“The artwork is by Argentina-born Italian sculptor and painter Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), entitled Concetto spaziale (Spatial concept), with an estimated value of 1.5 million euros, police said.” The canvas was later returned by the cab driver.
“Rather than offering viewers immediate access to information about the world or simply how some given portion of it looks, artists working in this mode see the techniques, conventions, and history of photography as an interpretive grid that makes some things harder to see and other things easier. They consider that their work can only reflect on the world by looping back on itself—by rendering visible its photographic character as a pre-interpretation of the world that it claims merely to show.”
Mind you, the instrument wasn’t spit out whole by the printer: individual parts of the instrument, carefully copied from the 1677 “Sunrise” Strad violin, were printed out and carefully assembled by hand. Here’s a video of the new copy being played, along with video of an original Strad (played by a different violinist with a different style) for comparison.
The patterns are not merely beautiful, but mathematically rigorous as well. They explore the fundamental characteristics of symmetry in a surprisingly complete way. Mathematicians, however, did not come up with their analysis of the principles of symmetry until several centuries after the tiles of the Alhambra had been set in place.
“A slave who ran away from Maryland, was drunk when the crime was committed. Thinks his confinement will promote the welfare of his soul.” Rebecca Onion, Slate‘s history maven, looks at these documents from the Eastern State Penitentiary, now a monument just down Fairmount Avenue from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In the autumn of 2015, I reached out to roughly 200 small- to medium-sized American opera companies. In a 100-word email, I introduced myself and asked for a five-to-ten-minute phone conversation about trends in the commissioning and production of new opera (a subject that obviously interested me but was benign enough for an initial discussion). I received about 40 responses and eventually spoke with representatives of around 20 companies. My lone question was: “What conditions would need to be in place for your company to consider commissioning a new work, or producing a recently composed work?”
“This year’s Met Ball—held Monday night and inspired by a Costume Institute exhibition, Art of the In-Between, showcasing the career of avant-garde Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons—was something remarkable in the Annals of the Absurd, an explosion of frippery and shamelessness that recalled late-Weimar or mid-career Mad Hatter in its slavish devotion to peacockery in the face of complex, oftentimes brutal, reality.”
“School officials say it’s the result of drastic budget cuts as the district scrapes around to make up for a $60 million shortfall next year. The changes will save $2 million. No librarians will be laid off. Instead, they will be shuffled to fill vacant positions at other schools, leaving 11 campuses without librarians for the 2017-18 school year.”
Collecting modern first editions or antiquarian books is a fun pursuit. It can be exciting and compulsive and, contrary to some critics, it is not a dreary bookish endeavour, followed only by the status-conscious rich. Anyone can collect first editions and, taking taste and pocket into account, the collector’s choice is limitless.
“In the first 24 hours after tickets go on sale, an estimated 20 percent appear on secondary sites. This is often where tickets end up when scalpers and brokers use methods like creating bots to bypass captcha technology and scoop up a large number of tickets, or by creating numerous identities and buying tickets on prepaid credit cards that can be loaded up with cash at a local CVS or Rite Aid to take advantage of paperless ticketing. They make a profit by engaging in price gouging, selling the ticket for much higher than face value, and gaining an upper hand on the real fans.”
If you look at public opinion polls, scientists are among the most trusted professions, certainly they are in the UK and probably in the US as well. But we’re getting to a stage where that’s at risk for a variety of reasons. Some of them are technical reasons and some of them are cultural reasons.
Throughout the last 50 years, the ballet world has frequently been seen as completely out of touch with the importance of diversity. The litany of men — geniuses, admittedly, in their own right — says nothing about the creative, choreographic power of women. This lack of equality not only reads as troubling but a bit safe. Why is it so difficult to see women taking the stage not just as fouetteing prima ballerinas, but as dance-makers as well?
The preternaturally cheerful weatherman for NBC’s Today Show posted to Instagram a photo of him napping during intermission at Der Rosenkavalier and confessed that he’d dozed during the performance as well. (Hey, the guy gets up at 4 a.m. every workday.) “Some opera fans and singers … saw it as a public slap in the face. Quite a few took to Instagram to criticize Mr. Roker for what they saw as rudeness.” (One soprano on the Met’s roster was downright vicious.)
The “Hamilton” effect hasn’t transformed Broadway into a multicultural model kingdom, but there does seem to be more of a sense after Lin-Manuel Miranda’s improbable hip-hop juggernaut about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton that long shots with creative ingenuity and passionate conviction are worth the investment.
“[Michael] Mael took over his current role at WNO in 2011 after three years as chief financial and chief operating officer with the company. A calm and affable presence in a turbulent field, he presided over a return to stability after the Kennedy Center, in 2011, took over the company, which appeared headed for bankruptcy. For the past four seasons, WNO has boasted balanced budgets, after a long history of losses.”
“For a time Mr. Khanna was one of India’s most recognizable stars, a darkly handsome screen idol who appeared in more than 100 films, many of them runaway successes.” But he never quite achieved Amitabh Bachchan’s level of superstardom. likely because, at the height of his career, he left Bombay to spend four years at the now-notorious Rajneesh compound in Oregon.
I am developing a training program for people interested in enhancing their skills in guiding organizations toward more effective community engagement. Several small groups have completed or are in the process of helping me … read more
AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-05-02
NY Historical Society’s Renovation Opens a Debate
Is more always better? Is it better when it comes to seeing art and artifacts? That’s the question I’ve been pondering since last week, when the New-York Historical Society* opened its new fourth floor. … read more
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-05-02
So This Horse Came from India …
A production of From the Horse’s Mouth celebrates Indian dance at New York’s 14th Street Y. … read more
AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-05-02
The Lou Harrison Centenary
If you asked me who composed the best American violin concerto, and who composed the best American piano concerto, I would answer with the same name: Lou Harrison. … read more
AJBlog: Unanswered Question Published 2017-05-02
Despite the decades-long attempts on the right to paint the N.E.A. as rarefied snobbery welching off the state, forty per cent of N.E.A. activity happens in high-poverty areas. Thirty-six per cent of its institutional grants help groups working with disadvantaged populations. And a third of grants serve low-income audiences. The N.E.A. also helps military veterans, a decidedly non-urban élite population. The agency recently added four clinical sites to its existing seven; these sites provide “creative-arts therapies for service members, veterans, and families dealing with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.”