“Musicians from the West End production of War Horse are in dispute with the National Theatre after the organisation terminated the performers’ contracts and replaced them with a pre-recorded soundtrack.”
“When I first came here they said you’ll disappear off the dance map. The opposite was true – we got a lot of attention. It just requires more creativity. … Being surrounded by other artists and companies [in a big city] is more of a challenge than being away.”
A better parallel, suggests Noah Berlatsky, is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.
“Among a sample of South Texas teens, those who read ‘banned books’ were more likely to be engaged in civic activities such as volunteer work.”
“This is the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done,” says Richard Serra, talking about his latest work. “It’s a piece that I’d really like to be seen, and I don’t know if it will.”
“One reason this can work is that Russia really cares about art, music and literature. It has a great cultural tradition that is both truly popular and profoundly serious.”
“There is something almost akin to madness in how and when we laugh. It’s not as simple as a basic reaction to something funny.”
“While the U.S. enjoys the second highest per capita GDP of $45,336, it ranks in an underperforming 16th place overall. It gets worse. The U.S. ranks 70th in health, 69th in ecosystem sustainability, 39th in basic education, 34th in access to water and sanitation and 31st in personal safety.”
“With its online streaming service, Netflix is serving up the future of television and movies. That’s undeniable. The question is whether it can hang on to that future as the pressure increases. Here’s what it’s facing.”
“Our ultimate criterion is supreme musical excellence, over a period of time, preferably in the opera house as well as in the concert hall, and here there can be little argument – the VPO consistently produces playing of the utmost musicality and technical assurance, with my own vote being cast on the strength of blazingly vivid memories of performances at the Salzburg Festival over the last 15 years.”
Sergei Filin can now see (just) well enough to judge a competition (which he’s doing this week). Of healing at the troubled Bolshoi, he says, “It’s primarily myself who has to heal, because I bore the main blow myself. … I think it’s those people who were creating this atmosphere for all these months which finally resulted in this terrible attack [who need a remedy]. The theater itself is quite healthy.”
The 87-year-old Nobel laureate “returned to his Mexico City home on Tuesday after a week-long hospitalization for pneumonia, but officials said he remains in ‘delicate’ condition.”
Not 24 hours after Maria Miller resigned over an expenses scandal, prime minister David Cameron appointed merchant banker and Treasury official Sajid Javid, 44, as the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Equalities.
“BBC arts editor Will Gompertz said the arts community had been ‘largely ambivalent to a culture secretary who, it suspected, wasn’t particularly interested in culture’.”
“Cleaners at the city’s Grand Hyatt hotel are suspected to have dumped a painting that had just sold for more than HK$28 million with rubbish that was then taken to a landfill.”
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“Every year, USA awards grants of $50,000 each to 50 artists from eight disciplines, from architecture and writing to visual art. Since 2005, 350 artists have been the lucky (OK, meritorious) recipients of this largesse, in part thanks to a nearly threefold increase in the organization’s endowment in nine years, as well as the backing of some serious philanthropists such as the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.”
“Many galleries are signing artists and not doing enough to promote their work.” And in today’s hyper-charged art market, there are many alternative ways of promoting your own art such as working with a manager or hiring your own staff to take on the roles traditionally performed by galleries.
Officials had “seized some 1,400 items, including 1,280 artworks, from Cornelius Gurlitt’s apartment in 2012 while investigating a tax case. Gurlitt’s lawyers appealed the seizure, arguing that the art wasn’t relevant as evidence for prosecutors’ suspicions of import tax evasion. He also said that seizing the entire collection was disproportionate.”
Birgit Nilsson Foundation president Rutbert Reisch said the choice of the orchestra fit the award’s criteria for artists “who have made the biggest contribution to classical music.” The Birgit Nilsson prize adds to the list of honors accorded to the Viennese ensemble, which is recognized as one of the world’s greatest.
“In a letter to the prime minister, … [Maria] Miller said the controversy over her expenses had ‘become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing’.”