“We’re creating an intern culture – it’s happening in journalism and politics as well – and we have to be very careful because the fight is not going to be there for people from more disadvantaged backgrounds.”
There’s a story that Mark Rothko, after seeing a Turner exhibition at MoMA in 1966, quipped, “This man Turner, he learned a lot from me.” Alastair Sooke explores what Rothko meant.
Peter Bazalgette: “I’m completely in favour [of allowing photography in museums]. … Let’s allow it, but let’s have each gallery have an hour a day where it’s like the quiet carriage on the train.”
“Newly published figures showed that Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs received 562,622 visitors, surpassing the Matisse Picasso exhibition of 2002, the previous record holder at 467,166, and the Damien Hirst exhibition of 2012, with 463,087.” (The show opens at MoMA in New York next month.)
Despite opposition from French telecom providers worried about
competition l’exception culturelle, Netflix began service in France this week, with Germany and Belgium being added later this month. The company has a partnership with one large French ISP (Bouygues) and has already commissioned one original French series.
Don Draper, Tony Soprano, Walter White – “Each of these tragic exemplars of ‘adulthood’ is destroyed exactly because of his failure to behave like an adult. … In the main they are frauds who merely assume the trappings of ‘adulthood’ in order to participate in a society that would reject them if it knew the truth. … It’s not to do with having ‘killed off all the grown-ups’ as [A.O.] Scott has it: quite the contrary. It’s adulthood defined for the audience by its very absence on the screen.”
“The ability to delay gratification has been held up as the one character trait to rule them all – the key to academic success, financial security, and social well-being. … Which lends a kind of overpowering weight to the question: If self-control is so important, how are we supposed to achieve it?” Sheer willpower, it’s turning out, isn’t the best approach.
“Some 13% of five- to 17-year-olds play the electric guitar, compared with 12% for the violin. Keyboard is the most popular instrument, played by 30% of the 1,726 children, questioned by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.”
“On the one hand there’s tremendous possibility, but the challenge is to maintain the artistry and craftsmanship. Once everything is in focus it requires a lot more staging, and a lot more sophistication in visual effects, and more attention to prop work, set design, and costuming.”
“Just when the dance world has become so stimulating with its jumble of influences from all over the world, and when classical ballet and contemporary dance are criss-crossing in interesting ways, we have recently seen announcements for two major initiatives that stake out claims for a certain kind of dance—a limited kind of dance that is easy to name.”
Most people who use computers don’t know how to build software. Does that mean they’re digitally illiterate?
“We are starting to see a schism as more and more AAA games are becoming worse from a critical standpoint while becoming better from a less critical, more general perspective.”
“Some critics complain that Google’s initiative to take us on virtual trips through museums and to show us great pieces of art on demand, as we sit gazing at our laptops, will discourage people from actually going to these institutions. This is flatly untrue. Museum attendance is on the rise, dramatically so.”
“The Italian dancer and choreographer Francesco Ventriglia has been appointed as the director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, following … the surprise resignation of Mr. Stiefel, a former American Ballet Theater principal dancer, who took on the job in 2011.”
“Scots who consider themselves to be artists living in the land of their birth are increasingly uneasy about the instrumentalism of all this, how the arts are fine as long as they earn, and as long as it’s seen as definitively Scottish. … That’s okay while when there’s still an enthusiastic cultural traffic between Scotland and the rest of the UK, but the Scot Nats want to end it on Thursday.”
What is this thing called meaning?
AJBlog: We The Audience | Published 2014-09-15
Answer to the Ever-Present False Dichotomy About Museums
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-09-16
The revolution will not be staged
AJBlog: Performance Monkey | Published 2014-09-15
Adoring the impossible
AJBlog: About Last Night | Published 2014-09-15
Meet the Smithsonian’s Incoming Secretary: Jazz Flutist David Skorton (with video)
AJBlog: CultureGrrl | Published 2014-09-15
“Classical music could improve people’s behaviour, the report suggests, as it creates ‘a calming effect by releasing pleasure-inducing dopamine and inhibiting the release of stress hormones.'”
Actors are turning in good, even great performances, but they can’t rescue mediocre films. Dear 2014: When will your movies get better?
“[He] surely has neither the time nor the need to do anything he doesn’t want to do. What he does want to do, even now [at age 77], is comedy: he performs about a hundred times a year, mainly on weekends, following an itinerary that often leads him into what promoters call tertiary markets, where fans are not just happy to be able to see him in person but surprised, too.”
Theodor Adorno, on an LA Times astrology column that advised, “Accept all invitations.”: “The consummation of this trend is the obligatory participation in official ‘leisure-time activities’ in totalitarian countries.” Alex Ross considers how Adorno and Walter Benjamin “were pioneers in thinking critically about pop culture – in taking that culture seriously as an object of scrutiny.”
“I believe I have not reached my stride, which is why I persist. The day I turn to you and say, ‘John, what I just did in this role was a real winner,’ I hope you’ll have the courage and decency to throw a wreath around my head, and then so very quietly and compassionately shoot me.”
Or more accurately, as Alisa Solomon explains, watching Spiegelman’s career-long excavation of himself.