huge part of its reputation and economic identity”.
Among his priorities: Restore and increase funding for CBC/Radio-Canada, following consultation with the broadcaster and the Canadian cultural community. Review the process by which members are appointed to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors, to ensure merit-based and independent appointments. Double investment in the Canada Council for the Arts. Increase funding for Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board.
“This week, the places that make Paris one of the world’s great cultural capitals have been slowly coming back to life, and directors are hoping that residents and visitors alike will return. They say that they are more convinced than ever that culture is a form of resistance to terrorism.”
Alison Bechdel, Christine Vachon, Lea DeLaria, Carrie Brownstein, and others name books, movies, songs, paintings, photographs, and underwear ads (yes) that made all the difference.
“Many curators of American museums say they’re moving away from traditional definitions: In the past, the label has been more actively used to decide who does and doesn’t belong in the country’s cultural history. But art reflects identity, and the U.S. national identity has only grown more pluralized in recent decades, thanks to immigration and globalization.”
“I don’t think parasitic is too strong a word for the secondary ticketing industry. Our view is that this is an industry that’s been allowed to grow on the back of the creative arts without reinvesting anything into it.”
“What we should be using as a measure is what we call emotional distance. It has to do with what you hear in the news and the media, and how relevant it is to you, and to what extent you identify. There’s not a general rule to that. … If the victims are people who belong to your social group, who you identify with, it’s one thing. Everyone makes his own emotional distance from traumatic events. Atrocities shortcut the emotional distance – they are universally perceived as something so incongruous that you keep thinking about it.”
Jessica Miller looks at pet cemeteries (which go back to 1881), pet taxidermy, mourning jewelry, and the latest technology out of Florida: freeze-drying your departed doggie.
“There are still just 24 hours in a day, so if the tweens and teens are in front of a screen for 9 of those hours, and in school for say 6 of those hours, and sleep for seven of those hours (and they need at least that much sleep), and eat, exercise (maybe) or whatever else for the remaining two hours, then IF we want to get to them (and we can’t get to all of them in the schools, and not likely in their sleep), then we have to figure out how to get onto those screens they are in front of every day – television, YouTube, Instagram, video games, Vine, movies, social networks etc. etc. etc. because there is no other choice.”
The phrase amateur hour “now registers as an insult. But it has an older meaning, one that betrays America’s sincere enthusiasm for the utterly unprofessional. … The idea of effortless authenticity is so attractive that members of the American establishment have vied for more than a century to buy, cheat or counterfeit their way to amateur status.”
“Once again, those of us immersed in entertainment–as producers, as distributors, as chroniclers, or even just as devotees–are left to ask where it fits in. Cultures have been grappling for centuries with how much space to allow levity in the place of a tragedy. But the relevance, and even the defensibility, of entertainment has lately been thrust forward as never before.”
“Now that Facebook has set a precedent for using Safety Check for terrorism and other violent events, it will need to figure out when and where to use the feature. From Schultz’s comments, it’s not clear if the team would have enabled it for Beirut. He includes the Lebanese city among ‘other parts of the world, where violence is more common and terrible things happen with distressing frequency.'”
“The director told the industry audience gathered at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, ‘We need to have some serious discussion about diversity’ and he thanked Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, saying ‘she’s trying to do something that needs to be done’ for raising the issue and making it part of the Academy’s current consciousness.”
“I had to cast an Asian actor for Master of None, and it was hard. When you cast a white person, you can get anything you want: ‘You need a white guy with red hair and one arm? Here’s six of ’em!’ But for an Asian character, there were startlingly fewer options. … But I still wonder if we are trying hard enough.”
There’s Eli Broad’s new museum in Los Angeles. Paul Allen’s soon-to-open nonprofit exhibition space in Seattle. The sale by Audey Irmas – her foundation, to be precvise – of her Cy Twombly blackboard. “How can anyone from the outside tell the difference between a collector’s cultural philanthropy and his personal tax strategy?”
Jonathan Chait: “The upsurge of political correctness is not just greasy-kid stuff, and it’s not just a bunch of weird, unfortunate events that somehow keep happening over and over. It’s the expression of a political culture with consistent norms, and philosophical premises that happen to be incompatible with liberalism.”
“‘The stone monument is iconic,’ said [archaeologist] Wolfgang Neubauer … ‘But it’s only a little part of the whole thing.’ Discoveries in the last decade, some via modern technologies like ground-penetrating radar, have revealed more about the people for whom the giant monuments held great meaning.”
“Free admission days do not usually engage affordable access audiences. In fact, data suggest that free days often accomplish the very opposite of their intended purpose for many cultural organizations.”
No, it’s not only poets who do it. “Tao Hongjing was the fictional creation of French artist Alexandre Ouairy, born in Nantes, who assumed the pseudonym a decade ago to sell more art as an unknown foreign name in China. … The ‘Tao Hongjing’ idea was based on a suggestion by his gallerist in Shanghai a decade ago, when the country’s contemporary art market was soaring but the Frenchman’s early exhibitions proved flops.” And it worked.
“There is no human being who, as a result of desiring to build a better life, should be named or declared illegal, and be dispossessed or considered disposable. I would rather propose to call these people Undocumented Dreamers, as were most of the people who founded this country.”