- For the first time in its 32-year history, New York’s Postmasters Gallery will expand to have a second space. In an email with a 25-second audio clip of the David Bowie song “Changes,” the gallery announced that it will open … Read More
- The SoHo Arts Network, a collective of non-profit institutions and exhibition spaces in a neighborhood at the center of downtown New York lore, will present a free public panel discussion later this month and, in April, a Downtown Culture Walk among some … Read More
- Lavendra, a celestial brown dwarf star stabilized for human interaction by the power of a diva’s voice, serves as a sort of home for an exhibition by the Philadelphia-based artist E. Jane in New York. Opening Friday at American Medium in Bed-Stuy, … Read More
- My friend and former colleague Leigh Markopoulos, who has died aged 48 in a traffic accident, was a curator, art writer and leading educator in the field of curatorial studies who organised more than 50 exhibitions throughout her career. Her deep engagement with contemporary art earned her the friendship and admiration of an international network of artists, curators, writers, art historians, gallerists and students.Born in Hanover, Germany, to Anna and Dimitri Markopoulos, Leigh attended school
- Ahead of a collaboration with Mark Bradford for the U.S. Pavilion in the upcoming Venice Biennale, the Baltimore Museum of Art has acquired a video and a painting by the Los Angeles–based artist, as well as works by Paul Chan, … Read More
- After a four-year stint at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, Florian Ebner will be the chief of photography of Paris’s Centre Pompidou. He will begin in his new position on July 1.Ebner has worked at the Museum Folkwang since … Read More
- The great paradox of Hong Kong is that it has no history of contemporary art museums, so much so that some gallerists at Art Basel Hong Kong credit their need for “Please Do Not Touch” signs and stanchions inside their … Read More
- "A performance of Verdi's Ernani at the Capitole de Toulouse was cancelled last Tuesday, because South Korean tenor Alfred Kim, who held the title role, was placed under custody over violence against his girlfriend."
- Eric Grundhauser tells the story of "Cherubina de Gabriak" of St. Petersburg and the two great Russian Symbolist poets who fell in love with her, even though she didn't exist.
These Two Playwrights Have Been Prominent For Decades - Why Are They Only Now Getting To Broadway? (Is It Because They're Women?)"They are two of the nation's pre-eminent playwrights. Each has won nearly every award their field has to offer, including the Pulitzer Prize. Each has written works that are staged around the world and have become required reading in college classes. And each has earned an admired position in the academy, teaching aspiring dramatists at Ivy League institutions. One milestone, however, has long eluded Paula Vogel and Lynn Nottage: Broadway." Why is this?
- The State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace remains closed, more than 16 months after damage was discovered in a timber beam that helps hold up the ornately gilded ceiling. Initially a palace spokesperson had played down reports that the room would need to be closed for official functions and visitors for up to six months. Subsequent investigations revealed a serious problem, requiring emergency stabilisation and a crash-deck scaffold. The room had been lined with full-length portraits from
- The London critics were not fond of David Dawson's The Human Seasons, onstage at Covent Garden as part of a triple bill. In the comment section for one particularly harsh review, Dawson's assistant choreographer, Tim Couchman, left a rant blaming the poor quality of the performance on the dancers, insulting their professionalism, skill, work ethic, attitude and egos. The Royal Ballet is not happy.
- TimelyHere’s a good primer on why the precise nature of the Emmett Till photograph controversially painted by Dana Schutz in the Whitney Biennial might have made painting it almost exactly the wrongest thing to do. [The New Republic]A Q&A with … Read More
- The company's board recently announced that they've asked longtime artistic directors Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda to step down after next season. The pair don't want to go, and the dancers are fighting for them. Last week, the dancers unanimously petitioned to join AGMA.
- After the sore thumb that's sticking out there now, installed on top of the column in 2018 will be Michael Rakowitz'sThe Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, followed in 2020 by Heather Phillipson's THE END. And yes, they basically are as described in the headline. Hannah Ellis-Petersen fills us in.
- The historic structure, known as the Edicule, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem had fallen into such disrepair that the Israeli government declared it a safety hazard and closed it. Now, after $4 million worth of work, the Edicule is open to pilgrims again - and the cage of iron girders that had surrounded it for 70 years is gone. (includes video)
Chuck Barris, Creator Of 'The Dating Game', Mastermind And Host Of 'The Gong Show', And (He Says) CIA Assassin, Dead At 87As he once told an interviewer, "I was never on drugs, but everybody thought I was. When they saw The Gong Show, and I would come out, they all thought I was whacked out of my mind. But I never did drugs. I had a public company."
- Oh yes, he did. Starting in 1858, Whitman (under one of his man pseudonyms) wrote an advice column for the New York Atlas titled "Manly Health and Training." Dan Piepenbring suggests that, behind Whitman's vigorous exhortation, his advice betrayed more than a bit of insecurity about masculinity.
