“If I’m worried about anything about the future of the arts in this country, it’s the future of the arts in London. Because I think London is becoming unsustainable as a city for artistic creativity, because it’s so expensive. The amount of young directors, writers, actors I know who are moving to Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester… I think London could become like Manhattan: a very beautiful, empty place.”
“We’ve done away with the ridiculous Outsider Saint. But we’ve replaced him with a Servant whose primary task is to make us feel good about ourselves, either through the work itself, or through the way the work (or the artist’s personal life) allows us to grandstand.”
“Chopin’s heart remains an object of fascination and dispute. In 2008, a team of scholars asked for permission to subject it to a DNA analysis, in order to test a theory that Chopin died not of tuberculosis, as was long believed, but of cystic fibrosis.”
“I am 26 years old so I dress for 26. I can dress in long skirts when I am 40. Anyway I have many different styles, I don’t only wear short. I don’t understand why I have to explain this,”
Every year or so a stolen or lost Strad or Guarneri makes headlines. Former FBI special agent Robert K. Wittman gives a brief history of purloined fiddles and talks about how law enforcement goes about locating them. (audio)
“The real story of the lockout, and a lesson for other orchestras, is how the musicians in Minneapolis bonded and never broke, how they supported each other with cash and connections, with grocery cards, time shares, babysitting, and just time on the phone late at night, and all the while they kept playing, and became more united each week, even as babies were born and loved ones died, even as one member was diagnosed with breast cancer.”
“There are people with bullhorns and there are ecosystems of people with bullhorns. There are institutions and networks, formal and otherwise, in which we all live and dream, tell stories and finger our worry beads. The ecosystems in which books are developed, written, published, publicized, and enjoyed are no different.”
“Changes in the protagonist’s emotional or physical state [trigger] discrete feedback in the wearable, whether by changing the heartbeat rate, creating constriction through air pressure bags, or causing localized temperature fluctuations,” the designers explain.
“Churn, not density, between places also spurs innovation. No sidewalk ballet required. Conversely: If no one left your super-dense city and no one moved in, innovation would suffer. Migration is economic development. Encouraging a local graduate to stay makes everyone poorer. Walkability and density are of little consequence.”
“All this data is meant to spur us to love ourselves better and run our lives more efficiently. And yet it’s hard not to hear, lurking in this promise of self-possession, the threat of numbers dispossessing us, of becoming a feverish addiction we can’t kick. Can even the most adept multi-tasker really live the life that they’re simultaneously tracking?”
“That evening changed a lot of lives, as households tuned in across the country to see and hear one of the most celebrated of all pianists (remember that there were only three networks in 1968—and no video stores or Netflix) and Horowitz never again played to an unsold seat.”
“In the past museums would not have acted without concrete evidence that would stand up in a court of law. Today museums are amenable to looking at persuasive circumstantial evidence.”
“Now we’re celebrating near naked statues of older men on campus? Sorry, don’t get it.”
“An executive producer talks about the show’s sendup of the film industry’s illegal-downloading obsession, which earned rave reviews and big viewership.”
“If one were to create a stylistic spectrum of great writers in the twentieth century, Harold Pinter and Marcel Proust would likely wind up on opposite ends of it. … So, when choosing a writer to adapt In Search of Lost Time for the screen, one would not be inclined to think first of Pinter – and yet, that is what happened.”
“The idea that you buy your giant pretzel and walk in off the street is, I’m sorry, just not the same,” says one visitor. Grouses an architect, “How is this different than just a shopping mall with sculptures? That’s where it’s headed.”
The artistic directors of half a dozen major ballet companies weigh in on which classic works could use a bit of a rest – and which newer works are beginning to earn classic status of their own.
“He has wrapped himself in barbed wire, sewn his lips shut and caused the world to wince with his now-infamous stunt in Moscow. As the Russian authorities circle around Petr Pavlensky, the protest artist explains why he’s not afraid.”
Museum Secrets: Instructive Audit In St. Louis
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That’s going to dampen fundraising
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See It Now: Video of Architect’s Presentation and Panel Discussion on MoMA’s Expansion
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Nastiness Starts: DIA Plan Opponents Attack Director
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“A deaf composer known as Japan’s Beethoven has confessed to hiring someone to write his most famous works, to the embarrassment of broadcasters and the chagrin of a figure skater due to dance to his music at the Winter Olympics.”
It makes a peculiar kind of sense – you can buy a bar of soap or a bar of chocolate, so why not a bar of music?
“We have been handed a massive challenge and we don’t yet see how we will make it work – it is not as if we haven’t already explored numerous funding options.”
“Police records show three armed robbery suspects were taken into custody on Monday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the violin had been recovered, and Milwaukee police have not released any new details in the case.”
Among the future highlights, the Philharmonic said, would be first editions of Berlioz’s “Benvenuto Cellini” and Wagner’s “Rienzi” overture, and a score of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 with evidence of a spat between two of the orchestra’s most illustrious music directors.
“I’d love to see an increase in the arts’ commitment to research. But we should stop using it to prove that our work is valuable and start using it to improve the work that we do.”
“The director of Russia’s Bolshoi theatre vowed Wednesday to bring an end to the bitter infighting that culminated in an acid attack on its artistic director and create a ‘normal artistic atmosphere’ at the legendary institution.”
“As Berlin’s cultural affairs secretary, a post he has held since 2006, Andre Schmitz was responsible for one of the largest culture budgets in Europe.”
Just hours before Christie’s was set to begin its auction in London, the house withdrew 85 works by the Catalan Surrealist. The Portuguese government inherited the art from a failed bank and had hoped to use the sale proceeds to pay down debt – until an outcry arose.
A former chief of the Royal Shakespeare Company says “she and others had [at one point] been keen to organise large meetings of RSC audiences in Stratford and London and simply ask them what they wanted. The meetings never took place, because fear intervened. What if the audience wanted something that the RSC’s artistic team did not want to give them?”
“They will no doubt make beautiful music together at homecoming concerts this weekend. But offstage, tensions linger.”