National Art News

Anti-Putin Protester Gets Onto Met Stage, Interrupts Anna Netrebko’s Bows

Arts Journal - 4 hours 17 min ago

“A protester carrying a sign criticizing the policies of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia climbed over the orchestra pit and onto the stage at the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday night as the diva Anna Netrebko took her curtain call after performing the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.” (includes video)

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PhilOrch Keeps Yannick For Five More Years

Arts Journal - 4 hours 21 min ago

“[Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s] current contract runs through 2017, which means the new five-year deal extends his tenure to 2022.” With the president/CEO and board chairman having extended their terms as well, the Philadelphia Orchestra has the stability it will need to do the major fundraising it also needs.

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“American Sniper”, War, Fiction, And Real-World Politics

Arts Journal - 4 hours 31 min ago

“These films strip away almost all of the moral and political ambiguities of international conflict, in its place giving us a singular tale of physical and mental heroics dripping in red, white, and blue. It’s hard as an American to not be affected at some level. Although an unintended consequence of such powerful patriotic storytelling could be its political ramifications.”

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What Moviegoers In Baghdad Think Of “American Sniper”

Arts Journal - 4 hours 32 min ago

“Mohammed says one of the film’s opening scenes, when Kyle spots a woman and child who appear to be preparing to attack US troops during the initial invasion of Iraq, had the entire audience on the edge of their seats. ‘When the sniper was hesitating to shoot [the child holding the RPG] everyone was yelling ‘Just shoot him!” he said.”

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Rod McKuen, 81, Poet And Songwriter

Arts Journal - 4 hours 44 min ago

“[He was] the husky-voiced ‘King of Kitsch’ whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history.”

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The Most Powerful Artwork I Have Ever Seen (By Jerry Saltz)

Arts Journal - 4 hours 49 min ago

“I don’t want to sound like an insane art-critic version of Werner Herzog rhapsodizing about ‘albino alligators.’ All I know is that something seismic hit me …, some capacious cognizance, cryptic, wakeful.”

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Fighting Back Against “Wolf Hall”‘s Slander Of Thomas More (With Help From Holbein)

Arts Journal - 4 hours 57 min ago

Jonathan Jones: “Why does Wolf Hall demonise one of the most brilliant and forward-looking of all Renaissance people? Its caricature of Thomas More as a charmless prig, a humourless alienating nasty piece of work, is incredibly unfair. You only have to consider one of Hans Holbein’s greatest works to see this.”

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Yes, Artists Need Funding – But We Shouldn’t Take It From Oil Companies

Arts Journal - 5 hours 8 min ago

Playwright Mark Ravenhill: “For some 30 years now, many of us in the arts have prided ourselves on our skills as conmen. We can find the money, wherever it may be. And we can take it. And run. … But after all this time, aren’t we now starting to wonder who’s been fooling who?”

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At Long Last, Peru Is Getting A National Museum

Arts Journal - 5 hours 25 min ago

“Strangely enough, despite its rich cultural and artistic history, the country hasn’t had a large-scale national museum until now. … The new museum will make its home at the storied Pachacamac, an archaeological site southeast of Lima that’s passed through many hands since the Early Intermediate period.”

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Mental Health Issues Affect 20% Of Theatre Professionals, Survey Finds

Arts Journal - 5 hours 33 min ago

“The survey, which was open to everyone in the sector and completed by more than 5,000 people, found that 46% of those who answered a question about the state of their mental health described it as either poor or average, and that 20% had actively sought help about their mental well-being.”

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Humans’ Age-Old Fantasy Of Animals That Can Talk

Arts Journal - 5 hours 45 min ago

We’ve had the fantasy for thousands of years – from Aesop and Plato, through the Roman de Fauvel and Montaigne and Lewis Carroll and Orwell and Disney, right through to Mr. Ed and Dogbert and LOLcats and Doge. “We polish an animal mirror to look for ourselves. But perhaps that mirror is more suited for a funhouse.”

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These Filmmakers Staged A Canine Rebellion With 200 Real Dogs

Arts Journal - 5 hours 47 min ago

“In the upcoming movie White God, … the canine actor Bodie plays Hagen, a mutt that – after he is separated from his owner – leads an uprising of hundreds of dogs against the men who mistreat and abuse them.” The director, the animal trainer, and Bodie tell us how they pulled it off. (video)

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It’s Okay To Be An Overbearing Pet Parent (Thank God)

Arts Journal - 5 hours 48 min ago

“Neurotic people probably make pretty great pet owners, concludes the author of a new study … In an online survey of about 1,000 pet owners, people who scored higher in neuroticism and conscientiousness also reported higher levels of affection for their dog or cat, which most likely means a better life for the animals.”

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How To Think About Dance And Movement? Start With An Idea

Arts Journal - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:39am

“I am convinced that choreography is not only the best [art] form to buy a ticket for, it is also an orchestration of encounters, the setting up of encounters between different minds,” she said. “I hope we give audiences the possibility to enter the choreography themselves, but also to intellectually stimulate the publics we encounter, more than just satisfy them and try to do it very gently, not aggressively.”

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Bring back The 8-Track! Why Physicality Matters In Music

Arts Journal - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:30am

“It’s not about toggling between tabs, one for streaming music, one for chatting with coworkers, and another for checking bank statements. It’s about experiencing music as an artifact, and really listening.”

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France Considers Taxing Netflix, Amazon To Support Culture

Arts Journal - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:24am

“France has a vibrant film and television sector thanks to a system that requires television networks to hand over a proportion of their turnover to back domestic production, on top of a series of public grants and funds. The result is a diverse field of many small- to mid-size production companies, unlike in the United States, where studios and listed entertainment conglomerates dominate.”

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Want To Boost Your Creativity? Study Says Ponder Who You Are

Arts Journal - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:15am

“Spending a few minutes pondering the various identities you wear—spouse, parent, employee, sports fan, political partisan, what-have-you—can lead to more creative insights.”

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“Thorn Birds” Author Colleen McCullough Dies at 77

Arts Journal - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:03am

“The Thorn Birds, which has never been out of print, has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and been translated into more than 20 languages. In hardcover, it spent more than a year on the New York Times best-seller list; the paperback rights were sold at auction for $1.9 million, a record at the time.”

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Have We Become Too Sensitive In Public Debate To Have Real Conversations About Ideas?

Arts Journal - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:00am

“After political correctness burst onto the academic scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s, it went into a long remission. Now it has returned. Some of its expressions have a familiar tint, like the protesting of even mildly controversial speakers on college campuses.”

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