Kirill Serebrennikov has been charged with embezzlement and faces 10 years in prison. Supporters have compared his trial to the purge of directors during the Soviet Union and the censorship of leading writers under the Tsars. “People of culture have always held the most dangerous position in Russia,” Liya Akhedzhakova, a celebrated actor who starred in Soviet classics like Office Romance, told the Guardian in court on Tuesday. “They are the first to be targeted.”
“Q: But are you allowed to go back?
A: You never really know … they told me I’m free, I’m allowed to go back.
Q: But you’re not sure that they’re telling you the truth?
A: I don’t know if they even know the truth.”
“He and his father-in-law, Ralph Ogden, owners of a business that manufactured metal fasteners for construction and home use …, co-founded [the center] in Mountainville, N.Y., and developed it into a prestigious outdoor sculpture museum with modern and contemporary works arrayed over a vast pastoral landscape.”
“While Mr. Clark’s musicianship and technical abilities were sometimes overlooked by critics who saw only the hayseed star of Hee Haw, he said he had few regrets about his career path. … “I’ve seen too many great guitar players sitting unnoticed on a stool in an orchestra. I said, do I want to be there, playing great and nobody knows it, or do I want to be out front with the lights on me, giggling and laughing, playing guitar and rolling my eyes and they say ‘Golly, this guy’s great?'”
“In one of journalism’s most challenging jobs, Mr. Lehmann-Haupt was The Times‘s senior daily book critic from 1969 to 1995 … Readers and colleagues called him a judicious, authoritative voice on fiction and a seemingly boundless array of history, biography, current events and other topics, with forays into Persian archaeology and fly fishing.”
Late in life, he opened an English bookstore in Avignon; before that, in London, he wrote anti-consumerism and anti-automobile books. But he made his biggest mark in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1950s and ’60s: he briefly ran the Off-Off-Broadway birthplace Caffe Cino, and he devised a kit that lets customers assemble their own harpsichords, enabling the modern revival and spread of the instrument.
“Raffaella Maria Stroik, 23, was reported missing Tuesday after a state park ranger found her unattended vehicle at Mark Twain State Park, about 100 miles northwest of St. Louis.” Her body was discovered floating in Mark Twain Lake Wednesday morning. She had joined St. Louis Ballet only last year.
Dmitry Rybolovlev faces charges of “trading in passive influence and violation of the secrecy of the investigation” as part of what Le Monde has described as “a vast influence-peddling scandal at the heart of Monaco institutions.” The billionaire — who in 2004 bought Donald Trump’s Palm Beach mansion sight unseen at an inflated price — issuing art dealer Yves Bouvier, and he is accused of getting Monaco’s former justice minister to influence the case.
He has been anointed—and travestied—as the ideal of the modern artist, even by those for whom art, modern or otherwise, is at best a diversion and at worst a scam. Everybody knows about the cutting of his ear, or cracks cruel jokes about it. His name is as famous as that of Picasso, but Picasso has been mythologized as a monster of control, whereas van Gogh, it is agreed, lay at the mercy of the uncontrollable.
Fran Lebowitz: “When you walked in, there was a metal door. After that door opened, there was another metal door. On it, handwritten on a piece of paper torn from a legal pad, was a note that read, ‘Knock loudly and announce yourself.’ I knocked, and someone said, ‘Who’s there?’ I said, ‘Valerie Solanas.’ And Andy opened the door.”
“[He] began his musical career as an accordion player and as an accompanist to the renowned French chanteuse Edith Piaf. He was primarily a songwriter before being introduced to filmmaker Claude Lelouch, who invited Mr. Lai to compose a score for A Man and a Woman — and for another 35 films on which they worked together.” In the U.S., his best-known work by far is the music for the 1970 Ryan O’Neal-Ali MacGraw movie Love Story.
Warhol didn’t make a mark on American culture. He became the instrument with which American culture designated itself. He was sincere. He could get away with practically anything because practically nobody believed in his sincerity: people haplessly projected cynicism onto his forthright will to surprise and beguile. The secret to his majesty is that he was a square citizen, untroubled by ambivalence and having no use for irony.
A reporter goes on a treasure hunt in the great African-American acting couple’s archives, newly acquired by the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Even Keir Dullea maintained that Rain-as-HAL was the most compelling character in Stanley Kubrick’s film. Yet few people south of the border knew that Douglas Rain was also one of Canada’s greatest classical actors.
Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a family representative told The Hollywood Reporter.
In 1974, Rabin organized a show of dissident artists that was broken up by dump trucks and bulldozers – and that caused an international backlash. “In 1978 officials encouraged him to make a trip to Paris; while he was there they stripped him of his citizenship. He lived in Paris the rest of his life, even though he became celebrated in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.”
