“Rumblings of the company’s demise began when their website and Facebook page were taken down. … [Then,] an email communiqué … stated that the board of LehrerDance had terminated company founder and artistic director Jon Lehrer as of February 7 and ‘in consultation with its attorneys and accountants, is in the process of determining the organization’s financial status but has declared a halt to all operations of the company.'” Yet this may not be just another case of a small dance company running out of cash.
Just days after the news arrived that the Russian conductor will become music director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 2021, the London Philharmonic revealed that Jurowski will step down as its chief conductor when he starts in his new position.
The Tony-winning director (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) will step down as artistic director when his contract expires at the end of the 2018-19 season. He has also served as artistic director of San Diego’s Old Globe Shakespeare Festival and directed the Broadway production of Anastasia; he makes his Metropolitan Opera this fall with Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, which will open the house’s season.
“Previously, valuable works of art created fewer than 50 years ago were officially treated as ‘luxury goods’ and subject to 30% import dues. This changed on 29 January with the passing of a new law that is part of a radical revision of Russian art import-export regulations aimed at opening up the Russian art scene to the world.”
The company in charge of the museum suspended Catherine de Zegher after months of mounting criticism and pending the results of an internal audit. Did she lie to the city’s cultural committee? Did she claim art historians had authenticated Russian avant-garde paintings when they had done no such thing – and then refuse to turn over any documents that would have supported her? Very, very possibly.
Armando Iannucci: “This act of censorship gave me no joy; the overwhelming emotion has been one of sad disappointment that in the world of instant communication, and the anarchic dissemination of information, people still think it’s O.K. to ban stuff they don’t like. That they should ban a film making fun of repression is wonderfully ironic, I know, but I still don’t get any kick out of it.”
Mantel, who works during and through quite a lot of pain, her sudden but last popularity has been unexpected. “The books are not for all readers, and some complain that they’re too complex, too allusive. Yet, there they remain, the unicorn of the publishing world: thorny masterpieces that sell like iPhones.”
The comic book publishing company Lion Forge is based in St. Louis, but is finding success with digital comics, including one about eating disorders that just won an award as one of the best graphic novels for teenagers. David Steward II, the founder and CEO: “For everybody to participate, you have to have representation that looks like everyone in this country. We’ve been careful to make sure that it is an inclusive line of characters. Kind of like the United Colors of Benetton [laughs], but it feels natural and organic.”
Jo Min-Ki, a veteran of both stage and screen in Korea, was fired from his teaching role at Cheongju University’s drama department after accusations of rape and harassment. He was found dead just before he was due to be questioned by police. The #MeToo movement is having an impact in South Korea in general: “Jo is one of the a string of high-profile figures to have been accused of sexual misconduct in South Korea in recent weeks.”
In the middle of a 700,000-woman demonstration on International Women’s Day, the collective Nosotras Proponemos (“We Propose”) presented a manifesto of 37 demands. “Out of the 47 major exhibits at the National Museum of Fine Arts in the last five years, only two starred female artists. The National Prize of Honor has had 92 male winners as opposed to a mere five female ones since 1911. And the last arteBA art fair only had 30% women represented in their main section.”
That’s right, it’s Ibsen’s Enemy of the People. Do we need to explain? Well: “What started as a response to a Trump presidency now seems to speak to our times in many ways, with a plot that intertwines an ethically compromised antihero, political extremism, corruption, environmental activism and a lack of accountability for the destruction of a town.” There was even a site-specific play set, and performed, in Flint, Michigan.
The showrunner shot the episode in November, and it was supposed to run in February. Instead, it will never be shown. The episode “features Anthony Anderson’s patriarch Dre caring for his infant son on the night of an intense thunderstorm that keeps the whole household awake. Dre attempts to read the baby a bedtime story, but abandons that plan when the baby continues to cry. He instead improvises a bedtime story that, over the course of the episode, conveys many of Dre’s concerns about the current state of the country.”
If you look at the early days of science fiction with the author of Frankenstein, and then turn to recent movies Black Panther, Annihilation, and A Wrinkle in Time, you get pretty serious acknowledgement that women are an integral part of the genre. The films “dispute a mainstream perception of science fiction as a masculine genre, using feminine costumes and environments to build the strong-willed characters. Nothing will stop these women from overcoming the perilous obstacles ahead of them.”
The American Library Association had given him the Carnegie Medal and a $5,000 prize for nonfiction for his most recent book, and they had intended to hand out the prize in June. He declined this week, but the ALA isn’t going back to the drawing board – they simply won’t give the medal this year.
The massive new study analyzes every major contested news story in English across the span of Twitter’s existence—some 126,000 stories, tweeted by 3 million users, over more than 10 years—and finds that the truth simply cannot compete with hoax and rumor. By every common metric, falsehood consistently dominates the truth on Twitter, the study finds: Fake news and false rumors reach more people, penetrate deeper into the social network, and spread much faster than accurate stories.
The code, unveiled Thursday by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), requires all signatories to enact a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence. It also requires them to implement consequences for violations, designate people to receive complaints, provide a process for resolution and protect complainants from reprisals.
Before the sale, the pre-1945 Modern content was estimated at 37 percent of the value of the entire sale—an increase on any previous Phillips sale. By the end, it was more like 60 percent. So with only Phillip’s day sale to go, the London Impressionist and Modern sales total has ended with just over £400 million ($551 million) in sales, the second highest for the capital, while the Contemporary bracket is looking at a record in the region of £340 million ($469 million). When the two categories are combined it also marks a new record for London—and there, in the heart of the scrum, Phillips has proved they can mix it with the big boys.
It seems an apt time to weave together a few of the threads that made Bob Capanna who he was — the Bobness of Bob, if you will. Capanna embodied a set of high ideals that arts institutions might aim for as the sector struggles with questions of identity versus survival, art versus entertainment, flavor-of-the-month programming ideas to please funders versus core mission, and the endless strain of working harder for an ever-smaller slice of the attention pie.
Jamie is the Bernstein child we usually hear from, but in this interview, Alexander talks about life with his father (and his mother) as well as Lenny’s music-making, social activism, and dealing with the demands of his work. “[As] he started conducting more abroad, the entourage around him grew larger and larger, and he became more and more of an industry. That was hard for him to handle. One day I remember him shouting, ‘I hate Leonard Bernstein!'”
“Over the past year, the Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance has stepped up seizures of allegedly looted artefacts, some worth millions of dollars, with highly publicised raids targeting the billionaire collector Michael Steinhardt, Phoenix Ancient Art gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. … One effect of the DA’s actions is clear: an increasingly jittery antiquities market.”