“Google has launched a new online tool to allow museums, galleries and individuals to create online art exhibitions. Google Open Gallery became available for public use this week, though potential users must request an invitation from Google to use the free service.”
“Ask John Cage in 1956, as the sculptor Richard Lippold did, to make a film and you take your chances.” (Pun intended.)
“A Jewish family from San Diego that has been seeking to recover a painting by Camille Pissarro that a relative sold during the Holocaust has received a legal victory from a panel of judges who ruled this week that the family can pursue the case, reversing an earlier court decision that had favored the painting’s present owner.”
But they’re doing it differently this time around – and the companies involved include Google and SpaceX.
“For the second time this year, the brothers Weinstein are in a legal dispute with the brothers Warner.” This time, it’s about the Hobbit films.
“The Golden Globes have a long and often amusing reputation for nomination-morning howlers. But [this year], there was no Tourist, no Burlesque, no Salmon Fishing in the Yemen … Yet that didn’t mean the snubs and surprises, the jaw-droppers and the head-scratchers, weren’t there. Here are six of the biggest.”
They’ve each been nominated in the Spoken Word category three times before – and they’re competing against a couple of living legends (whom people under 35 may not even remember).
There are three nominees. Did we give enough hints for you to guess them?
Salonen (or his work) is nominated in three different categories. Other nominees include the familiar (Rattle, DiDonato, Bartoli; Wagner, Beethoven, Pärt), those we should know better (Lutoslawski, Palestrina; Maria João Pires, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir), the up-and-coming (2013 Pulitzer winner Caroline Shaw; New York Polyphony), the little-known (Leonardo Vinci, not to be confused with that mirror-writing Mona Lisa guy), and the beleaguered (Osmo and the Minnesotans).
“A winner of 20 Grammys, including two last year, Corea, with his latest album The Vigil, was shut out Friday night in this year’s list of nominees, which again offered a welcome blend of relative newcomers and familiar faces.”
“His career began in the ’50s as part of the West Coast jazz scene with Jimmy Giuffre and Chico Hamilton, recorded with wealth of jazz royalty over his career, including Ben Webster, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins.” Despite his relatively quiet profile, he was considered one of his instrument’s most influential players in all of jazz.
“Their very cheapness and interest in getting stuff out as quickly as possible ended up unwittingly providing this platform with this incredible breadth to it — just in the diversity of sounds that were captured.”
Rex Ranch in Arizona is poised to become an ambitious artists’ retreat, if a Sundance Institute executive can come up with the money to buy the 50-acre former dude ranch by the middle of December.”
“Many people know that Nelson Mandela’s life inspired novels, poems, plays and films, but few people know how powerful his effect on the theater was and how powerful the theater’s effect was on him.” A tribute from playwright Emily Mann, director of Princeton’s McCarter Theater.
“In the decades since her death, rumors continue to persist about Callas’ colorful career and personal life. Here are five of the most famous anecdotes, their veracity never confirmed nor completely discounted.” (What, you never heard about the tapeworm?)
“When the first group of campuses received the tablets this fall, more than 300 students at three high schools almost immediately removed security filters so they could freely browse the Internet.”
The currently hot “Frozen” is the first feature film from Disney Animation with a woman director, but perhaps not because of Walt (in 1941): “The girl artists have the right to expect the same chances for advancement as men, and I honestly believe they may eventually contribute something to this business that men never would or could.”