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  • Ancient sculpture put up for auction in UK to be returned to Iraq

    Ancient sculpture put up for auction in UK to be returned to Iraq
    Archaelogists say the Sumerian plaque dating from around 2400BC may have been lootedAn ancient sculpture is to be returned to Iraq after it was secretly smuggled out of the country and offered for sale in the UK – only to be seized by the Metropolitan police.The previously unknown Sumerian temple plaque – dating from about 2400BC – is being repatriated with the help of the British Museum, which first tipped off the police after spotting its planned sale in 2019. Continue readin
  • Tantra: From Enlightenment to Revolution review – shock and awe

    Tantra: From Enlightenment to Revolution review – shock and awe
    British Museum, London
    Ecstasy, passion and violence: the sacred power of female sexuality shapeshifts down the centuries in tantra’s unexpectedly radical philosophy There is a statue in this staggering show of the tantric god Bhairava, famous for his rages. Wild hair flows in rivulets from his carved granite face and his smile is alarmingly fanged. One of his four hands holds a noose, and another – now missing – used to brandish the skull of the creator god Brahma, which he ha
  • Rebel US artist puts black lives in the Renaissance frame

    Rebel US artist puts black lives in the Renaissance frame
    A new exhibition by African-American painter Titus Kaphar challenges its audience to see pictures in a new way – by literally adding black faces In his painting for the cover of the June edition of Time magazine, published in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, American artist Titus Kaphar portrayed the pain of the grieving African-American mother.Eyes closed, a black woman in a pose evocative of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus, holds an outline where her child should be. The pai
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  • Sydney's Sculpture by the Sea exhibition postponed due to Covid restrictions

    Sydney's Sculpture by the Sea exhibition postponed due to Covid restrictions
    Organisers say social distancing can’t be maintained along 2km coastal path from Bondi to TamaramaFollow the live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email
    Sydney’s popular Sculpture by the Sea exhibition has been postponed, with organisers concerned about proximity of attendees during the Covid-19 pandemic.The 2km trail of art along Sydney’s eastern beaches and clifftops has become an annual fixtu
  • Painting daily life at the dry cleaners – in pictures

    Painting daily life at the dry cleaners – in pictures
    The Five Dresses series by Canadian painter Caitlyn Murphy shows the same dresses at dry cleaners in her home city of Toronto. “The paintings catalogue handwritten slips, garment bags, clothes hangers and assembly lines. The dresses are the constant, allowing the viewer to thread together a narrative.” Does she have a favourite dress? “It’s hard to choose because they all represent different periods in my life. The blue and white seersucker dress was a fun challenge to pa
  • Decision To Delay Guston Show Divides The Art World

    “What those who criticize this decision do not understand is that in the past few months the context in the U.S. has fundamentally, profoundly changed on issues of incendiary and toxic racist imagery in art, regardless of the virtue or intention of the artist who created it.” – The New York Times
  • Is Restoration Versus Opportunity A False Choice For The Arts?

    “One of the things we’re learning in the Covid-19 era is that is that community is not defined only by proximity, or space. It’s defined by interest, and I think a lot about the music that we have in our repertoire and the music that should be more a part of the traditional canon of our repertoire.” – Medium
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  • Hybrid Theatre – Virtual And In Person

    “The Institute for Counterfeit Memory” cannily employs the devices it provides to bring you back to the feeling of being in a room with other spectators, even as it reminds you that you are alone. Its ministrations so impressed me that when I turned over the final cue card instructing me to applaud, I actually did. – Washington Post
  • IFAI – Director of Development

    The International Festival of Arts & Ideas (Festival) celebrates and builds community, engages with vital issues, and promotes the arts. Each year, the Festival highlights the City of New Haven’s diverse and culturally rich community with events featuring world-class artists, thinkers, and leaders. Its additional programs include the annual Visionary Leadership Award and educational opportunities like the High School Fellows Program. The Festival was established in 1996 by Anne Calabre
  • Artistic Director – Magic Theatre

    Magic Theatre invites qualified candidates to submit applications to become its next Artistic Director. With a history of advocating for important playwriting voices – Shepard, Fugard, Cruz, Solis – among many others, The Magic’s impact goes beyond the San Francisco Bay Area, with many dozens of its productions moving to other important theatres across the country. The Magic has impressive longevity and artistic accomplishments.Since its founding in 1967 by visionary John Lion,
  • Blockbuster Philip Guston Show Postponed Over Concerns About KKK Imagery

    On Monday, the National Gallery quietly posted a joint statement signed by directors of all four museums set to host the show: Kaywin Feldman (National Gallery), Frances Morris (Tate Modern), Matthew Teitelbaum (MFA Boston), and Gary Tinterow (MFA Houston). The statement said the exhibition was being pushed “until a time at which we think that the powerful message of social and racial justice that is at the center of Philip Guston’s work can be more clearly interpreted.” &ndas
  • Our Consumption Of Music Is Largely Virtual Right Now. Is This A Threat?

    “Are these experiences an authentic way of experiencing live music? Or do they indicate a transition towards a dystopian cultural milieu? In this scenario, we might end up losing sight of the multi-sensory and collective aspects of live music and experience it instead alone at home through a VR headset or a similar technological device.” – The Conversation
  • How Zoning Laws Change The Course Of Cities

    How? Michael Kimmelman takes a tour of 42nd Street in New York City to understand how the street became what it is. – The New York Times
  • A Sculpture Park For Art From Burning Man

    No, not all the art on the Playa goes up in flames. In fact, Burners face a real problem: how do they get these enormous sculptures out of the Black Rock Desert and what do they do with them afterward? Now one longtime Burner has provided an option in the desert just outside Las Vegas: Area15, where artworks from the festival are put on display and offered for sale. – Artnet
  • A Kinder Gentler Social Medium?

