“How much responsibility does Warhol bear for our culture’s shift from substance to flash, human interest to spectacle? How much responsibility does a mirror bear for whatever beauty or ugliness it beholds? Warhol loved both the heights and depths of American culture, and reflected it back at us through his work, which remains resonant to this day.”
Here’s the deal: “It’s not a given that he’ll remain on the industry’s radar for very long. That’s because to be a leading man in Hollywood requires more than just box office success, an award-winning list of credits, or even the esteem of your peers. You also (still) need to embody the American film industry’s narrow ideals of romantic masculinity.”
Jeanine Tesori, among the most-nominated composers in Tonys history, says music is where science and art meet.
The Emmy award-winning actor, co-star of “Apollo 13” and star of “Big Love,” died on Saturday, according to Rolling Stone. Tributes continue to come in from his shocked co-stars and directors.
In the States, until recently she’s been familiar mostly to art-cinema fans. But with this year’s Hollywood awards season, her cool, ambiguous, insouciant je-ne-sais-quoi has caught the fancy of the fashion press. Says Simon Doonan, “She has what the French used to call chien.” Ruth La Perla explores the mystique with the actress herself.
“Mr. Stevenson did not restrict himself to drawing cartoons at the magazine; he was one of the rare people there who wrote and illustrated articles, including Talk of the Town pieces. And, away from The New Yorker, he was the author or illustrator of more than 100 children’s books, as well as novels and an illustrated biography of Frank Modell, a fellow New Yorker cartoonist, who died last year.”
The Gehry-led course on design and architecture will be hosted by online education service Masterclass. The architect will be offering more than a dozen video lessons where he will teach “his unconventional philosophy on architecture, design, and art.” He will also be drawing on case studies, sketches and his “never-before-seen” model archive.
During the 1960s, his job was to churn out B-movies for the Nikkatsu studio; he livened them up with elaborate, sometimes surreal pop-art scenery and costumes (with performances to match). What’s now his most famous movie initially got him fired from the studio.
“For at least a month before his death, Warhol had been ill, but had done his best to keep up his usual exhausting pace. His terror of hospitals had prevented him from getting any serious treatment. Even once Warhol had finally ended up in the office of Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, a leading surgeon — he was known for treating the Shah of Iran — Warhol had begged for some kind of stay-at-home treatment. “I will make you a rich man if you don’t operate on me,” the artist had said, Dr. Thorbjarnarson recalled during my visit to his New Jersey home in 2014. (He is now 95 and lives in Florida.)”
“He puts his ear to my chest and listens to my heart and counts the beats. ‘Sixty-two,’ he says with a satisfied smile, and I can’t imagine anything more intimate.” Bill Hayes, partner of the late neurologist and author, shares snippets from the diary of their life together that Sacks convinced him to keep.
A former professional ballet dancer herself, Hellman was the board chair who oversaw the campaign that raised SFB’s endowment from $3 million to $33 million.
Skrowaczewski suffered a stroke in November and again in February. A memorial service will be held March 28 at Orchestra Hall. “It is hard to express all that Maestro Skrowaczewski has meant to the Minnesota Orchestra,” the orchestra said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “In total, his partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra spanned 56 years, and we are deeply grateful for more than a half-century of music-making with him.”
“Mrs. Clinton has been attending Broadway shows for years, often when she has had a personal connection to an artist, a producer, or to a show’s subject matter.”
Meet Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell.
Some of it is that – to the surprise of many – he’s extremely quiet and focused in the studio. Some of it is that he’s extremely resourceful in trying to get singers to give permission for his parodies. And some of it is that he’s extremely nice: “I don’t want to be embroiled in any nastiness. … I take pains not to burn bridges.”
“Coryell was still performing more than 50 years after his first recordings. He played at New York jazz club Iridium on Friday and Saturday night, and had plans for a summer tour with his fusion group The Eleventh House.”
“In a career spanning five decades, thousands of reviews and dozens of books, Schickel chronicled Hollywood’s changing landscape, from the days when studios reigned with stars such as Katharine Hepburn to the rise of independent directors who summoned a new wave of realism that distilled the yearnings of a turbulent nation. A reviewer for Time magazine, Schickel had a legion of followers; he could be incisive and at times bruising in praising or panning a film.”
“‘Concrete is dumb,’ Mr. Tor said. … ‘It doesn’t know for whom it is being poured.’ Engineering necessity gave birth to one of the most inviting facets of the terminal’s undulating interior: ribbons of skylights along the joints that were opened among the four vaults. The skylights turn what might have been a heavy blanket into something luminous and billowy.”
Kounellis, who left Greece for Rome when he was 20, “made a highly distinctive contribution to one of the most provocative artistic movements in postwar Europe.”
“Stubblefield saw ‘very little’ in royalties and never expected them. But Stubblefield was held in high esteem by his fellow musicians. When Prince got wind in 2000 that Stubblefield was deep in debt after fighting bladder cancer, he personally paid $90,000 to cover his bills.”
Her story is compelling, and her art came to London and New York with the power to change the accepted story of art history. “It was not until she was in her 90s that Ms. Choucair, who lived and worked nearly all her life in Beirut, gained recognition outside Lebanon as an unsung hero of the modernist story, a distinctive, eloquent artist relegated to the margins of a traditionally Western narrative.”
Miffy, or Nijntje in the original Dutch, was a rabbit that first appeared in 1955 after the creator told his son a story about rabbits. “Miffy remained unchanged in the many subsequent titles, although there is sometimes a scarf or hat, or outlines filled with a solid primary colour to show a change of outfit. Initially, and until the books were translated into English, the character was just a small rabbit; the gender was not defined. The most important feature of the books, Bruna said, was that ‘Miffy is always Miffy and a house is always a house.'”
“When we’d go on vacation, he couldn’t stop interviewing people, even if he didn’t have his tape recorder. And people would tell him the damnest things. They would confess their inner secrets to him.”
He was trained as, believe it or not, an aeronautical engineer, and he wrote books on aviation and space exploration as well as biographies of musicians. But he’s remembered for his encyclopedias on rock/pop/soul, musical theater and the “American songbook,” country-and-western, and (with his son) folk and blues – the first comprehensive scholarly reference books these genres had.
He was known for using as materials everything from old furniture to coal to jute sacks to live birds; the 1960 show that made him famous involved 12 live horses.
He went on to become the outstanding player of his generation, developing a warm, flexible sound that made extensive use of vibrato, particularly in the lower register, and inspired many new compositions.
Well, “boyfriend” may not exactly be the right word, as Jacob Mikanowski explains. But the evidence (a census and some 368-year-old gossip) indicates that young Francesco Buoneri lived and studied with Caravaggio for years, and his face appears in quite a few of the painter’s works.
A Canadian professor discovered the clip – 77 seconds from the wedding of two of the author’s friends – in France’s national film archives. (includes video)
“The hand-painted card he had received showed a procession of pre-Raphaelite maidens worshipping at his shrine, his noble profile floating on a banner among the trees over their heads. It had been sent anonymously, but he knew instantly who it was from: May Morris, the daughter of his great friend William Morris, the socialist author, artist and designer.”
“No matter how hard Americans tried to regard Anna Nicole Smith with apathetic dismissal, they couldn’t hide their fascination – and still can’t. Why? Was she just another model, another B-lister, another early casualty of reality TV? Or did she show us something about ourselves, about our country, that frightened us more deeply than we could ever admit?”