“Describing performances, whether the New York debut of an exciting young Finnish pianist or a boldly radical production of The Magic Flute, is the core of the reviewing art. … [Yet] music, especially purely instrumental music, resists being described in language. It’s very hard to convey sounds through words. Perhaps that’s what we most love about music: that it’s beyond description, deeper than words. Yet the poor music critic has to try.”
“In 2003, a tunnel was discovered beneath the Feathered Serpent pyramid in the ruins of Teotihuacan, the ancient city in Mexico. Undisturbed for 1,800 years, the sealed-off passage was found to contain thousands of extraordinary treasures lying exactly where they had first been placed as ritual offerings to the gods.”
If this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival felt bigger, it may have been because it was more complicated to navigate. The event covered more ground than before, including venues spread so widely through the city that the map in the festival brochure seemed to give up. But the shows themselves made it harder to get your bearings.
When one thinks of art crime, a Hollywood image is conjured: one of black-clad cat burglars, thieves in top hats and white gloves, and perhaps the occasional criminal collector twirling his waxed moustache as he cackles maniacally over a stolen horde in his Bavarian castle. But the truth behind art crime, a truth that is misunderstood by the general public and professionals alike, is far more sinister, and more intriguing.
Why is her new, 400-page historical novel a linear piece, complete with a heroine in the Brooklyn Navy Yards during WWII? The author says that’s just the way it worked, and her writing group agreed: “There’s nothing inherently exciting about any narrative move: it’s only exciting if it works, and if it couldn’t be done any other way. Everything else is gimmickry.”
This is what happens when you let dirt – and overpainting – obscure the original. “The portrait showing George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham, thought to have been James VI and I’s lover, had been hanging in a National Trust for Scotland property and was believed to be a copy of the lost original, which had been missing for almost 400 years.”
The director says, “Alex makes a point in the book of saying as a young man, you should be the best version of yourself that you can be. And certainly Jonno’s translation of that is: ‘Don’t let your body go to waste when it’s in its prime.’”
Jean Nouvel, speaking of the workers who built his museum – and despite a 2015 report that says the workers were badly abused – said, “They have the same conditions, even better conditions, than those I see in other countries. … We checked and it was fine. We saw no problem.”
Anaheim is fed up, too. For instance: “The Burbank company masterfully works the political system, sometimes deploying aggressive strategies that belie its carefully cultivated image. Support for various deals benefiting Disney has come from Anaheim City Council members who have received generous campaign contributions through a byzantine network of political action committees funded by the company.”
Truly an unlikely story: “Unlike many collectives that disbanded post-eviction, members of the Trapp managed to pull off a miracle in Oakland’s increasingly tight real estate market: They convinced a warehouse owner to let them build out a new live/work space and do it legally.”
On Friday afternoon, at Berlin’s Volksbühne theatre, “a group of left-wing activists moved into the building and proclaimed they were occupying the institution with the aim of turning it into a collectively run theater.” The actors left a newly built stage at the disused Templehof theatre for their ostensible director, Chris Dercon.
At the Los Angeles LGBT Center awards night, Rhimes spoke up. “Everyone has the right the see themselves on the screen, and I think it’s really dangerous when that doesn’t happen,” she said. “People deserve realistic portrayals.”
The letterer’s art is to make it look like no art at all. “Though their work is essential to the look and feel of a book, it also tends to disappear into the page itself.”
Just ask Artaud: Language is insufficient to communicate the pain of existence (so add some intensely horrible sound to your unsubtle movie, and communicate it that way).
A small Degas show, “Drawn in Colour,” at the National Gallery until 7 May, comprises a splendid group of pictures, chiefly on loan from the Burrell Collection, near Glasgow, complemented by some from the National’s … read more
AJBlog: Plain EnglishPublished 2017-09-24
This is the way to promote a book, especially when it won’t be won’t be available on Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites and won’t be readily distributed to brick-and-mortar bookstores.Click to view Rocket 88’s … read more
AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2017-09-23
The ironing board has an iconic status in the history of British theatre. What became known as kitchen-sink drama was more properly ironing-board drama. In 1956, the originality of John Osborne’s Look Back in … read more
AJBlog: Performance MonkeyPublished 2017-09-23