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New Thinking In How We Engage Audiences And Where

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:41am

‘The future of the arts depends on programming in both new and old spaces, creating experiences that satisfy current participants and speak to new ones. Ultimately, “where” should and will grow to be an ever more important variable in the presentation and production of art, especially as one considers “who” one serves.’

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David Shrigley: Comedy In Misunderstanding The Context

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:31am

“Comedy is not the opposite of seriousness. The opposite of seriousness is incompetence. And the opposite of comedy is not seriousness – it’s misery. The ability to laugh is a luxury that everybody should be able to afford.”

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Serial Opera (In Series, Not Notes)

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:26am

“Although it will be filmed before live audiences, it is meant to be seen on television or online, in short installments that will be released over two years. The production will also include online extras, including video clips that look at the process of composing and staging the piece.”

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Michael Hofmann’s Grim Assessment Of Contemporary Poetry

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:59am

“Discouraging, isn’t it? It’s just a fact that there are never very many poets around at any given time. I think poetry is always one or two poets away from extinction anyway. “

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Growth Industry: Boston College Has Big Plans For Its Museum

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:53am

“Boston College plans to relocate its McMullen Museum of Art, doubling its exhibition space by moving into a Renaissance Revival mansion that for decades served as the home of Boston’s cardinals, the college said Thursday.”

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Study: Does Artists’ Creativity Go Up During Times Of War?

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:49am

“It is possible that war impacts (an artist’s) emotional state in a non-linear way. and some wars may result in a psychological blockade of the creative process.”

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The Ticket Prices You’re Paying Are Changing (Sometimes Daily)

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:45am

“It’s game changing. There’s a lot of publicity given to what happens on Broadway, the fact that they can charge hundreds and hundreds of dollars for a ticket, but for theaters like ours, the ability to adjust prices both upward and downward means that you can stimulate demand when you’re doing a new play or a play that maybe didn’t get good reviews but people still have an interest in.”

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What This Year’s Oscar Competition Says About The Current Documentary Business

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:38am

“Long a quietly aggressive race, the documentary competition has been growing more rambunctious as nonfiction film has evaporated from theaters.”

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Who Really Wrote “Little House On The Prairie”?

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:27am

“The story of how this beloved series came to be has drawn great interest in recent years, as critics have debated Rose Wilde Lane’s role: How much of the “Little House” books did she revise or even write herself? Lane always insisted that she merely edited them; she didn’t believe there was much prestige in “juveniles.” At the same time, her diaries and letters reveal an intense and entwined relationship, and writing mentorship, between daughter and mother.”

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Minnesota Orchestra’s News It “Only” Lost $650K This Year Is Greeted With Relief

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:08am

Revenue in the year ending Aug. 31 reached $20.8 million and expenses totaled just under $21.5 million. Smith said the budget for the current fiscal year is about $29 million, compared with several years in the recent past when expenses reached as high as $32.4 million (in 2009). The decrease in musicians’ compensation accounts for $1.7 million, he said.

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Toronto Symphony Reverses Reverses And Finishes Its Year With A Surplus

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:04am

“The deficit era is over,” new CEO Jeff Melanson said in an interview before the TSO’s annual general meeting where it was announced the orchestra posted a modest surplus of $222,349 on revenues of nearly $24 million. It’s a considerable improvement over last year’s deficit of $1.2 million and $800,000 the year before.

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Super-Gallerist Larry Gagosian Wins Billionaire’s Lawsuit

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:58am

Billionaire collector Ron Perelman “sued Gagosian and his gallery in September 2012, accusing them of concealing material information and manipulating art prices. Gagosian sued Perelman the same day, accusing him of reneging on an agreement to buy two pieces of art for more than $23 million and offering less money and other works in exchange.”

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Why Theatre Should Take Risks

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:53am

“Failure is an inevitable part of risk-taking, and you discover things along the way. But of course, failure and success and risk-taking all mean different things in different places and different contexts, too.”

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Donor Pledges $100 Million For Opera House, Dies; Theatre Sues, Court Rules

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:51am

“The planned theater has been the subject of one of the most closely watched legal battles in the worlds of classical music and philanthropy, after a major benefactor of the Lucerne Festival, Christof Engelhorn, offered to donate more than $100 million to build it, but died before the money was paid. That led officials from the festival to sue for the money.”

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The Winner Of This Year’s Bad-Sex-In-Writing Award

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:36am

Ben Okri won the Booker in 1991 for The Famished Road and has received, among other prizes, the Commonwealth Writers’ prize, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Guardian Fiction prize. Unable to attend, he issued a terse and less than ecstatic statement: “A writer writes what they write and that’s all there is to it.”

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Report: The State Of How We Pay For The Arts

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:33am

“The average organization brought in nearly $8 in contributed support for every dollar spent on fundraising. Fundraising expenses generated a similar level of total contributions over the years regardless of annual shifts in the mix of organizations.”

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Struggle For The Soul Of Nashville Culture

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:07am

“These two tendencies — save our soul, but grow grow grow — are now colliding in a bizarre form of hyper-gentrification. Neighborhoods close to downtown once drew teachers, writers and musicians with well-built, well-priced Craftsman homes. But with the influx of wealth has come a new kind of buyer, often an investor offering cash well above asking price. A house that went for $40,000 a decade ago might now go for 15 times that amount.”

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Earthquake At The New Republic: New CEO Pushes Out Editor-In-Chief And Leon Wieseltier (!)

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:19am

When Guy Vidra came to the magazine in October, he told the staff that “there were peacetime chief executives and wartime chief executives, and he was the latter. He added, using a profanity, that he planned to break stuff.”

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Open Rebellion At Seoul Philharmonic: Staffers Demand CEO Resign Over Abusive Behavior

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:14am

A press release from the orchestra’s own offices accuses Park Hyun-jung of “abusive language and sexual harassment” and violating employees’ human rights, hiring the children of her friends, and driving away half of her staff and three-quarters of the SPO’s patron group. (in English)

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Japan’s Vagina Kayak Artist Arrested For Obscenity Again

Arts Journal - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:10am

“Megumi Igarashi, who calls herself Rokude Nashiko – offensive slang which loosely translates as ‘reprobate child’ – was arrested in July for trying to raise funds online to pay for the construction of a kayak, using a 3D printer, inspired by her genitals. She was released days later following a legal appeal and after thousands of people signed a petition demanding her freedom.” Now the process seems to be repeating itself.

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