    In a landscape of social networks, Telepath stands out because it’s more about your interests than who you know, and it requires real names for the conversations. It’s also positioning itself as a kinder, more inclusive network by making a point to establish ground rules and moderation up front. – Protocol
  • Reconceiving Classical Music For The (COVID-Safe) Great Outdoors

    Playing chamber music in a midtown Manhattan park? Sure, you can (especially if you’re playing Florence Price), but folks are getting way more creative these days. David Patrick Stearns reports on the Ellen Reid/New York Philharmonic app configured for Central Park, The Crossing dispersing its singers and a specially designed speaker system across a wildflower preserve, and a multi-composer “immersion” in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. – WQXR (New York City)
  • Choir Practice In Spain Infects 30 Of 41 Members

    After one member of the chorus tested positive following the Sept. 13 performance, more than 40 other members and their close contacts went into isolation, the chorus said. Since then, at least 30 singers have tested positive, the Sallent municipal government said. – Seattle Times (AP)

    An exceptional leadership opportunity. American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the legacy and future of orchestral music by American composers. Through concerts, readings, professional development and education programs ACO identifies today’s brightest emerging composers and champions prominent established composers. ACO increases regional, national and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting gender
  • Even Rio’s Carnival Has Been Ruined By The Pandemic

    “Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced Thursday night that the spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the traditional parades that are a cultural mainstay and, for many, a source of livelihood. … And while the decision is being characterized as a postponement of the event, no new date has been set.” – AP
  • Uncertainty Can Be A Good Thing

    The examined human life reflects, we suggest, a new kind of relationship with our own expectations and uncertainty. Yet it is one that we have somehow constructed within the inviolable bounds of a biologically bedrock drive to minimise long-term prediction error. How is this neat trick possible? – Aeon
  • It’s A Horrible Time For British Theatre, But It Could Be Great For Circuses

    “With many circuses sustained by performers and backstage crew from outside the UK, Brexit is a cause for concern. But as the UK’s leading circus directors tell Douglas McPherson, it is also a chance for them to make their mark.” Why? “Circuses thrive in a recession.” – The Stage
  • 'New' England rethought, hot tantric tickets and rodeo's queer makeover – the week in art

    'New' England rethought, hot tantric tickets and rodeo's queer makeover  – the week in art
    Plymouth’s Box considers early American settlers, the British Museum reveals Tantra treasures and LGBTQ+ cowboys ride out – all in your weekly dispatchMayflower 400: Legend & Legacy
    Native American art, including a work by contemporary Wampanoag artist Nosapocket/Ramona Peters, is set beside early settler documents and artefacts in this exhibition about the Puritan refugees from Stuart England who created a “New” England across the Atlantic.
    • The Box, Plymouth.
  • The Botanical Mind review – an overgrown garden of the subconscious

    The Botanical Mind review – an overgrown garden of the subconscious
    Camden Art Centre, LondonFrom intricate drawings to films that branch unexpectedly, this show on the all-pervasive influence of the plant kingdom on human imagery brims with ideas, but needs pruning Clicking and clattering, whistling, whirring and churring, composer David Tudor’s 1968 evocation of the rainforest (composed to accompany a dance by Merce Cunningham) fills the air, as you climb the stairs to enter The Botanical Mind at Camden Art Centre. With more than a hundred exhibits, dati
  • Not Some Vow Of Poverty – Getting Paid In The Arts

    The money being made in the cultural sector isn’t being made by artists. It is being made by digital platforms and corporate conglomerates. These are deliberate transfers of wealth, not unintended consequences. – ArtsFuse
  • Fifty Years Too Early: This 1970 Flop Is Just The Satire For 2020

    The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, a British film that featured Peter Cook, Graham Chapman and John Cleese of Monty Python, and Harold Pinter (as a vicious talk-show host), ended up coming out about six months too late for the British election it was meant to skewer. “[But] for today, the film’s observations on the intersection of media and politics seem uncannily prescient, anticipating the triumph of two populists on opposite sides of the pond: Donald J. Trump and Boris Johnson.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald In 1920 Was The Prophet Of 2020

    “We should look anew at 1920 not because centenaries have magical properties but because Fitzgerald’s remarkably sensitive inner ear helped him register, before almost anyone else, when America started losing its balance.” – The New York Review of Books
  • Fire Destroys Moldova’s National Philharmonic Hall

    “Firefighters worked for seven hours to put out the fire on Thursday afternoon and were still there on Friday morning. According to the Emergency Situations Inspectorate, the flames burned an area of about 3,500 square metres, reducing much of the interior to ashes.” – Balkan Insight
  • Things Seem Genuinely Hopeful At Baltimore Symphony For First Time In Years

    Only a year ago, musicians and management were just ending a very bitter lockdown-turned-strike, and unflattering details of the orchestra’s severe money troubles had been splashed across the media. Now, despite the pandemic, there’s a new five-year contract in place and a spirit of cooperation. “It’s an astonishing reversal of fortune,” says the co-chairman of the players’ committee; “We’re working together in ways we haven’t in many, many
  • BAFTA Overhauls Its Awards System To Make It More Diverse

    “[The package of changes] includes adding 1,000 new members to its committee and limiting the amount that studios can spend campaigning for nominations, in a bid to recognise more diverse talent. The wide-ranging changes … are the result of a seven-month review process, which was triggered by heavy criticism over the lack of diversity in its major awards earlier this year.” – The Guardian

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