“I would say aged 37 I went through a complete midlife crisis. There’s this thing with an artist, you have to be very careful your self worth is not bound with your work. You’re not a bad person if you get one star. I started to meditate and I’m very proud of that and I started to work with a different community of people, and I started to work in service and sat with people in a hospice who were dying of cancer, I worked with Zen Bhuddist monks, I started to teach more.”
This one is (allegedly) the world’s most glittery glitter, it’s called Diamond Dust, and it’s created by the same artist who created the world’s pinkest pink – and barred Anish Kapoor from using it, too. (All because of that damned blacker-than-black.)
“Human thought takes time to form, and so the ‘right now’ that we’re experiencing inside our skulls is always a little later than what’s going on in the outside world. .l. So, in a sense, the future has already happened – we’re just not aware of it yet. To make things even more complicated, the different senses operate at different speeds.”
In 1748 David Hume argued, inter alia, that the probability of witnesses inaccurately claiming to have witnessed the risen Jesus was greater than that of Jesus actually rising from the dead. For the Reverend Thomas Bayes, this was simply not acceptable.
From the fall of 1972 to December 1980, the Austin Ballet Theatre appeared monthly at the now-legendary Armadillo World Headquarters. The cover charge ran from $1 to $3; beer was ¢35.
“The British Council report, ‘Creative Hubs: Understanding the New Economy’, finds the tendency to conflate creative hubs with cultural quarters, clusters of economic activity and creative zones ‘unhelpful’.”
Inside, there’s the collection of books, a center for city government services,
a computer center, a cafe, lecture halls, playgrounds, and an interactive floor; outside, there’s an even bigger playground and a giant tubular bell that rings every time a baby is born in town. Down below is a parking lot run by robots.
“It was a year when gender equity, racial visibility, and opportunity dominated the conversation in the entertainment industry and beyond. Provocative, representational, and entertaining content about women and for women was as crucial as ever. It was also a year when the best new programming and the strongest of the returning fare—Shonda, Lena, Tina, Rachel: We see you—was created by, starred, and concerned women, while demanding to be consumed by everyone.”
“The history of the French salons in the 19th century, and of the early reactions to musical and literary modernism, has made people aware of how easy it is to miss the true creative product, and to exalt the dead and the derivative in its stead. The safest procedure for the anxious bureaucrat is to subsidize music that is difficult, unlikely to be popular, even repugnant to the ordinary musical ear. Then one is sure to be praised for one’s advanced taste and up-to-date understanding. Besides, if a work of music is easy to assimilate and clearly destined to be popular it does not need a subsidy in any case.”
“Understanding Media garnered a few mainstream print reviews upon publication, but McLuhan’s break came in early 1965, when a pair of San Francisco prospectors — one, Gerald Feigen, a physician, the other, Howard Gossage, an ad-agency executive — “discovered” McLuhan and promptly arranged to visit the Canadian in Toronto. Feigen and Gossage were self-fashioned avant-gardists, using profits from their business consulting firm for “genius scouting”; the doctor read Understanding Media and alerted his partner. Together they plotted a full-fledged publicity rollout, starting with cocktail parties in New York City with media and publishing figures.”
It wasn’t so long ago that the dread accusation of anthropomorphism could sink scientific careers. (Even Jane Goodall got scolded for giving the primates she studied names.) Why? Because of the nature of the scientific method itself.
“A native of Rome, [Barbara] Jatta has worked at the Vatican since 1996, until this year within the Vatican Library, where she oversaw the library’s collection of rare prints.”
“If we need art in our lives — and I am thinking not only of painting and sculpture but also of music and literature and performance and entirely new forms of expression yet to be invented — then we certainly must have places where the constant fear of eviction does not stifle every generative urge, where creators can share and encourage each other’s growth, where the outsider feels safe to live according to their true nature.”
