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Hiding From Facebook Or Other Institutions? Invisibility Glasses Are (Almost) Here

Arts Journal - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 5:00am

“While the prototype won’t be on sale anytime soon, the company thinks there’s a clear need for something like this, especially as facial recognition technology improves.”

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OK, This Is Just Odd: The Boston Globe Pens An Open Letter To The Thieves Who Stole Art From The Gardner Museum In 1990

Arts Journal - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 4:30am

“You can bask in a certain solidarity with the rest of humanity, for starters. And then, better still, you can wise up. You can recognize your mistakes. You can shake your head and rub your eyes in disbelief that you were ever so dumb as to break into a museum, or to receive a stolen Vermeer, and you can marvel at the fact that back then you really didn’t know what the hell you were doing.”

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Five Contemporary African Artists To Watch

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 12:45pm

“Auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s focus more on Africa’s antique statues than on contemporary photography or video installations. But contemporary art from the continent is finding a foothold at some premier gatherings in Europe and the U.S.”

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The Planned Lucas Museum In Chicago Gets Hit With Another Setback

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 12:15pm

“A Chicago judge ruled Thursday that local conservation group Friends of the Parks could move forward with a suit to block construction of George Lucas’ radical new museum on the city’s lakefront. The lawsuit, filed in November, claims the planned site for the institution is part of a protected waterway belonging to the state and cannot legally be privately developed.”

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The Striking Revamp Of Chile’s Pre-Columbian Museum

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 12:00pm

“Pre-Columbian galleries are often overstuffed, musty affairs — a million clay shards in endless vitrines. But the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art brings drama to the works in its collection, which are just divine.”

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Wait, *Who* Wrote That Agatha Christie? Why ‘Novels Of Continuation’ Are Having A Moment

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 11:45am

“We might be living in the second ‘golden age’ of television, but this is also arguably the first golden age of the continuation novel, which is arguably a less impressive development. It prompts various questions, such as: Is literary publishing eating itself?”

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How Nightclub Performers Led To More Asian Americans In Showbiz

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 11:30am

“Charlie Low opened Forbidden City in 1938, and from exotic dancers to comedians to acrobats, he made sure the club had it all. It was even featured in major media outlets, including Life magazine. But that didn’t shield performers from the mostly white audiences’ racial taunts.”

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The Famous, Formative Manga Artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi Told Dark Stories Through Cartoons

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 11:15am

“Often cited as an innovator, Mr. Tatsumi was one of a group of young writers and illustrators who, in the late 1950s, created a manga subgenre — Mr. Tatsumi christened it ‘gekiga’ — that dealt, realistically and dramatically, with subjects like sex and violence, behavioral motives like greed and betrayal and emotions like anguish and regret.”

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The ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Could Be A Disaster For Symphonic Music As Well As Pop

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 11:00am

“There was no issue of ownership. Pre-existing material was nothing more than building blocks, just as an A major scale might be. Music was born as an art of absorption. When Bach made concertos out of pieces by Vivaldi, he bettered Vivaldi, and the pieces became Bach.”

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Are Artists And Writers Condemned To Loneliness?

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 10:30am

“Visual artists and the authors of literary fictions are engaged in a profoundly social endeavor. In writing or creating, they partake in an artistic or literary tradition, elaborating on the works that preceded them.”

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How Much Does It Cost To Audition For ‘Jeopardy’?

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 10:15am

“FYI: ‘Jeopardy’ doesn’t pay for anything; you even pay for your own transportation and lodging in L.A. if you’re taping an episode.”

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Parents Who Work In The Performing Arts Need A Childcare Revolution

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 10:00am

“The Royal Court’s Vicky Featherstone was asked what might have helped her when she was developing her career. ‘Childcare,’ came the reply – or at least some tax relief on childcare.”

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Why Do White People Dance Alone?

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 9:30am

“If partner dancing was wobbling in the 1940s, it wasn’t until the 1950s that the couple form began to collapse altogether, when the early rumblings of the rock ‘n’ roll revolution introduced solo dances like the Twist into American youth culture. And while there exists a long documented history of solo social dances going back to rural black communities (like tap-dancing and clogging) in the United States, this was a watershed moment for white teens.”

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Asks Potential Audiences What They Think Of Classical Music, And Finds Painful Answers

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 9:15am

“Participants described classical music performances as boring, relaxing, soothing and long. They said older people, musicians and rich people were the sorts who attended them. And they said the genre made them feel relaxed, sleepy, peaceful and mellow.”

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Can Architects Stop Skyscrapers From Blocking Out Sunlight?

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 9:00am

“The new design involves twin towers curved and angled to minimise any shadow. Using an algorithm, the architects took into account the angles at which the sun shines each day over a year, and translated the information into the buildings’ design.”

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The Intense – And Rapidly Growing – World Of Fanfiction

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 8:40am

“It’s only a matter of time before a writer that the literary-fiction crowd acknowledges as one of its own emerges from such fertile ground. In fact, given that most fic writers are pseudonymous, it’s quite possible that one already has and that the talent responsible for a first novel well reviewed by the New York Times is also tinkering with Sherlock ‘shipping.'”

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When An American Jewish Shakespeare Scholar Got An Invitation To Speak In Iran

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 8:20am

Stephen Greenblatt: “If I went to the Iranian Shakespeare Congress, it would not be with the pretense that our situations were comparable or that our underlying values and beliefs were identical. Sharing an interest in Shakespeare counts for something, as a warm and encouraging phone call from the principal organizer amply demonstrated, but it does not magically erase all differences.”

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What In The Heck Is The ‘Village Voice’ Doing With A Homophobic, Racist Art Review This Week?

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 8:00am

“It seems to have to do with the fact that the male subjects in Wiley’s paintings are sexualized — an immediate red flag given the long, ugly history in this country of gay men being labeled sexual predators.”

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Roberto Bolaño’s Novel ‘2666’ Is Coming To A Chicago Stage Because Of That Episcopalian Monk Who Won The Lottery

Arts Journal - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:40am

“In an interview on Friday, he traced the impulse behind the gift to a trip several years ago to London, where he saw Nicholas Hytner’s lavish adaptation of Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ at the Olivier Theater.”

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