Archive for April, 2018

NEWS: Judge in Mexico Halts Sales of Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll

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NEWS: Ronald Noorman (1951–2018)

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LACMA’s Collectors Committee Weekend Sees Focus on Women Artists

LACMA’s annual Collectors Committee Weekend resulted in an unprecedented acquisition of women artists, with new works purchased by Martha Boto, Betye Saar, Jennifer Bartlett and Julie Mehretu, as well as a sculpture by Ruth Asawa. Read more at Art Newspaper... | Read More

The Key To Understanding Complexity? Scale

"The history of each branch of science can be divided into three phases. The first phase is exploration, to see what nature is doing. The second phase is precise observation and measurement, to describe nature accurately. The third phase is explanation, to build theories that enable us to understand nature. Physics reached the second phase with Kepler, the third phase with Newton. Complexity... | Read More

NEWS: Copenhagen’s David Risley Gallery to Close

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You Know What Taste Is? An Algorithm

Philosophers in the 18th century defined taste as a moral capacity, an ability to recognize truth and beauty. “Natural taste is not a theoretical knowledge; it’s a quick and exquisite application of rules which we do not even know,” wrote Montesquieu in 1759. This unknowingness is important. We don’t calculate or measure if something is tasteful to us; we simply feel it. Displacing the... | Read More

The Fascinating (And Enduring) Conspiracy Industry Around Leonardo Da Vinci

A vast quantity of Leonardo’s notes and manuscripts survives, filled with his thoughts on such themes as the motion of water and human anatomy. But there are no intimate letters; there is no emotional self-revelation.

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‘Art Of The Wasted Day’ Makes A Case For Letting The Mind Wander

Patricia Hampl's sharp new book argues that daydreaming is a vital part of life. Maureen Corrigan says, after reading it, "you'll understand more of what makes life worth living."

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Edible Oddities: David Bowie-Inspired Menus Reflect His Many Personas

Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke are just two of the characters David Bowie created for himself. The innovator explored music and identity, and his art exhibition inspires chefs and mixologists.

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Canada’s Local News Problem – A Role For Public Broadcasting?

I believe the CBC should make a big push to fill the yawning gaps in local news and cultural production created by the decline of private sector providers. I think it should do so even though it will harm some of its competitors because doing nothing won’t save them. Local news is too important to the functioning of our local democracy and our local communities.

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