“A hue of angst and despair might make work more interesting – jury’s out on that – but it doesn’t make it more valuable. In fact, work created during what the researchers call ‘period of bereavement’ was up to 35 percent less valuable than a given artist’ other pieces. On top of that, the morose works were less likely to be included in the collections of major museums.”
“Is it possible that the lack of nonwhite and female lead characters in Hollywood films is driven, in part, by economic concerns from movie studios? Our analysis of more than 800 films sampled between 2005 and 2012 suggests the answer is ‘yes’.”
“A study published in March demonstrated that natural sounds have the ability to relieve psychological and physiological stress. Using fMRI and heart-rate monitoring, researchers Gould van Praag, et al, of the University of Sussex found that listening to natural sounds improved parasympathetic activity, whereas listening to artificial sounds prompted sympathetic arousal.”
“I don’t usually write about sex. I’m kind of a person who wouldn’t. By the time I’m on page 50 or 60, I sense, ‘Okay, this has been a wonderful fantasy, but stop.’ Something told me not to stop. … I said, ‘No, I want them to have fun. I want them to be sexual.'”
Financial journalist Felix Salmon explains why the up-and-down prices for Hirst’s art at auctions aren’t a good indicator of how valuable his work really is, and argues that Hirst has basically become a maker and seller of luxury goods – which is as it should be.
“In January, when the site moves over to a blockchain, Everipedia will convert IQ scores to a token-based currency, giving all existing editors an allotment proportionate to their IQ—and giving them a real, financial stake in Everipedia. From then on, creating and curating articles will allow users to earn tokens, which act as virtual shares of the platform. To prevent bad actors from trying to cash in with ill-founded or deliberately false articles and edits, Everipedia will force users to put up a token of their own in order to submit. If their work is accepted, they get their token back, plus a little bit for their contribution; if not, they lose their token. The assumption is that other users, motivated by the desire to maintain the site’s value, will actively seek to prevent such efforts.”
The New York Times dance critics pick their favorites.
“When people are presented with a perfect image of something — whether a product or a perfect person — it doesn’t feel authentic. And the Museum of Failure, with its artifacts, feels — and is — completely genuine and authentic. And that’s something that’s not so common today.”
“Revenue from ticket sales was down, while production costs continued to rise. Subscription and tickets were down slightly by 1.6% from $8.6M in 2016 to 8.5M in 2017. Production costs increased by 6.4 % from $18.3 M to $19.6 M. The steep cost of touring to Israel set the TSO back over $1.9 M this year, which we can only speculate must have been a point of contention in the board, which last year saw half of its members abruptly resign.”
“When the project was officially launched just over a year ago it was said to be aimed at tackling the “institutional embarrassment” of how work by the likes of Allan Ramsay, Sir Henry Raeburn, Alexander Nasmyth and Phoebe Anna Traquair is displayed. But it emerged in May of that extending the existing 19th century building by around five metres had been ruled out due to the concerns over the cost and complexity of building above railway tunnels.”
“This is an essay about what happens when knowledge is warped by a cult of interpretive genius. It is about having had my understanding of music fundamentally structured by James Levine’s craft when I was the same age as the children he allegedly liked to abuse, and in the process having decided not to know what I knew. It is about what it means to me that my love of music and my understanding of how it should sound were shaped by someone who abused children, and that the institutions in which and by which that love was fostered likely protected the abuser and enabled the abuse.”
“The locals, accused of pilfering ancient artifacts from the surrounding desert, were charged with violating the federal Archaeological Resources Protection Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Authorities recovered more than 40,000 artifacts, some dating to 6,000 B.C., Smithsonian Magazine reported. The federal sting — dubbed Operation Cerberus by authorities — would prove to be the match igniting long-simmering tensions across the region.”
“The democratically minded #00Bienal will be “the Havana Biennial for everyone”, says the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, one of the main organisers of the event. The aim is to provide a platform for artists who do not have the visibility or official status to participate in a government-sponsored biennial. Street, Outsider, performance, digital and conceptual artists and photographers are all invited to submit proposals.”
“It is impossible to say how many women might have been spared Mr. Weinstein’s alleged sexual aggression had more agents responded with the impulse to act. At C.A.A., at least eight agents had heard about Mr. Weinstein’s behavior, largely from actresses they represented, but several former senior C.A.A. agents said they were unaware of it or any formal agency response.”
A just-published study finds significant declines in several key areas of cognitive functioning among teenage boys who are doing time. Given that most prisoners eventually return to society, and ex-cons with poor reasoning ability and/or impulse control are unlikely to go straight, this could have widespread negative effects.
