• The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller review – yours for half a billion

    Christie’s, King Street, LondonPicasso’s bolshy flower girl is just one of the rare gems to be glimpsed in London before this vast private collection goes under the hammerGertrude Stein was angry when Leo, her brother, bought Picasso’s Fillette à la corbeille fleurie (Young Girl With a Flower Basket) in 1905. The Steins were shown the painting by Clovis Sagot, the former circus clown who had become Picasso’s dealer in Montmartre. The painting is of a pubescent girl
  • BBC looks beyond the west to retell the story of civilisation

    Civilisations – note the plural – reworks the classic 1969 TV series into a truly global history of artThe meeting had already eaten up the morning when Michael Jackson, executive producer of the BBC’s new art epic, Civilisations, challenged me to explain why Michelangelo needed to be in a world history of art for a 21st-century audience. I gave, I thought, a passionate explanation: that Michelangelo invented the very idea of the artist as an imaginative genius, that without hi
  • Woman in the picture: is Nigeria’s legendary Tutu still alive?

    The search for the subject of Ben Enwonwu’s rediscovered 1974 masterpiece continuesWhen a long-lost painting depicting a Nigerian princess was found in a modest London flat late last year, art dealers believed the decades-long search had come to an end.But the hunt for Tutu, as Ben Enwonwu’s 1974 masterpiece and its inscrutable sitter are known, has only just begun.Related: Tutu's return: missing Nigerian masterpiece found in London flatContinue reading...
  • Lost luggage: Degas painting stolen nine years ago is found on bus

    1877 painting Les Choristes was stolen nine years ago from a museum in MarseilleFrench customs police have found a painting by 19th century master Edgar Degas that was stolen nine years ago from a museum in Marseille in the luggage compartment of a bus near Paris, the government said on Friday. Degas’ 1877 painting Les Choristes, or The Chorus Singers, is done in pastels and depicts a line of men singing in the opera Don Juan.Related: Degas’ Combing the Hair (Le Coiffure): a glimpse
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  • 'What a performance gender is!' – a century of cross-dressers

    Prisoners of war, ramblers, lipstick floozies at a transvestite hotel … our writer is transfixed by a show of ‘found’ photographs telling a secret history of cross-dressingA girlfriend of mine once attended a drag-king workshop. I saw the photographs: her pasted-on moustache and sideburns, her breast-bindings, her plaid shirt, the prosthetic bulge in her leather trousers. “Seeing myself as a man,” she said, “made me realise how constructed my femininity was.&
  • The world according to Jet magazine and a century of bodywork – the week in art

    Bacon, Freud and Rego paint from life, Lorna Simpson dips into old magazines and Jasmina Cibic builds a nation – all in your weekly dispatchAll Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
    The genius of Lucian Freud and his meaty friend Francis Bacon seen in a context of British “figurative” art from Sickert to Paula Rego and beyond.
    • Tate Britain, London, 28 February to 27 August Continue reading...
  • So Neanderthals made abstract art? This astounding discovery humbles every human

    Scientists say cave paintings in Spain, thought to have been by our ancestors, were actually by Neanderthals. So did they teach us everything we know?
    If you go to the painted caves of Spain and France, crawl through narrow passages and keep your balance on slippery rock floors, you reach the hidden places where ice age hunters made their marks tens of thousands of years ago. Nothing seems more startling than the way they placed hands against the cold rock and blew red ochre out of their mouths
  • A 700-Year-Old Nutmeg Tree In The Hirshhorn Museum Lobby

    "A design over two years in the making, [Hiroshi Sugimoto's makeover] transforms the museum's entrance and lobby area, turning the information desk into a coffee bar, and providing a more inviting seating area next to it. Sugimoto's armchairs reference both the iconically circular shape of the building and coils of DNA, and the tables are made from the roots of a 700-year-old Japanese nutmeg tree he found 15 years ago. ... Benches stand on legs of the same kid of optical glass used in camera len
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  • Deal Struck To Sell Westminster Choir College To Chinese Steel Co. For $40 Million

