“The research suggests fantasy stories—or at least those good enough to hold our interest—produce neural reactions that are above and beyond those created by other narratives—even ones that are just as exciting, involving, or humorous.”
“Following the endless turbulent commentary on Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen, and the commentary on the commentary, you could be forgiven for feeling that literary art, as Trilling defined it, has been largely displaced by life—or, at least, by the pictures of life ceaselessly produced by the all-powerful media—as the realm in which we lose ourselves in a moral problem.”
Just compare us to Paris, Rome or even New York. The arts are cheap – 14 pence a week per taxpayer goes to the arts, a third of what the French spend. It’s a tiny sum of money.” But the subsidy is shrinking. “I don’t use the word ‘subsidy’. It’s a wet, tedious word. I use ‘investment’. ‘Subsidy’ sounds so passive.”
“The deal could impact satellite TV, television programmers like ESPN and Fox, online video providers like Netflix and YouTube, and the massive networks at the very heart of the internet.”
These national academies in Eastern Europe maintain the academic figurative art traditions. They’re clearly out of step with the contemporary world. And yet, do they preserve traditions we might rediscover and value again?
A new analysis by the Design Management Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on design management, puts numbers to what design junkies suspected all along: in the past 10 years, design-driven companies outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500–a stock market index of 500 large publicly traded companies–by 228%.
They argue that dressing in an unconventional way “signals that one has the autonomy needed to act according to one’s own inclinations.”
“Gone are hundreds of once-independent broadcast outlets. In their stead is a truncated list of nationwide, homogenized, and de-journalized empires that respond more to quarterly reports than to the information needs of citizens.”
Philip Kennicott on arts in the Obama Administration: “Why has it neglected one of the fundamental tools it has for shaping attitudes to American culture? Why did President George W. Bush manage to use the NEA so effectively while Obama has manifested only indifference? Is this the sad reality of the technocratic mindset, that culture is secondary or tertiary, and not worth the bother?”
“As we discover more about love’s neural basis, we are getting closer to a pill to diminish heartbreak.”
“While arranged marriages are considered the moral norm, pursuing individual love fantasies are potentially frowned upon and discouraged in a lot of traditional … homes.” (Can you guess? Probably.)
Christopher Knight looks at how the men and women who rescued so much great European art from the Nazis affected U.S. museums – much for the better – after they came home.
He’s best remembered for his Emmy-winning portrayal as Pa Walton, but he continued to work frequently in television through last year and founded a theater company in Los Angeles.
“Unseen for 55 years and thought missing, it is a classical ballet scene that should melt hearts – the moment when a handsome prince leans over and wakes up Margot Fonteyn’s Sleeping Beauty with a quick but tender kiss.” And we can watch it online next month.
Pricing to fill the house
Source: For What it’s Worth | Published on 2014-02-14
New NEA Chair and More on Starving Artists
Source: CultureCrash | Published on 2014-02-13
Why Now? Federal Debt Limit Lifted, Obama Chooses Chu for NEA Chair
Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-02-13
From Liza Figueroa Kravinsky: Living up to the hype
Source: Sandow | Published on 2014-02-13
Crystal Bridges Buys A Koons
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-02-13
“So the cable industry, if it can consolidate, gets access to the most important pipe coming into people’s homes (after power and water) and the fewer cable companies there are, the more unified the rate structure might appear.”
The painting’s authenticity was first suspected by the art historian Douglas Cooper in the 1970s and the work, supposedly from Léger’s “Contraste de formes” series of 1913-14, was never exhibited or catalogued as a result.
“The real reason galleries need to exist isn’t to help their owners’ bottom lines or to coax work out of artists; it’s not about those artists’ profile and pride; it’s not even about collectors and clients. It’s about the general public—or at least a dedicated public of art lovers—who in the long run, maybe the very long run, will be the most powerful players in the art game.”
“If adopted, the measure would end a streak of 11 consecutive years in which California governors and legislators have allocated just $1 million to the arts council from the state’s tax-fed general fund — a level that consistently has left the Golden State last in the nation in per capita funding of its state arts grant making agency.”
We believe that creativity researchers have been asking the wrong question. We ask, “Is creativity important?” The answer is clearly yes. The real question is, “Is creativity MORE important than all of the other attributes that demand our time, attention, and resources?”
The Met “filled just 79% of the seats in that huge, red-velvet covered house, and made only 69% of their projected box-office revenue. For all the millions who watched the cinema broadcasts, those are astonishingly low figures for the world’s most expensive opera house.”
Posting on her Tumblr, a self-described “huge nerd” called Amelia explained that she and a friend had been examining a copy of Bosch’s famous triptych, which was painted around the year 1500. “[We] discovered, much to our amusement,” she wrote. “[a] 600-years-old butt song from Hell.”
“‘We will take the façade down, piece by piece, and we will store it,’ Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in an interview last week. ‘We have made no decision about what happens subsequently, other than the fact that we’ll have it and it will be preserved.'”
The company’s music director, still in his first season back after a two-year sick leave, will double his conducting load next season as his health continues to rebound. Also, the Met will stage a major contemporary opera that caused some ferocious public battles not all that long ago.
“Executives developing a performing arts center at ground zero have hired a temporary artistic director from the Young Vic theater in London, one of a series of steps to be announced Thursday to advance a project that has long faced political and logistical hurdles.”