National Art News

The Challenge – And The Joy – Of Playing Martin Luther King

Arts Journal - 3 hours 47 min ago

“Mr. Oyelowo worked and traveled throughout the South, studying Dr. King and his times to offer a deeply inhabited interpretation, hoping to accomplish what Daniel Day-Lewis did with the title role in ‘Lincoln’ and Denzel Washington did as the star of ‘Malcolm X.'”

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Some Questions To Ask – And Answer – For Theatres Doing ‘Color-Conscious’ Casting

Arts Journal - 4 hours 2 min ago

“As a South Asian American, I’ve often felt frustrated by the lack of my community’s stories on stage; what’s even more frustrating is feeling that, when that story is being told, it relies on stereotypes or caricatures as opposed to challenging those mainstream perceptions.”

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Wave Of ‘Weird Architecture’ May Have Hit Its Peak In China

Arts Journal - 4 hours 17 min ago

“As Communist uniformity gave way to a tangle of political and market forces over the past three decades, avant-garde foreign and overseas-trained Chinese architects have burst on the scene, making booming Chinese megacities staging points, critics argue, for radical visions that would be unbuildable elsewhere.”

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The Portrait King Of Elizabethan England

Arts Journal - 5 hours 2 min ago

“‘If he lived today, we’d probably call him a selfie-addict,’ said the historian Elizabeth Goldring, who has uncovered details of Dudley’s extraordinary collection for a new study of the man who probably won the heart, although not the hand, of Elizabeth I.”

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North Korea Refuses To Meet With UN Security Council, Partly Because Of Controversy Around ‘The Interview’

Arts Journal - 5 hours 47 min ago

“The mere threat of damage to Kim Jong Un’s image has outraged the North Korean government. Such fury is thought to be behind the Sony hacking. North Korea has denied the attack but has suggested it was a ‘righteous deed’ carried out by sympathizers.”

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Will These Twin Ballet Dancers Be Among The Last Cuban Artists To Seek Refuge In The US?

Arts Journal - 5 hours 47 min ago

“When they set foot in the U.S. almost three months ago, they had no idea what was next — where they might end up, where they’d be sleeping a week later. (A lucky break connected them to someone at the San Diego Ballet, which intends to hire them when their work authorization papers come through; for now they are not paid, said the ballet’s executive director, Robin Morgan.) They understood they might never again see the mother they adored.”

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A Photographer Who Made People – Like The Queen, The Beatles, And Samuel Beckett – Her Focus

Arts Journal - 6 hours 17 min ago

“She joined the Observer in 1949 and, resisting all offers from other prospective employers, continued to appear in the office every week for more than half a century, working on 35mm film to the end, meekly waiting for assignments, and turning in dazzlingly beautiful images for news stories and features.”

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Blockbuster Yayoi Kusama Retrospective Overwhelms A Mexico City Museum

Arts Journal - 6 hours 47 min ago

“The Tamayo’s attendance has gone from an average of 5,000 visitors per month to around 2,100 visitors per day,” so the museum has hired more security staff, more janitors, and more guides.

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Is YouTube Going To Kill Off Cable?

Arts Journal - 7 hours 17 min ago

“It’s worth remembering that the idea for YouTube was hatched at a dinner party in San Francisco less than 10 years ago. Just as abruptly as it changed how we watch TV, it could become the victim of disruption itself.”

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What Do You Remember About Classical Music From 2014?

Arts Journal - 7 hours 38 min ago

A Brit-heavy quiz on the year’s comings and goings and general spectaculars.

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Fired Theater J Artistic Director Speaks About Artistic Freedom, Israel, And His Controversial Tenure

Arts Journal - 7 hours 46 min ago

Ari Roth: “The ideal always was to engage with Israel in an honest and as mature and as nuanced a way as possible to present the humanity of the people who lived there, and who lived in the midst of and on other sides of the borders, so that’s where we began.”

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She Was Samuel Beckett’s ‘Perfect Actress’

Arts Journal - 8 hours 47 min ago

Billie Whitelaw “described Beckett as demanding and meticulous, but added: ‘Because I knew he was radiating love and he cared and he wanted you to be perfect… it didn’t upset me.'”

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The Hipster Rebranding Of Libraries Has Begun

Arts Journal - 9 hours 17 min ago

Libraries should “become more like coffee shops with free Wi-Fi and comfy sofas, according to a report into the future of the service. The era of libraries as hushed reading rooms with books as their sole product is over.”

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The Weird Network Of Science Paper Plagiarizers

Arts Journal - 9 hours 47 min ago

“Where in the world did researchers most often copy the work of others? And how often were people straight-up plagiarizing versus quoting heavily—but still citing—someone else’s stuff? What they found surprised them.”

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The Women Who Made Los Angeles A Superb Place For Classical Music

Arts Journal - 10 hours 17 min ago

“In the last quarter century we’ve seen women at the helm of symphonies and opera houses. But what is often overlooked is that in L.A., women had a larger hand in the creation of music capital than in any other major city.”

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Boys Won’t Read? Give Them More Screen Time

Arts Journal - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 3:00pm

“Boys were twice as likely as girls to spend more time with stories on touch screens than printed stories.”

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These Classical Buskers Are Performing In The Subway When Along Comes … [VIDEO]

Arts Journal - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 2:45pm

“Just when you hate, I mean truly hate, the New York City subway system, something like this has to go and happen.” (Wait for it.)

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Keeping The Navajo Language Alive By Dubbing ‘Finding Nemo’

Arts Journal - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 2:30pm

“The language is still spoken by more than half of the Navajo Nation — the largest tribe in the U.S. with more than 300,000 members — but is less popular among a critical segment of the population: children.”

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Dystopian Fiction Is So Hot Because We Think Drastic Climate Change Is Inevitable

Arts Journal - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 2:00pm

“‘It seems easier, more realistic, to dim the sun than to put up solar panels on every home in the United States,’ says Klein. ‘And that says a lot about us, and what we think is possible, and what we think is realistic.'”

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