    Just a day after Princeton Theological Seminary announced that it has filed a lawsuit to stop the sale of Westminster Choir College, Rider University has finally revealed the potential purchaser of the school, a Chinese firm based in Beijing that runs private K-12 schools. The company, Beijing Kaiwen Education Technology Co., Ltd., ... was called 'Jiangsu Zhongtai Bridge Steel Structure Co' until December of 2017. The company has only been operating schools since 2016."
  • Supreme Court Rules Terrorism Victims May Not Seize Iranian Antiquities As Compensation

    "The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Americans injured in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem cannot seize ancient Persian artifacts from a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71.5 million court judgment against Iran, which they had accused of complicity in the attack."
  • Makers Of 'The Shape Of Water' Sued For Plagiarism By Playwright's Estate

    "David Zindel, son of American playwright Paul Zindel, filed the complaint Wednesday alleging that [Guillermo] Del Toro's critically acclaimed film, which has more Oscar nominations than any other this year, has 'exploited' the play Let Me Hear You Whisper and should have credited and licensed his father's work."
  • With A New Orchestra In San Diego, Conductor Rafael Payaré Is Leaving His Old One In Belfast

    Little more than a week after the San Diego Symphony announced that it had hired the 37-year-old Venezuelan as its music director, the Ulster Orchestra has announced that Payaré will step down as music director at the end of next season.
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  • What's The Next Big European TV Export? Flemish Crime Dramedies

    Says Walter Iuzzolino, who curates a selection of European television for broadcast in the UK and streaming in the US, "You often pretty much know what you're going to get from a Scandinavian, or French, or Italian show. But there is something about the Belgians that means a show is never entirely straight. So The Out-laws is like a family comedy stroke thriller. You're watching something like Desperate Housewives with a gun, and then gradually it becomes darker and darker. Professor T has almos
  • Scotland's Arts Funder Gets Caught Lying About Controversial Cuts

    "Creative Scotland has admitted a cover-up over how controversial funding cuts were made - as its chief executive admitted she was 'profoundly sorry' over how they were handled. The quango has also pledged a 'root and branch' review of the way funding decisions were made and a 'reset' of its future priorities in the wake of widespread criticism across the cultural sector."
  • Seascapes without a camera: Meghann Riepenhoff's cyanotypes

    Tidal patterns made by ocean waves, sand and marine life are captured by the photographic process of Meghann Riepenhoff, a US artist fascinated by the nature of humans’ relationship to an impermanent landscape. She will be creating a site-specific work for Photofairs San Francisco by the shore at the city’s Fort Mason arts centreSee more of the best from Photofairs San Francisco Continue reading...
  • North Korea’s graphic artistry – in pictures

    Everyday objects, such as sweet wrappers and posters, will be exhibited for the first time outside the communist republic at a London show to showcase the country’s graphic art. Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK is at the House of Illustration until 13 May Continue reading...
  • Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.22.18

    My Storify from the Obama Portraits Event: Eclectic Crowd, Controversial ArtIn case you still have an appetite for more about the Obama portraits unveiling and installation, here's my Storify of live tweets from the scene ... read moreAJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2018-02-22Julian Lage at the Bootleg TheaterLast night's show by the young Santa Rosa native was one of the greatest jazz gigs I've ever seen. Even knowing a few of his records and having seen him play ...
  • Deputy Director – Wexner Center for the Arts

    The Ohio State University is seeking a Deputy Director to work closely with the Wexner Center Director in shaping strategic and operational planning for the institution, with primary focus on integrated organizational capacity-building through the areas of administration and advancement.
    Deputy Director – Wexner Center for the ArtsThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OH
    The Deputy Director works closely with the Wexner Center Director in shaping strategic and operational planning for the ins
  • Vice President, External Relations - Peace Center

