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Should Critics Reviewing Translations Know The Work In Its Original Language?

Arts Journal - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 10:30am

“If you don’t know the poet’s original work, what are you reviewing? But when you whittle the already small pool of poetry critics down to those who are multilingual or translators themselves, the result is that hardly anyone reviews translations, and in turn fewer people read them. If nobody reads poetry, less than nobody reads international poetry.”

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Founder Of The Living Theater And Political Rebel Judith Malina Dies At 88

Arts Journal - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 10:30am

She was “an actor and director who with her husband, Julian Beck, founded the Living Theater, a troupe of activists and provocateurs who advanced the idea of political theater in America, catalyzed fierce debate over their methods and intentions, and in the name of art ran afoul of civic authorities on three continents.”

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Disney Is Making A New Live-Action Film Of ‘Mulan,’ But Will A White Woman Play The Lead?

Arts Journal - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 10:00am

“Campaigners are calling for the title role, based on the Chinese fable of female soldier Fa Mulan who dressed as a man in order to take up arms against Genghis Khan, to be played by an actor of Asian extraction.”

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Building Europe’s New Capital Of Kitsch

Arts Journal - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 9:30am

“Walk along the river towards the heart of Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia’s capital, and you’ll quickly find yourself among a host of gleaming, neo-classical buildings, complete with ornate columns and rooftop figures of nymphs. The buildings weren’t there five years ago.”

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Do We Need ‘Hot Takes’ On Issues? Slate Says Yes

Arts Journal - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 9:00am

“We’ve experienced ‘take’ creep. The definition has expanded. What first meant a moronic gloss of opinion, slapped carelessly on cheap news aggregation to make it more shareable came to mean any opinion writing, argument, or analysis, or really, any piece of journalism I don’t like.”

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What Happened To The Original Sculpture Welcoming People To LACMA?

Arts Journal - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 8:30am

“When ‘Space Sculpture’ first went on display in 1965, it was as conspicuous as it could be, given pride of place smack in the center of LACMA’s entryway. A futuristic fantasy filled with shimmering optimism glistened in the Southern California sunlight. The sculpture was the spindle around which the new museum’s three marble-clad pavilions revolved.”

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How Did A Movie That Was Supposed To Be Oscar Bait End Up Airing On The Lifetime Channel Over Memorial Day Weekend?

Arts Journal - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 8:00am

“If it seems like we’ve been discussing this $35 million boondoggle for forever, it’s because, well, we have.”

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It’s Now Time For British Actors To Reward Each Other (And Some Americans As Well)

Arts Journal - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 7:30am

That is, it’s the Olivier Awards: “‘No one can stand in the way of Angela Lansbury winning an Olivier for her West End comeback after over 40 years away, and no one should,’ said theatre critic Mark Shenton in his list of predictions.”

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The New Yorker Who Helped LACMA Break Out

Arts Journal - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 7:00am

“Barron’s influence goes well beyond the temporary exhibition program. She has helped shape the permanent collection and found innovative ways of presenting it in the museum’s galleries.”

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How A Yorkshire Theatre Can Recover Itself Before The ‘City Of Culture’ Spotlight Turns On

Arts Journal - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:30am

“It feels like it’s been in labour for such a long time. You now want your child to come off the ventilator and grow up and become part of the modern world. That’s what it’s felt like.”

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When A Famous Choreographer Takes Himself To Broadway

Arts Journal - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:00am

“The show opens with a big dance number, closes with a 14-minute ballet and, with ballet dancers in the leading roles, it relies on dancing all the way through to propel the plot. It perfectly encapsulates the artistic character of the boyish-looking, 42-year-old Wheeldon: a sophisticated balletmaker who is a hopeless fan of razzle-dazzle.”

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Deal With It: Los Angeles Is The New Capital Of The Art World

Arts Journal - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 5:30am

“The Broad Museum is about to open its doors this September, and by doing so it’s going to explode a U.S. military style daisy cutter on the Los Angeles art scene. Then comes Hauser Wirth and Schimmel (HWS) a few blocks away in LA’s undeniably burgeoning Arts District. … Its palatial grounds, amidst the growing number of galleries, will cement LA as the new capital of the art world, what I simply call ArtWorldInc.”

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Why The Toronto Symphony’s PR Disaster Spun Out Of Control

Arts Journal - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:05pm

Peter Himler, a P.R. strategist who advises clients on crisis management, agrees that the TSO didn’t get out ahead of the story. “There is not one Tweet from them bringing up this issue,” he said. “I think they should be up front and continually communicating their point of view. That’s one of the rules of thumb in crisis communication.”

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The Thinking Behind Design Of The Whitney’s New Downtown Museum

Arts Journal - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:49pm

“The features are a blueprint for museums today, as institutions the world over compete harder for the chance to mount crowd-pleasing shows by big names. Instead of courting donors with grand galleries or stark white rooms for displaying masterworks, museums are luring star artists with buildings that they can engage and ultimately reshape with their work.”

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Orange County Museum Of Art Lays Off People So It Can Build Ambitious New Building

Arts Journal - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:47pm

“The plan also raises all kinds of questions about the future of the curatorial program at this venerable little institution — the sort of place that once had a show by Chris Burden shut down by the local Fire Department because his installation created the risk of toppling the museum’s walls.”

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Using New Language Analysis, Scholars Attribute Another Play To Shakespeare

Arts Journal - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:43pm

“We can tentatively add another play to the Shakespeare canon. Using a unique form of text analysis, in which they weigh the “psychological signatures” of three possible authors, psychologists Ryan L. Boyd and James Pennebaker of the University of Texas-Austin conclude Double Falsehood was written largely by the man who brought us Twelfth Night and King Lear.”

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The Detroit Symphony’s New Principal Oboist Will Take The Job (As Soon As He Graduates From School)

Arts Journal - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:46am

“Alexander Kinmonth’s appointment also puts an exclamation point on the rapid transformation of the DSO under music director Leonard Slatkin, who has been rebuilding the ensemble following the epic six-month musicians strike in 2010-11 that threatened to push the orchestra into bankruptcy. Since the start of Slatkin’s tenure in 2008, he has appointed 10 current principal players and 27 total musicians, about a third of the ensemble.”

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The Cultural Difficulties Of Universal Instant Translators

Arts Journal - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:40am

“What I’m interested in with these technologies is whether they can get to a place where they become so transparent that it doesn’t feel like there’s a layer of something happening between you and the other person who you’re trying to build a relationship with.”

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It’s Now Possible To Insure Conceptual Art (Really? Insure An Idea?)

Arts Journal - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:33am

“How does it work? In most fine art insurance policies, lost or damaged certificates of ownership can fall in a gray area—sometimes they are covered, but often they are not. In the case of conceptual artworks, the certificate is an essential component of the work, and without it the piece is considered worthless. In this policy, certificates are explicitly covered.”

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Anything To Be Learned From The Lisitsa/Toronto Symphony Debacle?

Arts Journal - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:31am

“The takeaway from all this is still unclear. In the short term, certainly, it’s a public-relations bonanza for Lisitsa, who gets to be a martyr to her beliefs, unpalatable though they may be to some. In the long term, I wonder if there will be lasting consequences to having her Tweets made more public, as their content begins to sink in; and I wonder if this will affect the willingness of orchestras, a group not known for their public courage, to hire her.”

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