Dubai to Put Art Museums in Subway Stations

Dubai metro art museum

“In the first phase, four stations have been identified for the project, with each to be transformed according to one particular theme: Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy, inventions, contemporary art and [multimedia] visual art.”

Syria Accuses Turkey of Letting Looters Get Away With Loot

Syrian loot

The Assad government’s culture ministry says that its neighbor is “turning a blind eye to the systematic looting of the country’s cultural heritage. Illicit digging at archaeological sites is ‘fierce’, antiquities stores have been raided by armed gangs, and foreigners, from Turkey in particular, are smuggling hundreds of objects across its borders, Syria claims.”

China Decentralizes Film Censorship

China film censorship

“Domestic films soon will be censored by regulators in the province where film production companies are based, rather than by a national one … Although the move loosens the central grip on censorship, insiders are skeptical it will do much to open up the industry.”

Website Aims To Become “I-Tunes Of Art”

vogue henry clarke

“The online store has licences to sell prints of more than 60,000 images by 1,500 artists including Andy Warhol and Picasso as well as an eclectic array of images including vintage Vogue shoots, classic Hammer film posters and Penguin bookcovers.”

Martin Amis: Money Has Defeated England’s Class Structure


“Money has won. It had always won in America but now it’s won in England too. So if you put your son’s name down for Eton it’s because you can afford to do that, it’s not because it’s any class-granted right. I have no nostalgia for the class society but I have no very great enthusiasm about the money society.”

America’s Creepy, Surveillance-Endorsing Love of ‘NCIS’


Gregg Easterbrook: “The shows depict a world in which terrorists planning mass slaughter are under every bed, in which viewers root for the good-looking, wisecracking agents to smash down doors without warrants; in which super-advanced electronic surveillance is used exclusively to protect the public. In the NCIS version of reality, we’ll all die unless powerful government agencies treat the United States Constitution like a big joke.

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Study: Many Artists Don’t Consider Themselves Artists (Why?)


“So why don’t these people consider themselves professional artists? No doubt some only do their creative work as a side venture, and make little or no money from it. But it appears that some have trouble wrapping their heads around the idea that their work makes them, by definition, professional artists.”

How “Lion King” Regained Its Crown As Broadway’s Top-Selling Show: An Algorithm


“While other shows also employ this so-called dynamic pricing system to raise seat prices during tourist-heavy holiday weeks, only Disney has reached the level of sophistication achieved in the airline and hotel industries by continually using its algorithm to calibrate prices based on demand and ticket purchasing patterns.”