“It doesn’t mean that it is part of Standard English or any other recognised dialect. Still, if George W Bush can misunderestimate some things and Sarah Palin can refudiate others, then, like, whatever.”
“A group of French booksellers and publishers took off their clothes Wednesday to protest conservative politician Jean-François Copé’s call to censor a children’s book from 2011 called Everybody Get Naked! (Tous à poil!).”
The two men’s “hopes of rewriting history were dashed … when a self-posted trailer on YouTube for a documentary detailing and revealing their exploits, drew almost universal condemnation and angered Egyptian authorities.”
“Sure, there are funding challenges, but when haven’t there been arts funding challenges? We live in a time with new technologies that can be used to enhance our art form and new technology that can be used to reach new audiences for marketing and development.”
“The villainy of ice dancing knows no bounds. If the fix is not in against Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, then I’m the Princess of Wales.”
“Most of the ghost stations have been closed since France entered World War II in 1939. And although they haven’t seen passengers in 75 years, many of them have still led a somewhat active life.”
“What seemed to make this the height of folly was that Tim Jenison, born in 1955, had no training or experience as a painter. Moreover, in Johannes Vermeer, he was embracing an artist whose canvases, for all their immense charm and quotidian content, are among the most complex, difficult and well … mysterious in the annals of great Western art.”
“There is, then, an undercurrent of injustice to the astronomical price of Glenn Brown’s imitation: he has reaped a larger financial reward. Chris Foss must settle for something else: the plain knowledge that he defined and popularized a niche—a noble success, but one that seizes fewer headlines than seven-figure auction prices.”
“Since introducing the program in January 2013, the museum has registered more than 50,000 DMA Friends, as free members are known. It continues to add more than 1,000 Friends per week. Before free memberships were introduced, the museum had 18,000 paid members.”
The official explanation — that it was a “business decision” — doesn’t sway most of the students.
Lyn Gardner: “Hacking away at London funding and simply throwing it at the big regional theatres outside the M25 would be easy but not helpful. The right help needs to be targeted in the right places … Get it wrong, and we might just as well sit around burning £50 notes.”
The Mellon Foundation has given a $1 million grant to the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance to organize and digitize its archives and to create “toolkits” to help revive and restage Graham’s works.
“As two plays set amid the 1960s gay rights movement open in London, their writers, Jon Bradfield and Thomas Hescott, discuss charting gay life before their time and why theatre is a good place to explore oppression.”
Judith Mackrell: “A century ago, weight was never so contentious. While ballerinas were inclined to be more slender than the norm, … those dancers were not expected to be excessively thin. … It was in the mid-1920s that attitudes to dancers’ bodies shifted.”
Dismemberment of the Corcoran: Whither the Collection?
Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-02-20
The Corcoran Gallery, and Help for Indie Bookstores
Source: CultureCrash | Published on 2014-02-20
Venezuelan conductor attacks ‘injustice, systematic torture, atrocities’
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-02-20
“After Harvard Business School researcher Francesa Gino reported in 2011 that that highly creative people are more likely to engage in unethical activities, she began to wonder whether dishonesty could actually enhance creativity. Her latest paper suggests the answer is yes.”
It’s 4’33” and it’s not as daft as you might think. “With a swipe of the i-hand on the interface – which records your realisation of the piece, mapping it on to the durations that Cage provided for the three movements of the work – you can hear 4’33”s from all over the world.”
“When it comes to leadership, the Corcoran boards of the last decade are the rough non-profit equivalents of the boards that ran MCI and Enron in the for-profit sector. Like trustees at MCI and Enron, Corcoran trustees committed no crimes, but they numbly bumbled, doing much damage on the way down.”
“When actors only concern themselves with making something real, it usually ends up being boring for the camera and the audience, no matter how genuine it feels to the actors.”
“The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and the English Arts Council are establishing a ‘Grand Partnership’ for arts and culture, for the United Kingdom mind you. I say let’s make it a ‘Great Grand Partnership’ by making it a worldwide partnership.”
“I must admit I’m confused. I want to see it as a devastating satire on the modern world’s alienation from the past. Ever since the Chinese Revolution began in the early 20th century, political and economic ruptures have cut off China in particular from its ancient culture. Is Ai Weiwei parodying that? Or is he mocking western art-lovers who think all Chinese art is ancient (as they may have, back in 1995)?”
James Wood: “When I left this country 18 years ago, I didn’t know how strangely departure would obliterate return: how could I have done? It’s one of time’s lessons, and can only be learned temporally.”
That – in so many words (“a reformed teenage thug”) – is what conductor John Eliot Gardiner argues in his new biography, asserting that Bach, for all his musical skill and piety, grew up to be rebellious, resentful, and mistrustful of authorities for his entire adult life. Scholar and former American Bach Society George B. Stauffer takes a look at the evidence.