The museum distributed 880 free passes grouped in 30-minute time slots between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The tickets became available at 6:30 a.m., and by 6:34 the banners saying “unavailable” and “sold out” covered every time slot. The passes represented about 10 percent of the 8,700 distributed for the day.
“The point is, there really is no substitute for a professional photojournalist with years of training and field time. In an era when news is increasingly catered toward one’s specific taste, the facts can be elusive. But a good photojournalist can get us closer to the truth. It’s their job.”
The Met’s general manager, Rudolf Bing, had put together a particularly glittering programme for the company’s first season in its new home, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening, this set brings together recordings of 10 of the operas that were part of it.
TV evolved in form and content in 2016, pushing the boundaries of both what is considered an episode of television and whose stories are seen as worth telling.
“Psychologists have described awe as the experience of encountering something so vast—in size, skill, beauty, intensity, etc.—that we struggle to comprehend it. A waterfall might inspire awe; so could childbirth, or a scene of devastation.”
“Launched in 2015, an intrepid team of researchers, registrars and art sleuths embarked upon the uninspiringly titled Civic Art Baseline Inventory. But the scope of the project is exciting, as the team tirelessly searches the county’s unassuming institutions and public spaces, spreading out over hundreds of L.A. County sites in 88 municipalities across 4,000 square miles, looking for inspiring art that has been commissioned or donated over the 166-year history of Los Angeles.”
A new study, published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that answers may lie in the wood: Mineral treatments, followed by centuries of aging and transformation from playing, might give these instruments unique tonal qualities.
“As technology continues to muddy the boundary between home and work, it’s dragging TV along with it. Flavorwire TV Editor Lara Zarum discusses how ‘the erosion of the concept of a stable home is a reality that spans generations as well as borders.'”
“What makes these pictures so different from all of the other pictures of death that we see? The poses are almost classical, frozen, or rehearsed as if from theater, ballet, painting, or mannequin display. If I told you these were fake, you might believe me.”
It seems that when the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events – né Daniel Handler – was on location in Vancouver for the shooting of Netflix’s upcoming Series series, he never spent his per diem. So he’s come up with a use for that money.
“I had always tried onstage to eliminate any effeminate mannerisms, and consequently, came across as lively as the animatronic Abe Lincoln at Disneyland. Playing a female role gave me a freedom of expression I had never known.”
“A Trump presidency is anxiety-inducing not because of any direct financial impact, but because of its potential impact on the world economy, and therefore on New York philanthropy and tourism. Perhaps more significantly, a culture war between scapegoated elite liberal and humanities institutions and a populist presidency seems likely. This climate may in turn affect both their overall appeal to the narrowing band of philanthropists and put at risk the fiscal privileges they enjoy under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code.”
Joan Banach was Motherwell’s personal assistant for the last decade of his life (he died in 1991) and was employed by his Dedalus Foundation until 2008. That year she was fired and accused of stealing artworks of his; she responded by filing a suit claiming she was dismissed because she was a woman.
“Today, every one of the company’s 16 dancers is a proficient technician who can dance on point, a demanding (and painful) aspect of ballet training that men can usually happily ignore, since conventionally it is only women who dance impractically on the tips of their toes.”
“The Ohio native made his Broadway debut in the 1968 musical The Education of HYMAN KAPLA*N and enjoyed a 50-year acting career, appearing most recently on Broadway in the 2012 comedy The Lyons, playing an elderly man who refuses to die. … [He] won the 2003 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Harvey Fierstein’s onstage husband in the original cast of Hairspray.”
Art For Christmas and Chanukkah
Are still shopping for gifts this holiday season? An email from Winterthur this morning reminded me that I’ve been meaning to suggest giving the gift of art – or art books, even for children or grown-up kids. … read more
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2016-12-20
Monday Recommendation: Redman’s And Mehldau’s “Nearness”
Joshua Redman And Brad Mehldau, Nearness (Nonesuch) … read more
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2016-12-19