The Young Woman Who’s A Tap Dancer Like No Other

"Michelle Dorrance is a new kind of tapper. Classically, tap is a matter of a cool, contained upper body suspended over a huge clatter down below—a contrast that is supposed to be witty and, in a great or even good tapper, is. (“My feet are producing twenty taps a second, in alternating rhythms? Gee, I didn’t notice.”) Dorrance supplies plenty of action in the feet, but meanwhile the rest of the body is all over the place. Her elbows fly out; so do her knees, in great, lay-an-egg squats. She [Read Entire Story]

This Week’s Top ArtsJournal Reads: An Artist Identity Crisis?

This Week: The next wave of arts journalism layoffs begins… Lots of debate about the role of artists in the Trump era… Prominent Canadian artists petition the government to “fix” support for creativity… It’s getting harder to define what “home” is… Is “mindfulness” overrated? SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

What Went Wrong With The Met Opera’s Commissioning Program?

If you start handing out $50,000 commissions to major artists, there’s not a lot of excuse for coming up almost completely empty-handed at the end of a decade. Muhly’s “Two Boys,” which began under the program’s auspices, made it to the Met’s main stage; everything else was either rejected (like Rufus Wainwright’s “Prima Donna”), fell through, or simply withered on the vine, and no new blood has been added to the pipeline for years. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

What Happens If We Price Out Culture We Like

"Without public access, a culture becomes dead, an inert shell that serves as a shill for profit, while too rarefied and remote to thrive. The quaestores of modern times use health, religion, and access to sports and art just like those of the Middle Ages used salvation: to exploit people by pricing what they value too high." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

So A Man Goes Into An Auction And Buys A Painting. He Turns Around And Sells It At Huge Profit. Now The Seller Is Mad At The Auction House

The auction house is Sotheby's and the sellers have big questions. "The traders asked Sotheby’s, according to court papers, whether it had been aware that there was a much higher price to be had for the painting. Hadn’t Sotheby’s taken the painting, presale, to an apartment where the Russian billionaire had viewed it? Were the traders misled to favor the Swiss dealer, a valued Sotheby’s client named Yves Bouvier?" SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

UBC Professor Steven Galloway Apologizes In Statement

The much-respected director of a University of British Columbia writing program “was fired as creative writing chairman in June under a veil of secrecy.” The action galvanized star Canadian writers who rose in his defense. “He said in the statement issued Wednesday by his lawyers that the ‘harm flowing from UBC’s conduct’ has reached such a level that he asked his counsel to provide clarity. Galloway confirms that he was accused of sexual assault but says the only [Read Entire Story]

Think The Critics Decide Whether Or Not You’re An Artist? Nope. It’s The IRS

“It is all well and good to say that artists need to be businesslike, rather than bohemian, but those who want the IRS to accept work-related deductions (price of materials, studio rent and insurance, travel expenses, advertising and promotion, photography, postage, shipping and other costs) on their federal tax returns do not have a choice. Because, if the IRS believes someone isn’t really in business, those deductions will not be allowed.” SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire [Read Entire Story]

Shanghai Wants To Be International Cultural Capital. But Already There Are Issues

“The cultural transformation of Shanghai has been astonishing. But it risks threatening the kind of complex, nuanced and sustainable engagement that a lively arts sector needs. If local government can encourage affordable spaces for young artists and help promote a climate in which artists and art professionals can thrive, then this most dynamic of cities might truly have it all.” SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Auction Houses See Steady Market (But Their Guarantees To Sellers Suggests…)

“Values can be inflated when auction houses offer competitive guarantees to secure major consignments. These guarantee can then be transferred to a third party, who will either buy a work at a sale, or be rewarded for their unsuccessful bidding. More recently, some third-party guarantors — called “irrevocable bidders” at Sotheby’s — have also been paid fees if they are the purchaser. These confidential arrangements, denoted by symbols in the catalog, can have the effect of deterring [Read Entire Story]

Research Reveals Six Story Arcs We All Respond To

They examined 1,327 stories from Project Gutenberg’s fiction collection — all English-language texts between 20,000 and 100,000 words — using three language processing filters. In the end, they found “broad support for the following six emotional arcs…” SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

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