First of all, it’s not basket-weaving or general arts and crafts – it is a healthcare discipline and art therapists are mental health professionals. American Art Therapy Association board president Dr. Donna Betts explains to a reporter the nature of the practice, how it’s used to help clients ranging from autistic children to traumatized veterans, and the current state of art therapy in the United States.
“On September 24, conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos made a brief visit to Berkeley, an event that drew police from around the region. That evening, a band of between 30 and 40 right-wing activists stormed Revolution Books. The attackers recorded the episode on video, rattling windows and confronting patrons. Since the initial incident, these activists have orchestrated at least five more visits to the store – posting their exploits in online videos.”
“Silkroad turns twenty next year. Like a teenager approaching adulthood, we are exploring our purpose in the world. … One thing we have discovered is the joy and significance of working as an ensemble, and at this turning point, we are formalizing a new approach to leadership that celebrates that collaborative spirit. To this end, I am thrilled to hand over the artistic direction of Silkroad to Jeffrey Beecher, Nicholas Cords, and Shane Shanahan, three extraordinary colleagues who have taught me so much about collaboration, music, and friendship.”
“The judgment is a crushing blow to the French expert and dealer Jérôme Le Blay. The court ruled that his company Côté Art had not acted ‘in good faith’ in claiming to own the [two] works,” which were among the Matisse pieces stolen from a storage facility just after the 1989 death of the artist’s son Pierre.
“Renowned director Max Stafford-Clark – the former artistic director of London’s Royal Court theatre – was forced out of the Out of Joint theatre company after a formal complaint that he made lewd comments to a member of staff. … A spokesperson for Stafford-Clark said the director had suffered from pseudobulbar palsy and ‘occasional disinhibition’ since a stroke and brain injury in 2006.”
The plaintiffs in the case include Thomas, Jaris and Peter Rockwell, the sons of Norman Rockwell, who object to the sale of two of their father’s works, Shuffleton’s Barber Shop (1950) and Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop (1940), which the artist gave to the museum. Both paintings are due to be auctioned at Sotheby’s New York American art sales on 13 November, and are estimated to make a combined $27m to $40m.
“As alleged in the indictment, the defendant used his industry experience to gain the trust of prospective art sellers, then betrayed that trust by pocketing the proceeds of those sales to fund his own lavish lifestyle,” Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. “Not only did victims lose millions of dollars, but many lost valuable pieces of artwork that had been in their families for generations.”
“Our half-century intermezzo has witnessed the dominance of television, the Internet, and mobile, as well as changing taste and business models. Consequently, only three [magazine] titles appear on both lists. If nothing else, the shifts between ’67 and ’17 demonstrate how most magazines follow a life cycle: often-difficult births, brash youthfulness, midlife success, and retirement at the back of the newsstand rack—or solely in the archives.”
The founder of Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival resigned from many posts after “Quebec daily Le Devoir on Thursday published women’s accounts of the circumstances in which they allegedly suffered the actions of Mr. Rozon over the last thirty years. Some accuse him of having raped them.”
Is it working? Yes, but in a different way than they’d hoped – one artistic director says, “It’s really instructive and inspiring to have regular contact with my colleagues, and that’s sharpening our artistic processes and our work” – and without nearly as much money as they’d wanted.
Why? Someone was gaming the system, of course: “On Monday, word spread that Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Three years ago Billboard decided to take YouTube plays into account for its Hot 100 ranking system and, through that technicality, a sneaky video of the song’s chorus on repeat with over 40 million views helped push ‘Rockstar’ to No. 1.”
In a new Canadian play by 10 different playwrights, “the result is something altogether its own: A 2 1/2-hour history play that pleases, puzzles and provokes, in a form that keeps shifting wildly from one moment to the next like a bucking bronco. One moment it’s a poetic drama, the next a comedy – then cabaret, RCMP musical ride or game show.”
“One big problem is the mindless adulation bestowed on famous conductors and directors. Such sycophancy doesn’t lead just to the tolerance of abuse, it mythologises the misdeeds so that they become part of the mystique surrounding ‘the maestro’.” (For example, Georg Solti, who’d seduce his way through the female choristers at the Royal Opera house and buy them white fur coats afterward.) And, writes Richard Morrison, “that was decades ago, but what has changed? In one acclaimed present-day ensemble female violinists rise up the ranks if they sleep with the conductor. It’s as simple, and jaw-dropping, as that.”