Are Art Flippers Inflating The Market For New Work? Naaah

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“Soaring prices and quick resales, especially of work by emerging artists, have fueled a perception that a new breed of collectors, fond of flipping art as they would a stock, have overtaken the market. … But separate statistical analyses conducted for The New York Times by two companies that specialize in evaluating art market data indicate that the hand wringing may be premature.”

To Be Or Not To Be: Playwrights On Suicide And Its Complications


Charles McNulty: “Suicide is an intensely private act that provokes an immense public reaction. It bequeaths to those left behind fundamental questions about the value of existence, the fragility of our social bonds and the hidden life of even those closest to us. For all of these reasons, suicide has been a central concern of drama from its beginnings in 5th century B.C. Athens. What can we learn from the way playwrights have dealt with the complex subject of self-slaughter?”

Why Some People Really Grieve Over Celebrity Deaths

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“They’ve been a part of our lives. We see them on TV, they’re in our living rooms, we feel we know them, and we incorporate them almost as though they’re part of our families, though most of us recognize that they’re not. [But] there are some people whose reactions to celebrity deaths are so obsessional and extreme that it can literally make them sick.”

Fluttering Passion: Vladimir Nabokov, Lifelong Lepidopterist


“The pleasures and rewards of literary inspiration are nothing beside the rapture of discovering a new organ under the microscope or an undescribed species on a mountainside in Iran or Peru. It is not improbable that had there been no revolution in Russia, I would have devoted myself entirely to lepidopterology and never written any novels at all.”

TV Networks, Having Defeated Aereo, Seek Injunction To Squash It Forever


“If Aereo’s legal battle were a round of Mortal Kombat, someone would be shouting ‘finish him!’ right now.” The June Supreme Court decision forced it to suspend operations, but it still hopes to obtain a legal ruling that would classify it with cable companies. “But the broadcasters are determined to shut that effort down before it even gets started.”

At The World Hip Hop Dance Championships

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“Hip-hop dance is not going global – it’s been global for years … The global reach was evident not only in the winners of the major world dance crew competitions” – groups fro Japan, Canada and the Philippines – “but also by the fact that a dominant team, New Zealand’s the Royal Family, was so popular that it had a special performance Saturday night.” (includes video)

Court Approves Corcoran Gallery Merger

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D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Okun: “This court finds it painful to issue an order that effectively dissolves the Corcoran as an independent entity. But this court would find it even more painful to deny the relief requested and allow the Corcoran to face its likely demise – the likely dissolution of the college, the closing of the gallery, and the dispersal of the gallery’s entire collection.”

“Carrie”-the-Musical Will Not Die


“The much-maligned musical will now drag its blood-soaked self to Los Angeles in a new production that promoters are billing as an ‘immersive’ experience” – ew! – “featuring a theater transformed into Ewen High School, the setting for much of the story.”

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.18.14

Corcoran Case: Over. “Painful.” But Necessary, Alas?
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Dora’s amazing tax credit adventure
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Revived American Folk Art Museum: The Ingenuity of “Self-Taught Genius”
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Museum-Goers Say The Darndest Things
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-08-18

The M word
AJBlog: Performance Monkey | Published 2014-08-18

Comedy and Tragedy Dance a Duet
AJBlog: Dancebeat | Published 2014-08-18

Monday Recommendation: Mehmet Ali Sanlikol
AJBlog: RiffTides | Published 2014-08-18