Has The MFA Been Killing Art?


“The fact that artists are now minted by universities (and degree-granting art schools modeled on the university) may have done wonders for their social standing, but it’s also been a source of worry to many critics and artists, who think something of great value might be lost by the professionalization of the artist.”

The World’s First Robot Theme Park


South Korea’s Masan Robot Land in Incheon – “whose English motto is ‘Fun & Fantasy with Robot! – will celebrate science fiction cyborgs and androids while also promoting popular interest in the robotics industry and robot culture.”

Honoring Baghdad’s Devastated Bookselling District

Iraqi Peace Song

Not so long ago it was said that Arabic books were written in Cairo, published in Beirut and read in Baghdad. Now hundreds of writers and artists are preparing tributes to the Iraqi capital’s traditional bookselling hub, Al-Mutanabbi Street, which was destroyed in 2007 by a car bomb.

Yo Yo Ma: Why The Arts Are Essential


“For me the most proficient way to teach the values of collaboration, flexibility, imagination and innovation — all skill sets needed in today’s world — is through the performing arts. If you have these tools, you can do well in any field from software engineering to the biosciences.”

Classical Music in America Is Dead, Says Concern Troll


Mark Vanhoenacker: “When it comes to classical music and American culture, the fat lady hasn’t just sung. Brünnhilde has packed her bags and moved to Boca Raton.” (No, actually. She got a makeover and moved to downtown Brooklyn.) Readers are arguing back in the comments, so join the battle, comrades!

Shia LaBoeuf Says His Plagiarism Was Really Performance Art


“In recent weeks, Shia LaBeouf has been accused of plagiarism and then of plagiarizing his apologies for plagiarism. He has been embroiled in Twitter feuds. He written his apologies for his behavior with an airplane. He even said he sent a picture of his genitalia to a director to land a role in Nymphomaniac. This, he says, was all part of the act.” (Sure it was.)

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Why Sales Of Vinyl Records Are Thriving


“For the sixth straight year, more analog was sold than the year before. In 2013 in particular, the jump was Van Halen-sized: In the United States, 6.1 million vinyl LPs were bought – up 33 per cent from 2012. It’s not just the fogies who grew up on vinyl who are buying the old-fashioned product. Younger listeners are also in on the RPM revolution.”

Thousands Of Latvians Form Human Daisy Chain To Move Library Books


“Around 15,000 people braved freezing temperatures – as low as -14C – to form a chain stretching more than a mile across the capital, deliberately echoing 1989’s Baltic Way when some two million protesters formed a human chain across Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to fight for independence from the Soviet Union.”

Italians To Vote On Which Artworks To Save


“The idea is to raise awareness — and money — for those artistic treasures that need restoration, something the culture ministry says has become a Sisyphean task amid the euro crisis.”

The Cincinnati Symphony’s Remarkable Turnaround


“During a period of artistic transition – in which music director Paavo Järvi departed, the orchestra underwent a search and Louis Langrée was appointed to the top artistic post – the orchestra launched projects that may be viewed as visionary in an industry that is struggling in many cities across the country.”

A Biological Explanation For Art? Careful!


“Research findings could well suggest that there is something biological in our need for art – an art instinct. After all, all societies seem to have produced art across human history. We have to account for that, why it is so. But caution is required when interpreting these results and applying them.”