    Peace Center is a $23 million performing arts center and the cultural hub of downtown Greenville, SC. The organization seeks a Vice President, External Relations to join the executive leadership during an exciting period of growth and innovation and guide the development department in expanding its reach and unearned revenue.
    DHR International has been exclusively retained to conduct a search for the Vice President, External Relations for Peace Center.
    POSITION TITLE: Vice President, External Re
  • Frieze To Launch a New Art Fair In Los Angeles

    "How much appetite there will be for another art fair in Los Angeles, however, remains to be seen. L.A. is home to a pair of established fairs: the L.A. Art Show, which is generally held downtown, and the glitzier Art Los Angeles Contemporary, staged at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.But the city is not generally regarded by collectors as an art market destination."
  • Saudi Arabia Says It Will Invest $64 Billion In Entertainment

    "The plans include Saudi’s first opera house after concerts had been banned for the past two decades. This follows the recent lifting of a 35-year ban on public movie theaters, opening up a what is expected to be a lucrative market. It all falls under the progressive Crown Prince’s Vision 2030 program. These sorts of reforms are revolutionary in what has been an ultra-conservative Kingdom. Women were recently granted the right to drive and attend football matches."
  • The Problem With Today's Literary Reviews - The View From Nowhere

    Reviewers are neither arbiters of taste nor are they ushers doing the job of wheedling readers to get under a particular set of covers. Consideration of a book is an engagement with its context, and even more crucially an enunciation of the alchemy between its content and the inevitably subjective experience of reading it. In this sense, the unique subjectivity of every reader will inevitably interact differently with a book; this prismatic aspect of what individual readers “get” fro
  • Years Of Abuse By Opera Director Reported

    In the weeks since Austin Opera’s conductor was fired amid allegations of harassment, seven women have come forward to describe a culture of permissiveness that they say allowed Richard Buckley to touch women inappropriately and engage in lewd talk because he was a star.
  • Misty Copeland Talks About Diversity And Parity In Ballet

    Copeland said that ABT and ballet in general are naturally moving in a direction that favors gender equality and more diversity on stage, but key to ballet’s survival is the diversification of its patrons, too. “Bringing diversity into the theater is going to keep ballet thriving and relevant and alive. To me, that’s so critical and so important,” she said.
  • Authentication Of Middle Eastern Art Is A Mess

    Around 20 active family estates and foundations are now known across Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. However, charging up to €2,000 for authentication certificates also raises questions about the motives and expertise of artists’ relatives, particularly where conflict has damaged other archives, museums and libraries.
  • We Are Our Anxieties (And That's A Good Thing)

    Samir Chopra: "The Buddha and David Hume considered the self to be a bundle of ever-changing perceptions and thoughts and images. Similarly, I propose a 'self-as-bundled-anxieties' theory: we are a bundle of anxieties; by examining them, to see what vexes us, what makes us anxious, we come to know who we are. Anxiety is a reminder that our selves are rather more diffuse and disorderly than we might imagine, that there are more bits to be seized as they swirl 'about' and 'inside' us."
  • Research In The Arts Is Broken

    "This is not merely an idle philosophical debate. Every year, our society invests thousands of hours and millions of dollars in generating knowledge about arts and culture.1 But just when choices about how to distribute resources seem to matter more than at any time in living memory, the arts field’s system for knowledge production, dissemination, and consumption is under tremendous strain, if not entirely broken — a predicament only exacerbated by a rapidly changing media environmen
  • Can The Artificial Intelligence Field Learn From Non-Western Philosophies?