“After we solicited stories about harassment from the field last month, more than 100 theatre artists from around the country sent us emails or spoke to us over the phone and in person about their experiences. It is not only women who are the targets of harassment; men and gender-nonconforming individuals also had firsthand experiences to share. Most requested anonymity, citing an industry that, compared to Hollywood, is much smaller and more localized.”
“The first blockbuster museum show to be so labeled, a traveling loan of funerary objects [under the title ‘Treasures of Tutankhamun’] that brought in 8 million visitors nationwide and filled Egypt’s coffers with gift-shop profits, was unprecedented. It was an ancient-art exhibit that was also a pop-culture moment … [And] no one did more to bring Tut to the States, or indeed to bring museums into the larger world of marketing and commerce, than the Metropolitan Museum’s director, Thomas P.F. Hoving.”
The suit, announced in a statement, is the first in the United States to seek recognition of the constitutional right to literacy, the lawyers said. It alleges that the state failed to intervene when students achieved low proficiency rates in reading and fell behind at the three schools, which are among the lowest performing in the state.
“To me, the keystone of the phrase ‘the great American novel’ is not the word American but the word great. Greatness, in the sense of outstanding or unique accomplishment, is a cryptogendered word. In ordinary usage and common understanding, ‘a great American’ means a great American man, ‘a great writer’ means a great male writer. … It makes perfect sense to me that I’ve never heard a woman writer say she intended, or wanted, to write the great American novel.”
“He is a little-known Saudi prince from a remote branch of the royal family, with no history as a major art collector, and no publicly known source of great wealth. But the prince, Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, is the mystery buyer of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Salvator Mundi,” which is thought to be the last of the artist’s surviving works in private hands.
The painting, which sold at auction last month for $450 million, is evidently going on long-term loan to the new (and also expensive) Persian Gulf museum, which opened last month.
Leonard Lopate, 77, who has hosted a popular midday talk show about books, culture and society for 32 years, was escorted from the building on Wednesday, about an hour before his program was to begin; he says management has refused to tell him what incidents led to his suspension. Also off the air is Jonathan Schwartz, who hosts weekend music shows and the online-only Jonathan Channel, both focused on the Great American Songbook. (includes audio)
Adaora Udoji, breaking her non-disclosure agreement: “Within months of the show’s launch in April 2008, my co-host John Hockenberry was yelling and screaming at me in the studio, at times when senior staff was present. … The more I complained, the more the focus became my lack of experience in radio. But they were fully aware of that when they hired me. I was even told one of the reasons for John’s explosions were his frustration with my ‘incompetence’. I was the problem.”
The Getty Center and Getty Villa, the Hammer Museum, and the Skirball Center have all shut their doors to the public temporarily. They say that neither their buildings nor their collections have suffered any fire damage, but the heavy smoke in the air alone could damage their art.
Lorin Stein, 44, stepped down following an internal investigation by the magazine’s board into complaints from female staffers and freelance writers – an investigation that started when Stein told board members that he was on the notorious online list of “Shitty Media Men.”
The Fundação Osesp, the organization that operates the orchestra, has announced that Alsop will become Honorary Conductor as of 2020 and that a fellowship for young conductors will be established in her honor. While the announcement was full of praise for Alsop’s achievements with the orchestra (notably a much higher international profile), the assumption seems to be that her contract was not renewed. (in Portuguese; for Google Translate version, click here.)
In 2015, two young English playwrights, Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, traveled to the notorious shantytown known as the Jungle and ended up establishing a theatre tent for the migrants there. Two years on, with the Jungle now bulldozed, the two Joes have created a play dramatizing a year in the life of the camp, and it’s about to open at London’s Young Vic.
“Essential Personnel”: My Q&A with Getty’s Communications VP on the Approaching Wildfires
With the area’s surrounding streets and nearby freeway closed to traffic due to rapidly spreading wildfires that are approaching (but so far have not reached) the Getty Center, the Getty today is staffed by only “essential … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-12-06
The Murder of the LA Weekly
Southern Californians have been bludgeoned with bad news lately, as a number of media outlets – LAist, BuzzFeed, Los Angeles magazine, the LA Times, and the OC Weekly – have either shut down or … read more
AJBlog: CultureCrash Published 2017-12-06
“Qwest will operate like a highly specialized version of Netflix: Members pay a small fee each month for access to the full video library. It also resembles more boutique streaming platforms like Mubi, the art-film streaming service, or Boiler Room, an organization that archives its own underground-music concerts on its website.”
Between June and August 2017 a record 11.5 million overseas visitors came to the UK, up 6% on the same period last year. Among holiday-makers the increase was greater still, with 13% more choosing to spend their vacations in the UK. Despite this, a year-on-year comparison shows that visitor numbers from June to August were down at: British Museum (-3%), National Gallery (-19%), National Portrait Gallery (-41%), and Tate Modern (-37%)