“Alsop, dismissed as a dreamer by some, was eternally optimistic about the potential of architecture. ‘Architects are the only profession that actually deal in joy and delight,’ he had said. ‘All the others deal in doom and gloom.'”
Ramsey shot to viral fame on YouTube, got a deal with MTV, and worked on the “Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” That’s a lot, in a little bit of time. Now she’s ready to stop engaging as much online. “The internet contains a cacophony of voices, said Ms. Ramsey, adding: ‘If you want to be a creative in any field, at some point you have to stop listening to what everybody else is saying about what you’re doing and just do.'”
Mayer wouldn’t go into hiding after the Ayatollah Khomeni called for the deaths not only of Rushdie but of his publishers at Penguin. His point of view: “Once you say I won’t publish a book because someone doesn’t like it or someone threatens you, you’re finished. … Some other group will do the same thing, or the same group will do it more.”
That’s partly because he has learned, while writing screenplays for his films, to work with film directors who are also theatre directors. The author says, “A theater director is used to the idea of finding out what’s the best way of realizing the play. … They are very much more open, I think, to the idea of the screenwriter as an equal collaborator.”
“[Sophie Tucker] realized that because she was not traditionally beautiful, she could get away with a candor that other women could not. While her routines contained bawdy tales of sex and romance, she also incorporated material about her weight. …[And] in 1923, she wrote in the Los Angeles Times that she was hoping to organize a fat women’s club, explaining that she wanted to help women ‘laugh and eat without feeling conscience stricken.’ For Tucker, members of her club simply had to swear to see the ‘beauty of a double chin.'”
“An artist, teacher, and experimentally minded gallery owner who continued to make art after suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2010, … Bloodgood made abstract pieces that fracture and layer space with an offhand sophistication. They allude to Clyfford Still’s craggy patches of color, Brice Marden’s idiosyncratic lines, and Hans Hofmann and Joan Mitchell’s sparer and scrappier canvases.”
“[Françoise Hardy] learned she had lymphatic cancer in 2004; her health declined; and, in 2016, she was placed in a coma from which doctors thought she would never wake up. Against all odds, Ms. Hardy has returned and recovered her sensually adolescent voice, and her taste for writing.”
“Kirkeby rose to notoriety during the early 1980s alongside fellow European Neo-Expressionist artists Markus Lüpertz, A. R. Penck, Jörg Immendorff, and Georg Baselitz, all of whom brought a renewed emphasis on formalism and painterly technique to an art world that had, by then, nearly given up on their medium.
“Type multi-hatted Rissient’s name into online cinema database IMDb, and barely a dozen credits appear. Behind the scenes, however, Rissient was a legendary figure in the film world at home and internationally, respected for his deep knowledge of cinema, his nose for talented directors, and his ability to promote them and forge connections on their behalf. The Cannes Film Festival once described him as ‘a figure who cannot be categorised’, while Clint Eastwood, who is one of the many stars and directors whom Rissient nurtured and supported over the years, nicknamed him ‘Mister Everywhere.'”
“Bill Cosby’s fall from grace continues. In a first for the Kennedy Center, the board of trustees voted to rescind the high-profile awards” – the Kennedy Center Honors and the Mark Twain Prize – “it has given the comedian, who was convicted on three counts of sexual assault last month.”
“As he typically explored spiritual conflicts within families, the director Ermanno Olmi … was something of an outsider in his native Italy, where orthodox Catholics thought him too progressive and militant communists considered him too much of a reactionary Catholic. Only after his most acclaimed film, L’Albero degli Zoccoli (The Tree of Wooden Clogs, 1978) won him the Palme d’Or at Cannes did Olmi get recognition at home as well as abroad.”
From 2013 on, prominent cultural figures joined Hockney friends and family as portrait sitters at the artist’s brightly colored Hollywood Hills home and studio. There are portraits of his studio assistants, massage therapist, housekeeper and cook. Others depict Hockney’s siblings, the children and grandchildren of his friends, and art dealers such as London-based David Juda, New York-based Larry Gagosian, L.A. Louver’s Peter Goulds and the Ferus Gallery’s Irving Blum. So how did the pictures turn out? Very few sitters are smiling — it’s hard to smile for 20 hours — and Hockney says he has no idea of how they felt about their portraits.
She wasn’t just a famed concert violinist and teacher, but a freedom fighter who took a stand. “After martial law was declared in Poland in late 1981, she announced while on a concert tour of the West that she would not return to the country. She stayed away for almost a decade.”
Or rather, it’s a new vertical in his Yeezy company – called “Yeezy home,” he tweeted. “He has expressed an interest in architecture before, saying in a 2013 interview: ‘I want to do product, I am a product person. … I make music but I shouldn’t be limited to once place of creativity.”
His revised M. Butterfly closed early after getting uneven reviews, and he has a new, very ambitious musical in the works. How has the 60-year-old playwright kept powering through? Maybe part of it is to get back at certain publications: “I think it’s kind of cool I can go for 21 years without a good review in The New York Times and I can still have a career.”
In a statement, the Academy announced that the governing board had voted to remove the two disgraced stars “in accordance with the organization’s standards of conduct”. The board continued “to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity”.