Gérald Bloncourt was born in Haiti, but he spent most of his life in France after being expelled from Haiti for anti-governmental protests. The photographer was “an immigrant following other immigrants, [who] showed people in the Pyrenees on their journeys to France and people in the ankle-deep mud of shantytowns in suburbs of Paris like Champigny-sur-Marne.”
The actor was one of the first to talk about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment, but the past year hasn’t exactly been easy. “I think that a lot of people in this #MeToo generation will tell you it is re-traumatizing to speak out. Because you start examining it again, and reliving it, and history starts repeating itself in your mind. I find myself much more angry about it, because in the past I tried to make it no big deal to myself. And now I look back at the teenage self, and I’m like, that is so terrible.”
Jurjevics, a Latvian-born refugee, published James Baldwin’s final novel for Dial Press, and in 1986 founded Soho Press with two others in order to published books that were overlooked by the larger publishing industry.
Twenty years ago, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa received a cease-and-desist letter from Archie Comics after he wrote a play in which Archie came out as gay and met up with the murderers Leopold and Loeb. Now he’s Archie Comics’ chief creative officer and the showrunner of the franchise’s two TV series — and Riverdale is far less all-white-and-all-straight than ever before. Alexis Soloski travels to the Vancouver sets of the TV series to watch Aguirre-Sacasa at work.
Rowling, 53, claims Amanda Donaldson broke strict working rules by using her funds to buy cosmetics and gifts. Ms Donaldson worked as a personal assistant for the writer between February 2014 and April 2017, before being sacked for gross misconduct. The 35-year-old from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, has denied the claims.
Just a few days after the Montreal Symphony, where Dutoit was music director from 1977 to 2002, could not confirm or refute allegations of his sexual misconduct there, management in Philadelphia, where Dutoit’s long relationship with the orchestra culminated in his 2008-12 tenure as chief conductor, stated that “our internal investigation found reports [of Dutoit’s misconduct] to be credible.” (The Philadelphia Orchestra, along with several others, cut all ties with Dutoit last December.)
Dmitry Rybolovlev — who purchased Donald Trump’s Palm Beach mansion for way over market value, was the seller when Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi became the most expensive artwork in history, and has been suing art dealer Yves Bouvier in various countries for years — is being investigated for trying to illegally influence Monegasque judges and police with respect to his suit against Bouvier in the principality.
“The artistic director of the Gogol Centre theatre said he did not understand the meaning of the prosecution’s indictment, which he compared to a ‘broken printer’ that repeats ‘absurd’ claims over and over. … Last week, Serebrennikov was nominated in three different categories for Russia’s prestigious Golden Mask theatre award,” and his staging of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, which he directed remotely while under house arrest, opened in Zurich.
It has been widely reported that Savitsky “snapped” because Beloguzov repeatedly revealed the endings of the books that Savitsky was reading. However, it is unclear where this detail originated; an unnamed source told Russian news agency Interfax that tensions likely sparked from the men spending six months together in close quarters, but the source offered no further insights into what may have led Savitsky to pick up the knife and plunge it into Beloguzov’s chest.
An independent investigation, ordered by the orchestra’s board last year, “did not yield sufficient information in relation to allegations of sexual harassment” by Dutoit, the ensemble’s music director from 1977 to 2002. The two complainants, for undisclosed reasons, did not speak with the investigators.
In two front-page articles last year, the Sydney tabloid The Daily Telegraph published leaked complaints by an actress that Rush made inappropriately suggestive banter to her and (as King Lear) stroked her breast onstage as he lamented over her (Cordelia’s) body. The Oscar-Emmy-Tony-winning Rush, who claims he has suffered physical illness from stress over the reports, insists that the allegations aren’t true and sued the Telegraph for defamation.
“After I saw [Marcel] Marceau’s performance, I said to myself, if he can do a two-hour show without saying a word, why can’t I?” Bragg once said. And he did: as The Washington Post once wrote, Bragg became “the man who invented theater as a professional career for the deaf.”
“Though mostly a behind-the-scenes presence at the school, Mrs. Bok, known as ‘Stormy,’ stepped into leadership positions at Curtis at critical times. … She is best remembered, though, for her many decades as a loyal supporter of the small school started by her mother-in-law, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, in 1924. … It was during her most active period at Curtis that it shifted from being an inward-looking institution that relied on its own endowments and only selectively opened concerts to the public to one that routinely sends its students — and fund-raisers — to concert halls around the world.”
He tried to fix things by belatedly praising Mr. Fabiano’s performance, but the damage was done. “I said, ‘I’ll see you later,’ and I walked away,” Mr. Fabiano said. That might have been that, had a deus ex machina not intervened in the form of Ann Ziff, the chairwoman of the Met board. She invited them both to her table at dinner.