Scotland Buys Botticelli To Keep It In Scotland. Only It’s Not There.

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“Like an ageing rock star, it’s on tour, put to work to raise money. The first performance was at the Frick Collection in New York. It’s now on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco until May, when it will travel to the Kimbell Art Museum. Texas will hang the Botticelli after all. Visitors in Edinburgh will come face to face with a blank space on the wall.”

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Film Critic Richard Corliss, 71

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“He could have a fanboy’s enthusiasm for his favorite genres – he was big on Bollywood before Bollywood was cool – but he never checked his brains at the popcorn stand. He was of a generation of critics who disputed cinema the way Lutherans and Papists once faced off over theology. But he was nothing if not a sporting polemicist.”

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Cleveland Playhouse Wins 2015 Regional Tony

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“Cleveland Playhouse prides itself on being a longtime champion for new work, having presented Tennesee Williams before “The Glass Menagerie” and, more recently, premiering titles by Ken Ludwig, Lee Blessing and Deborah Zoe Laufer. Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegria Hudes is working on a commission for the company that will bow next season.”

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Dancer Turned Soldier Turned Actor

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“His intention had always been to return to Broadway after the Army to try acting as an adult. For now, he’s dancing and will perform in “On the Town” through mid-June, after having successfully filled in as a last-minute replacement in February.”

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Do Art And Science Really Have Anything To Say To One Another?

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“Art and science, we feel, should have something to say to each other. But perhaps they speak different languages after all. I don’t speak the language of science too well, either, but I do know one thing: it is concerned with the wonder of nature. There is a depressing lack of wonder in this technically sophisticated but intellectually and emotionally empty art.”

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Tate Modern Director Steps Down

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“It will be announced in Germany on Friday afternoon that Dercon, who is Belgian, has been lured to take over from Frank Castorf in 2017, another coup for the country’s culture ministry which also persuaded the British Museum’s Neil MacGregor to move the city to take charge of the committee overseeing the new Humboldt-Forum cultural centre.”

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Leading Science Lab Enlists Arts To Explain Its Work

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“The Arts@CERN program as well as other recent projects, like the 2014 Particle Fever documentary, are essential in making the intimidating scale of the scientific experiments at CERN approachable, along with fostering the long collaboration between art and science.”

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Kenyan Government Denounces Its Own Venice Biennale Pavilion

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“Outrage had been growing within Kenya’s artistic community ever since it was announced that only one Kenyan had been selected to represent the country at this year’s international exhibition, along with six Chinese artists (none of whom live or work in Kenya) and one Italian artist.”

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The Difference Between Poetry And Prose

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“Poetry is just prose chopped up into lines. I mean this to be final, categorical, and no slight on poetry.”

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Have The Words Of Liberal Arts Lost Their Meaning?

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“Old words that used to mean something—ideals, meaning, character, self, soul—have come to seem mere floating signifiers, counters in a game played by commencement speakers and college catalogs.”

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Big Win: Board Extends Landmark Status To Interior Of Corcoran Museum

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“At last month’s hearing, university representatives sought to limit the designation, saying they need flexibility to use the space for educational purposes. But in its nomination, the nonprofit DC Preservation League requested that historic status extend to most of the building, including the auditorium and basement studio space.”

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When This Famous Orchestra Moved Its HQ Into A Housing Project, Good Things Started Happening

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“Eight years ago, one of Europe’s best-known orchestras” – the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen – “moved their rehearsal rooms to a secondary school on this housing estate and pupils from Tenever found themselves sharing their corridors and lunch tables with professional musicians. Since then the school’s results have improved, its drop-out rates have fallen to less than 1% and the atmosphere in the wider neighbourhood has been ‘transformed’, according to Joachim Barloschky, a local official.”

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García Lorca Was Killed On Official Orders, Say 1960s Police Files

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“The documents, written in 1965 at the Granada police headquarters and obtained by the Guardian, are the first ever admission by Franco-era officials of their involvement in the death in 1936 of the author of Blood Wedding and The House of Bernarda Alba.”