- "Since it was established in 2013, the J. Paul Getty Trust has only recognized six individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the arts. Past recipients of the award include Harold Williams, Nancy Englander, Jacob Rothschild, Frank Gehry, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ellsworth Kelly."
- Timothy Snyder’s manual for resisting populism, On Tyranny, to be pasted in full on a street in east LondonIn what is believed to be an industry first, the entire text of a book billed as “a practical guide to resisting the rise of totalitarianism” is to be fly-posted along an east London street next week. Related: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder – reviewContinue reading...
- He Will Not Divide Us now being exhibited at city’s Fact gallery following disruption and violence at previous sites in the USShia LaBeouf’s anti-Trump performance art project He Will Not Divide Us has relocated from the US to Liverpool owing to safety concerns.The project is now being exhibited at the city’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Fact) gallery, as “events have shown that America is simply not safe enough for this artwork to exist”, a statement
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AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2017-03-22The circle of art and commerce
Last week, in my Juilliard course on the future of classical music, one of my students asked abou
- Photographer Poulomi Basu travelled to Nepal to document the women exiled to forest shelters during their monthly periods, when they are believed to be possessed by evil spirits Continue reading...
- The veteran Lithuanian-American avant-garde filmmaker and artist Jonas Mekas, who was captured by Nazis and sent to a forced labour camp in Germany, will show photographs from his time as a refugee after the Second World War 2 at Documenta 14. This years exhibition, is very much focused on the refugee situation, Mekas, 94, said in an interview, so my photographs are connected directly with it, the problem of refugees, whats happening right now in Europe, that we dont talk about here [in the US]
- British artist Abigail Reynolds got into quite a few scrapes on her BMW Art Journey last year, when she visited and chronicled 16 libraries lost over the centuries along the Silk Road. In Egypt, she was arrested by plain clothes police while filming near Tahrir Square in Cairo (Egyptian officials released her after a few hours, but made her open the Bolex camera exposing her film to the light). In Turkey, she came off the bike while negotiating a series of hairpin bends in the mountains above Ep
- "The situation is an active threat to the ability of global music artists to tour the United States— something that is often already complicated—and arrives, paradoxically, at a time when audiences are more easily immersed in international sounds than ever before. It seems like an opportune moment to consider the meaning and relevance of what has been called “world music,” as a global refugee crisis and a rise in nationalistic fervor in Europe, Russia, and the United Stat
- "Comedy requires passage into the ugly, uncomfortable areas of the human heart, particularly in a live forum. So, in the manner of jesters before medieval kings, comics need a temporary pass, a stay of execution, to do their work. Calling oneself a comedian is tantamount to issuing a personal-injury disclaimer. Like philosophical BDSM, the audience’s response gives signals to the performer in play."
- Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Read More
- February 17–March 19, at James Cohan, New York Read More
- "Many believe we live in a post-literate age, one in which, writer Douglas Glover concludes, “books have become irrelevant.” Others disagree, some vehemently. His point is not, however, one I want to enter into a debate over. I don’t want to beat up on the degraded tastes of the common reader, analyse the impact of the digital revolution on reading habits, or make an appeal for the government to do more to address stubbornly high rates of illiteracy. What I find of most concern
- In the past ten years, reams have been written about post-internet art and how artists respond to the World Wide Web. A new show at the K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space in Sheung Wan, entitled .com/.cn (until 30 April), aims to go further by exploring the regional differences within the digital ecosystem and their effect on contemporary art, say the curators, Peter Eleey and Klaus Biesenbach of MoMA PS1 in New York. This exhibition is about the fact that the World Wide Web is actually [made
- Design Society, the project in the industrial town of Shenzhen co-founded by China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK) and Londons Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), will open in October. The V&As gallery contained within will debut with the exhibition Values of Design, while Design Societys main gallery launches with Minding the Digital, featuring around 40 artists and designers looking at how digitalisation has shaped society.The V&As 850-sq.-m space has a mission to present exhibitio
- To have a conversation with Samson Young is to zip through the myriad topics that draw his curiosity, from literature to current affairs and history. His work asks specific questions about Hong Kong, where he was born in 1979, but also addresses universal themes, such as conflict and identity. Although sounds and music are often a starting point, he has made videos, installations, collages and drawings. He has, for instance, recorded sounds in the geographical area separating China and Hong Kon
- The Asian art market is often portrayed as a high-octane affair, driven by a handful of billionaires making big-ticket purchases, usually at auction. But most dealers at Art Basel in Hong Kong this year are firmly focused on the middle market, with most works priced well under $500,000. The aim, dealers say, is to appeal to a range of audiences and budgets in a market that is still emerging. Billionaires are being created in Asia at a rate of one every three days, but it is the affluent up
