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Italian Court Stops Puzzle-Maker From Reproducing Famous Leonardo

Ravensburger was brought to court by the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, where the real Vitruvian Man lives. The museum claimed that it was owed financial compensation from the puzzle manufacturer, even though the 500-year-old artwork in question belongs to the public domain. - Artnet

Aesthetics As Data (Slave To Measurement?)

Where Quantitative Aesthetics is really newly intense across society—in art and everywhere—is in how social-media numbers (clicks, likes, shares, retweets, etc.) seep into everything as a shorthand for understanding status. - Artnet

Reconceiving “New York, New York” Around Its Dance

Like Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse before her, Susan Stroman is a director-choreographer who should really be called a choreographer-director. In this show, “we make New York City definitely a character in the show,” says Stroman. - Dance Magazine

How Atlanta Theatres Are Struggling To Recover

According to the letter, “coupling lower than average attendance with the fact that arts funding is the smallest fraction of philanthropic giving means that there are simply not enough resources available for the short term health and long term viability of the Metro Atlanta cultural arts community.” - ArtsATL

Robert Falls On American Theatre As He Leaves The Goodman

"I remain optimistic that the theatre has been around for a long time, and it’s going to continue. I just feel that way. There’s no doubt that our younger audiences brains’ have been rewired by the speed of the culture. But honestly, I sit with young audiences looking at an O’Neill play..." - American Theatre

Please Please: Are We At The End Of Hollywood’s Superhero Obsession?

So far, this year's two superhero releases, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, have underperformed at the box office and received grudging reviews (47% and 51% on Rotten Tomatoes). Nor did this decline and fall start with them. - BBC

How On Earth Did A Spice Cabinet Survive For 500 Years At The Bottom Of The Sea?

It's the cold waters of the Baltic that kept intact the remains of the wrecked Gribshunden, the flagship of King Hans of Denmark and Norway which sank in 1485. Archaeologists have discovered saffron threads, peppercorns, almond shells, ginger, clove, and black mustard. - Atlas Obscura

Apple’s New Classical Music App: Embracing Idiosyncrasies

Apple has turned classical music’s diversity of metadata into the new app’s raison d’être. And, with so many of what Apple calls “data points”—over 50 million bits of information drawn from their database of recordings—it suddenly makes complete sense. - Van

The Gay Cherokee Playwright Who Wrote The Source For Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”

Lynn Riggs rode a cattle train, worked in New York as an extra in cowboy movies and in Hollywood churning out studio screenplays, wrote Green Grow the Lilacs in France and was in the Army when Oklahoma! debuted on Broadway. Yet he never left behind his difficult prairie childhood. - Smithsonian Magazine

Riccardo Muti Reflects On America As He Completes Chicago Symphony Tenure

"In my life, thanks to Philadelphia and Chicago, I’ve been to Wichita, Des Moines, Ames, Toledo… For me, to make music, it’s not that I conduct in Salzburg and I try my best. Because every time you try your best, it’s a disaster. Everything becomes mannered, exaggerated, chettera, chettera." - Van

How Poster Design Helped Reshape Japanese Society After World War II

"Curator Erin Schoneveld breaks down five seminal posters from the exhibition (at New York's Poster House Museum) that reveal how art reflects history — and how history influences art." - Fast Company

How AI Could Actually Improve How Students Write

If and when machines can “write essays” that are more deftly organized, more thoroughly researched, and more persuasive than our student’s efforts, then writing’s purpose will cease to reside solely in the finished text. It has never solely resided there, of course, but we too often act and teach as if it does. - The Millions

Dispelling Some Myths About Hilma af Klint

Julia Voss, author of the first-ever biography of Europe's first abstract artist, talks about the influence which the 19th-century scientific revolution had on the mystical artist, how hard she tried to get shown, the appalling sexism she faced, and the voices she heard. - Artnet

Performance Space New York’s Jenny Schlenzka Steps Down

Her most radical initiative was “02020,” a plan to hand over the programming, the keys to the building and the entire annual production budget to a collective of artists. The idea was to extend experimentalism into every part of the organization. - The New York Times

“Shucked” On Broadway: Why The Preview Grosses Are Low But The Seats Are Sold Out

"Lead producer Mike Bosner … and his team enacted the old-school practice of preview pricing: selling tickets for a show's pre-opening period at a significantly lower price point than after the show's official opening — and advertised this accordingly." - Broadway News

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