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British Theatre Has Gone Election-Mad

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“It’s a paradox. In TV studios and on Twitter, British politics seem trapped in a spin cycle of claim and counter-claim, carefully massaged soundbites and kitchen-sink (or kitchen-counting) drama for an audience largely looking the other way. But on stage – particularly in the hands of young, experimental theatre-makers – the workings of democracy have rarely seemed so charged with possibility.”

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Former Jasper Johns Aid Gets 18 Months In Prison For Art Theft

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James Meyer “worked as an assistant to Johns for 25 years, and stole the works over the course of a six-year period, from 2006 to 2012. He admitted to stealing 22 works from Johns, all of which were unfinished pieces that the artist had not authorized for sale. Meyer sold them for a total of $6.5 million, and pocketed half of the proceeds.” (And now that he’s being sentences, he’s very, very sorry.)

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How Well Are Museums Moving Into The Digital Future? Here Are 41 Good Examples

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“The best recent innovations have been gathered in a new report, Next Practices in Digital and Technology, that the Association of Art Museum Directors is set to release on Friday. The report describes 41 museum projects that use digital technology to engage visitors, make collections more accessible and understandable or improve museum operations like ticketing and collections management.”

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Why Sappho Is One Of The Most Important Figures In All Of Literary History

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“With a single poem, which says that her beloved Anactoria is more valuable than the splendor of any cavalry, infantry, or fleet, she created a tradition of ‘love-not-war’ lyrics whose future stretches from Propertius to Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Bruce Springsteen. As the definitive ur-voice of lyric ecstasy, she is so consequential that poets of every generation, from Catullus to Sylvia Plath and Anne Carson, have used her to define their aesthetic manifestos: among the ancients, only Homer can claim an instrumental role in literary history equivalent to Sappho’s.”

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How Could Such A Good Broadway Revival Of ‘The Heidi Chronicles’ Flop? Is The Play That Out-Of-Date?

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Does it really “represent a moment in feminism that has passed”? Or is it an important piece of history? On the other hand, observes Lisa Kron, “Does this question get asked when a Mamet play closes?”

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MIT Figures Out What Gives Strads And Guarneri Their Powerful Sound

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“The researchers acquired technical drawings of violins from museums, collector databases, and books, as well as x-rays and CT scans of the instruments. They compared the dimensions of various features and measurements of acoustic resonances in different instruments.”

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British Cinema Chains Yank Biopic After Major Protests By Sikhs

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“The Odeon and Cineworld cinema chains have cancelled screenings of Indian film Nanak Shah Fakir following a major sit-in protest at a branch of Cineworld in Wolverhampton. … The film, a biopic of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, was being protested because the religion prohibits any personification of the Guru, either by actors or in animated movies.”

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Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

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Explaining the deep-seated psychological habits most of us have – the transparency illusion, the primacy effect (that’s the power of first impressions), and the fact that we all tend to be “cognitive misers” – that make it difficult to consistently get an accurate read on other people.

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What On Earth Has Happened To Those Beloved Old Ballroom Dances? Competition, That’s What

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Alastair Macaulay: “How should we react to a waltz in which the man’s opening move is to lift the woman and hold her horizontally along his chest as he turns? Had you thought of ‘Send in the Clowns’ as a Viennese waltz? Me neither. … It’s a tribute to the three-part PBS series America’s Ballroom Challenge … that the show broke down some of my prejudices.”

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Jan Morris: ‘I Hate Being Called A Travel Writer’

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“I have written only one book about travel, concerning a journey across the Oman desert. I have written many books about place, which are nothing to do with movement, but many more about people and about history.” Here, she answers questions, some from readers, about her book Venice, her career, and her brushes with history.

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The Shakespeare’s Globe Round-The-World “Hamlet” Tour: Postcards From The Halfway Mark

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“After 80,000 miles, 96 countries and more than 150 shows, the two-year worldwide tour of Hamlet has reached its halfway point in Spain – on Shakespeare’s birthday. Here’s a taste of some of the shows so far.” (slideshow)

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