    "'I think there is a domination of Western philosophy, so to speak, in AI ethics," said [technology ethicist] Dr. Pak-Hang Wong ... 'By that I mean, when we look at AI ethics, most likely they are appealing to values ... in the Western philosophical traditions, such as value of freedom, autonomy and so on.' Wong is among a group of researchers trying to widen that scope, by looking at how non-Western value systems - including Confucianism, Buddhism and Ubuntu - can influence how autonomous and i
  • Neanderthals – not modern humans – were first artists on Earth, experts claim

    Neanderthals painted on cave walls in Spain 65,000 years ago – tens of thousands of years before modern humans arrived, say researchersMore than 65,000 years ago, a Neanderthal reached out and made strokes in red ochre on the wall of a cave, and in doing so, became the first known artist on Earth, scientists claim.The discovery overturns the widely-held belief that modern humans are the only species to have expressed themselves through works of art. 55m years agoContinue reading...
  • Trending? Really? What Does That Mean And Why Should We Care?

    When we sort through our feeds, “latest” has an obvious chronological sorting mechanism; even “popular” has a fairly clear and agreed-upon definition. “Trending,” however, does not. It’s similar, but not the same as “popular”; generally speaking, it means “popular, in some relative, technically defined way.” That is, the “trending” sections of major platforms are, as of now, algorithmically determined, their contents s
  • Why Isn't Ski Ballet In The Winter Olympics?

    "The internet sank its teeth into a now-defunct Winter Olympics event this week: ski ballet. And it makes sense. When you see footage of actual ski ballet competitions from years past it's hard to deny the novelty of it all, while simultaneously taking in the raw athleticism and artistry of the event. There's also an extremely 'What the hell am I watching?' quality to ski ballet. ... But really, no words can truly do it justice." (includes video)
  • Is The Sound Of The City Around You Making You Sick?

    Concerns about hearing loss largely focus on excessive noise exposure. But environmental noise is just as unsafe. People living in cities are regularly exposed (against their will) to noise above 85 decibels from sources like traffic, subways, industrial activity, and airports. That’s enough to cause significant hearing loss over time. If you have an hour-long commute at such sound levels, your hearing has probably already been affected. Urban life also sustains average background noise le
  • Spanish artist decries censorship after work dropped from art fair

    Santiago Sierra’s Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain removed from Madrid art fair
    The Spanish artist at the centre of a censorship row has attacked the lack of freedom of expression in the country, saying the current legal and political climate means “you have to choose your words very carefully or end up explaining yourself” in court.Santiago Sierra’s piece, Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain, consists of 24 pixellated photographs, including images of the d
  • So Who *Was* Grant Wood, Really? Not The Yokel In Overalls He Wanted Us To Think He Was

    "We should fear Grant Wood," noted art critic Gertrude Stein once wrote. "Every artist and every school of artists should be afraid of him, for his devastating satire." Novelist Jane Smiley travels to the places in Iowa where the painter of American Gothic (and much more) lived and worked - and writes about some of the things Wood wanted to hide.
  • The Boston Globe: Art Critic

    The Boston Globe seeks an exceptional art critic for its award-winning arts and entertainment department. The right candidate is deeply knowledgeable, ambitious, and passionate about the visual arts, able to generate ideas that will attract readers both in print and online. Creative energy, high standards, and superb writing skills are a must.
    Three years’ experience as an art critic for a major newspaper or magazine is required, and ability to illuminate how the visual arts connect with o
  • Where Are The Hotbeds Of Theatre In America? Here's A List

    Collectively, the cities on this list are responsible for generating more than $112 million in wages for Equity actors and stage managers during the 2016-2017 theatre season. The market leaders are Central Florida – home to roughly 1,000 Equity members, many of whom work on Disney productions on a daily basis – Washington, D.C./Baltimore, Twin Cities, St. Louis, Milwaukee/Madison, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle, Houston/Galveston, and Cincinnati/Louisville.
  • In Search Of The Real Tom Bodett

    If you don't know him from his old pieces for NPR's All Things Considered or as a panelist on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, you've surely heard his voice on ads for Motel 6, a gig he's had for more than 30 years. And that's hardly all he does. "There were a number of years where people thought I owned the motel chain - there's still some of that - and that left some people confused as to what I thought I was doing publishing books and voicing cartoons." Let alone carpentry.
  • Ismail Kadare's Long Journey Out Of Stalinist Albania