- Take a throng of top-notch artists, add a gravity-defying performance by Chinese acrobats and throw a silver anniversary in the mixthe result is Hauser & Wirth gallerys stellar 25th birthday bash in a Hong Kong hotspot. Mark Bradford, Phyllida Barlow and Martin Creed were among the onlookers as traditional Chinese lion dancers performed an elaborate routine on poles in the street (local buses ground to a halt to watch). The biggest thrill of the night came when a lion ate a paper cabbage and
- Interest in Middle Eastern art in China is on the rise, if slowly. Though local and Western art remains dominant, Chinas fast-proliferating museums are becoming more receptive to art from other regions, and this growing curiosity coincides with the rising international attention to the Middle East and its art. However, a preference for the established canon and safe names remains entrenched, and the shift is gradual. Last week, a showing at Shanghais Rockbund Art Museum of the Solomon R. Guggen
- Space is paramount in the Encounters section of Art Basel in Hong Kong, where each large-scale installation occupies up to 100 square metres. But time is equally important to Alexie Glass-Kantor, the curator of Encounters for the third year running. All but one of the 17 works she has chosen12 of them new commissionsline what she calls the fairs four meridians. The name recalls the concept in Chinese medicine by which energy flows through the body as well as the longitudes that divide the worlds
- In the two years since the last Venice Biennale, powerful anti-globalisation movements have taken root worldwide, driving geopolitical events that few saw coming. By accident or design, many of the Asian artists participating in the forthcoming 57th Venice Biennale (13 May-26 November) will address notions of identity and cultural preservation through their national pavilion exhibitions. While this should not be mistaken for crude nationalism or chest-beating patriotism, it does suggest that th
- A collection of 750 remarkably well-preserved watercolours of plants and animalsboth real and imaginaryassembled for Rudolf II, the Holy Roman Emperor from 1576 to 1612, is due to go on long-term loan to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The set, put together at Rudolfs court in Prague between 1596 and 1610, was bought by a private collector at Tefaf Maastricht, which closed on 19 March.It is rare for works made for Rudolf II to come on the market, says Taco Dibbits, the director of the Rijksmuseum
- Hong Kong-born Alan Lau started collecting contemporary art more than ten years ago. A former investment banking analyst at Citibank and senior partner at McKinsey, Lau now works for the Chinese internet company Tencent. Perhaps not surprisingly, he has a special interest in the relationship between art and technologyhe worked with the artist Cao Fei on her second life-based project RMB Cityand has a strong affinity with conceptual art. Stand-out works in his collection include a gold coin that
- “We fall into this trap that if kids are at their desks with their heads down and are silent and writing, we think they are learning. But what we have found is that the active time used to energize your brain makes all those still moments better,” or more productive.
- In making this argument, Philip Auerswald is using a very broad definition of the word code - one that includes recipes and procedural protocols as well as binary numbers and computer languages.
- "Dance tends to be marginalized in our culture. For many people, it’s not as much a part of everyday life as movies, TV, music or books. I have friends who are incredibly knowledgeable about art and literature, but when I mention major dance figures like Isadora Duncan or Merce Cunningham, they don’t know who they are. For dance writing to be more viable, dance needs to be more centralized somehow, so it’s not seen as esoteric and inaccessible, or, on the flip side, as purely f
- Have something to get off your chest? In April, the French artist Sophie Calles interactive installation Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemeterya marble obelisk with slots for visitors to share their secrets on slips of paperwill dbut at the historic Brooklyn burial ground and remain on view for 25 years. The piece, presented by the New York-based arts non-profit Creative Time, is the first US iteration of a similar 20-year work installed last year in a Geneva cemetery. The
- Artist Anselm Kiefer and writer Mario Vargas Llosa are the recipients of this year’s J. Paul Getty Medal, which is given annually and awards two notable artists. They will receive their awards at a dinner at New York’s Morgan Library … Read More
- The Atlantic's headline for this essay, "How Aristotle Created the Computer," stretches things a bit. Even so, Chris Dixon makes a solid case that direct application of Aristotelian logic is what made the invention and development of computers possible.
- The first photographs of the Guercino painting stolen from an Italian church in 2014, which was recently recovered in Casablanca, show the extent of damage to the work. Reports in the Italian and Moroccan press suggest that the 17th-century depiction of the Virgin Mary and two saints has lost around a third of its surface paint. The majority of losses appear to be on the lower part of the canvas. But any restoration work will have to wait until the picture returns to Italy. Italian and North Af
- “To do a project on the 69th floor of the World Trade Center has been beneficial to a lot of us. You’ve gotta be pretty dumb not to think the floor’s not going to get rented out eventually, and that whoever probably took it wasn’t going to want the artwork. Of course they’re going to want the artwork. But never did Silverstein say they were ever going to use it for marketing to rent the place.”
- Artist’s career is framed in National Portrait gallery show, with first work and last one finished three months before his deathHoward Hodgkin’s final work, completed three months before he died in March this year aged 84, has gone on display at the National Portrait gallery.Portrait of the Artist Listening to Music shows the painter grappling with his mortality and is one of the largest works the British artist painted.We've got the very first painting he ever made, and the last pai
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