With her husband Eugene, co-founder of Texas Instruments, and for decades after his death, she gave millions to educational, civic, and cultural groups, including virtually every major visual and performing arts institution in Dallas. As recently as last year, she endowed a biennial $150,000 prize for achievement in the arts.
“Mrs. Provensen, who also wrote several picture books, worked for 40 years alongside her husband, Martin Provensen, illustrating such works as The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown, The Fuzzy Duckling, Katie the Kitten and adaptations of classic literature. … They evoked the world of post-Impressionist Paris in their Caldecott Medal-winning 1983 book The Glorious Flight, about the first airplane journey over the English Channel, by French pilot Louis Blériot in 1909.”
“Some of the best known lurid ‘facts’ about Jayne Mansfield, the American film star of the ’50s and ’60s, are based on rumour. So the directors of a new documentary about her short and scandalous life faced a difficult task. Was Mansfield, one of the first actresses to be marketed as a ‘blonde bombshell’, also a violin-playing intellectual with superb comic timing who spoke five languages? Or was the star who came to be known as the ‘working man’s Marilyn Monroe’ actually a devil worshipper who was decapitated in a car crash as the result of a curse?”
“A little more than a year ago, New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova announced that she was diving into the world of professional poker as a new player, all for the purpose of writing a book about her experiences. [Now] the actual writing of the book is on hold because Konnikova, under the guidance of pro Erik Seidel, got too good at poker. In January, Konnikova won $86,400 by beating a 240-person field at the PCA National; in her first tournament after deciding to drop blogs for cards, she won $57,000.”
The museum advertised for a successor with “a highly developed EQ”, and Hollein seems to fit the bill. In San Francisco, as in Frankfurt, he is credited with energising curators, pushing the Fine Arts Museums to organise exhibitions in-house. Despite recently staging shows of paintings by Georg Baselitz and Julian Schnabel himself, he says: “I see myself as an artistic director, not as a curator.”
“On a personal note, I would like to announce my upcoming retirement as classical music critic of the Chicago Tribune. When I step down July 1, I will have held this position at the paper for nearly 41 years, a record for Chicago (and perhaps U.S.) musical journalism insofar as I have been able to determine. It’s been a great ride, but the time has come to move off into other ventures and give somebody else a shot at one of the best jobs in journalism.”
Intoning lines from a piece called “The Gold Diggers’ Song (We’re in the Money)” was probably not the best way to assuage concerns that shareholders might be making hay on the back of higher prices and job cuts. The song was first written for a 1933 film, but is perhaps most famously used in the musical “42nd Street.”
Horne carries her 84 years the way others carry 60. Her mind is sharp, likewise her memory, and her speaking voice retains its unmistakable metal. Dwelling on the past is not her style. “I don’t listen to myself,” she says. “I don’t watch myself.” Yet in anticipation of the move to the West Coast, she has been forced to contemplate her archive of private recordings.
“His long career at The Chronicle began when he was hired in May 1992 as a temporary copy editor in the section he would go on to oversee, Datebook. Wiegand distinguished himself as someone with empirical knowledge about every art form, high and low, from opera to ballet to country music to the latest trends in pop culture. Over the past several years, he had added his own voice to the paper’s roster of critics, providing incisive, award-winning television reviews.”
“During [his] tenure as art director, Playboy won hundreds of awards for illustration and graphic design and influenced the visual appearance of scores of other magazines and newspapers. … In addition to designing the look of the magazine” – including the bunny logo, one of the most recognized corporate logos on earth – “Mr. Paul hired artists to create original paintings and illustrations. He commissioned work from Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, LeRoy Neiman, James Rosenquist and Shel Silverstein, telling them their work should reflect the spirit of the article and should stand alone, without need of a caption.”
In early 2018, We Have Voice began painstakingly crafting the Code of Conduct via meetings, email and Google Hangout sessions, with members collaborating from the far-flung locations where they live and work. The code’s “SAFE(R) spaces” is a term that espouses intersectionality, an acknowledgment that the definition of “safe” shifts according to race, class, and gender and their interdependent systems. If this sounds grimly pietistic, the We Have Voice Collective itself practices intersectionality as joyful action. Encompassing a range of ages, ethnicities (Caucasians are a distinct minority), cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and career trajectories, the group has fostered a distinct esprit de corps.
“His breakthrough was [the 1955 film] The Dam Busters, about the 1943 British raid against the Ruhr dams in Germany’s industrial heartland. … He was [subsequently] recruited to showman Mike Todd’s big-budget adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days (1986), starring David Niven.” Best known among his later films were Conduct Unbecoming and Logan’s Run, both starring Michael York.
“Over a career that spanned seven decades Shay pointed his lens at Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Martin Luther King, John. F. Kennedy and Ernest Hemingway – to name a few – for Life, Time, Sports Illustrated and other publications. … He was maced outside the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968. And he flew to Memphis as soon as he heard the Rev. Martin Luther King had been killed. He photographed Hugh Hefner surrounded by Playboy bunnies and captured images of intimidating mobsters who, on at least one occasion, grabbed his camera and removed the film.”