    "From the start of his career, Kadare broke with the prescribed literary mode of socialist realism to write fiction rooted in history, myth, and allegory. But he never became a full-on dissident. Doing so probably would have meant execution. ... He saw his books banned and experienced internal exile, but he also served as a minister of parliament. ... He describes his own relationship to the dictator as a game of 'cat and mouse': He wanted to survive, remain in his homeland, and continue writing
  • Iran's Only Female Conductor And Her 38-Year Struggle To Practice Her Art

    "From the beginning, I've swum against the current - I wasn't seen, the society didn't make any effort to nurture my skills and the ruling establishment turned its back on me," says 57-year-old maestra Nezhat Amiri. "But I'm still doing it, I'm showing that there are ways, and there will always be."
  • Madrid mayor boycotts opening of art fair over censorship row

    Manuela Carmena protests at removal of work calling jailed Catalans political prisonersThe mayor of Madrid has boycotted the opening of a contemporary art fair in the city amid growing concerns over freedom of expression and artistic liberty in Spain.Manuela Carmena had been due to attend the launch of the Arco fair on Thursday but cancelled after the exhibition centre’s operator, Ifema, successfully requested the removal of a work that referred to imprisoned Catalan pro-independence leade
  • E-Books Aren't Stupid Or Uncreative - They're Revolutionary

    "I was a relatively late convert to the e-reader, getting my Kindle five years ago when it became clear that reading 600 pages of A Suitable Boy while breastfeeding wasn't going to work," writes author Erin Kelly (He Said/She Said). "Hachette Livre CEO Arnaud Nourry recently called ebooks 'stupid' - but last summer, they changed my life" as both author and reader.
  • Now There's Another Campaign The Russians Are Messing With - The Oscar For Best Documentary

    Russian media outlets and government officials, right up to President Putin, have been thunderously denouncing two of the nominees for Best Documentary Feature: Icarus, about the Russian doctor who blew the whistle on the country's athletic doping program, and (perhaps more surprisingly) Last Men in Aleppo, about volunteer emergency medics working amidst Syria's civil war.
  • Composer Julius Eastman Finally Gets A Publishing Deal (Too Bad He Died In 1990)

    rediscovery of the distinctive Minimalist composer Julius Eastman ... took a major step forward on Wednesday, when the publisher G. Schirmer announced it would restore, reconstruct, publish and promote his music.The publishing deal will ensure that the recent Eastman renaissance - spearheaded by a dedicated group of former colleagues, scholars and family members - will continue and grow. And it promises to restore the neglected work of a gay, black composer to the modern-music canon."
  • Smithsonian's Haupt Garden Is Not Worth The Trouble It Requires, And The Plan To Rip It Out Is Right

    The Smithsonian's $2 billion project to revamp the outdoor space near the Castle has been meeting some serious resistance, not least because it calls for the replacement of the formal, Victorian-style Enid A. Haupt Garden. Adrian Higgins argues that the garden is high-maintenance and expensive, especially given that (except for the annuals) its appearance is so static: "It's time to ... move on to a landscape that is more dynamic, less needy and better connects the past to a more ecologically mi
  • Philadelphia Theatre Co. Will Be Back Next Season After Semi-Dark Year

    With a new director in place, the financially troubled company decided to take "a year off from producing to get our house in order." It seems progress has been made: PTC will stage three productions of its own in 2018-19, all by female playwrights, and will present some touring shows and other programs as well.
  • Amazon Shutters Its Ticket-Selling Business In Britain (But Alexa Might Relaunch It)

    Having abandoned last year its long-anticipated plan to for a North American ticket-selling platform, the company told its British customers this week that it is closing Amazon Tickets, which had been operating in the UK since 2015. However, sources say that the online retailer has been working on a new ticketing platform that would work with the voice-activated Amazon Echo and the Firestick streaming device.

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