Sunday, September 26, 2021

ArtsJournal: Arts, Culture, Ideas


The New York Times’ Tonys Live Blog

The awards, as they happen. - The New York Times

The Georgia Review Editors Explain The Point Of Literary Journals

"I'm really into thinking about the literary journal as a clandestine space for a community’s periodic meetings, a small public within a public whose concerns and milieu grow idiosyncratic through collective interaction over time." - LitHub

Are NFTs A Bubble Or A Revolution?

Clearly, it's not just visual art that is part of this market: "Virtually any asset could be sold for an astronomical amount." - El País (Spain)

The Tonys Are Part Streaming, Part Network, And After 27 Months, May Be Completely Wild

Buckle up, theatre buttercups: "There are several unusual aspects to this season’s Tonys race." Understatement of the year, NYT. - The New York Times

Karen Olivo Exits Broadway And Works For Something Better

Olivo, an alum of In the Heights, left the Moulin Rouge production over issues including industry silence about Scott Rudin's alleged abuse. She says, "I realized I can actually help my industry in a different way, by caring about the people who are suffering in silence." - Los Angeles Times

As Big Tech Gives In To Big Government, Everyone In Russia Is Harmed

Google and Apple opened offices in Russia. Then Putin pressured them to delete his opposition's Smart Voting app - and they caved. "This episode is a powerful reminder that old-fashioned force can decisively tighten a state’s grip on the web." - Wired

That’s No Rubens, Artificial Intelligence Says Of A 2.5 Million Pound Painting

Re that Samson and Delilah purchase, National Gallery, er. "I was so shocked. ... We repeated the experiments to be really sure that we were not making a mistake and the result was always the same. Every patch, every single square, came out as fake, with more than 90% probability." - The Observer (UK)

Ireland Grapples With Seeing Its History In Color

Colorizing film might have gone out the window, but with two new books using the process to add color into black-and-white photographs of the 19th and 20th centuries, ethical questions arise. One writer describes the process as "part of the democratisation of history, a tool to develop empathy and a connection with the past." - Irish Times

Finnish Media Checks Itself On Diversity

Finnish media members say they've made progress, but not enough of it. Producers may complain they can't find actors from diverse backgrounds, and so, says one casting directory, "Where diversity among actors is concerned, 'I think a casting director is a must.'" - Variety

Remedios Varo, Painter Of Mystery And Magic

The NYT overlooked Varo (though anyone who's taken a 20th century art history course surely does not understand how) when she died. The Spanish surrealist's "style was reminiscent of Renaissance art in its exquisite precision, but her dreamlike paintings were otherworldly in tone." - The New York Times

Richmond Tries To Figure Out What Should Replace The Removed Confederate Statues

"Public art is widely viewed as a tool to tell a more complete and honest narrative of Richmond’s struggles with equality. And how the city decides to uplift people and places with public art has the potential to be a nationwide model, or a litany of pitfalls to avoid." - The Guardian (UK)

What’s Going On With Jagged Little Pill On Broadway?

Trans and nonbinary actors have recently made a range of claims about the show, including a claim from one actor saying that "multiple higher-ups" pressured the actor to postpone a critical surgery. - Vulture

George Mraz, Sought-After Jazz Bassist, 77

Mraz's "deft, versatile work anchored the recordings and performances of generations of artists, from Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie more than 50 years ago to Cyrus Chestnut and Joe Lovano in this century." - The New York Times

Gatsby Is Meant To Critique The Rich, Right?

Great Gatsby seems to inspire something that isn't exactly critique of the wealthy. "I parted my hair in the middle and put on a fake plummy accent and bought some white button-down shirts and white khaki pants at the thrift store downtown and wore them all the time." - LitHub

In The Musical-To-Movie Pipeline, Is The Strong Dislike For ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Fair?

"How did a beloved Broadway musical — winner of six Tony Awards, including best musical — provoke one of the most widespread and united hate-ons since Cats? How did a movie marketed as a feel good, come-together story get branded 'manipulative' so many times it's nearly become a tagline?" Ouch. - CBC

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