Archive for March, 2017

Artists Evicted from Studio Space in Beijing

Artists Shen Jingdong and Cao Zhiwen were involved in a confrontation with Beijing police this week, after authorities moved in to demolish their residence and studio.  Government officials claimed the building had taken part in illegal construction. Read more at Artforum... | Read More

During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty

Mark Harris says the military worked with Hollywood directors to create movies about the war. His book, Five Came Back, is the basis for a new Netflix docu-series. Originally broadcast March 3, 2014.

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This Neighborhood Is Helping Artists Buy Vacant Homes For Cheap

"In Indianapolis, one block in the Garfield Park neighborhood south of the city’s downtown is experimenting with a different model. An arts nonprofit worked with other partners to buy and renovate vacant houses and is now offering to co-own them with artists. Artists will pay half the cost–one $80,000 home, for example, will sell for around $40,000."

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Exit Interview: Doug Sonntag Reflects On 30 Years Of Dance At The NEA

"The level of dancing has improved tremendously. It’s especially notable in the ballet companies. The depth of technique really extends from the principals all the way to the corps de ballet. That’s quite astounding. There are also changes in the system of dance and not necessarily in a good way. When I came here 30 years ago, touring was still a viable option for most dance companies, in... | Read More

Is Martin Luther Responsible For The Concept Of Individual Liberty?

"Luther was not a lover of human freedom: he insisted on absolute obedience to the external authority of secular rulers; and his violent denunciation of the Peasants' Revolt and his call for its bloody repression demonstrated a fanatical determination to uphold external authority." And yet, argues historian Frank Furedi, his challenge to the authority of the Roman Catholic hierarchy led... | Read More

FILM: League of His Own

Nick Pinkerton on Wesley Snipes... | Read More

Royal curator sheds new light on reclusive Duke

Best known for the extensive tunnels he built underneath the family home at Welbeck Abbey on the Welbeck Estate, the eccentric and reclusive 5th Duke of Portland is revealed in a new light through his “extraordinary collection” of miniature paintings says Senior Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection, Vanessa Remington. Having catalogued the ‘miniatures’ in the Royal... | Read More

Cobain’s last photographer turns his lens to African music

Best known for taking the last professional images of Kurt Cobain before his suicide, French photographer Youri Lenquette's newest exhibition reveals an eye now firmly fixed on Africa's most vibrant musicians. A longtime documenter of punk, rock and grunge stars, Lenquette is these days just as likely to be found on a Dakar terrace or Abidjan club floor, rubbing shoulders with the artists who... | Read More

G7 culture ministers urge end to heritage trafficking

Culture ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) industrialised countries gathered in Florence Thursday for two days of talks aimed at "putting cultural diplomacy on the agenda." The first meeting of its kind for the G7 grouping was the brainchild of Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini. "Because of the importance of our own heritage, Italy has a leadership role in issues of culture," he... | Read More

Portrait of a young Elizabeth, future Empress of Austria for sale at Dorotheum

Hung above Emperor Franz Joseph I’s bed until his dying day, this painting is of great historic significance and was owned privately by the Habsburgs for more than 150 years. The painting, which was given as a Christmas present to Emperor Franz Joseph I by none other than Elizabeth (Sisi), the soon to be empress, during the year of their engagement 1853, will be up for auction on the 27th... | Read More
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