Few could have foreseen a battalion of flannel-clad Seattleites, backed by an upstart zine-turned-label, becoming one of the biggest pop-music disrupters of a generation. Nor could one have predicted that, 30 years later, you could access almost every record ever made from a telephone-computer-camera in your pocket.
“The idea is that while Dalí was the face of the enterprise, Gala propelled it. Dalí certainly recognised her contribution, signing some of his paintings ‘Gala Salvador Dalí’ … Can Gala, having produced no art that we know of, really be considered an artist? Perhaps not. But this exhibition does show how much Salvador Dalí – and his art – depended on her forceful personality, for better or worse.”
F. Javier Torres and Leila Tamari, who ran ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund: “[We] wondered to ourselves, well, what does love look like in grantmaking? We think it begins by remembering that behind each proposal, set of guidelines and evaluation criteria is a human being — the people who do the work. And, to incorporate love, you need to find ways to share power, be transparent, and prioritize relationships. In some cases, we succeeded, and in others, we missed the target completely.”
The project, called “Europe Beyond Access” and involving partners from the UK, Greece, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Serbia, aims to “break the glass ceiling” and bring disabled artists into the mainstream of theater and dance.
Lera Boroditsky, of Stanford University, has amassed interesting data on the effects of how we speak of things, such as that people who speak languages that use the same word for a pair of colours need more time to distinguish between them than ones who have a separate word for each – but they can distinguish between them. Mandarin speakers conceptualise time vertically while English speakers conceptualise it horizontally – but each language could use the other metaphor; it has the words for it.
It’s certainly not disappearing entirely (yet), but concert presenters, theaters, and opera companies have been experimenting with alternatives. Peter Dobrin looks at what organizations are trying – and what their patrons have been telling them about why they should be trying it.
While preparing a major exhibition of Western works in the collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, guest curator Mattijs Visser found ten works by Picasso in addition to the two the museum had registered. He thinks more surprises may come to light in the collection as he continues work on the show, which opens next February.
The Newseum, which also sells MAGA and FBI hats to make money, had a T-shirt reading “You Are Very Fake News” in its physical and online gift shops. “‘I think it’s obviously intended as a joke,’ Robert MacNeil, an author and a Newseum trustee emeritus, said Friday. ‘I don’t think it’s a great joke.'”
According to figures released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, authorities across England have allocated a total of £392 million on culture and heritage for 2018/19, compared to £400 million for the previous year. The statistics claim that revenue expenditure by local authorities has tumbled more than £100 million since 2011/12, when it was £501 million. Local authorities include county and district councils, as well as metropolitan authorities such as city councils and London boroughs.
“Generalization is treacherous, but let’s posit that at the center of most modern storytelling, in particular most literary storytelling, lies the struggling self, or selves, individuals seeking some kind of definition or stability in a world that appears hostile to such aspirations: life is precarious, tumultuous, fickle, and the self seeks in vain, or manages only with great effort, to put together a personal narrative that is, even briefly, satisfying.”
When you’re the sister of and a criminal defense lawyer for a major Dutch crime boss, and you secretly record everything and decide to turn it over to the state, sometimes you don’t live for long – though long enough to see your book get published in English and become a mini-series.
And we’ve got it: In Jamestown, NY, “the city is hoping to expand its reputation for humor with the opening this week of the National Comedy Center, a museum devoted to, as its website says, ‘telling the vital story of comedy in America.'”
Scripted series are still on the rise, up five percent over the same time period last year – and that’s because of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and other streaming services. And that trend isn’t about to stop.
What the … “On Wednesday, August 1, the Liverpool Biennial announced that their installation of The List was anonymously removed by unauthorized persons unaffiliated with the arts festival. The city council also affirmed that nobody employed by the municipality was thought to have pilfered the long list of the dead. On Twitter, the biennial is asking for anyone with knowledge related to the work’s disappearance to come forward.”
James Mathis III plays T’Challa, the Black Panther, in Marvel cartoons and video games. What’s the difference between him and Black Panther (the 2017 movie) star Chadwick Boseman – and did the wild success of the movie change his ways of approaching the character? “It’s still acting, and it’s still creating character,” he says. “You are limited in voiceover though … you have to figure out how to convey emotion using just your voice.”
Each year, 12 composers spend a month in Los Angeles in a compressed, specialized program to help them understand the world of scoring movies – and how to deal with the details. A successful alum: “You’re basically putting on the suit of a composer and pretending you’ve had decades of experience, and you are getting to know these people who you’re going to be interacting with for the rest of your career, hopefully.”
There’s been a lot of art about this – and much more may be coming in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. “Acting’s demands are personal as well as technical. Actors often have to perform a role badly, over and over and over again, before they can perform it well, which is embarrassing and exposing. This conspires to give a director or teacher or coach a lot of power and an actor — unless that actor is a star — very little.”
There are so many concerns for classical music groups, opera companies, and British music schools that it’s impossible to list them all in one article. Still, basically: “The U.K. has a thriving cultural scene; it might not disappear overnight. But over a 50-year period, who knows?”
A new book addresses the issue in a variety of ways that should make us reconsider what ancient art actually means to us. “I doubt that anyone is willing to add color to these sculptures, although that would make them look more authentic. The critical question, then, is what these dilemmas says about legitimate ownership of the marbles. Once we turn sacred works into art, and remove the original coloring, why cannot we also move them?”
He was trying to fix an issue with diminishing royalties from his novels, but when Guy Domville was produced in London, chaos ensued: “James made it backstage for the closing minutes. He heard both the sneers from the gallery and the enthusiastic applause from the stalls. When Alexander took his curtain call, Henry’s friends in the audience began shouting ‘Author, author!,’ and the unnerved actor took James by the hand and led him onstage. A civil war ensued.”
To Netflix, of course, which made a decision after watching the data on viewers streaming old romantic comedies since studios were only producing things that would do well with 12-year-old boys (and their parents). “That business decision has led to what Netflix has deemed ‘summer of love,’ a three-month period in which the platform is releasing a slew of exactly what Witherspoon described longing for: ‘romantic movies.’ They’re not all comedies, per se, but they’re the kind of movies that give viewers the feels.”
The Lincoln Center Festival is gone, though a few of its programs got added elsewhere. But the whole Mostly Mozart brand has lost some of its allure. “Mostly Mozart has some thinking to do,” says NYT critic Anthony Tommasini.
Wow: “After criticism from advocacy groups and Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison about the availability of Nazi-themed toys and baby onesies with pictures of burning crosses on Amazon’s website, the company said this week that it had removed several items and banned sellers who had violated its policies.” OK, but “a search by NPR of Amazon’s website yielded many results of racist paraphernalia, especially books by white supremacists.”
The Met is still reeling from the accusations against James Levine, so the quiet deals could be very good for the opera company. “If the deal is ratified, it will remove the threat of a work stoppage as the company prepares for its first season with the conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin as its music director.”
American history and politics are centre stage at this year’s Edinburgh festival. Alongside five shows with “Trump” in the title, from comedy to musicals, several fringe productions are interrogating troubling aspects of US culture.