Here’s Why Big Prizes To Famous Artists Is A Bad Idea


“There’s no sense of discovery or risk with these prizes, no feeling that the juries have any of that courage we admire in the artists themselves. A safe and predictable dullness is the result. There aren’t that many geniuses around, so it’s the same old names, shuffled round from one prize to another.”

Cute Infographics Have Been Saving Lives For More Than A Century


“The brutal message of [Florence Nightengale’s] ‘rose’ charts of mortality, constructed using data from the Crimean war, was both informative and highly influential, showing in stark, uncompromising terms that the numbers of soldiers dying from disease and squalor far outweighed those dying from battle injuries.”

New, Gorgeous Print Magazines Are On The Uptick – Why Now?

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“They’re beautiful objects, whose arrangement of content, photography and paper stocks convey a different view of the world. The design and textures are an invitation to be touched, flicked, handled. Most of all, in keeping with our age of Instagram, Pinterest and social network photo sharing, the content is visually driven.”

When Public Art Discussions Go Way Off The Rails

Henry Krokatsis

“The decision to abandon the £100,000 Hastings project, which was to have been a gift from local philanthropist David Kowitz, flies in the face of the current faith in using cultural investment to boost the image and economic prospects of areas in decline.”

How Does An Opera Star Survive A Hanging?

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“Bonner stands on a wooden plank and is hoisted by six male performers who must coordinate their movements or risk having the star tumble onto the steeply raked set. They must then drop the plank from under his feet in unison at the moment of execution.”

What Happened To The Art After The Monuments Men Left?

Simon Goodman

“Claimants faced daunting obstacles, including property laws that gave no special consideration to things the Nazis had stolen. In some nations, families that had been forced to sell art to Nazi agents for a pittance were out of luck because the legal codes said a sale was a sale, never mind the circumstances.”