National Art News

As Art Schools Have Become More Elitist Are They Losing Out On The Most Creative Students?

Arts Journal - 2 hours 39 min ago

“Art schools used to be havens for students who, for whatever reason, had not found their niche in the traditional academic system. Now prospective art students very often have to prove their academic credentials to compete for a place at the most prestigious colleges.”

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Increasingly Problematic: TV Ratings Are Failing To Count More Of The Audience

Arts Journal - 2 hours 42 min ago

“Nielsen’s metric doesn’t include those who watched the episode on streaming sites like Hulu or Fox’s own website, nor does it count those who watch via video-on-demand more than four days after the original airing. That’s an issue for networks that want to use those viewership totals with advertisers.”

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A Better Case For Corporate Support For The Arts

Arts Journal - 2 hours 47 min ago

“More than half of all Canadians listen to music daily, read fiction several times a month or more and have visited a museum or art gallery in the last year. The numbers who go to concerts and plays are smaller, but when asked what kind of event they like to attend outside the home, 34 per cent of Canadians chose the arts while 29 per cent chose sports. That last stat contains a big message for business sponsors who sometimes prefer to lend their names to sporting events because they judge them to be more popular – and more populist.”

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Should We Care About The Disappearance Of Marginalia With Digital Books?

Arts Journal - 2 hours 54 min ago

“Kindle did launch a public notes feature in 2011, which allows people to make their notes and highlights available to others, but some still worry digital marginalia won’t be preserved as technology advances, leaving future historians without the kind of marginalia penned by people like Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Austen, and other historical figures. Others wonder whether there’s a point in trying to preserve marginalia at all.”

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Art And The Tyranny Of Forcing You To Watch

Arts Journal - 3 hours 2 min ago

“More and more artworks define and dictate the time their audience must give them. Too many videos are made like feature films, with a start and finish, and the clear message that you need to watch the whole thing to understand it. Performances too can be like plays, with a defined start and end. This is so wrong – like those weird old photos of 1960s audiences primly watching happenings.”

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$600 Million Expansion Of Colonial Williamsburg

Arts Journal - 3 hours 8 min ago

“The campaign, which officially starts Saturday, includes a $40-million upgrade to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, adding 8,000 square feet of new gallery space to the building that houses the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.”

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Hiding Behind Falsifiability

Arts Journal - 3 hours 10 min ago

“Basically, it refers to whether or not a belief can be proven wrong. If I tell you that I weigh 70 pounds, this is a claim that can be easily tested and promptly thrown out by bringing me to a scale — that is, it’s falsifiable. If, on the other hand, I tell you that everything in the universe is controlled by an invisible astral monkey with a million arms, then there’s little you can do to prove, empirically, that this is a zany notion.”

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How Paperback Books Helped Win World War II And Create New Demand For Books

Arts Journal - 3 hours 17 min ago

“By the end of the war, the Armed Services Editions had ushered in a new era for the publishing industry, which had previously balked at printing paperbacks. The experiment showed that if books could be printed in an affordable way, publishers could reach a new audience.”

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Secrets And Suicide At The 92nd Street Y

Arts Journal - 7 hours 49 min ago

“Sol Adler devoted his life to the 92nd Street Y, courting its billionaires and burnishing its cultural power. But when he brought scandal to its doorstep, the institution kicked him to the curb. And that, his family says, is what killed him.”

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Writers’ Group Robbed At Gunpoint In Brooklyn

Arts Journal - 7 hours 55 min ago

“An armed robber held up a popular Church Avenue cafe while a writers’ group was meeting there [last] Thursday night … He grabbed three Apple laptops and one iPad before fleeing on foot, police said.”

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Police Raid Paris Manuscript Museum Over Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Arts Journal - 7 hours 56 min ago

“Paris’s Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits, an institution devoted to ancient manuscripts and historic letters, was raided by French authorities on Tuesday for its apparent role in a fraudulent investment scheme masterminded by the museum’s founder, financier Gérard Lhéritier.”

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ArtPrize Is Expanding To Dallas

Arts Journal - 8 hours 6 min ago

The world’s richest art competition, with $200,000 prizes awarded by jury and public vote, is stretching beyond its Grand Rapids home for the first time. ArtPrize Dallas, which will be administered independently, will open its first edition in April 2016.

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“Serial” Addresses The Backlash Directly (More Or Less)

Arts Journal - 8 hours 8 min ago

“Up until now, it has seemed a little bit like Serial was occurring in a vacuum, removed from the fandom and hubbub surrounding it. But on this week’s episode – which came after a week of mounting backlash online and a public statement on Reddit from a man claiming to be Hae Min Lee’s brother – the show seemed to reach a brand new level of self-awareness.”

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Metropolitan Opera’s Deficit Swells To $22 Million

Arts Journal - 8 hours 38 min ago

“Weaker-than-expected contributions and ticket sales [last season] combined with expenses related to the company’s labor talks to create its most serious shortfall in decades. … The deficit for the 2013-14 season was roughly eight times that of the previous season.”

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Use Your iPhone At The Orchestra Or Opera? In Philly, Sure!

Arts Journal - 8 hours 45 min ago

“The technological barbarians are at the gate – and are being welcomed graciously. Only three years after an errant ringtone during the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony sparked an international uproar, two august Philadelphia institutions are telling audiences to keep their phones on – within particular limits.”

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Return Of The Repressed? John Cameron Mitchell Will Be Playing Hedwig On Broadway

Arts Journal - 8 hours 55 min ago

The writer and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch “said he was initially reluctant to play Hedwig again after his yearlong run downtown and then in a 2001 film adaptation. But as he watched [Neil Patrick] Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall in the role over the last seven months, … ‘I was kind of itching to do it, and if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it, because I’ll be too old.'”

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Roman Polanski’s Vampire Musical Is Still Undead

Arts Journal - 8 hours 56 min ago

“For those who savor a good Broadway catastrophe, Dance of the Vampires is near the top of the shortlist of infamy. But for the Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski, that flop 2002 musical, based on his 1967 film The Fearless Vampire Killers, deserves – no, demands – another chance.” And it’s getting one, in Paris.

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Becoming The World’s Tallest Ballet Dancer Wasn’t Easy

Arts Journal - 9 hours 19 min ago

Fabrice Calmels (6’6″): “I knew I had the technique and could do a lot of things principal dancers could do and I wanted my chance. But everyone was like, ‘You know, I think you’re really tall. I don’t think you’ll ever have a career. I think you should be doing something else from ballet.’ And when you’re young, that really f***s with you.”

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“A Capacious Sensibility” – Mike Nichols As Theater Director

Arts Journal - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:59pm

“It made perfect sense that the man who was one of the original producers of the musical Annie was also the Broadway director of Hurlyburly, David Rabe’s cocaine-strewn drama about Hollywood hedonists. Or that after hitting box office gold with the musical spoof Spamalot, he switched gears and concentrated on dramas by Clifford Odets, Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter … He had tremendous instinct not only for what was funny but what could grab an audience, surprise them, wake their minds, move them to indignation or, better yet, tears.”

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A Big White Flower By Georgia O’Keeffe Sells For $44.4 Million

Arts Journal - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:54pm

Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 “smashed records Thursday morning [at Sotheby’s] when it sold for $44.4 million – a price three times larger than the previous auction record for a female artist.”

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